5 Dream Teams That Sadly Missed The World Cup Trophy

Every team's ultimate goal is to take home the World Cup trophy. The team that can take home the trophy must be the most accomplished of all the competitors. However, throughout the history of the World Cup, there have been some teams who were comprised of the very best players but were never able to taste the glory of winning the Cup.

1. Hungary, 1954

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The Magnificent Magyars were the tournament's most popular team thanks to the brilliant play of Ferenc Puskas, Sandro Kocsis, and Hidegkuti. Hungary came into the game with a remarkable record of 27 games without a loss. They met West Germany in the championship game. After taking an early 2-0 lead, Hungary looked like they might be able to win the most coveted trophy for the very first time.
Then, a miraculous turnaround allowed West Germany to triumph 3-2 and claim their first World Cup. After that, Hungary scored the most goals (27) and Sandor Kocsis scored the most (11), earning him the Golden Boot.

2. Portugal, 1966

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Eusebio, a forward for Portugal, stood out as one of the greatest forwards of all time at the 1966 World Cup in England. With his two goals, he single-handedly led his team to a 3-1 victory over the reigning world champions Brazil. In the quarterfinals, Portugal overcame a 3-0 deficit and a 5-3 loss to North Korea thanks to four goals from Eusebio.
The Black Panther scored nine goals, but Portugal lost to England's home team in the semifinals. He still won the Golden Boot.

3. Holland, 1974

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The total football approach originated in the Netherlands. Everybody on the team was flexible and could play anywhere. Johan Cruyff reigned supreme, and his teammates quickly followed suit, with names like Rep, Rensenbrink, and Neeskens becoming household names around the globe.
They won the 1974 World Cup with a stunning display of football that left fans speechless, especially their 4-0 victory over Argentina. Cryuff and his team were up against long-time rivals West Germany. The team coached by Rinus Michel took the lead in the first minute on a penalty kick, but Paul Breitner scored an early equalizer from the spot.

4. Dream Teams Brazil, 1982

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Some people even thought Tele Santana's team was better than the 1970 World Cup champions. Brazil's incredible 1982 World Cup performance will never be forgotten, no matter how the tournament ended.
With 13 goals scored in four games, Socrates and his teammates needed only a draw to advance to the semifinals.But Italy unexpectedly dashed their hopes, thanks to the hat-trick of Paolo Rossi, who gave Gli Azzurri a 3-2 win in one of the World Cup’s classic fixtures.

5. Argentina, 2006

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With players like Messi, Cambiasso, Riquelme, Heinze, and Crespo, Argentina was unstoppable. Leo Messi scored a goal and had an assist against Serbia-Montenegro, making him the youngest player to do so at the tournament.
The 24-pass goal by Cambiasso in a 6-0 win over Serbia-Montenegro and the last-minute goal by Maxi Rodriguez in Round 16 versus Mexico are still vivid in our minds. After that, it appeared as though nothing could go wrong for the reigning world champs.
The quarterfinal match pitted Jose Pekerman's team against the home country of Germany. Messi was benched once more, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw that was settled by penalty kicks. After Cambiasso's penalty was blocked, a German player insulted the visitors, leading to the most embarrassing brawl in international soccer history. Germany ultimately won the match.
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