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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Best World Cups

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Even though football came into existence more than a century ago, the World Cup is the sport’s premier competition. The first World Cup was held in 1930, and it has been held every four years since then (except for 1942 and 1946). This beautiful sports event had over 517 million viewers for its final match between France and Croatia in 2018. 21 World Cups have been played, producing some truly unforgettable moments. Let’s jog down memory lane and look at some of the best World Cups in history.

1930

The first-ever World Cup was held in Uruguay. It was a massive moment for the sport, as it was the first time that the best teams from all over the world came together to compete against each other. Uruguay and Argentina played in the final game, in which Uruguay ultimately won 4-2. This World Cup is remembered for being the first of its kind, and it set the stage for future tournaments.

1970

Mexico hosted the 1970 World Cup and is remembered as the first World Cup to be held outside of Europe or South America. This tournament was also unique because it featured some of the most iconic moments in World Cup history. We are talking about Pele’s goal against Italy and Carlos Alberto’s goal against England in the final. Brazil won this World Cup again, beating Italy 4-1 in the final. Also, this World Cup is often considered to be the best due to the great games and moments that it produced.

1982

Spain took the responsibility of hosting the 1982 World Cup. It was an iconic moment when all four semi-finalists were from European countries for the third time. It was the first time that the World Cup hosted 24 teams instead of 16. The final was played between Italy and West Germany in which Italy was triumphant with 3-1.

1986

Mexico again hosted the 1986 World Cup. The once-in-a-lifetime ‘Hand of God’ by Diego Maradona against England made this tournament go down in history. Also, his famous goal of the century against Belgium was part of this event. Argentina won this World Cup again, beating West Germany 3-2 in the final.

1990

The 1990 World Cup final took place in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico. West Germany won this tournament for the third time, defeating Argentina 1-0. The third place was bagged by the home team Italy. Also, the official match ball was called Adidas Etrusco Unico. This tournament was so iconic worldwide that it is still one of the most watched events in television history.

2002

This World Cup was collectively hosted by Japan and South Korea and is remembered as the first World Cup in Asia. A proud moment for all the Asians in the world. This tournament was also special because it featured co-hosts for the first time, and it was won by Brazil, who beat Germany 2-0 in the final.

2010

South Africa took the responsibility of hosting in 2010, and finally, Africa pioneered hosting. This tournament saw the first-ever goal by an African team in the final when Ghana beat Uruguay 3-2 in the quarterfinals. In the finale between Spain and the Netherlands, Spain won 1-0.

2014

The 2014 World Cup circled back to Brazil. The world witnessed the emergence of a new generation of stars, such as Neymar and James Rodriguez. The final match was between Germany and Argentina, and Germany won 1-0. Lionel Messi was honored with the award of Golden Ball, and Manuel Neuer received a Golden Glove. However, the most significant number of goals were scored by James Rodriguez. The fans still vividly remember it as one of the best tournaments ever.

2018

The 2018 World Cup was held in Russia and is remembered as the first World Cup in Europe since 2006. Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric were the two most talked about stars of this tournament. The final was between France and Croatia, and France won 4-2. Also, this final tournament broke all the streaming records as half the world tuned in to see the event.

Conclusion

Life may get in the way of your favorite sports events. For instance, you travel abroad, open your laptop, and see that your streaming service does not work in the country. For this reason, get a VPN for Windows to ensure that you have unbreakable access to top streams. A Virtual Private Network is an excellent solution to keeping your data safe on various brief trips abroad.

In November 2022, the world will witness the next World Cup. It is estimated to be among the most competitive compared to the past world cups. If you want to enjoy all the matches and their reruns, you should pick a reliable sports streaming service.

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