World Cup history: Loaded semifinal features 3 former champs

Luca Teuchmann

The four teams left in the World Cup have 10 championships between them. Only the Netherlands have not won, finishing as the runner-up in three finals.

Argentina

1978

Argentina, the hosts of the tournament, beat the Netherlands 3-1 to win its first World Cup. Argentina finished second to Italy in the first round of group play and then first in the second round of group play to get to the final. Argentina ended the tournament with a 5-1-1 record and a plus 11 goal differential. Striker Mario Kempes won the Golden Boot, scoring six goals, and Argentina won the FIFA Fair Play trophy.

1986

Led by Diego Maradona, Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 to win it's second World Cup. The Albicelestes finished first in the group stage and then topped Uruguay, England and Belgium en-route to the final. The Argentines compiled a 6-1-0 record and finished with a plus nine goal differential. Maradona scored 5 goals and won the Golden Ball award.

Brazil

1958

Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in Sweden to win its first World Cup. Brazil finished first in the group stage, and then beat Wales and France to get to the final. Pelé scored 6 goals as Brazil complied a record of 5-1-0 and a plus 12 goal differential. Didi was voted the best player and Pelé was voted the best young player.

1962

Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1 for its second World Cup title. Brazil again finished first in its group, and then beat England and Chile to advance to the final. Garrincha and Vavá, were two of the top scorers of the tournament with four apiece, as Brazil finished again at 5-1-0 with a goal differential of plus 9. Garrincha was also voted the best player.

1970

Brazil topped Italy 4-1 to win its then record, third World Cup. The team won its group, and proceeded to beat Peru and Uruguay en-route to the final. The team finished with a perfect 6-0-0 record and a plus 12 goal differential, while averaging just over three goals per game. Seven members of the team scored at least one goal, with Jairzinho scoring seven and Pelé adding four. Pelé was voted as the best player of the tournament.

1994

Brazil and Italy played to a 0-0 draw, and then Brazil won 3-2 on penalty kicks as Brazil won their record fourth World Cup. Brazil won its group and then beat the United States, the Netherlands and Sweden to advance to the final. Brazil finished with a 5-2-0 record and a plus eight goal differential. Romarío won the Golden Ball and Brazil won the FIFA Fair Play Trophy and the Most Entertaining Team award. Four Brazilians were voted to the Best XI team.

2002

Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the final to win its record fifth World Cup. The Seleção again placed first in the group stage and then topped Belgium, England and Turkey to reach the final. Brazil finished with a perfect 7-0-0 record, and a plus 14 goal differential. Ronaldo won the Golden Boot with eight goals and was voted to the Best XI team along with three other Brazilians.

Germany

1954

West Germany (the country was divided at the time) beat Hungary 3-2 to win its first World Cup. After tying for second in its group, West Germany beat Turkey in a playoff, and Yugoslavia and Austria in the knockout rounds en-route to the final. The final still stands as one of the greatest upsets in soccer history, and as one of the greatest achievements in German soccer history. The Hungarians, who played professional football, had beaten the Germans, who were all amateurs, 8-3 in the group stage, and finished the tournament with a plus 17 goal differential. West Germany finished the tournament with a 4-0-1 record and a plus six goal differential.

1974

Playing in its own country, West Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 to win its second World Cup. West Germany finished second to East Germany in the first round of group play, and finished first in the second round of group play to advance to the final. West Germany finished the tournament with a 6-0-1 record and a plus 9 goal differential. The team's Sepp Maier was voted the tournaments best goalkeeper.

1990

West Germany met Argentina in the final, a rematch the previous World Cup final which Argentina had won. This time, West Germany took revenge and beat Argentina 1-0 on a controversial penalty kick to win their record-tying third World Cup. West Germany won its group and then beat the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and England to reach the final. The Germans compiled a 5-2-0 record and finished with a plus 10 goal differential. Four Germans, including current U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsman, scored three or more goals. Klinsman, along with two of his teammates were voted to the Best XI team.

Netherlands

1974

Playing in their first final, the Netherlands lost 2-1 to West Germany. The Netherlands finished first in both rounds of group play to advance to the final. The team finished with a record of 5-1-1 and a plus 12 goal differential. John Cruyff was voted the tournament's best player, and was one of six Dutch players to score in the tournament.

1978

In their second straight final appearance, the Netherlands fell just short to Argentina. The Dutch almost won the game in stoppage-time, but entered extra-time tied 1-1 and would go on to lose 3-1. The Dutch finished second in the first round of group play and first in the second round of group play to advance to the final. The team finished with a record of 3-2-2 and a goal differential of plus five. Six players scored at least one goal, and Rob Rensenbrink scored 5.

2010

For the third time in just as many finals, the Netherlands finished as the runner-up, this time losing to Spain 1-0 in extra-time. The Dutch won their group and then proceeded to beat Slovakia, Brazil and Uruguay to reach the final. The team complied a 6-0-1 record and finished with a plus six goal differential. Wesley Sneijder finished with five goals, tied for most in the tournament, and was voted to the Best XI team.

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