Trailing Brazil in the all-time stakes are Germany (1954,1974,1990, 2014)—who won the last World Cup in Brazil, memorably beating the hosts 7-1 in the semi-final—and Italy (1934, 1938,1982, 2006), who each have four wins.
Argentina have two and aside from Pele, the man most synonymous with this tournament led the Albiceleste to victory in 1986. That man is Diego Maradona, whose brace against England—including the infamous “Hand of God” goal and a stunning individual strike—in the quarter-finals is one of the most remarkable sporting moments of all time.
Uruguay are also two-time champions, while France, Spain and England have won the tournament once in their history.
The Netherlands have the unfortunate record of finishing as the tournament runner-up (1974, 1978, 2010) on three separate occasions. However, their Total Football approach in the 1970s, pioneered by coach Rinus Michels and star player Johan Cruyff, is regarded as some of the most entertaining soccer every played.
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