World Cup History: Sweden

Sweden has already managed to put together a pretty impressive World Cup record. After all, the country has already achieved one final appearance as well as three top four finishes. It will certainly be interesting to see what the country still has to offer.

Sweden first participated in the Cup events in 1934. At this time, they beat Argentina with a score of 3 to 2 during the opening round. They then lost to Germany with a score of 2 to 1 during the quarter finals and the Germans went on to lose to Czechoslovakia with a score of 3 to 1.
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World Cup History: Portugal

There are several more contenders for the 2006 world championship title in Germany than many may have thought. In fact, many are claiming there is a “new world order” that deserves to be recognized. Some of the teams being considered more closely include Greece, Turkey, and South Korea. Portugal is also being looked at as a possibility when it comes to winning the cup, though most people think they pose little threat to actually win the entire cup. After all, history has demonstrated that the team has not been able to capitalize on its assets and bring home a win.
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World Cup History: Mexico

Mexico has a long history of qualifying for the World Cup finals from either the CONCACAF or Central, Caribbean and North American section of the qualification structure of FIFA. They have, however, run across a few problems along the way.

The first time Mexico’s problems reared their head was back in 1930. At this time, they lost all three of their World Cup tournament matches. Against France, they lost with a score of 4 to 1, while Argentina beat them with a score of 1 to 0 and Chile won with a 3 to 0 score. The loss against Argentina was particularly hard to accept because Argentinians went on to lose against the South Americans with a score of 4 to 2.
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2008 Africa Cup of Nations

At the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations final, the only goal scored came from the Egyptian team and helped the team register a second successive cup final win over Cameroon. The goal came in the 77th minute of the game, which made for a truly exciting match that left spectators sitting at the edge of their seats.
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World Cup History: Holland

Holland is often thought of as one of the most powerful footballing nations in football. Yet, the country has only participated in eight previous World Cup finals tournament.

Holland is responsible for introducing a number of truly world class football players, such as:

    Dennis Bergkamp
    Johan Cruyff
    Ruud Gullit
    Johan Neeskens
    Marco van Basten

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World Cup history: Spain

Spain has always been a country that has one of the best footballing leagues in the world. Nonetheless, the country’s World Cup record has been less than desirable.

In 1934, Spain’s quest for World Cup glory began in Italy. At this time, the first World Cup was being held in Europe and there were no group games. Therefore, Spain was able to progress to the quarter finals with the help of a 3-1 win over Brazil. During extra time, however, Spain was defeated by the tournament’s host nation.
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World Cup History Brazil

Avid fans of football yearns for just one piece of clothing, and that is the 1970 version of the Brazilian shirt that seems to symbolize football at its finest. The garment alone can stir visions of a true football game, and all because of the team behind it. The Brazilian team, the Greatest Ever Team, displays their brilliance that most fans cannot seem to get enough of. In 1970, Brazil was at its peak, rejoicing their third victory, which was still to be followed by two more.
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1982 World Cup

The summer of 1982 proved to be a quite memorable season, all because of the World Cup held in Spain. The intense competition that racked the entire tournament still remains unbeatable, despite several World Cup tournaments that have come and gone after 1982. African nations also made their first true international impact. Algeria registered a phenomenal win against West Germany, and Cameroon breezed through the opening of the tournament effortlessly, and on their first World Cup appearance, no less. Hungary also had a brilliant performance during the first round of the tournament, including a game they won 10-1. It seems that their luck ran out by the time the second round rolled by, but their first round performance was nothing short of exceptional and unforgettable.
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The Foreign Invasion Impact On England

It is an uncontested fact that the broadness of the English football arena is not conducive for the growth of its players. The number of English players reaching the top of their forms is decreasing. Current England Manager, Steve McClaren is faced with considerably less options than those who came before him. The future of English football does not shine so brightly, mainly because so many young, budding talents are being put to waste.
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Argentina’s History in the World Cup

Argentina’s stint in the World Cup, though laden with victories and losses, is a stint that is much adored by fans, and hated by the English. They only come fourth after World Cup stars Brazil, Italy, and Germany. Argentina can also be considered as a rather dramatic participant in the World Cup finals tournament, since their first appearance in 1930 in Uruguay. However, they were unfortunate that the finals tournament seems to have been jinxed. After a pre-game heated argument about which ball should be used, they lost to the Uruguayans because of one-armed player Hector Castro. Despite tragically losing out to the Uruguayans, their first appearance seemed to have kicked them off to several more finals appearance, loaded with controversial withdrawals, exits, and victories as well.
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