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7 Greatest Wins in the History of Soccer
Between the triumph of a team and its worst ever failure is just one goal. These goals make history and are behind all the excitement the game of soccer brings. Lucky for all the fans, the sports history has a wealth of such episodes to reflect on. Let's go through some of the best soccer wins and see what's behind their greatness.
World Cup Final: France (1998)
The game day is considered one of the greatest in the history of France. After all, it's not every day you defeat legends and get to win the first World Cup. It was back in 1998 that France managed to beat the all favorite Brazil with the shocking score of 3-0 in the final. France made its way into the history of soccer with players such as Zinadine Zidane, Didier Deschamps, Marcel Desailly, and Lilian Thuram. After establishing their place among all-time best soccer wins, France went on snagging another win in the 2000 European Championship in the game against Italy, winning with 2-1 with David Trezeguet.
FIFA World Cup Final: West Germany (1974)
Another coronation ceremony was organized by West Germany when they took the crown of the world champions in 1974, winning the FIFA World Cup Final. Back then, FR Germany was competing against the Netherlands. They managed to win with the outcome of 2-1. Although the Netherlands opened the scoring, Paul Breitner and Gerd Müller brought the team the best soccer wins in history. Not to mention that this wasn't the first time Germany got the taste of sweet victory. They had already won the European Championships in 1972.
FIFA World Cup: Brazil (1970)
You know you're going to witness one of the best soccer games in history when two former world champions meet to claim their titles. This was exactly the case back in 1970 in the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City. It was the first time Brazil and Italy met in the FIFA World Cup Final. After winning all six games, Brazil was already on the top, but the triumph was this final game when they defeated Italy with an unbelievable 4-1 score. Not to mention we owe this game one of the best goals in history performed by Carlos Alberto. It's during the FIFA World Cup of 1970 that the match between Brazil and Paraguay in the qualifying round recorded the largest official match audience of all times in Maracanã Stadium. There were over 183,341 spectators, which was a big deal then.
When speaking of the top soccer games, it's fair to have AC Milan on the list. Especially between 1988 to 1994, they had shown the most outstanding performance a team could have. It was then that AC Milan managed to win the European Cup, defeating Steaua București with a 4-0. They later won the game against Sampdoria in the inaugural contest claiming the victory in the first Supercoppa Italiana. Among the players we are still thankful for were Ruud Gullit, Paolo Maldini, Frank Rijkaard, Franco Baresi, and many others.
European Cup Final: Real Madrid(1960)
Real Madrid performed one of the greatest games of all time in the European Cup Final back in 1960. The fifth final match between Real Madrid of Spain and Eintracht Frankfurt of West Germany was a smashing hit of the season. Spain crashed the game with a score of 7-3. This was the kind of performance that makes the crowd go crazy. Not to mention that the crowd of the game at Glasgow's Hampden Park stadium was reaching a whopping number of almost 127,000 people.
Manchester United (1999)
The period between 1998-1999 was actually Manchester United's season. They went on scoring several wins in just one season. Among their wins were the Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions Leagues. This was undoubtedly the most successful season in the history of Manchester Utd. There couldn't be a better way to compensate for the previous season's losses, that they went on without bringing any title. The season's culmination was the game against Bayern Munich in the Champions League in 1999 when Sheringham and Solskjær brought the victory with two late but outstanding goals.
Another treble in sports history (the first one in Spanish sports history) was won by Barcelona.
These were three incredible wins in the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, and the Copa Del Rey. The season was an important one for Pep Guardiola as a manager, and Lionel Messi showing an outstanding performance. Another milestone for the club football history was winning sextuple, proving that this was a pretty fruitful season for the club.
All-time best soccer wins with outstanding games make the sports industry so great. They even boost other industries such as sports betting, making us bet more and share their excitement. A significant number of lucrative sports betting platforms have evolved around these kinds of sports games. Thus, it's a good idea to give credits to the sports events in history that revolutionized other industries.
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