Top 10 Historic Upset Wins In FIFA World Cups

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 | 0

Iran 2-1 USA – 1998 World Cup

Its been ages since Iran and USA going toe to toe in terms of political relations. Iran are one of those countries who has a very fierce stance against American governments of the past and the history goals along way in the past. When the group stage draw was made for the World Cup 1998 in france one match everybody was looking forward to was between United States vs Iran. So there was alot of history behind the game and it turned out to be a belter of a game.

USA dominated Iran throughout the game in terms of possesion and shots on goal but it Irand who scored twice and held on to a famous 2-1 win against a considerably strong american side.

West Germany 1-0 Hungary – 1954 World Cup:

Probably one of the greatest national football teams Hungary were going through a purple patch, having been undefeated for 6 years and averaging 4 goals a game in last 30 matches. Hungary went into the game against west germany in the final of 1954 world cup. Nobody gave germany a chance agaisnt a talented and one of the best ever football teams.

Game finished 0-0 at the break and it looked like Hungary had it under control but it was west germany who broke the deadlock and scored the opening goal which happened to be the only goal of the game securing germans their first every world cup triumph.

South Korea 2-1 Italy – 2002 World Cup

Korea and Japan hosted 2002 fifa world cup which proved to be success in and outside of stadiums, South Korea were the surprise package under Guus Hiddink who topped their group and setup a first knockout round tie against Italy where Seol Ki-Hyeon scored in the injury time of normal 90 minutes to equalise the Italian goal. Game went into extra time where Ahn Jung-Hwan scored the golden goal to put South Korea into the quarter finals of the world cup.

Algeria 2-1 West Germany – 1982 World Cup

African sides has kind of come of age in the last decade or so, but back in the days when European and south american sides dominated world cups nobody gave any chance of African or asian sides. Algeria going into the 1982 world Cups were 1000/1 favourites and when they took on Germany everybody thought its an easy win for european outfit.

Algeria however had other ideas, as they opened the scoring through Rabah Madjer, germans equalized in 65th minute only for Algerians to comeback and take the lead and all three points in the group game.

Colombia 1-2 USA – 1994 World Cup.

Playing at the home soild American side were heavy underdogs against a very skilled and professional looking colombia side who were one of the favourites to go all the way and win the competition. Colombia took on USA in the group game only to lose the game by 2-1 which was a big surprise as whole colombia squad were made of professional football players while Americans had only 4 players who played professionaly.

Andres Escobar scored an own goal which gave USA the lead and he became a hated figure in colombia, on his return after the world cup he was shot dead in streets.

Cameroon 1-0 Argentina – 1990 World Cup

cameroon vs argentina 1990 world cup


defending champions Argentina won the 1986 world cup and boosted a strong squad with the likes of Diego Maradona still playing at the peak of his game. Cameroon on the other hand were making just their 2nd world cup appearence and they shocked the world with a very unlikely win over Argentina in the opening group game match. It was even more surprising that Cameroon finished the game with just 9 men as two of their players got straight red card.

Senegal 1-0 France – 2002 World cup

Defending World Champions and European Champions France had a team full of big name players who were playing at the top of their games heading into the 2002 world cup. France were one of the favourites to win the competition and their first group game was against Senegal.

It was the african side (formely a french colony) Senegal who took the surprising lead through Papa Bouba Diop which sealed the win and all three points. France crashed out of the world cup in the group stages having failed to score a single goal.

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