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At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are presented to the players and teams which have distinguished themselves in various aspects of the game.

Awards

  • There are currently five post-tournament awards from the FIFA Technical Study Group:[1][2]
    • the Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Ball") for best player, first awarded in 1982;
    • the Golden Boot (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Boot", formerly known as the "adidas Golden Shoe" from 1982 to 2006) for top goalscorer, first awarded in 1982;
    • the Golden Glove (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Glove", formerly known as the "Lev Yashin Award" from 1994 to 2006) for best goalkeeper, first awarded in 1994;
    • the FIFA Young Player Award (formerly known as the "Best Young Player Award" from 2006 to 2010) for best player under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2006;
    • the FIFA Fair Play Trophy for the team that advanced to the second round with the best record of fair play, first awarded in 1970;
  • There is currently one award given during the tournament from the FIFA Technical Study Group:
    • the Man of the Match (currently commercially termed as "Budweiser Man of the Match") for outstanding performance during each game of the tournament, first awarded in 2002;
  • There is currently two award voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament:
    • the Goal of the Tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public, first awarded in 2006;
    • the Most Entertaining Team for the team that has entertained the public the most, during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public.
  • One other awards was given between 1994 and 2006:[3]
    • an All-Star Team comprising the best players of the tournament chosen by the FIFA Technical Study Group. From 2010 onwards, all Dream Teams or Statistical Teams are unofficial, as reported by FIFA itself.

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1982 FIFA World Cup

1982 FIFA World Cup

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Lev Yashin

Lev Yashin

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1994 FIFA World Cup

1994 FIFA World Cup

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national soccer teams. It was hosted by the United States and took place from June 17 to July 17, 1994, at nine venues across the country. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on July 4, 1988. Despite soccer's relative lack of popularity in the host nation, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history. It broke tournament records with overall attendance of 3,587,538 and an average of 68,991 per game, marks that stood unsurpassed as of 2018 despite the expansion of the competition from 24 to 32 teams starting with the 1998 World Cup.

2006 FIFA World Cup

2006 FIFA World Cup

The 2006 FIFA World Cup, also branded as Germany 2006, was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany, which had won the right to host the event in July 2000. Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003. Thirty-one teams qualified from this process along with hosts Germany for the finals tournament. It was the second time that Germany staged the competition and the first as a unified country along with the former East Germany with Leipzig as a host city, and the 10th time that the tournament was held in Europe.

1970 FIFA World Cup

1970 FIFA World Cup

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2002 FIFA World Cup

2002 FIFA World Cup

The 2002 FIFA World Cup, also branded as Korea Japan 2002, was the 17th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial football world championship for men's national teams organized by FIFA. It was held from 31 May to 30 June 2002 at sites in South Korea and Japan, with its final match hosted by Japan at International Stadium in Yokohama.

Golden Ball

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup finals, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee (Technical Study Group) and the winner voted for by representatives of the media.[4] Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively. The current award was introduced in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, sponsored by Adidas and France Football.[5]

Official award

Golden Ball[6]
World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Falcão West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico Argentina Diego Maradona West Germany Harald Schumacher Denmark Preben Elkjær
1990 Italy Italy Salvatore Schillaci West Germany Lothar Matthäus Argentina Diego Maradona
1994 United States Brazil Romário Italy Roberto Baggio Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
1998 France Brazil Ronaldo Croatia Davor Šuker France Lilian Thuram
2002 South Korea/Japan Germany Oliver Kahn Brazil Ronaldo South Korea Hong Myung-bo
2006 Germany France Zinedine Zidane Italy Fabio Cannavaro Italy Andrea Pirlo
2010 South Africa Uruguay Diego Forlán Netherlands Wesley Sneijder Spain David Villa
2014 Brazil Argentina Lionel Messi Germany Thomas Müller Netherlands Arjen Robben
2018 Russia Croatia Luka Modrić Belgium Eden Hazard France Antoine Griezmann
Trophies by country
Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
 Italy 2 2 1 5
 Brazil 2 2 0 4
 Argentina 2 0 1 3
 West Germany/Germany 1 3 1 5
 Croatia 1 1 0 2
 France 1 0 2 3
 Uruguay 1 0 0 1
 Netherlands 0 1 1 2
 Belgium 0 1 0 1
 Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
 Denmark 0 0 1 1
 South Korea 0 0 1 1
 Spain 0 0 1 1

Unofficial award

In July 1978, a panel of 23 international experts which consisted of critics, coaches, and former players each chose the five best players of the 1978 tournament.[7] Mario Kempes got the most votes as a result of the counting. FIFA website and RSSSF also mentioned Kempes as a Golden Ball winner.[8][9][10] The FIFA website and RSSSF only mention Dirceu as the Bronze Ball winner, even though Dirceu and Hans Krankl had the same amount of top five finishes.

Unofficial Best Player
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place
1978 Argentina Argentina Mario Kempes Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Dirceu

Notable former selections

Authoritative football historian and statistician Ejikeme Ikwunze, popularly called "Mr. Football", published a list of the best players in his book World Cup (1930-2010): A Statistical Summary,[11] and it gained the most attention among experts' selections about the best players until 1974. This work is part of the official FIFA library[12] and received public recognition from his former presidents Joao Havelange and Joseph Blatter. Sports Illustrated and a writer Nick Holt also reported the same list.[13][14] A considerable number of other media[15][16] including FIFA website agreed in several cases such as José Nasazzi,[17][18] Leônidas,[19] Zizinho,[20] Didí,[21][22][23] Garrincha,[24][25][26] Bobby Charlton,[27] Pelé (Gold and Silver Ball),[28][29] Johan Cruyff,[30] Franz Beckenbauer (Silver Ball),[31] Josef Masopust (Silver Ball),[32] Fritz Walter (Bronze Ball),[33] György Sárosi (Bronze Ball)[34] and Eusébio (Bronze Ball).[35] The FIFA website lists Sándor Kocsis as the 1954 Golden Ball winner.[36]

"World Cup (1930-2010): A Statistical Summary" book's Best Players
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place
1930 Uruguay Uruguay José Nasazzi Argentina Guillermo Stábile Uruguay José Leandro Andrade
1934 Italy Italy Giuseppe Meazza Austria Matthias Sindelar Czechoslovakia Oldrich Nejedly
1938 France Brazil Leonidas da Silva Italy Silvio Piola Hungary György Sárosi
1950 Brazil Brazil Zizinho Uruguay Juan Alberto Schiaffino Uruguay Obdulio Varela
1954 Switzerland Hungary Sandor Kocsis Hungary Ferenc Puskas Germany Fritz Walter
1958 Sweden Brazil Didí Brazil Pelé France Just Fontaine
1962 Chile Brazil Garrincha Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust Chile Leonel Sánchez
1966 England England Bobby Charlton England Bobby Moore Portugal Eusébio
1970 México Brazil Pelé Brazil Gérson Germany Gerd Müller
1974 West Germany Netherlands Johan Cruyff Germany Franz Beckenbauer Poland Kazimierz Deyna

On August 2, 1950, the German newspaper Kicker (then Sport-Magazin) published an article, written by Dr. Friedebert Becker, in which Dr. Becker chose in his opinion the best players of the tournament.[37]

Dr. Friedebert Becker's Best Player
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place
1950 Brazil Brazil Zizinho Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia Brazil Ademir

France Football, the sponsor of Golden Ball and Ballon d'Or, selected the best player of the 1966 FIFA World Cup at that time with L'Équipe, and Bobby Charlton became the winner.[38] The FIFA website also seems to agree on Bobby Charlton winning the Golden Ball[27] and Eusébio winning the Bronze Ball.[35]

France FootballL'Équipe Best Player
World Cup Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place
1966 England England Bobby Charlton Germany Franz Beckenbauer Portugal Eusébio Soviet Union Valery Voronin

In 1998 the Argentinian newspaper Clarín provided a brief description of each star player dating back to 1930. Some are controversial decisions as is the case with retrospective awards.[39] The 1998 winner was awarded after the tournament ended.

Clarin’s retroactive World Cup player of the tournament (1930–1998)
World Cup Winner
1930 Uruguay Uruguay José Nasazzi
1934 Italy Italy Giuseppe Meazza
1938 France Brazil Leonidas da Silva
1950 Brazil Uruguay Obdulio Varela
1954 Switzerland Hungary Ferenc Puskas
1958 Sweden Brazil Pelé
1962 Chile Brazil Garrincha
1966 England Germany Franz Beckenbauer
1970 México Brazil Pelé
1974 West Germany Netherlands Johan Cruyff
1978 Argentina Argentina Mario Kempes
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi
1986 Mexico Argentina Diego Maradona
1990 Italy Argentina Diego Maradona
1994 USA Brazil Romario
1998 France France Zinedine Zidane

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France Football

France Football

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1982 FIFA World Cup

1982 FIFA World Cup

The 1982 FIFA World Cup was the 12th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams, and was played in Spain between 13 June and 11 July 1982. The tournament was won by Italy, who defeated West Germany 3–1 in the final, held in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the capital, Madrid. It was Italy's third World Cup title, but their first since 1938. The defending champions, Argentina, were eliminated in the second round. Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait and New Zealand made their first appearances in the finals.

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Italy national football team

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Brazil national football team

Brazil national football team

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Germany national football team

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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1986 FIFA World Cup

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Argentina national football team

Argentina national football team

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Diego Maradona

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Denmark national football team

Denmark national football team

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1990 FIFA World Cup

1990 FIFA World Cup

The 1990 FIFA World Cup was the 14th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams. It was held from 8 June to 8 July 1990 in Italy, the second country to host the event for a second time. Teams representing 116 national football associations entered and qualification began in April 1988. 22 teams qualified from this process, along with host nation Italy and defending champions Argentina.

Golden Boot

The Golden Boot or Golden Shoe award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup. While every World Cup had a ranking of the goalscorers, the first time an award was given was in 1982,[6] under the name Golden Shoe.[5] It was rechristened Golden Boot in 2010.[40] FIFA sometimes lists the top goalscorers of previous Cups among the Golden Boot winners.[41]

If there is more than one player with the same number of goals, since 1994 the tie-breaker goes to the player with fewer goals scored from penalties, then next tie breaker goes to the person with more assists - with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such.[42][43] If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker since 2006 goes to the player who has played the least amount of time, which translates to a higher goal average.[44]

Top Goalscorer[45][46]
World Cup Top goalscorer Goals Runners-up Goals Third place Goals
1930 Uruguay Argentina Guillermo Stábile 8 Uruguay Pedro Cea 5 United States Bert Patenaude 4
1934 Italy Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý 5[a] Germany Edmund Conen
Italy Angelo Schiavio
4 None
1938 France Brazil Leônidas 7[b] Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Gyula Zsengellér
Italy Silvio Piola
5 None
1950 Brazil Brazil Ademir 8[c] Uruguay Óscar Míguez 5 Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Chico
Spain Estanislau Basora
Spain Telmo Zarra
4
1954 Switzerland Hungary Sándor Kocsis 11 Switzerland Josef Hügi
West Germany Max Morlock
Austria Erich Probst
6 None
1958 Sweden France Just Fontaine 13 Brazil Pelé
West Germany Helmut Rahn
6 None
1962 Chile Hungary Flórián Albert
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Brazil Garrincha
Brazil Vavá
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražan Jerković
Chile Leonel Sánchez
4 None
None
1966 England Portugal Eusébio 9 West Germany Helmut Haller 6 Soviet Union Valeriy Porkujan
England Geoff Hurst
Hungary Ferenc Bene
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
4
1970 Mexico West Germany Gerd Müller 10 Brazil Jairzinho 7 Peru Teófilo Cubillas 5
1974 West Germany Poland Grzegorz Lato 7 Poland Andrzej Szarmach
Netherlands Johan Neeskens
5 None
1978 Argentina[50] Argentina Mario Kempes 6 Peru Teófilo Cubillas 5 Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink 5
Golden Shoe[41]
World Cup Golden Shoe Goals Silver Shoe Goals Bronze Shoe Goals
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi 6 West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 5 Brazil Zico 4
1986 Mexico England Gary Lineker 6 Spain Emilio Butragueño
Brazil Careca
Argentina Diego Maradona
5 None[51]
1990 Italy Italy Salvatore Schillaci 6 Czechoslovakia Tomáš Skuhravý 5 Cameroon Roger Milla
England Gary Lineker
4
1994 United States Russia Oleg Salenko[d]
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov[e]
6 None
Sweden Kennet Andersson
Brazil Romário
5[f]
1998 France[53] Croatia Davor Šuker 6 Argentina Gabriel Batistuta
Italy Christian Vieri
5 None[g]
2002 South Korea/Japan[54] Brazil Ronaldo 8[h] Germany Miroslav Klose
Brazil Rivaldo
5
2006 Germany[56] Germany Miroslav Klose 5 Argentina Hernán Crespo 3[i] Brazil Ronaldo 3[i]
Golden Boot[41]
World Cup Golden Boot Goals Silver Boot Goals Bronze Boot Goals
2010 South Africa Germany Thomas Müller 5[j] Spain David Villa 5[j] Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 5[j]
2014 Brazil Colombia James Rodríguez 6 Germany Thomas Müller 5 Brazil Neymar
4[k]
2018 Russia England Harry Kane 6 France Antoine Griezmann 4[l] Belgium Romelu Lukaku 4[l]
Notes
  1. ^ FIFA initially credited Nejedlý with only four goals, which would make him joint top scorer with Angelo Schiavio of Italy and Edmund Conen of Germany. However, FIFA changed it to five goals in November 2006, making Nejedlý the outright top scorer.[47]
  2. ^ FIFA initially credited Leônidas with eight goals. However, in November 2006, FIFA confirmed that in the quarter-final tie against Czechoslovakia, he had scored once, not twice as FIFA had originally recorded, meaning he had scored only seven goals in total.[47]
  3. ^ There was controversy regarding the number of goals Brazilian Ademir had scored in 1950, as a result of incomplete data concerning the Final Round game Brazil vs. Spain (6–1). The 5–0 goal had been credited to Jair, but is now credited to Ademir.[48][49]
  4. ^ Salenko is the only player to win the award playing for a team that were eliminated in the group stage. His six goals are the only international goals he ever scored.
  5. ^ Despite the assist tiebreaker, Salenko and Stoichkov remained tied with six goals and one assist each, and both received the Golden Shoe.[42]
  6. ^ Romário and Andersson surpassed the other two players with five goals (Jürgen Klinsmann and Roberto Baggio) by having three assists each.[42][52]
  7. ^ Both runners-up had the same number of assists, and each received the Silver Shoe.
  8. ^ During the tournament, after the group stage match against Costa Rica, Ronaldo logged a protest against the crediting of a goal as an own goal, and FIFA granted him the change.[55]
  9. ^ a b Eight players had scored three goals. Ronaldo, Crespo and Zinedine Zidane stood out for having one assist, and then the two recipients were determined by less playtime (308 minutes for Crespo, 411 for Ronaldo, 559 for Zidane).[57]
  10. ^ a b c Müller, Villa, Sneijder and Diego Forlán tied with five goals. Müller won by virtue of having more assists (three) than the rest (each had one). Villa won the Silver Boot due to playing fewer minutes than Sneijder, and Sneijder won the Bronze Boot due to having played fewer minutes than Forlán.[58]
  11. ^ Neymar, Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie all had four goals in the tournament. Neymar received the Bronze Boot for playing fewer minutes than his competitors (480; Messi played 693 minutes, and Van Persie, 548).[59]
  12. ^ a b Griezmann, Lukaku, Denis Cheryshev, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé tied with four goals. In the assists tiebreaker, Griezmann won the Silver Boot by virtue of having two, while Lukaku got the Bronze Boot as he had one. The rest had zero.[60]

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1930 FIFA World Cup

1930 FIFA World Cup

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 to 30 July 1930. FIFA, football's international governing body, selected Uruguay as host nation, as the country would be celebrating the centenary of its first constitution and the Uruguay national football team had successfully retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics. All matches were played in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, the majority at the Estadio Centenario, which was built for the tournament.

Argentina national football team

Argentina national football team

The Argentina national football team represents Argentina in men's international football and is administered by the Argentine Football Association, the governing body for football in Argentina.

Guillermo Stábile

Guillermo Stábile

Guillermo Stábile was an Argentine professional football player and manager who played as a centre forward. At club level, Stábile won two national championships with Huracán and played in Italy and France. He was the top scorer of 1930 World Cup, the inaugural iteration of the tournament. As manager, he led Argentina to victory at six South American Championships and Racing Club to three league titles.

Bert Patenaude

Bert Patenaude

Bertrand "Bert" Arthur Patenaude was an American soccer player who played as a forward. Although it was formerly disputed, he is now officially credited by FIFA as scorer of the first hat-trick in the World Cup history. He is a member of the United States Soccer Hall of Fame.

1934 FIFA World Cup

1934 FIFA World Cup

The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the second edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for senior men's national teams. It took place in Italy from 27 May to 10 June 1934.

Czechoslovakia national football team

Czechoslovakia national football team

The Czechoslovakia national football team was the national football team of Czechoslovakia from 1920 to 1993. The team was controlled by the Czechoslovak Football Association, and the team qualified for eight World Cups and three European Championships. It had two runner-up finishes in World Cups, in 1934 and 1962, and won the European Championship in the 1976 tournament.

Germany national football team

Germany national football team

The Germany national football team represents Germany in men's international football and played its first match in 1908. The team is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Between 1949 and 1990, separate German national teams were recognised by FIFA due to Allied occupation and division: the DFB's team representing the Federal Republic of Germany, the Saarland team representing the Saar Protectorate (1950–1956) and the East Germany team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). The latter two were absorbed along with their records; the present team represents the reunified Federal Republic. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following reunification in 1990.

Edmund Conen

Edmund Conen

Edmund Conen was a German footballer who played as a striker.

Angelo Schiavio

Angelo Schiavio

Angelo Schiavio was an Italian footballer who played as a forward. Schiavio spent his entire career with Bologna, the club of the city where he was born and died; he won four league titles with the club, and is the team's all-time highest goalscorer. He won the 1934 FIFA World Cup with Italy, finishing as the tournament's second highest goalscorer; winning the 1927–30 Central European International Cup & 1933–35 Central European International Cup and he also won a bronze medal with Italy at the 1928 Summer Olympics. Following his retirement, he later also managed both Bologna and the Italian national side.

1938 FIFA World Cup

1938 FIFA World Cup

The 1938 FIFA World Cup was the third edition of the World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for senior men's national teams and was held in France from 4 June until 19 June 1938. Italy defended its title in the final, beating Hungary 4–2. Italy's 1934 and 1938 teams hold the distinction of being the only men's national team to win the World Cup multiple times under the same coach, Vittorio Pozzo. It would be the last World Cup until 1950 due to the disruption of World War II.

Brazil national football team

Brazil national football team

The Brazil national football team, nicknamed Seleção Canarinho, represents Brazil in men's international football and is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of FIFA since 1923 and a member of CONMEBOL since 1916.

Hungary national football team

Hungary national football team

The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in men's international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation. The team has made 9 appearances in the FIFA World Cup and 4 appearances in the European Championship, and plays its home matches at the Puskás Aréna, which opened in November 2019.

Golden Glove

Official Award

The Golden Glove award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. The award was introduced with the name Lev Yashin Award in 1994, in honor of the late Soviet goalkeeper.[6] It was rechristened Golden Glove in 2010. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player's performance throughout the final competition. Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are still eligible for the Golden Ball as well, as when Oliver Kahn was awarded in 2002. In the event of a tie, the Golden Glove Award goes to the goalkeeper who progressed furthest in the competition.[61] The next tiebreakers are saves made, then minutes played.

Official Award
Lev Yashin Award
World Cup Lev Yashin Award
1994 United States Belgium Michel Preud'homme
1998 France France Fabien Barthez
2002 South Korea/Japan Germany Oliver Kahn
2006 Germany Italy Gianluigi Buffon
Golden Glove
World Cup Golden Glove
2010 South Africa Spain Iker Casillas
2014 Brazil Germany Manuel Neuer
2018 Russia Belgium Thibaut Courtois

Rumours

There was no official best goalkeeper award for the FIFA World Cup before 1994 but some blog level websites list Golden Glove winners starting from 1930. The list seems to match the All-Star team goalkeepers from different blog level websites[62] and other unofficial All-Star teams.[63][64][65][66][67] Other more official sources support some of these picks too.[68]

Unofficial[69][70]
World Cup Golden Glove
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Enrique Ballestrero
1934 Italy Spain Ricardo Zamora
1938 France Czechoslovakia František Plánička
1950 Brazil Uruguay Roque Máspoli
1954 Switzerland Hungary Gyula Grosics
1958 Sweden Northern Ireland Harry Gregg
1962 Chile Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf
1966 England England Gordon Banks
1970 Mexico Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
1974 West Germany Germany Sepp Maier
1978 Argentina Argentina Ubaldo Fillol
1982 Spain Italy Dino Zoff
1986 Mexico Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff
1990 Italy Costa Rica Gabelo Conejo

Argentina Sergio Goycochea

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1994 FIFA World Cup

1994 FIFA World Cup

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national soccer teams. It was hosted by the United States and took place from June 17 to July 17, 1994, at nine venues across the country. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on July 4, 1988. Despite soccer's relative lack of popularity in the host nation, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history. It broke tournament records with overall attendance of 3,587,538 and an average of 68,991 per game, marks that stood unsurpassed as of 2018 despite the expansion of the competition from 24 to 32 teams starting with the 1998 World Cup.

Belgium national football team

Belgium national football team

The Belgium national football team officially represents Belgium in men's international football since their maiden match in 1904. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—both of which were co-founded by the Belgian team's supervising body, the Royal Belgian Football Association. Periods of regular Belgian representation at the highest international level, from 1920 to 1938, from 1982 to 2002 and again from 2014 onwards, have alternated with mostly unsuccessful qualification rounds. Most of Belgium's home matches are played at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

1998 FIFA World Cup

1998 FIFA World Cup

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the football world championship for men's national teams. The finals tournament was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition and the ninth time that it was held in Europe. Spanning 32 days, it is the longest World Cup tournament ever held.

France national football team

France national football team

The France national football team represents France in men's international football and is controlled by the French Football Federation, also known as FFF. The team's colours are blue, white, and red, and the coq gaulois its symbol. France are colloquially known as Les Bleus. They are the reigning world champions, having won the most recent World Cup final in 2018.

Fabien Barthez

Fabien Barthez

Fabien Alain Barthez is a French racing driver and former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. At club level, he played football in both France and England with Toulouse, Marseille, AS Monaco, Manchester United, and Nantes. At international level, he represented the France national team, with whom he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000, and the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, representing his nation at a total of three editions of both the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship; he also reached the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, after which he retired from international football.

2002 FIFA World Cup

2002 FIFA World Cup

The 2002 FIFA World Cup, also branded as Korea Japan 2002, was the 17th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial football world championship for men's national teams organized by FIFA. It was held from 31 May to 30 June 2002 at sites in South Korea and Japan, with its final match hosted by Japan at International Stadium in Yokohama.

Germany national football team

Germany national football team

The Germany national football team represents Germany in men's international football and played its first match in 1908. The team is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Between 1949 and 1990, separate German national teams were recognised by FIFA due to Allied occupation and division: the DFB's team representing the Federal Republic of Germany, the Saarland team representing the Saar Protectorate (1950–1956) and the East Germany team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). The latter two were absorbed along with their records; the present team represents the reunified Federal Republic. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following reunification in 1990.

2006 FIFA World Cup

2006 FIFA World Cup

The 2006 FIFA World Cup, also branded as Germany 2006, was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany, which had won the right to host the event in July 2000. Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003. Thirty-one teams qualified from this process along with hosts Germany for the finals tournament. It was the second time that Germany staged the competition and the first as a unified country along with the former East Germany with Leipzig as a host city, and the 10th time that the tournament was held in Europe.

Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon is an Italian professional footballer who captains and plays as a goalkeeper for the Serie B club Parma. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. He is one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,100 professional career appearances.

2010 FIFA World Cup

2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup, also branded as South Africa 2010, was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations. In 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.

Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas Fernández is a Spanish former and professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper and currently works as a football commentator. Popularly dubbed "San Iker" for his ability to produce spectacular saves, Casillas is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. He is known for his athleticism, quick reactions and outstanding shot-stopping ability. Having spent the majority of his career at Real Madrid, Casillas is one of the few players to achieve over 1000 professional career matches, and holds the record for the most clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League, as well as for the Spain national team. Currently, he works for RTVE, Movistar Plus+ and Azteca Deportes.

2014 FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organised by FIFA. It took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014, after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2007. It was the second time that Brazil staged the competition, the first being in 1950, and the fifth time that it was held in South America. Fans and pundits alike consider this edition of the World Cup to be one of the greatest ever held.

FIFA Young Player Award

The FIFA Young Player Award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and given to Germany's Lukas Podolski.[71] The award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2018 World Cup, this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1997. The election took place on FIFA's official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group.[72]

FIFA organised a survey on the Internet for users to choose the "Best Young Player" of the World Cup, between 1958 and 2002, named the best young player of each tournament.[73] With 61% of the overall vote, the winner was Pelé, who finished ahead of the Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas, the best young player at Mexico 1970, and England's Michael Owen, who reached similar heights at France 98.[74]

YPA[75]
World Cup FIFA Young Player Age
1958 Sweden Brazil Pelé 17
1962 Chile Hungary Flórián Albert 20
1966 England West Germany Franz Beckenbauer 20
1970 Mexico Peru Teófilo Cubillas 21
1974 West Germany Poland Władysław Żmuda 20
1978 Argentina Italy Antonio Cabrini 20
1982 Spain France Manuel Amoros 21
1986 Mexico Belgium Enzo Scifo 20
1990 Italy Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Robert Prosinečki 21
1994 United States Netherlands Marc Overmars 20
1998 France England Michael Owen 18
2002 South Korea/Japan United States Landon Donovan 20
2006 Germany Germany Lukas Podolski[71] 21
2010 South Africa Germany Thomas Müller[76] 20
2014 Brazil France Paul Pogba[77] 21
2018 Russia France Kylian Mbappé[78] 19

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2006 FIFA World Cup

2006 FIFA World Cup

The 2006 FIFA World Cup, also branded as Germany 2006, was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany, which had won the right to host the event in July 2000. Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003. Thirty-one teams qualified from this process along with hosts Germany for the finals tournament. It was the second time that Germany staged the competition and the first as a unified country along with the former East Germany with Leipzig as a host city, and the 10th time that the tournament was held in Europe.

2018 FIFA World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organized by FIFA. It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2010. It was the eleventh time the championships had been held in Europe, and the first time they were held in Eastern Europe. At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup ever held until it was surpassed by Qatar in 2022. The tournament phase involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while as the host nation Russia qualified automatically. Of the 32, 20 had also appeared in the 2014 event, while Iceland and Panama each made their first appearance at the World Cup. 64 matches were played in 12 venues across 11 cities. Germany, the defending champions, were eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 1938. Host nation Russia was eliminated in the quarter-finals. In the final, France played Croatia on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. France won the match 4–2, claiming their second World Cup.

1970 FIFA World Cup

1970 FIFA World Cup

The 1970 FIFA World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for men's senior national teams. Held from 31 May to 21 June in Mexico, it was the first World Cup tournament held outside Europe and South America, and it was also the first held in North America. Teams representing 75 nations from all six populated continents entered the competition, and its qualification rounds began in May 1968. Fourteen teams qualified from this process to join host nation Mexico and defending champions England in the 16-team final tournament. El Salvador, Israel and Morocco made their debut appearances at the final stage.

1998 FIFA World Cup

1998 FIFA World Cup

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the football world championship for men's national teams. The finals tournament was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition and the ninth time that it was held in Europe. Spanning 32 days, it is the longest World Cup tournament ever held.

1958 FIFA World Cup

1958 FIFA World Cup

The 1958 FIFA World Cup was the sixth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams, and was played in Sweden from 8 to 29 June 1958. It was the first FIFA World Cup to be played in a Nordic country.

Brazil national football team

Brazil national football team

The Brazil national football team, nicknamed Seleção Canarinho, represents Brazil in men's international football and is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of FIFA since 1923 and a member of CONMEBOL since 1916.

1962 FIFA World Cup

1962 FIFA World Cup

The 1962 FIFA World Cup was the seventh edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for senior men's national teams. It was held from 30 May to 17 June 1962 in Chile. The qualification rounds took place between August 1960 and December 1961, with 56 teams entering from six confederations, and fourteen qualifying for the finals tournament alongside Chile, the hosts, and Brazil, the defending champions.

Hungary national football team

Hungary national football team

The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in men's international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation. The team has made 9 appearances in the FIFA World Cup and 4 appearances in the European Championship, and plays its home matches at the Puskás Aréna, which opened in November 2019.

Flórián Albert

Flórián Albert

Flórián Albert was a Hungarian professional football player, manager and sports official, who was named European Footballer of the Year in 1967. Nicknamed "The Emperor", he played as a forward, and has been described as one of the most elegant footballers of all time.

1966 FIFA World Cup

1966 FIFA World Cup

The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams. It was played in England from 11 July to 30 July 1966. England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final to win their first and so far only ever title; the match had finished at 2–2 after 90 minutes and went to extra time, when Geoff Hurst scored two goals to complete his hat-trick, the first to be scored in a men's World Cup final, with a handful of spectators wandering on to the pitch during the fourth goal. England were the fifth nation to win the event, and the third host nation to win after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934. Brazil were the defending champions, but they failed to progress from the group stage.

Germany national football team

Germany national football team

The Germany national football team represents Germany in men's international football and played its first match in 1908. The team is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Between 1949 and 1990, separate German national teams were recognised by FIFA due to Allied occupation and division: the DFB's team representing the Federal Republic of Germany, the Saarland team representing the Saar Protectorate (1950–1956) and the East Germany team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). The latter two were absorbed along with their records; the present team represents the reunified Federal Republic. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following reunification in 1990.

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German former professional footballer and manager. In his playing career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. A versatile player who started out as a midfielder, Beckenbauer made his name as a central defender. He is often credited as having invented the role of the modern sweeper (libero).

FIFA Fair Play Trophy

The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament since 1970. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.[79]

The appearance of the award was originally a certificate. From 1982 to 1990, it had been a golden trophy based on Sport Billy, a football-playing cartoon character from 1982 who became an icon for FIFA Fair play.[80][81] Ever since 1994, it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure.[82] Peru was the first nation to win the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the 1970 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico.[83]

Peru's FIFA Fair Play trophy award. Peru won the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the tournament.
Peru's FIFA Fair Play trophy award. Peru won the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the tournament.
World Cup FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners
1970 Mexico  Peru
1974 West Germany  West Germany
1978 Argentina  Argentina
1982 Spain  Brazil
1986 Mexico  Brazil
1990 Italy  England
1994 United States  Brazil
1998 France  England
 France
2002 South Korea/Japan  Belgium
2006 Germany  Brazil
 Spain
2010 South Africa  Spain
2014 Brazil  Colombia
2018 Russia  Spain

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1970 FIFA World Cup

1970 FIFA World Cup

The 1970 FIFA World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for men's senior national teams. Held from 31 May to 21 June in Mexico, it was the first World Cup tournament held outside Europe and South America, and it was also the first held in North America. Teams representing 75 nations from all six populated continents entered the competition, and its qualification rounds began in May 1968. Fourteen teams qualified from this process to join host nation Mexico and defending champions England in the 16-team final tournament. El Salvador, Israel and Morocco made their debut appearances at the final stage.

1974 FIFA World Cup

1974 FIFA World Cup

The 1974 FIFA World Cup was the tenth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams, and was played in West Germany between 13 June and 7 July. The tournament marked the first time that the current trophy, the FIFA World Cup Trophy, created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga, was awarded. The previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had been won for the third time by Brazil in 1970 and awarded permanently to the Brazilians. This was the first out of three World Cups to feature two rounds of group stages.

Germany national football team

Germany national football team

The Germany national football team represents Germany in men's international football and played its first match in 1908. The team is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Between 1949 and 1990, separate German national teams were recognised by FIFA due to Allied occupation and division: the DFB's team representing the Federal Republic of Germany, the Saarland team representing the Saar Protectorate (1950–1956) and the East Germany team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). The latter two were absorbed along with their records; the present team represents the reunified Federal Republic. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following reunification in 1990.

1978 FIFA World Cup

1978 FIFA World Cup

The 1978 FIFA World Cup was the 11th edition of the FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football world championship tournament among the men's senior national teams. It was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June.

Argentina national football team

Argentina national football team

The Argentina national football team represents Argentina in men's international football and is administered by the Argentine Football Association, the governing body for football in Argentina.

1982 FIFA World Cup

1982 FIFA World Cup

The 1982 FIFA World Cup was the 12th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams, and was played in Spain between 13 June and 11 July 1982. The tournament was won by Italy, who defeated West Germany 3–1 in the final, held in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the capital, Madrid. It was Italy's third World Cup title, but their first since 1938. The defending champions, Argentina, were eliminated in the second round. Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait and New Zealand made their first appearances in the finals.

Brazil national football team

Brazil national football team

The Brazil national football team, nicknamed Seleção Canarinho, represents Brazil in men's international football and is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of FIFA since 1923 and a member of CONMEBOL since 1916.

1986 FIFA World Cup

1986 FIFA World Cup

The 1986 FIFA World Cup was the 13th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams. It was played in Mexico from 31 May to 29 June 1986. The tournament was the second to feature a 24-team format. Colombia had been originally chosen to host the competition by FIFA but, largely due to economic reasons, was not able to do so, and resigned in 1982. Mexico was selected as the new host in May 1983, and became the first country to host the World Cup more than once, after previously hosting in 1970.

1990 FIFA World Cup

1990 FIFA World Cup

The 1990 FIFA World Cup was the 14th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams. It was held from 8 June to 8 July 1990 in Italy, the second country to host the event for a second time. Teams representing 116 national football associations entered and qualification began in April 1988. 22 teams qualified from this process, along with host nation Italy and defending champions Argentina.

England national football team

England national football team

The England national football team has represented England in international football since the first international match in 1872. It is controlled by The Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England, which is affiliated with UEFA and comes under the global jurisdiction of world football's governing body FIFA. England competes in the three major international tournaments contested by European nations: the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League.

1994 FIFA World Cup

1994 FIFA World Cup

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national soccer teams. It was hosted by the United States and took place from June 17 to July 17, 1994, at nine venues across the country. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on July 4, 1988. Despite soccer's relative lack of popularity in the host nation, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history. It broke tournament records with overall attendance of 3,587,538 and an average of 68,991 per game, marks that stood unsurpassed as of 2018 despite the expansion of the competition from 24 to 32 teams starting with the 1998 World Cup.

1998 FIFA World Cup

1998 FIFA World Cup

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the football world championship for men's national teams. The finals tournament was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition and the ninth time that it was held in Europe. Spanning 32 days, it is the longest World Cup tournament ever held.

Man of the Match

The Man of the Match award picks the outstanding player in every game of the tournament since 2002. While the inaugural two editions were chosen by the technical group,[84][85] the Man of the Match is since 2010 picked by an online poll on FIFA's website.[86][87]

World Cup Most Man of the Match wins Wins
2002 South Korea/Japan Brazil Rivaldo 3
2006 Germany Italy Andrea Pirlo 3
2010 South Africa Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 4
2014 Brazil Argentina Lionel Messi 4
2018 Russia France Antoine Griezmann
Belgium Eden Hazard
England Harry Kane
Croatia Luka Modrić
3

Total awards
As of 26 November 2022

Rank Player Man of the Match WC with awards
1 Argentina Lionel Messi 7 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
3 Netherlands Arjen Robben 6 2006, 2010, 2014
4 Uruguay Luis Suárez 5 2010, 2014, 2018
5 Belgium Eden Hazard 4 2014, 2018
Japan Keisuke Honda 2010, 2014
Germany Miroslav Klose 2002, 2006
France Kylian Mbappé 2018, 2022
Croatia Luka Modrić 2018, 2022
Germany Thomas Müller 2010, 2014
South Korea Park Ji-sung 2002, 2006, 2010
Colombia James Rodríguez 2014, 2018
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 2010

By country
As of 29 November 2022

Rank Country Man of the Match Players
1  Brazil 24 16
2  Germany 22 12
3  France 19 11
4  Spain 18 12
5  Argentina 16 8
 England 14
7  Netherlands 15 6
8  Mexico 13 10
 Portugal 7
 United States 8

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2002 FIFA World Cup

2002 FIFA World Cup

The 2002 FIFA World Cup, also branded as Korea Japan 2002, was the 17th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial football world championship for men's national teams organized by FIFA. It was held from 31 May to 30 June 2002 at sites in South Korea and Japan, with its final match hosted by Japan at International Stadium in Yokohama.

Brazil national football team

Brazil national football team

The Brazil national football team, nicknamed Seleção Canarinho, represents Brazil in men's international football and is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of FIFA since 1923 and a member of CONMEBOL since 1916.

2006 FIFA World Cup

2006 FIFA World Cup

The 2006 FIFA World Cup, also branded as Germany 2006, was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany, which had won the right to host the event in July 2000. Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003. Thirty-one teams qualified from this process along with hosts Germany for the finals tournament. It was the second time that Germany staged the competition and the first as a unified country along with the former East Germany with Leipzig as a host city, and the 10th time that the tournament was held in Europe.

Italy national football team

Italy national football team

The Italy national football team has represented Italy in international football since its first match in 1910. The national team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body for football in Italy, which is a co-founder and member of UEFA. Italy's home matches are played at various stadiums throughout Italy, and its primary training ground and technical headquarters, Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano, is located in Florence. Italy are the reigning European champions, having won UEFA Euro 2020.

Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional football coach and former player who is head coach of Süper Lig club Fatih Karagümrük. Considered one of the best deep-lying playmakers ever, Pirlo was renowned for his vision, ball control, technique, creativity, passing, and free kick ability.

2010 FIFA World Cup

2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup, also branded as South Africa 2010, was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations. In 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.

2014 FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organised by FIFA. It took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014, after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2007. It was the second time that Brazil staged the competition, the first being in 1950, and the fifth time that it was held in South America. Fans and pundits alike consider this edition of the World Cup to be one of the greatest ever held.

Argentina national football team

Argentina national football team

The Argentina national football team represents Argentina in men's international football and is administered by the Argentine Football Association, the governing body for football in Argentina.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record seven Ballon d'Or awards, a record six European Golden Shoes, and in 2020 was named to the Ballon d'Or Dream Team. Until leaving the club in 2021, he had spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he won a club-record 35 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles and four UEFA Champions Leagues. A prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (474), most goals in a La Liga and European league season (50), most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (8), and most assists in La Liga (192), a La Liga season (21) and the Copa América (17). He also holds the record for most international goals by a South American male (93). Messi has scored over 785 senior career goals for club and country, and has the most goals by a player for a single club (672).

2018 FIFA World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organized by FIFA. It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2010. It was the eleventh time the championships had been held in Europe, and the first time they were held in Eastern Europe. At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup ever held until it was surpassed by Qatar in 2022. The tournament phase involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while as the host nation Russia qualified automatically. Of the 32, 20 had also appeared in the 2014 event, while Iceland and Panama each made their first appearance at the World Cup. 64 matches were played in 12 venues across 11 cities. Germany, the defending champions, were eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 1938. Host nation Russia was eliminated in the quarter-finals. In the final, France played Croatia on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. France won the match 4–2, claiming their second World Cup.

France national football team

France national football team

The France national football team represents France in men's international football and is controlled by the French Football Federation, also known as FFF. The team's colours are blue, white, and red, and the coq gaulois its symbol. France are colloquially known as Les Bleus. They are the reigning world champions, having won the most recent World Cup final in 2018.

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid and the France national team. A versatile player, Griezmann is known for his attacking, passing, and supportive defence, and has played as an attacking midfielder, winger, and striker in his career.

Most Entertaining Team

The Most Entertaining Team award is a subjectively awarded prize for the team that had done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game, organised through public participation in a poll[6] starting in 1994.[40]

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
1994 United States  Brazil[56]
1998 France  France[56]
2002 South Korea/Japan  South Korea[88]
2006 Germany  Portugal[89]
2010 South Africa  Germany
2014 Brazil  Colombia
2018 Russia  Belgium

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1994 FIFA World Cup

1994 FIFA World Cup

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national soccer teams. It was hosted by the United States and took place from June 17 to July 17, 1994, at nine venues across the country. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on July 4, 1988. Despite soccer's relative lack of popularity in the host nation, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history. It broke tournament records with overall attendance of 3,587,538 and an average of 68,991 per game, marks that stood unsurpassed as of 2018 despite the expansion of the competition from 24 to 32 teams starting with the 1998 World Cup.

Brazil national football team

Brazil national football team

The Brazil national football team, nicknamed Seleção Canarinho, represents Brazil in men's international football and is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of FIFA since 1923 and a member of CONMEBOL since 1916.

1998 FIFA World Cup

1998 FIFA World Cup

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the football world championship for men's national teams. The finals tournament was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition and the ninth time that it was held in Europe. Spanning 32 days, it is the longest World Cup tournament ever held.

France national football team

France national football team

The France national football team represents France in men's international football and is controlled by the French Football Federation, also known as FFF. The team's colours are blue, white, and red, and the coq gaulois its symbol. France are colloquially known as Les Bleus. They are the reigning world champions, having won the most recent World Cup final in 2018.

2002 FIFA World Cup

2002 FIFA World Cup

The 2002 FIFA World Cup, also branded as Korea Japan 2002, was the 17th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial football world championship for men's national teams organized by FIFA. It was held from 31 May to 30 June 2002 at sites in South Korea and Japan, with its final match hosted by Japan at International Stadium in Yokohama.

2006 FIFA World Cup

2006 FIFA World Cup

The 2006 FIFA World Cup, also branded as Germany 2006, was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany, which had won the right to host the event in July 2000. Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003. Thirty-one teams qualified from this process along with hosts Germany for the finals tournament. It was the second time that Germany staged the competition and the first as a unified country along with the former East Germany with Leipzig as a host city, and the 10th time that the tournament was held in Europe.

2010 FIFA World Cup

2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup, also branded as South Africa 2010, was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations. In 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.

Germany national football team

Germany national football team

The Germany national football team represents Germany in men's international football and played its first match in 1908. The team is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Between 1949 and 1990, separate German national teams were recognised by FIFA due to Allied occupation and division: the DFB's team representing the Federal Republic of Germany, the Saarland team representing the Saar Protectorate (1950–1956) and the East Germany team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). The latter two were absorbed along with their records; the present team represents the reunified Federal Republic. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following reunification in 1990.

2014 FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organised by FIFA. It took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014, after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2007. It was the second time that Brazil staged the competition, the first being in 1950, and the fifth time that it was held in South America. Fans and pundits alike consider this edition of the World Cup to be one of the greatest ever held.

Colombia national football team

Colombia national football team

The Colombia national football team represents Colombia in men's international football and is managed by the Colombian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Colombia. They are a member of CONMEBOL and are currently ranked 17th in the FIFA World Rankings. The team are nicknamed Los Cafeteros due to the coffee production in their country. Notably, the national team has been a symbol of nationalism, pride, and passion for many Colombians worldwide. Colombia is known for having a passionate fan base, and the team's dances during goal celebrations have been symbolic.

2018 FIFA World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organized by FIFA. It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2010. It was the eleventh time the championships had been held in Europe, and the first time they were held in Eastern Europe. At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup ever held until it was surpassed by Qatar in 2022. The tournament phase involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while as the host nation Russia qualified automatically. Of the 32, 20 had also appeared in the 2014 event, while Iceland and Panama each made their first appearance at the World Cup. 64 matches were played in 12 venues across 11 cities. Germany, the defending champions, were eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 1938. Host nation Russia was eliminated in the quarter-finals. In the final, France played Croatia on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. France won the match 4–2, claiming their second World Cup.

Belgium national football team

Belgium national football team

The Belgium national football team officially represents Belgium in men's international football since their maiden match in 1904. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—both of which were co-founded by the Belgian team's supervising body, the Royal Belgian Football Association. Periods of regular Belgian representation at the highest international level, from 1920 to 1938, from 1982 to 2002 and again from 2014 onwards, have alternated with mostly unsuccessful qualification rounds. Most of Belgium's home matches are played at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

All-Star Team

The All-Star Team is a team of the best performers at the respective World Cup finals. Since 1994, FIFA decided to add official best squads, chosen by its Technical Study Group under the brand name MasterCard All-Star Team.[90] For 1998, 2002 and 2006, substitute and reserve members were also nominated for full squads.

Official team

All-Star Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1994 United States[90]

Belgium Michel Preud'homme

Brazil Jorginho
Brazil Márcio Santos
Italy Paolo Maldini

Brazil Dunga
Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov
Romania Gheorghe Hagi
Sweden Tomas Brolin

Brazil Romário
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Italy Roberto Baggio

1998 France[a][91]

France Fabien Barthez
Paraguay José Luis Chilavert

Brazil Roberto Carlos
France Marcel Desailly
France Lilian Thuram
Netherlands Frank de Boer
Paraguay Carlos Gamarra

Brazil Dunga
Brazil Rivaldo
Denmark Michael Laudrup
France Zinedine Zidane
Netherlands Edgar Davids

Brazil Ronaldo
Croatia Davor Šuker
Denmark Brian Laudrup
Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp

2002 South Korea/Japan[b][92]

Germany Oliver Kahn
Turkey Rüştü Reçber

Brazil Roberto Carlos
England Sol Campbell
Spain Fernando Hierro
South Korea Hong Myung-bo
Turkey Alpay Özalan

Brazil Rivaldo
Brazil Ronaldinho
Germany Michael Ballack
United States Claudio Reyna
South Korea Yoo Sang-chul

Brazil Ronaldo
Germany Miroslav Klose
Senegal El Hadji Diouf
Turkey Hasan Şaş

2006 Germany[93]

Italy Gianluigi Buffon
Germany Jens Lehmann
Portugal Ricardo

Argentina Roberto Ayala
England John Terry
France Lilian Thuram
Germany Philipp Lahm
Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Italy Gianluca Zambrotta
Portugal Ricardo Carvalho

Brazil Zé Roberto
France Patrick Vieira
France Zinedine Zidane
Germany Michael Ballack
Italy Andrea Pirlo
Italy Gennaro Gattuso
Portugal Luís Figo
Portugal Maniche

Argentina Hernán Crespo
France Thierry Henry
Germany Miroslav Klose
Italy Luca Toni
Italy Francesco Totti

  1. ^ In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, six reserves were listed: Netherlands Edwin van der Sar, Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón, France Thierry Henry, Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha, England Michael Owen, and Italy Christian Vieri
  2. ^ In addition to the 16 of the All-Star Team, seven reserves were listed: Spain Iker Casillas, Brazil Cafu, Germany Dietmar Hamann, Spain Joaquín, Japan Hidetoshi Nakata, United States Landon Donovan, and Belgium Marc Wilmots

Unofficial team

FIFA published the first All-Star Team in 1938, but it never made All-Star Team again until 1990 due to ensuing complaints.[63] In January 1959, the host of 1958 tournament Swedish Federation published an All-Star Team based on 720 answers out of 1,200 experts.[64][94] In 1990 there was an All-Star Team announced in combination with the Golden Ball ceremony. It was chosen by the same journalists who chose the best player, but this team is still considered unofficial.[95][96]

All-Star Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Reserves
1938 France

Czechoslovakia František Plánička

Brazil Domingos da Guia
Italy Pietro Rava

Brazil Zezé Procópio
Italy Michele Andreolo
Italy Ugo Locatelli

Sweden Arne Nyberg
Italy Giuseppe Meazza
Brazil Leônidas
Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Pál Titkos

No

reserves

1958 Sweden

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Sweden Orvar Bergmark
Brazil Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Soviet Union Yuriy Voynov
West Germany Horst Szymaniak

Brazil Garrincha
Brazil Didi
France Raymond Kopa
Brazil Pelé
Sweden Lennart Skoglund

1990 Italy

Brazil Cláudio Taffarel

Brazil Jorginho
Italy Giuseppe Bergomi
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Guido Buchwald
West Germany Andreas Brehme

Italy Roberto Donadoni
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Belgium Enzo Scifo

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

Costa Rica Gabelo Conejo
Brazil Branco
England Des Walker
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković
Cameroon Roger Milla

After FIFA changed its sponsor from MasterCard to Visa in 2007,[97] it published Team of the Tournament based on statistical data of other sponsors, which evaluates players' performances. FIFA explained these are not official.[98]

Statistical Team of the Tournament
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Standard
2010 South Africa[99]

Germany Manuel Neuer

Spain Joan Capdevila
Germany Philipp Lahm
Spain Carles Puyol
Spain Sergio Ramos

Netherlands Mark van Bommel
Germany Thomas Müller
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Spain Sergio Busquets

Spain David Villa
Uruguay Luis Suárez

Castrol performance index
2014 Brazil[100]

Germany Manuel Neuer

Argentina Marcos Rojo
Germany Mats Hummels
Brazil Thiago Silva
Netherlands Stefan de Vrij

Brazil Oscar
Germany Toni Kroos
Germany Philipp Lahm
Colombia James Rodríguez

Netherlands Arjen Robben
Germany Thomas Müller

Castrol performance index
2018 Russia[98]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

Sweden Andreas Granqvist
France Raphaël Varane
Brazil Thiago Silva
Colombia Yerry Mina

Russia Denis Cheryshev
Brazil Philippe Coutinho
Croatia Luka Modrić

England Harry Kane
Belgium Eden Hazard
France Antoine Griezmann

Fantasy football

Since 2010, the fans' Dream Team has been voted by online poll of FIFA website, but FIFA explained this is also not official team.[98]

Dream Team
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager
2010 South Africa[101]

Spain Iker Casillas

Germany Philipp Lahm
Spain Sergio Ramos
Spain Carles Puyol
Brazil Maicon

Spain Xavi
Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Spain Andrés Iniesta

Spain David Villa
Uruguay Diego Forlán

Spain Vicente del Bosque

2014 Brazil[102]

Germany Manuel Neuer

Brazil Marcelo
Germany Mats Hummels
Brazil David Luiz
Brazil Thiago Silva

Argentina Ángel Di María
Germany Toni Kroos
Colombia James Rodríguez

Brazil Neymar
Germany Thomas Müller
Argentina Lionel Messi

Germany Joachim Löw

2018 Russia[103]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

Brazil Marcelo
France Raphaël Varane
Uruguay Diego Godín
Brazil Thiago Silva

Brazil Philippe Coutinho
Croatia Luka Modrić
Belgium Kevin De Bruyne

Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
England Harry Kane
France Kylian Mbappé


Statistical teams

Since the beginning many newspapers gave players points to players based on their performances at the World Cup. Some are based in statistics, but some were just rankings given by experts.[104] Castrol Football has given retrospective rankings to players until 1966 with their expert panel consisting of people such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Arsène Wenger, Marcel Desailly, Cafu, Alan Shearer, Emilio Butragueño, Ronald Koeman, Pierluigi Collina, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Gary Bailey, Peter Stöger, Mohamed Al-Deayea and Stanislav Levý.[105]

Selected by Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1958 Sweden
France Football[106]

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vasilije Šijaković
Scotland Bobby Evans
Brazil Nílton Santos

Scotland Eddie Turnbull
Brazil Didi

Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine
France Raymond Kopa
Brazil Pelé
Sweden Lennart Skoglund

1966 England
Castrol Football[107]

England Gordon Banks

England Ray Wilson
England Bobby Moore
West Germany Wolfgang Weber
England George Cohen

West Germany Helmut Haller
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Portugal José Augusto
England Martin Peters

Portugal Eusébio
Portugal José Torres

Sofascore[108]

Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz

England Jack Charlton
England Bobby Moore
North Korea Shin Yung-kyoo

England Martin Peters
England Bobby Charlton
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Germany Helmut Haller

Portugal Eusébio
Germany Uwe Seeler
Hungary Ferenc Bene

1970 Mexico
Castrol Football[109]

Soviet Union Anzor Kavazashvili

Uruguay Juan Mujica
Uruguay Roberto Matosas
Uruguay Atilio Ancheta
Uruguay Luis Ubiña

Brazil Rivellino
Peru Teófilo Cubillas
Uruguay Ildo Maneiro
Brazil Jairzinho

Brazil Pelé
West Germany Gerd Müller

Sofascore[110]

Italy Enrico Albertosi

Mexico Javier Guzmán
England Bobby Moore
Germany Franz Beckenbauer

Brazil Rivellino
Peru Teófilo Cubillas
Brazil Gérson
Brazil Jairzinho

Brazil Pelé
Germany Uwe Seeler
Germany Gerd Müller

1974 West Germany
Castrol Football[111]

Sweden Ronnie Hellström

Netherlands Ruud Krol
Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Netherlands Wim Suurbier

Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Arie Haan
Poland Grzegorz Lato

Netherlands Johnny Rep
West Germany Gerd Müller

El Gráfico[112]

Sweden Ronnie Hellström

West Germany Paul Breitner
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen
Poland Antoni Szymanowski

Sweden Ralf Edström
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Johan Neeskens

Poland Robert Gadocha
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Grzegorz Lato

Sofascore[113]

Sweden Ronnie Hellström

Germany Paul Breitner
Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Brazil Luís Pereira
Poland Antoni Szymanowski

Germany Rainer Bonhof
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Johan Neeskens

Sweden Ralf Edström
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Grzegorz Lato

1978 Argentina
Castrol Football[114]

Brazil Émerson Leão

Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Italy Gaetano Scirea
West Germany Manfred Kaltz

Netherlands Wim Jansen
Netherlands Arie Haan
West Germany Rainer Bonhof
Poland Grzegorz Lato

Argentina Mario Kempes
Austria Hans Krankl

Sofascore[115]

Peru Ramón Quiroga

Argentina Luis Galván
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella

Germany Rainer Bonhof
Argentina Daniel Bertoni
Netherlands Arie Haan
Netherlands Willy van de Kerkhof
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Argentina Mario Kempes
Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenige

1982 Spain
Castrol Football[116]

Poland Józef Młynarczyk

Italy Antonio Cabrini
West Germany Paul Breitner
Italy Gaetano Scirea
England Mick Mills

West Germany Uli Stielike
Brazil Zico
France Alain Giresse
West Germany Pierre Littbarski

Italy Paolo Rossi
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Sofascore[117]

Poland Józef Młynarczyk

Peru Bruno Pezzey
Brazil Júnior
Argentina Daniel Passarella

France Alain Giresse
France Michel Platini
Brazil Zico
Belgium Franky Vercauteren
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Italy Paolo Rossi
Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenige

1986 Mexico
France Football[118]

Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff

Belgium Eric Gerets
West Germany Karlheinz Förster
France Maxime Bossis
France Manuel Amoros

West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Argentina Jorge Burruchaga
France Jean Tigana
Argentina Diego Maradona

Argentina Jorge Valdano
West Germany Klaus Allofs

Sofascore[119]

France Joël Bats

France Manuel Amoros
West Germany Andreas Brehme
Brazil Júlio César
Mexico Fernando Quirarte

Argentina Diego Maradona
Germany Lothar Matthäus
Argentina Jorge Burruchaga

Denmark Preben Elkjær
Brazil Careca
Soviet Union Igor Belanov

1990 Italy
Sofascore[120]

Czechoslovakia Jan Stejskal

England Mark Wright
Italy Franco Baresi
Romania Gheorghe Popescu

Spain Míchel
Germany Pierre Littbarski
Germany Lothar Matthäus
Germany Andreas Brehme
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković

Czechoslovakia Tomáš Skuhravý
Cameroon Roger Milla

1994 USA
Sofascore[121]

Sweden Thomas Ravelli

Netherlands Ronald Koeman
Brazil Márcio Santos
Italy Paolo Maldini

Sweden Tomas Brolin
Romania Gheorghe Hagi
Brazil Dunga
Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov

Sweden Kennet Andersson
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
Romania Florin Răducioiu

1998 France
Sofascore[122]

Paraguay José Luis Chilavert

France Lilian Thuram
Paraguay Celso Ayala
France Marcel Desailly
France Bixente Lizarazu

France Emmanuel Petit
Brazil Dunga
Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón
France Zinedine Zidane
Netherlands Wim Jonk

Germany Oliver Bierhoff

2002 South Korea & Japan
Sofascore[123]

Turkey Rüştü Reçber

Germany Torsten Frings
Spain Carles Puyol
Spain Fernando Hierro
Brazil Roberto Carlos

England David Beckham
Germany Dietmar Hamann
Germany Michael Ballack
Brazil Rivaldo

Brazil Ronaldo
Italy Christian Vieri

2006 Germany
Sofascore[124]

Switzerland Pascal Zuberbühler

Argentina Roberto Ayala
Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Italy Marco Materazzi

France Patrick Vieira
Ukraine Anatoliy Tymoshcuk
Switzerland Tranquillo Barnetta
Italy Andrea Pirlo
Argentina Juan Román Riquelme
Ukraine Maxym Kalynychenko

Germany Miroslav Klose

2010 South Africa
Sofascore[125]

Portugal Eduardo Carvalho

Germany Philipp Lahm
Spain Gerard Piqué
Brazil Juan

Spain Xavi
Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger
Argentina Lionel Messi
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Spain David Villa

Germany Thomas Müller
Uruguay Diego Forlán

2014 Brazil
Sofascore[126]

United States Tim Howard

Netherlands Stefan de Vrij
Netherlands Ron Vlaar
Switzerland Ricardo Rodríguez

Germany Toni Kroos
Netherlands Arjen Robben
Argentina Lionel Messi
Colombia James Rodríguez
Brazil Neymar

Germany Thomas Müller
France Karim Benzema

2018 Russia
WhoScored.com[127]

Denmark Kasper Schmeichel

Brazil Marcelo
Sweden Andreas Granqvist
Uruguay José María Giménez
Russia Mário Fernandes

Brazil Neymar
Belgium Kevin De Bruyne
Croatia Luka Modrić
England Kieran Trippier

Belgium Eden Hazard
England Harry Kane

Sofascore[128]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

Brazil Marcelo
Sweden Andreas Granqvist
England John Stones
England Kieran Trippier

Belgium Kevin De Bruyne
France Antoine Griezmann
Croatia Luka Modrić

Belgium Eden Hazard
England Harry Kane
France Kylian Mbappé

Selections by media

Many different newspapers, sports journalists, managers and former players have picked their All-Star teams for the tournaments over the years. Newspapers which picked their All-Star teams include Sport-Magazin, Mundo Esportivo, France Football, Associated Press, Estadio, El Gráfico, Goles, Guerin Sportivo, Crónica, El Mercurio, La Prensa, Clarín, La Razón, El País, L'Équipe, Mundo Deportivo, De Volkskrant, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Don Balón, La Stampa, Kicker, Deporte Gráfico, Spotivo Sur, Match, Fußball Woche, Placar, Shoot!, BBC Sport, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Diario AS and Marca.

Sports journalists, managers and former players who picked their All-Star teams include Dr. Friedebert Becker, Gabriel Hanot, Enzo Bearzot, Pelé, Roberto Bettega, Eugenio Bersellini, Giovanni Trapattoni, Massimo Giacomini, Sandro Mazzola, Paolo Carosi, Jimmy Greaves, Pichi Alonso and Johan Cruyff.

All-Star Team
Selected by Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1950 Brazil
Sport-Magazin[37]

Uruguay Roque Máspoli

Uruguay Matías González
Brazil Juvenal

England Billy Wright
Uruguay Obdulio Varela
Uruguay Víctor Rodríguez Andrade

Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Zizinho
Brazil Ademir de Menezes
Brazil Jair
Spain Agustín Gaínza

Mundo Esportivo[37][129]

Brazil Moacir Barbosa

Uruguay Matías González
Brazil Juvenal

Brazil Bauer
Uruguay Obdulio Varela
Uruguay Víctor Rodríguez Andrade

Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Zizinho
Brazil Ademir de Menezes
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rajko Mitić
England Tom Finney

1954 Switzerland
Mundo Esportivo[130]

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Beara

Brazil Djalma Santos
Uruguay William Martínez
England Billy Wright

Austria Ernst Ocwirk
Hungary József Bozsik

Brazil Julinho
Hungary Sándor Kocsis
Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti
Uruguay Juan Alberto Schiaffino
West Germany Hans Schäfer

1958 Sweden
France Football[106]

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Sweden Orvar Bergmark
Brazil Hilderaldo Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower
Brazil Didi

Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine
France Raymond Kopa
Brazil Pelé
Sweden Lennart Skoglund

Gabriel Hanot[106]

Soviet Union Lev Yashin

Brazil Djalma Santos
Brazil Hilderaldo Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Soviet Union Yuriy Voynov
Brazil Didi

Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine
France Raymond Kopa
Brazil Pelé
France Jean Vincent

1962 Chile
France Football[66]

Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf

Chile Luis Eyzaguirre
Uruguay Emilio Álvarez
West Germany Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
Czechoslovakia Ladislav Novák

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragoslav Šekularac
Brazil Zito

Brazil Garrincha
West Germany Uwe Seeler
Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Brazil Mário Zagallo

1966 England
Associated Press[65]

England Gordon Banks

Brazil Djalma Santos
West Germany Willi Schulz
England Bobby Moore
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
England Bobby Charlton
Soviet Union Valery Voronin

Hungary Ferenc Bene
Portugal Eusébio
Portugal António Simões

Estadio[67]

England Gordon Banks

Soviet Union Vladimir Ponomaryov
England Jack Charlton
England Bobby Moore
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

Hungary Flórián Albert
England Bobby Charlton
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer

England Geoff Hurst
Portugal Eusébio
Portugal António Simões

El Gráfico[67]

England Gordon Banks

Argentina Roberto Ferreiro
England Jack Charlton
England Bobby Moore
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

England Bobby Charlton
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer

Hungary Ferenc Bene
West Germany Uwe Seeler
Hungary Flórián Albert
Portugal António Simões

1974 West Germany
Estadio[131]

West Germany Sepp Maier

West Germany Berti Vogts
Chile Elías Figueroa
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
West Germany Paul Breitner

Netherlands Wim Jansen
Netherlands Johan Neeskens
West Germany Wolfgang Overath

Poland Grzegorz Lato
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Robert Gadocha

English

and Italian journalists[132]

Poland Jan Tomaszewski

West Germany Paul Breitner
Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Brazil Marinho Chagas

Netherlands Johan Neeskens
West Germany Wolfgang Overath
Poland Kazimierz Deyna

Poland Grzegorz Lato
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Robert Gadocha

De Volkskrant[133]

Sweden Ronnie Hellström

Argentina Enrique Wolff
Brazil Luís Pereira
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Netherlands Ruud Krol

Netherlands Johan Neeskens
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Willem van Hanegem

Argentina Rubén Ayala
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Robert Gadocha

1978 Argentina
Goles[134]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Brazil Toninho
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Poland Zbigniew Boniek
Italy Romeo Benetti
Argentina Mario Kempes

Italy Franco Causio
Argentina Leopoldo Luque
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Guerin Sportivo[135]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Italy Claudio Gentile
Brazil Amaral
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Netherlands Arie Haan
Argentina Mario Kempes
Brazil Dirceu

Austria Hans Krankl
Italy Paolo Rossi
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Crónica and

El Mercurio[135]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Austria Robert Sara
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Italy Romeo Benetti
Peru Teófilo Cubillas

Italy Franco Causio
Italy Roberto Bettega
Argentina Leopoldo Luque

Enzo Bearzot[135]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Brazil Toninho
France Marius Trésor
Argentina Daniel Passarella
France Maxime Bossis

Hungary Sándor Pintér
Brazil Batista
Netherlands Arie Haan
Brazil Dirceu

Austria Hans Krankl
Argentina Mario Kempes

La Prensa[135]

Brazil Émerson Leão

Brazil Toninho
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Brazil Amaral
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
Argentina Mario Kempes

Argentina Daniel Bertoni
Italy Paolo Rossi
Italy Roberto Bettega

Clarín[135]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Brazil Toninho
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Italy Mauro Bellugi
Argentina Alberto Tarantini

Netherlands Johan Neeskens
Argentina Américo Gallego
Argentina Mario Kempes

Italy Franco Causio
Argentina Leopoldo Luque
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

La Razón[135]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

West Germany Berti Vogts
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Brazil Dirceu
Italy Romeo Benetti
Argentina Mario Kempes

Italy Franco Causio
Italy Paolo Rossi
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

El País[135]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

West Germany Berti Vogts
France Marius Trésor
Argentina Daniel Passarella

Netherlands Arie Haan
Brazil Dirceu
Netherlands René van de Kerkhof
Argentina Mario Kempes

Tunisia Témime Lahzami
Italy Paolo Rossi
Italy Roberto Bettega

Pelé[136]

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Austria Robert Sara
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Brazil Batista
France Michel Platini
Argentina Mario Kempes

Italy Franco Causio
Italy Paolo Rossi
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

1982 Spain
Guerin Sportivo[137]

Italy Dino Zoff

Italy Claudio Gentile
Soviet Union Sergei Baltacha
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Brazil Júnior

Brazil Falcão
France Alain Giresse
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Italy Bruno Conti
Italy Paolo Rossi
Brazil Éder

Pelé[118]

Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev

Italy Claudio Gentile
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Brazil Júnior

Brazil Falcão
France Alain Giresse
Argentina Diego Maradona

Italy Bruno Conti
Italy Paolo Rossi
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

El Gráfico[138]

Italy Dino Zoff

Brazil Leandro
West Germany Uli Stielike
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Brazil Júnior

Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
France Alain Giresse
Brazil Falcão

Italy Bruno Conti
Italy Paolo Rossi
West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

L'Équipe[139]

Italy Dino Zoff

Italy Claudio Gentile
West Germany Karlheinz Förster
France Marius Trésor
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Brazil Toninho Cerezo
Italy Marco Tardelli
Brazil Falcão
France Alain Giresse
Brazil Zico

Italy Paolo Rossi

Mundo Deportivo[139]

Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev

Italy Claudio Gentile
Italy Fulvio Collovati
West Germany Uli Stielike
Brazil Júnior

Brazil Falcão
Brazil Sócrates
Poland Zbigniew Boniek
Italy Giancarlo Antognoni

Italy Bruno Conti
Italy Paolo Rossi

La Gazzetta dello Sport[140]

Italy Dino Zoff

Italy Claudio Gentile
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Italy Fulvio Collovati
Brazil Júnior

Brazil Falcão
Brazil Toninho Cerezo
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Italy Bruno Conti
Italy Paolo Rossi
West Germany Pierre Littbarski

Estadio[140]

Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev

Italy Claudio Gentile
Italy Fulvio Collovati
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Brazil Falcão
Italy Marco Tardelli
France Alain Giresse
Italy Bruno Conti

Italy Paolo Rossi
West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Don Balón[140]

Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev

Belgium Eric Gerets
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Brazil Júnior

Brazil Falcão
France Alain Giresse
France Michel Platini
Italy Bruno Conti

Italy Paolo Rossi
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Roberto Bettega[141]

Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev

Belgium Eric Gerets
West Germany Karlheinz Förster
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Brazil Júnior

Brazil Falcão
England Steve Coppell
Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
France Michel Platini
Brazil Zico

Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Eugenio Bersellini[141]

Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev

Italy Claudio Gentile
Spain Miguel Tendillo
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Brazil Júnior

Brazil Falcão
West Germany Pierre Littbarski
Brazil Zico
Argentina Diego Maradona

Italy Paolo Rossi
Brazil Éder

Giovanni Trapattoni[141]

Soviet Union Rinat Dasayev

Belgium Eric Gerets
West Germany Karlheinz Förster
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Brazil Júnior

Brazil Falcão
West Germany Pierre Littbarski
Brazil Sócrates
France Michel Platini

Poland Zbigniew Boniek
West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Massimo Giacomini[141]

Italy Dino Zoff

Italy Claudio Gentile
Italy Fulvio Collovati
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Brazil Falcão
Italy Bruno Conti
Italy Marco Tardelli
France Michel Platini

Italy Paolo Rossi
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Sandro Mazzola[141]

Italy Dino Zoff

Italy Claudio Gentile
Italy Fulvio Collovati
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Brazil Júnior

Italy Gabriele Oriali
Italy Bruno Conti
France Michel Platini
West Germany Pierre Littbarski

Italy Paolo Rossi
Poland Zbigniew Boniek

Paolo Carosi[141]

Italy Dino Zoff

Italy Claudio Gentile
West Germany Karlheinz Förster
Italy Gaetano Scirea
Italy Antonio Cabrini

Brazil Falcão
Italy Bruno Conti
France Alain Giresse

Poland Zbigniew Boniek
Italy Paolo Rossi
Soviet Union Oleg Blokhin

1986 Mexico
Kicker[118]

West Germany Toni Schumacher

Brazil Josimar
Denmark Morten Olsen
West Germany Karlheinz Förster

Argentina Jorge Burruchaga
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Brazil Elzo Coelho
France Luis Fernandez
Belgium Stéphane Demol

Soviet Union Igor Belanov
Argentina Diego Maradona

El Gráfico[142]

Argentina Nery Pumpido

France Manuel Amoros
Denmark Morten Olsen
Argentina Oscar Ruggeri
Spain Julio Alberto

Brazil Elzo Coelho
France Luis Fernandez
Argentina Jorge Burruchaga
Argentina Diego Maradona

Denmark Preben Elkjær
Brazil Careca

Guerin Sportivo[137]

Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff

Brazil Josimar
Denmark Morten Olsen
Brazil Júlio César
West Germany Hans-Peter Briegel

Italy Fernando De Napoli
Denmark Søren Lerby
Argentina Diego Maradona

Soviet Union Ivan Yaremchuk
Brazil Careca
Denmark Preben Elkjær

La Gazzetta dello Sport[137]

Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff

Belgium Eric Gerets
Brazil Júlio César
Denmark Morten Olsen
France Manuel Amoros

Spain Míchel
West Germany Felix Magath
Belgium Jan Ceulemans

Denmark Preben Elkjær
Argentina Diego Maradona
England Gary Lineker

La Stampa[143]

Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff

Brazil Josimar
West Germany Karlheinz Förster
Argentina José Luis Brown
France Manuel Amoros

Argentina Jorge Burruchaga
Soviet Union Pavlo Yakovenko
Belgium Jan Ceulemans
West Germany Lothar Matthäus

Soviet Union Igor Belanov
Argentina Diego Maradona

1990 Italy
La Gazzetta dello Sport[118]

Argentina Sergio Goycochea

Italy Giuseppe Bergomi
West Germany Jürgen Kohler
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Andreas Brehme

Czechoslovakia Ivan Hašek
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Belgium Enzo Scifo
Spain Rafael Martín Vázquez

Italy Salvatore Schillaci

El Gráfico[142]

Argentina Sergio Goycochea

Italy Giuseppe Bergomi
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Klaus Augenthaler
West Germany Andreas Brehme

England Mark Wright
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
England Paul Gascoigne
Argentina Diego Maradona

West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
Italy Salvatore Schillaci

Associated Press[142]

Costa Rica Gabelo Conejo

Brazil Jorginho
Italy Franco Baresi
England Des Walker
West Germany Andreas Brehme

Spain Míchel
Argentina Diego Maradona
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Belgium Enzo Scifo

West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
Italy Salvatore Schillaci

Deporte Gráfico[137]

Argentina Sergio Goycochea

England Paul Parker
West Germany Thomas Berthold
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Andreas Brehme

England Paul Gascoigne
Belgium Enzo Scifo
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

Sportivo Sur[118]

Costa Rica Gabelo Conejo

Italy Giuseppe Bergomi
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Jürgen Kohler
West Germany Andreas Brehme

Italy Roberto Donadoni
England Paul Gascoigne
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković

West Germany Rudi Völler
Italy Salvatore Schillaci

Jimmy Greaves[144]

England Peter Shilton

Cameroon André Kana-Biyik
England Mark Wright
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Andreas Brehme

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
England Paul Gascoigne
Belgium Enzo Scifo

West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
Italy Salvatore Schillaci

Match[144]

Netherlands Hans van Breukelen

England Paul Parker
England Mark Wright
West Germany Guido Buchwald
Egypt Hany Ramzy
West Germany Andreas Brehme

Spain Rafael Martín Vázquez
England Paul Gascoigne
Belgium Enzo Scifo

West Germany Rudi Völler
Italy Salvatore Schillaci

Fußball Woche[96]

Costa Rica Gabelo Conejo

Brazil Jorginho
West Germany Guido Buchwald
Italy Franco Baresi
England Des Walker
West Germany Andreas Brehme

England Paul Gascoigne
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Skuhravý

Don Balón[145]

Spain Andoni Zubizarreta

Argentina José Serrizuela
Cameroon Emmanuel Kundé
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Andreas Brehme

West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković
Argentina Diego Maradona
England Paul Gascoigne

West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
Italy Salvatore Schillaci

Placar[146]

Argentina Sergio Goycochea

Cameroon Stephen Tataw
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Guido Buchwald
West Germany Andreas Brehme

West Germany Lothar Matthäus
England Paul Gascoigne
Argentina Diego Maradona
West Germany Thomas Häßler

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
Cameroon Roger Milla

Guerin Sportivo[137]

Czechoslovakia Jan Stejskal

England Paul Parker
Italy Franco Baresi
West Germany Jürgen Kohler
West Germany Andreas Brehme

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Brazil Alemão
England Paul Gascoigne

Argentina Claudio Caniggia
Italy Salvatore Schillaci

Pichi Alonso[147]

West Germany Bodo Illgner

England Paul Parker
Italy Franco Baresi
England Des Walker
Belgium Michel De Wolf

Italy Roberto Donadoni
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
England Paul Gascoigne
Brazil Valdo

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
Cameroon François Omam-Biyik

1994 United States
La Stampa[148]

Belgium Michel Preud'homme

Spain Albert Ferrer
Italy Alessandro Costacurta
Brazil Aldair
Italy Paolo Maldini

Italy Dino Baggio
Romania Gheorghe Hagi

Bulgaria Yordan Letchkov
Brazil Romário
Italy Roberto Baggio
Sweden Tomas Brolin

El Gráfico[118]

Brazil Cláudio Taffarel

Italy Antonio Benarrivo
Brazil Aldair
Italy Paolo Maldini
Spain Sergi

Sweden Tomas Brolin
Brazil Mauro Silva
Romania Gheorghe Hagi

Italy Roberto Baggio
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Brazil Romário

Shoot![149]

Belgium Michel Preud'homme

Italy Paolo Maldini
Brazil Jorginho
Brazil Márcio Santos

Romania Gheorghe Hagi
Brazil Dunga
Sweden Tomas Brolin
Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov

Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Brazil Romário
Italy Roberto Baggio

1998 France
La Stampa[150]

Paraguay José Luis Chilavert

Brazil Cafu
France Lilian Thuram
France Marcel Desailly
Croatia Robert Jarni

Netherlands Edgar Davids
France Zinedine Zidane
France Didier Deschamps
France Emmanuel Petit

Croatia Davor Šuker
England Michael Owen

2014 Brazil
Johan Cruyff[151]

Germany Manuel Neuer

Argentina Pablo Zabaleta
Brazil Thiago Silva
Germany Mats Hummels
Brazil Marcelo

Netherlands Arjen Robben
Germany Toni Kroos
Belgium Eden Hazard

Argentina Lionel Messi
Netherlands Robin van Persie
Brazil Neymar

BBC Sport[152]

Germany Manuel Neuer

Germany Philipp Lahm
Costa Rica Giancarlo González
Germany Mats Hummels
Netherlands Daley Blind

Netherlands Arjen Robben
Argentina Javier Mascherano
Germany Toni Kroos
Colombia James Rodríguez

Argentina Lionel Messi
Germany Thomas Müller

2018 Russia
Süddeutsche Zeitung[153]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

France Raphaël Varane
Uruguay Diego Godín
Colombia Yerry Mina

Belgium Eden Hazard
Croatia Luka Modrić
France N'Golo Kanté
Russia Denis Cheryshev

France Kylian Mbappé
England Harry Kane
Croatia Ivan Perišić

Kicker[153]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

Sweden Andreas Granqvist
France Raphaël Varane
Colombia Yerry Mina

Belgium Kevin De Bruyne
France N'Golo Kanté
Croatia Luka Modrić
Croatia Ivan Rakitić
Belgium Eden Hazard

France Kylian Mbappé
France Antoine Griezmann

Diario AS[154]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

France Raphaël Varane
France Samuel Umtiti
France Lucas Hernandez

Croatia Luka Modrić
France N'Golo Kanté
Belgium Kevin De Bruyne
Croatia Ivan Rakitić

France Kylian Mbappé
France Antoine Griezmann
Belgium Eden Hazard

Marca[155]

Belgium Thibaut Courtois

Belgium Thomas Meunier
France Raphaël Varane
France Samuel Umtiti
France Lucas Hernandez

France N'Golo Kanté
Croatia Luka Modrić
Belgium Eden Hazard

France Kylian Mbappé
Belgium Romelu Lukaku
France Antoine Griezmann

Rumours

Until 1990, FIFA did not publish the All-Star Team, but some blog level websites put up the list of best teams from 1930 edition to 1990 edition. According to them, a technical study group consisting of journalists - mostly from Europe and South America - and experts has historically chosen the team. However, this list lacks reliable sources to be recognized as awards. FIFA website mentioned Djalma Santos (1954, 1958, 1962),[156] Franz Beckenbauer (1966, 1970, 1974),[156][157] and Elías Figueroa (1974) as winners among the list, but it did not announce all winners.[157]

Sporting99.com selection[62]
World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1930 Uruguay

Uruguay Enrique Ballestrero

Uruguay José Nasazzi
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Milutin Ivković

Argentina Luis Monti
Uruguay Álvaro Gestido
Uruguay José Leandro Andrade

Uruguay Pedro Cea
Uruguay Héctor Castro
Uruguay Héctor Scarone
Argentina Guillermo Stábile
United States Bert Patenaude

1934 Italy

Spain Ricardo Zamora

Spain Jacinto Quincoces
Italy Eraldo Monzeglio

Italy Luis Monti
Italy Attilio Ferraris
Spain Leonardo Cilaurren

Italy Giuseppe Meazza
Italy Raimundo Orsi
Italy Enrique Guaita
Austria Matthias Sindelar
Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý

1938 France

Czechoslovakia František Plánička

Italy Pietro Rava
Italy Alfredo Foni
Brazil Domingos da Guia

Italy Michele Andreolo
Italy Ugo Locatelli

Italy Silvio Piola
Italy Gino Colaussi
Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Gyula Zsengellér
Brazil Leônidas

1950 Brazil

Uruguay Roque Máspoli

Sweden Erik Nilsson
Spain José Parra
Uruguay Víctor Rodríguez Andrade

Uruguay Obdulio Varela
Brazil Bauer

Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Zizinho
Brazil Ademir
Brazil Jair
Uruguay Juan Alberto Schiaffino

1954 Switzerland

Hungary Gyula Grosics

Austria Ernst Ocwirk
Brazil Djalma Santos
Uruguay José Santamaría

West Germany Fritz Walter
Hungary József Bozsik

West Germany Helmut Rahn
Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti
Hungary Ferenc Puskás
Hungary Sándor Kocsis
Hungary Zoltán Czibor

1958 Sweden

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Brazil Djalma Santos
Brazil Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower
Brazil Didi

Brazil Pelé
Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine
Sweden Gunnar Gren
France Raymond Kopa

1962 Chile

Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf

Brazil Djalma Santos
Italy Cesare Maldini
Soviet Union Valery Voronin
West Germany Karl-Heinz Schnellinger

Brazil Mário Zagallo
Brazil Zito
Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust

Brazil Vavá
Brazil Garrincha
Chile Leonel Sánchez

1966 England

England Gordon Banks

England George Cohen
England Bobby Moore
Portugal Vicente
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Portugal Mário Coluna
England Bobby Charlton

Hungary Flórián Albert
West Germany Uwe Seeler
Portugal Eusébio

1970 Mexico

Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz

Brazil Carlos Alberto
Uruguay Atilio Ancheta
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Italy Giacinto Facchetti

Brazil Gérson
Brazil Rivellino
England Bobby Charlton

Brazil Pelé
West Germany Gerd Müller
Brazil Jairzinho

1974 West Germany

West Germany Sepp Maier

Netherlands Ruud Krol
West Germany Paul Breitner
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
West Germany Berti Vogts
Chile Elias Figueroa

West Germany Wolfgang Overath
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Johan Neeskens

Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Grzegorz Lato

1978 Argentina

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

West Germany Berti Vogts
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Argentina Alberto Tarantini

Brazil Dirceu
Peru Teófilo Cubillas
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Italy Roberto Bettega
Italy Paolo Rossi
Argentina Mario Kempes

1982 Spain

Italy Dino Zoff

Brazil Luizinho
Brazil Júnior
Italy Claudio Gentile
Italy Fulvio Collovati

Poland Zbigniew Boniek
Brazil Falcão
France Michel Platini
Brazil Zico

Italy Paolo Rossi
West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

1986 Mexico

Belgium Jean-Marie Pfaff

Brazil Josimar
France Manuel Amoros
Brazil Júlio César

Belgium Jan Ceulemans
France Jean Tigana
France Michel Platini
Argentina Diego Maradona

Denmark Preben Elkjær Larsen
Spain Emilio Butragueño
England Gary Lineker

1990 Italy

Argentina Sergio Goycochea
Costa Rica Luis Gabelo Conejo

West Germany Andreas Brehme
Italy Paolo Maldini
Italy Franco Baresi

Argentina Diego Maradona
West Germany Lothar Matthäus
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojković
England Paul Gascoigne

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
Cameroon Roger Milla
West Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

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