Newsgroups: rec.sport.soccer From: email@example.com (Ariel Mazzarelli) Subject: World Cup History--The Moral Champions Date: 17 Dec 1993 23:25:31 GMT Organization: U.C. Berkeley Math. Department. Rubens S. Gomes wrote: >[Brasil should have won 6 world cups by now] Of course, if I wanted to flame you, I would suggest that you start by winning 6 Copa Americas, but never mind that. You're almost right. Unfortunately, there aren't enough world cups to go around! Note: in the analysis below I simply write Germany in the instances where technically I should write West Germany. 1930: Argentina should have won this cup!! On the other hand Uruguay was the host and a great team. So we need two cups here. Score: Argentina 1 Uruguay 1 1934: Ok the Italians get it because they're the hosts, they are good, Mussolini makes the right trains run on time, and Argentina does not show up (except in some key spots in the Italian squad). No complaints here. Argentina 1 Italia 1 Uruguay 1 1938: What the fuck? Why is this cup being played in Europe again, instead of Argentina? We have Bernabe Ferreyra too. So fuck FIFA, this one belongs to Argentina. We need two cups here. Argentina 2 Italia 2 Uruguay 1 1950: Argentina had the best player in the world, Di Stefano. Why is this cup being played in Brasil rather than Argentina? FIFA sucks. The airplane carrying the penta Serie A champion, and Azzurri backbone Torino crashes and the whole squad dies. Tragic but no cup. In the tournament itself, there is no question that Uruguay is the champion and there is NOTHING that Brasil can say. So we need two cups here. Argentina 3 Italia 2 Uruguay 2 Due to Jules Rimet condition, Argentina gets to keep the cup forever. Hopefully nobody steals it. 1954: Argentina still has the best player in the world, but this time Hungary is very very impressive and it's Europe's turn so we lose the cup por boludos nomas. Uruguay plays a hell of a game against Hungary in the semifinals, which wears out the latter and suggests a reason for the end of their four year unbeaten streak in the final against West Germany. The streak is worth an extra cup. Argentina 3 Germany 1 Hungary 1 Italia 2 Uruguay 2 1958: Argentina says FUCK YOU FIFA WE'LL WIN IT ANYWAY and loses to Checoslovakia 6-1. Oh well. Brasil win this and there is no extra cup. Argentina 3 Brasil 1 Germany 1 Hungary 1 Italia 2 Uruguay 2 1962: Pele is hurt and the Reds dominate-- Hungary, Checoslovakia, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union reach quarterfinals, Checks vs. Yugos in one semifinal, but in the end it's just Brasil. No extra cup. Argentina 3 Brasil 2 Germany 1 Hungary 1 Italia 2 Uruguay 2 1966: The first truly rigged world cup. England wins it because Pele gets literally kicked out of the cup, Rattin gets kicked out of the game, Uruguay gets totally ripped off against the Germans who in turn get the phantom goal treatment. Nobody deserves this cup except Eusebio. Still a cup is a cup and if I don't give it to the English they will whine endlessly. So this one produces six cups total. Argentina 4 Brasil 3 England 1 Germany 2 Hungary 1 Italia 2 Mozambique 1 Uruguay 3 1970: Brasil pulls FIFA's strings and the semifinal against Uruguay is played in Guadalajara (where Brasil was staying) rather than el DF (where Uruguay had been). Also Argentina is unfairly paired against the great Peruvian team and cannot even qualify (that was a great team godammit). The Europeans don't even count. In the end it's Pele Tostao Rivelinho & company producing the only perfect world cup record. No extra cup. Argentina 4 Brasil 4 England 1 Germany 2 Hungary 1 Italia 2 Mozambique 1 Uruguay 3 1974: (West) Germany is the host and loses to (East) Germany, "luckily" slipping into the easy semifinal group; in the other group, Argentina looks good for about 3 microseconds before everybody realizes that this is Holland's tournament. Unfortunately they forget to win the final. Give them the extra cup anyway because they were playing the host. Argentina 4 Brasil 4 England 1 Germany 3 Holland 1 Hungary 1 Italia 2 Mozambique 1 Uruguay 3 1978: FIFA finally gives Argentina the world cup, and they couldn't have picked a better time as we have a fascist military dictatorship. Thanks FIFA. So Argentina has to win this cup, we have 4 of the "extras" already. Italia beats us in the first round so we have to go to Rosario rather than stay in Buenos Aires. In the semifinal round we draw Brasil 0-0 in a very tense game and it all comes down to which team can score more goals against the hapless P & P's. FIFA schedule gives Argentina a break and we play Peru last, score enough goals and get to the final; there was no bribe watch the tape or read my report from last week. In the final the poor Dutch play the host again and we get the beautiful paper shower on the field. Fillol watches the ball hit the post on the 89th minute and we go to OT and win 3-1. Give an extra cup to Holland and a big box of Kleenex to Brasil. Argentina 5 Brasil 4 England 1 Germany 3 Holland 2 Hungary 1 Italia 2 Mozambique 1 Uruguay 3 1982: Argentina outplayed Italia and Brasil (fuck the flamers--watch the tape) but no extra cup because we don't need it. Brasil gets an extra cup because they only needed a tie and lost to Italia in the ultimate clash of styles. After getting out of that group Italia has no problems. Argentina 5 Brasil 5 England 1 Germany 3 Holland 2 Hungary 1 Italia 3 Mozambique 1 Uruguay 3 1986: Dios aparece. Seven Englishmen lie on the grass wondering where he went and sixty million on the island cry HE USED HIS BLOODY HAND. La mano de Dios and then two GOLAZOS against Belgium to settle the matter. The final is a formality which the Germans manage to complicate. Brasil loses a heartbreaker, penalty kicks against France, but of course they should have put the game away by putting the ball in the net so no extra cup for anybody. Second best tourney record in world cup history. Argentina 6 Brasil 5 England 1 Germany 3 Holland 2 Hungary 1 Italia 3 Mozambique 1 Uruguay 3 1990: This was the cup where the rigging was broken. Everyone understood that Italia was going to win this cup, but the northern Italians treated Argentina so revoltingly that we just had to eliminate them to make a point. Unfortunately, FIFA does not like it when agreements are broken, so Codesal did his red card & penalty kick thing in the final. Brasilians actually think that they outplayed Argentina, but they forget to count the actual clear scoring chances. Cameroon surprises lots of people, but they lack what it takes to make it past England. The English are actually unlucky for once, outplaying the Germans but losing on a fluke goal and penalty kicks. No extra cups as the northern Italians were too rude (plus the extra-cup rule does not apply to host teams) and the rest don't deserve one. Final Count: 1. Argentina 6 2. Brasil 5 3. Germany 4 4. Italia 3 5. Uruguay 3 6. Holland 2 7. England 1 8. Hungary 1 9. Mozambique 1 Note that that is a total of 26 cups, almost twice the actual number (14).