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5 Biggest Wins in FIFA History

5 Biggest Wins in FIFA History

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As the biggest tournament in football, the FIFA World Cup has had its share of memorable moments over the years. With teams from all over the world competing against one another, there will always be games that stand out from the rest. Since the FIFA World Cup first started, there have been many amazing matches where teams have won by a large margin. There are even some teams known for having acheived some of the biggest wins in FIFA World Cup history. These are just a few of the memorable wins of different teams in varying periods:

Hungary 10-1 El Salvador – World Cup 1982

The Hungarian national team holds a remarkable record in World Cup history, having scored 10 goals against El Salvador in the 1982 World Cup. This impressive victory makes Hungary the only team to achieve a double-digit win in a men’s World Cup game. The winning margin of nine goals is also a joint World Cup record. However, despite this historic triumph, Hungary’s journey in the tournament came to an end after a loss to reigning champions Argentina, where Argentina surprisingly took both the first-half and second-half kick-offs. In their final group stage match against Belgium, Hungary managed a 1-1 draw but were still eliminated from the tournament.

A standout player in the victory against El Salvador was substitute László Kiss, who scored a hat-trick within seven minutes, making it the fastest hat-trick in World Cup history. Kiss’s feat is not only the only World Cup hat-trick by a substitute but also a remarkable achievement. Another notable player in the game was Laszlo Fazekas, who scored two goals, contributing to Hungary’s dominant performance. Ultimately, Italy emerged as the winners of the 1982 World Cup, defeating West Germany 3-2 in the final.

Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire – World Cup 1974

In the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Group 2 featured an interesting dynamic with defending champions Brazil, Scotland, Yugoslavia, and first-time qualifiers Zaire. As the teams drew against each other, goal difference became crucial for qualification. Scotland secured a 2-0 victory, but Yugoslavia’s impressive 9-0 win against Zaire propelled them to the top of the group with a remarkable +9 goal difference. Yugoslavia quickly took a three-goal lead within the first 20 minutes of the game. In response, Zaire’s manager, Blagoje Vidinić, who was a former Yugoslav international himself, decided to substitute the goalkeeper.

However, the replacement goalkeeper, Dimbi Tubilandu, conceded a goal within a minute and went on to let in five more throughout the match. By halftime, Yugoslavia had already scored six goals, setting a record for the most goals scored in the first half of a World Cup game. Dušan Bajević contributed to the impressive victory by scoring a hat-trick. Despite their strong start in the group stage, Yugoslavia struggled in the second group phase, losing all three matches and scoring only two goals.

Interestingly, Yugoslavia holds the unwanted record of suffering the joint-biggest defeat in the history of the European Championships, a 6-1 loss against the Netherlands in Euro 2000. They remain the only team to concede six or more goals in a single Euros game. The Yugoslavian team that faced Zaire had the youngest average age of any team on the list, with their starting XI averaging just 25 years and 351 days old.

Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia – World Cup 2002

The 2002 World Cup match between Germany and Saudi Arabia resulted in a remarkable 8-0 victory for Germany, making it the largest margin of victory in a World Cup game in the 21st century. Miroslav Klose, on his World Cup debut, played a crucial role in this historic win. Within 20 minutes, Klose scored his first goal by heading in a low cross from the left. Just five minutes later, he added a second goal with a powerful header. In the second half, Klose completed his hat-trick and secured Germany’s fifth goal by heading in Bernd Schneider’s cross.

Klose became only the second player in World Cup history to score a hat-trick of headers in a single game, with the first being Tomas Skuhravy for Czechoslovakia against Costa Rica in the 1990 World Cup. Klose’s feat of scoring a hat-trick on his World Cup debut has not been matched by any player since 2002. Notably, Klose holds the record for the most World Cup goals and headers, surpassing his compatriot Gerd Müller in both categories.


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Portugal 7 – 0 North Korea – World Cup 2010

In the 2010 World Cup, Portugal faced North Korea in a group-stage match that resulted in a dominant 7-0 victory for Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo, one of Portugal’s star players, contributed to the scoring in this remarkable game. Interestingly, Portugal scored only one goal in the first half but exploded with six goals in the second half. Surprisingly, despite their strong performance in this match, Portugal failed to score any more goals throughout the remainder of the tournament. Their journey came to an end in the round of 16 when they were eliminated by Spain.

Uruguay 8 – 0 Bolivia – World Cup 1950

In the 1950 World Cup, Uruguay faced Bolivia in a group-stage match that ended in a resounding 8-0 victory for Uruguay. Uruguay’s unique circumstance in the tournament was that they played only one group-stage game due to their group consisting of only three teams, while the other groups had four teams. Furthermore, France withdrew from the tournament before it started. Despite these unusual circumstances, Uruguay, who eventually became the tournament champions, managed to finish level with the host nation Brazil by scoring eight goals in the opening round. A standout player in the match against Bolivia was Oscar Miguez, who achieved a hat trick, contributing significantly to Uruguay’s emphatic victory.


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