Amr Obaid (Cairo)
Brazil tops the FIFA rankings for world teams, while its Argentine counterpart comes in third place, and the two friends and stars Messi and Neymar have appeared since the beginning of the season in a “wonderful” way, putting the “tango” and “samba” dancers in the real competition this time for the title of “World Cup”. The media did not stop talking about the Argentine national team keeping its record of defeats through 34 matches, winning 24 of them and drawing 10 times, and “Albiceleste” seems determined, under the leadership of its legend, Messi, to fight for the “World Cup dream” that has been absent since 36 years!
The Brazilian team is following a similar path, after losing only one confrontation, during the last 28 matches, and the funny thing is that it came at the hands of the “eternal rival” last year, after which it did not lose in 14 consecutive matches, and the funniest thing is that it is the only one who dropped “Tango”, for the last time. In 2019, South America dreams of restoring the glories of the past with the “tenth dance”, after its “World Cup gold” balance froze at 9 cups 20 years ago.
But the current “glowing of the Latin giants” may be “good news” and not “a sufficient indication”, because Uruguay, its “first champion”, was not at its best before seizing the 1930 and 1950 Cups, and “Celeste” beat the “big ones” to win its two World Cup titles, but The strange thing is that his series of matches before the 1930 World Cup was not “shiny”, but rather he lost against Argentina in the Copa America immediately before it, and the strangest thing is that Brazil dropped him twice in 1950, just two months before the famous “Maracana” final!
The successful successive series supports the “Latin duo”, as happened several times with previous champions, the first of whom was the Italian national team, which did not lose throughout 1933, and despite its defeat in early 1934 against Austria, but it returned the “most important” debt in the World Cup semi-finals, and he did not know ” The Azzurri have lost 18 matches since 1935 before the 1938 World Cup, because their confrontation in which they were delayed by two goals against Austria also in 1937 was canceled before the end of the quarter of an hour, due to a mass riot. With 10 wins and 8 draws since 2004, he had never managed to do so before winning the 1982 title.
The German national team did not record such numbers, but it avoided defeat in 9 matches from 1952 until winning the 1954 World Cup, and only lost once in 10 matches before 1974, and in 21 matches before the 1990 and 2014 editions, it was defeated twice, then only once. Respectively.
England suffered one defeat in 19 matches before the 1966 World Cup, as did France in 12 matches before 2018, but the “roosters” held out between 1994 and 1998 and lost only 3 matches out of a total of 46, while Spain was “amazing” with one defeat and 44 wins in 48 matches before 2010. .
The Argentine national team was not “brilliant” before its coronation in 1978 and 1986, as well as Brazil in 1958 and 2002, but the “samba dancers” won 14 matches and drew only once before 1962, and only lost a total of 19 matches before 1970, compared to two defeats in 17 matches before his last title in 1994.
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