Top World Cup Winners All-Time: Number Twenty – West Germany, 1954
The 1954 World Cup would mark the second time that the best team truly did not win. While it was the West Germans who fought out a nasty 2-1 win in the rain and the mud in the final, it was their opponents, the Hungarians, who had proven to be the top team in the tournament.
They were on a 32-match unbeaten streak and had even toppled the eventual champions of West Germany 8-2 in the Group Stages.
In fact, the Hungarians scored 17 goals in two matches in the group stages before scoring another eight in the two matches before losing to West Germany. They would end up scoring 27 in the entire competition across just five matches.
It may have been the rain that defeated the Hungarians, but the Germans had to play in the same conditions. So while we may wonder if the result would have been switched in better weather, the fact of the matter is that the West German defense had learned from the scolding initial loss to Hungary and dug in their heels in the second go-around.
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