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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment
dawned."

From:
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
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World Cup All Time Rankings

    M W D L G+   G- P
1 Brazil 97 67 15 15 210 - 88 216
2 Germany 99 60 19 20 206 - 117 199
3 Italy 80 44 21 15 126 - 74 153
4 Argentina 70 37 13 20 123 - 80 124
5 England 59 26 19 14 77 - 52 97
6 Spain 56 28 12 16 88 - 59 96
7 France 54 25 11 18 96 - 68 86
8 Netherlands 43 22 10 11 71 - 44 76
9 Uruguay 47 18 12 17 76 - 65 66
10 Sweden 46 16 13 17 74 - 69 61
11 Serbia 43 17 8 18 64 - 59 59
12 Russia 37 17 6 14 64 - 44 57
13 Poland 31 15 5 11 44 - 40 50
14 Mexico 49 12 13 24 52 - 89 49
15 Hungary 32 15 3 14 87 - 57 48
16 Czech Republic 33 12 5 16 47 - 49 41
17 Austria 29 12 4 13 43 - 47 40
18 Portugal 23 12 3 8 39 - 22 39
19 Belgium 36 10 9 17 46 - 63 39
20 Chile 29 9 6 14 34 - 45 33
21 Switzerland 29 9 6 14 38 - 52 33
22 Paraguay 27 7 10 10 30 - 38 31
23 Romania 21 8 5 8 30 - 32 29
24 Denmark 16 8 2 6 27 - 24 26
25 United States 29 7 5 17 32 - 56 26
26 South Korea 28 5 8 15 28 - 61 23
27 Croatia 13 6 2 5 15 - 20 20
28 Scotland 23 4 7 12 25 - 41 19
29 Cameroon 20 4 7 9 17 - 34 19
30 Bulgaria 26 3 8 15 22 - 53 17
31 Turkey 10 5 1 4 20 - 17 16
32 Japan 14 4 3 7 12 - 16 15
33 Peru 15 4 3 8 19 - 31 15
34 Ireland 13 2 8 3 10 - 10 14
35 Ghana 9 4 2 3 9 - 10 14
36 Nigeria 14 4 2 8 17 - 21 14
37 Northern Ireland 13 3 5 5 13 - 23 14
38 Colombia 13 3 2 8 14 - 23 11
39 South Africa 9 2 4 3 11 - 16 10
40 Morocco 13 2 4 7 12 - 18 10
41 Costa Rica 10 3 1 6 12 - 21 10
42 Ecuador 7 3 0 4 7 - 8 9
43 Norway 8 2 3 3 7 - 8 9
44 Australia 10 2 3 5 8 - 17 9
45 Senegal 5 2 2 1 7 - 6 8
46 East Germany 6 2 2 2 5 - 5 8
47 Algeria 9 2 2 5 6 - 12 8
48 Saudi Arabia 13 2 2 9 9 - 32 8
49 Ivory Coast 6 2 1 3 9 - 9 7
50 Ukraine 5 2 1 2 5 - 7 7
51 Tunisia 12 1 4 7 8 - 17 7
52 Wales 5 1 3 1 4 - 4 6
53 Iran 9 1 2 6 6 - 18 5
54 Slovakia 4 1 1 2 5 - 7 4
55 Slovenia 6 1 1 4 5 - 10 4
56 Cuba 3 1 1 1 5 - 12 4
57 North Korea 7 1 1 5 6 - 21 4
58 Honduras 6 0 3 3 2 - 6 3
59 Jamaica 3 1 0 2 3 - 9 3
60 New Zealand 6 0 3 3 4 - 14 3
61 Greece 6 1 0 5 2 - 15 3
62 Angola 3 - 2 1 1 - 2 2
63 Israel 3 0 2 1 1 - 3 2
64 Egypt 4 0 2 2 3 - 6 2
65 Kuwait 3 0 1 2 2 - 6 1
66 Trinidad & Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 - 4 1
67 Bolivia 6 0 1 5 1 - 20 1
68 Iraq 3 0 0 3 1 - 4 0
69 Togo 3 0 0 3 1 - 6 0
70 Canada 3 0 0 3 0 - 5 0
71 Dutch East Indies 1 0 0 1 0 - 6 0
72 Utd Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 - 11 0
73 China 3 0 0 3 0 - 9 0
74 Haiti 3 0 0 3 2 - 14 0
75 Za´re 3 0 0 3 0 - 14 0
76 El Salvador 6 0 0 6 1 - 22 0

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