The Pinnacle World Cup officially begins on May 27, 2018. Using a series of social media polls, the aim is to find the best team in World Cup history. Outright odds for the tournament are now available, but which teams will be competing and who are the main contenders? Read on to find out.
What is The Pinnacle World Cup?
The inaugural Pinnacle World Cup will be hosted between May 27 and June 13, 2018. The tournament comprises of 16 of the best teams from World Cup history with a voting system on Twitter being used to determine the outcome of the 15 individual games and ultimately, the overall tournament winner.
Pinnacle customers can bet on the outright winner of The Pinnacle World Cup (see the latest odds) before the tournament starts and at each interval throughout the competition.
Below is a list of the 16 teams that will be competing in The Pinnacle World Cup:
- Italy 1938
- Uruguay 1950
- Hungary 1954
- Brazil 1962
- England 1966
- Brazil 1970
- West Germany 1974
- Netherlands 1974
- Italy 1982
- Brazil 1982
- Argentina 1986
- France 1998
- Brazil 2002
- Spain 2010
- Germany 2014
- Germany 2018
There are no specific entry criteria for teams to take part (four of the 16 teams didn’t actually win the World Cup - Germany 2018 haven’t even competed yet but were the initial outright favourites for this year’s tournament in Russia). Instead, Pinnacle has compiled a list of what is widely regarded as the best World Cup teams in history and pitted them against one another.
How does The Pinnacle World Cup work?
The draw for The Pinnacle World Cup has already been made with the 16 teams facing each other in a straight knockout format until the winner is decided in the final on June 13, 2018. There will be one fixture listed as a poll every day on @PinnacleSports until two teams are left to face each other in the final.
- Read: World Cup Power Rankings
Anyone with a Twitter account can vote on the polls during The Pinnacle World Cup and whichever side receives the highest percentage of the vote will be deemed the winner of that fixture and progress to the next round (polls will be live for 12 hours and posted one day at a time).
Here’s how the draw for The Pinnacle World Cup looks:
Who is the best team in World Cup history?
While the names of some of the world’s most iconic soccer players will make certain teams appeal more than others, looking into the records of each of the teams (results from the year before and during their World Cup era) also provides some insight into how good they really were.
Brazil 1970 (4.00*)
The three standout performers from Brazil’s 1970 World Cup win in Mexico were Pelé, Gérson and Jairzinho but numerous members of the squad played a part in their country’s third World Cup success. While their perfect record at the World Cup is impressive, the Brazil team actually won 21 of their 23 games between 1969-1971 (drawing one and losing one) and scored an average of 2.75 goals per game, conceding just 0.63.
Younger Twitter followers will perhaps be drawn to voting for more recent World Cup teams such as the German side from 2014.
Despite playing in that year’s “group of death” with reigning World Cup winners England, current European champions Czechoslovakia and rising stars Romania, Brazil topped Group 3 with an unblemished record. Their unique fast-paced style of soccer saw Brazil ease past Peru in the quarter-finals (4-2) and Uruguay in the semi-finals (3-1) before beating Italy 4-1 in the final.
The final act of the 1970 World Cup encapsulated Brazil’s quality. A well-worked team goal was finished off by Carlos Alberto running onto a ball from the right-back position and striking it first time past Enrico Albertosi in the Italy goal.
Spain 2010 (4.00*)
Spain’s relatively recent triumph at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is impressive enough in its own right, but when you consider the team had played 32 matches between 2009 and 2011 with an 81.25% win rate it’s easy to see why they are regarded as one of the best teams in World Cup history.
The country’s first World Cup success was actually sandwiched between two European Championship wins in 2008 and 2012. It was during this period that the tika-taka style of play really gained prominence and although Spain didn’t score many goals (they hold the record for the lowest number of goals scored while winning a World Cup with eight), they perfected the art of holding on to the ball and controlling the game (they averaged 58.29% possession throughout the 2010 World Cup).
The Pinnacle World Cup: Other contenders
France 1998 (6.00*)
While many teams competing in The Pinnacle World Cup will be lauded for their attacking achievements, the France team from 1998 stands out for qualities at the other end of the pitch. Fabien Barthez, Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly and Lilian Thuram are a few notable names from the defensive unit that conceded just two goals in seven games on their way to lifting the World Cup on home soil.
Led by experienced captain Didier Deschamps, the France 1998 was built on defensive sturdiness but had the flair of Zinedine Zidane and Youri Djorkaeff in midfield as well as raw talent in the shape of Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet (both 20 years old at the time) coming off the bench. France’s record of 15 wins, nine draws and just two losses from 26 games between 1997-1999 shows how difficult the team was to beat.
Hungary 1954 (9.00*)
The Hungary 1954 World Cup team are often referred to as one of the most entertaining sides to ever compete in the tournament. While Ferenc Puskás is the most notable name in Hungarian soccer history, it was Sándor Kocsis who was the star of the 1954 World Cup - he was the top scorer with 11 goals while Hungary scored 27 in total (their average of 5.40 goals per game and average goal difference of +3.20 per game is still a World Cup record).
They might have finished as runners-up in the 1954 World Cup, but the Hungarian national team’s record from the year of the tournament and 12 months before (1953-1955) deserves a lot of recognition - the final against West Germany was the only match they lost in that two year period (winning 16 and drawing four).
Outsiders who might have a chance
The Italian team didn’t actually win a single game during in the opening round of the 1982 World Cup in Spain (the drew all three matches in Group 1). However, they then went on to beat heavy favourites Brazil and a strong Argentina side in the second group stage before beating Poland 2-1 in the semi-finals and West Germany 3-1 in the final.
While their perfect record at the World Cup is impressive, the Brazil team actually won 21 of their 23 games between 1969-1971 (drawing one and losing one).
Brazil’s fifth World Cup win in South Korea and Japan in 2002 was arguable their most emphatic to date. Thanks to eight goals in seven matches from Ronaldo, they became the third side to win every single game of a tournament in the history of the World Cup (the first in the extended seven-game format).
In 1974 West Germany exemplified the efficiency in approach that is now synonymous with the national soccer team. Despite losing to East Germany in the first round group stage, start players like Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller (scorer of 13 goals in 14 World Cup matches) pulled them through to the final where they beat the Netherlands side known as “the best team never to win the World Cup” 2-1 in the final.
Younger Twitter followers will perhaps be drawn to voting for more recent World Cup teams such as the German side from 2014. With Miroslav Klose (the all-time leading goal scorer in World Cup history) in the team, Germany thrashed the hosts and pre-tournament favourites Brazil 7-1 on their way to lifting the trophy. With an average squad age of 25.74, Germany 2014 were the youngest team to win the World Cup since Brazil in 1970 (24.36).
Want to have your say on who is the best team in World Cup history? Follow @PinnacleSports on Twitter and cast your vote!
Betting rules for The Pinnacle World Cup
- Every fixture must be “played” in order for bets on the outright market for The Pinnacle World Cup market to have action.
- There will be 15 individual matches in total (eight Round of 16 matches, four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and one final). The winner of The Pinnacle World Cup is the team that progresses through each round and wins the final.
- The winner of the individual matches will be decided using Twitter Polls. Each poll will run for 12 hours from 17:00-18:00 UTC to 05:00-06:00 UTC each day.
- Each poll and outright reposting will be announced on Twitter.
- There is no minimum number of votes on a poll for the winner of each individual match to be decided - whoever receives the highest percentage of the vote wins.
- In the event of a draw (equal share of the poll votes), the team to have the highest average goal difference per match they played in their World Cup (extra time not included) will be deemed the winner.
- In the event of a draw (equal share of the poll votes) and both teams having the same average goal difference per match they played in their World Cup (extra time not included), the team with the highest average goals per game will be deemed the winner.
- If the Twitter Poll for any individual match has an error or is unexpectedly closed before the allotted time ends, the poll will be reposted for the remaining time within its initial 12-hour period and the result of the secondary poll will stand as the official result.
- In case of abuse or fraud, Pinnacle reserves the right to cancel The Pinnacle World Cup at any time. If the tournament is cancelled, all open bets will be cancelled and refunded.
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