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Ranking the most disappointing World Cup teams

World Cup round-up: Ranking the most disappointing teams at Russia 2018

July 18, 2018 By Ali M.
While the likes of Croatia and England exceeded expectations, other teams let down their entire fans.

France's World Cup win may have been a few days ago, but the memory of their title success will not be forgotten anytime soon. However, on the other end of the spectrum, the failures of some teams will be remembered for years to come.

While the likes of Croatia and England surpassed expectations in Russia, some of the tournament's heavyweights underachieved and bowed out in embarrassment. Their shortcoming came down to a variety of reasons, but it was all disappointment nonetheless.

Which team was the biggest letdown? Here is our ranking for the top five flops of the 2018 World Cup.

5. Poland

No one expected them to win the title, but they were ranked 8th in the world heading into this tournament. Lewandowski was tipped to light things up but his nation finished their group in last place.

4. Brazil

They made the quarter-finals, but that was no achievement for a team labeled as the favorite. They conquered CONMEBOL and were deadly in the friendlies leading up to the tournament. Once it began, however, things never really clicked for Neymar and Gabriel Jesus in particular. To make things worse, this was one of their best squads in recent years.

3. Argentina

The South Americans were the biggest source of drama at the 2018 World Cups. Sampaoli was at the center of their debacle with rumors of mutiny from the senior players later emerging. They made the knockout stage and were knockout after losing to France by a one-goal margin, but the reality is that they were one of the worst Argentine sides in history despite boasting Lionel Messi in their rank.

The only reason why the two-time champion isn't higher up the list is that the warning signs were there. Everyone just hoped things turned out for the better or that Leo would bail them out. That sadly didn't happen.

2. Spain

Remember when they beat Argentine 6-1 and everyone was certain they would win the title? Surprisingly, that team went on to lose on penalties against Russia in the round of 16. Firing their manager two days before their opening game was the main reason, but then those same players who shined under Lopetegui became boring and very predictable. 

1. Germany

Brazil can blame their exit on the suspension of Casemiro, as Fernandinho struggled to deputize. Argentina and Spain had chaotic management and appeared headless for the greater portion of their games. But what was Germany's excuse?

All of their star names were present. There was no managerial fiasco, as the 2014 champion Joachim Low was at the helm. Being eliminated by France or Belgium is one thing; crashing out after losing 2-0 to South Korea is another.

 

 


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