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1994-
Number One Ranked Teams 1966-94
ENGLAND - 30 July 1966 to 1 June 1968 (673 days) - 1 successful defence
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  WORLD CUP FINAL (London)
30 July 1966 - England 4 West Germany 2 AET
West Germany
1 (London)
6 December 1967 - England 2 USSR 2
West Germany
  England lost one match during the period, to:
Scotland
WEST GERMANY - 1 June 1968 to 17 June 1970 (747 days) - 1 successful defence
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  (Hanover)
1 June 1968 - West Germany 1 England
0
England
1 WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL (Leon)
14 June 1970 - England 2 West Germany 3
AET
N/A
2 WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL (Mexico City)
17 June 1970 - Italy 4 West Germany 3
AET
N/A
  West Germany lost two other matches during the period, to:
Chile and Spain
BRAZIL - 21 June 1970 to 9 June 1973 - (1085 days) - no successful defences
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Mexico City)
21 June 1970 - Brazil 4 Italy 1
Italy
  Brazil did not lose any matches during the period.
ITALY - 9 June 1973 to 23 June 1974 - (380 days) - 2 successful defences
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  (Turin)
9 June 1973 - Italy 2 Brazil 0
Brazil
1 (Rome)
26 February 1974 - Italy 0 West Germany 0
Brazil
2 WORLD CUP (Stuttgart)
19 June 1974 - Argentina 1 Italy 1
Brazil
N/A WORLD CUP (Stuttgart)
23 June 1974 - Italy 1 Poland 2
N/A
  Italy did not lose any other matches during the period.
WEST GERMANY - 7 July 1974 to 5 April 1978 - (1,369 days) - 5 successful defences
(second time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Munich)
7 July 1974 - Netherlands 1 West Germany 2
Netherlands
1 (Frankfurt)
17 May 1975 -
West Germany 1 Netherlands 1
Netherlands
2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL (Belgrade)
17 June 1976 - West Germany 4 Yugoslavia 2 AET
Yugoslavia
(since 31 May 1975)
3 (Belgrade)
30 April 1977 - Yugoslavia 1 West Germany 2
Netherlands
(since 19 June 1976)
4 (Rio de Janeiro)
12 June 1977 - Brazil 1 West Germany 1
Netherlands
5 (Mexico City)
14 June 1977 - Mexico 2 West Germany 2
Netherlands
  West Germany lost two matches during the period, to:
England and France (and also lost on penalties to Czechoslovakia)
BRAZIL - 5 April 1978 to 21 June 1978 - (78 days) - 5 successful defences
(second time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  (Hamburg)
5 April 1978 - West Germany 0 Brazil 1
West Germany
1 (Rio de Janeiro)
1 May 1978 - Brazil 3 Peru 0
Sweden
(since 19 April 1978)
2 WORLD CUP (Mar del Plata)
3 June 1978 - Brazil 1 Sweden 1
Sweden
3 WORLD CUP (Mendoza)
14 June 1978 - Brazil 3 Peru 0
N/A
4 WORLD CUP (Rosario)
18 June 1978 - Argentina 0 Brazil 0
N/A
5 WORLD CUP (Mendoza)
21 June 1978 - Brazil 3 Poland 1
N/A
  Brazil did not lose any matches during the period.
ARGENTINA - 25 June 1978 to 2 August 1979 - (404 days) - 2 successful defences
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Buenos Aires)
25 June 1978 - Argentina 3 Netherlands 1
AET
Netherlands
1 FIFA 75th ANNIVERSARY MATCH (Berne)
22 May 1979 - Argentina 0 Netherlands 0
Argentina won 8-7 on penalties.
West Germany
(since 20 December 1978)
2 (Rome)
26 May 1979 - Italy 2 Argentina 2
West Germany
  Argentina lost one match during the period, to:
Bolivia
BRAZIL - 2 August 1979 to 5 July 1982 - (1,069 days) - 6 successful defences
(third time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  COPA AMÉRICA (Rio de Janeiro)
2 August 1979 - Brazil 2 Argentina 1
Argentina
1 COPA AMÉRICA (Buenos Aires)
23 August 1979 - Argentina 2 Brazil 2
Argentina
2 COPA DE ORO DE CAMPEONES MUNDIALES (Montevideo)
4 January 1981 - Argentina 1 Brazil 1
Argentina
(since 1 January 1981 - West Germany from 12 September 1979)
3 COPA DE ORO DE CAMPEONES MUNDIALES (Montevideo)
7 January 1981 - Brazil 4 West Germany 1
Argentina
4 (Stuttgart)
19 May 1981 - West Germany 1 Brazil 2
Argentina
5 (Rio de Janeiro)
21 March 1982 - Brazil 1 West Germany 0
Argentina
6 WORLD CUP (Barcelona)
2 July 1982 - Argentina 1 Brazil
3
N/A
7 WORLD CUP (Barcelona)
5 July 1982 - Brazil
2 Italy 3
N/A
  Brazil lost three other matches during the period, to:
Paraguay, USSR and Uruguay
ITALY - 11 July 1982 to 22 May 1984 - (682 days) - no successful defences
(second time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Madrid)
11 July 1982 - Italy 3 West Germany 1
West Germany
(France from 18 April 1984)
  Italy lost five matches during the period, to:
Switzerland, Romania, Sweden (twice) and Czechoslovakia
WEST GERMANY - 22 May 1984 to 28 August 1985 - (464 days) - no successful defences
(third time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  FIFA 80th ANNIVERSARY MATCH (Zurich)
22 May 1984 - Italy 0 West Germany 1
Italy
  West Germany lost five matches during the period, to:
Spain, Argentina, Hungary, England and Mexico
USSR - 28 August 1985 to 15 June 1986 - (292 days) - 1 successful defence
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  (Moscow)
28 August 1985 - USSR 1 West Germany 0
West Germany
1 WORLD CUP (Leon)
5 June 1986 - France 1 USSR 1
West Germany
N/A WORLD CUP SECOND ROUND (Leon)
15 June 1982 - Belgium 4 USSR
3 AET
N/A
  USSR lost four other matches during the period, to:
Spain, Mexico, England and Romania
ARGENTINA - 29 June 1986 to 2 April 1988 - (644 days) - 1 successful defence
(second time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Mexico City)
29 June 1986 - Argentina 3 West Germany 2
West Germany
1 (Buenos Aires)
16 December 1987 - Argentina 1
West Germany 0
West Germany
  Argentina lost five matches during the period, to:
Italy, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia and USSR
WEST GERMANY - 2 April 1988 to 25 March 1992 - (1,454 days) -  4 successful defences
(fourth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  VIER-LÄNDER-TURNIER THIRD-PLACE MATCH (Berlin)
2 April 1988 - Argentina 0 West Germany 1
Argentina
1 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (Dusseldorf)
10 June 1988 -
Italy 1 West Germany 1
Argentina
2 (Dusseldorf)
21 September 1988 - West Germany 1 USSR 0
Argentina
3 WORLD CUP FINAL (Rome)
8 July 1990 - Argentina 0 West Germany 1
Argentina
(Brazil from 12 July 1989)
4 (London)
11 September 1991 - England 0 Germany 1
Argentina
  West Germany lost four matches during the period, to:
Netherlands, France, Hungary and Wales (beat Germany)
ITALY - 25 March 1992 to 23 March 1994 - (729 days) - 1 successful defence
(third time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place
  (Turin)
25 March 1992 - Italy 1 Germany 0
Germany
1 US CUP (Boston)
10 June 1992 -
Italy 2 Republic of Ireland 0
Germany
(Brazil from 16 December 1992, Germany from 17 November 1993)
  Italy lost two matches during the period, to:
Switzerland and France
FIFA announced its first World Rankings in December 1992 - Germany were first and Italy were second.
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