One of the most fascinating aspects of the World Cup is that any National Team seems to have a chance to advance and eventually win. It’s so simple. There are only seven steps and any team can beat any other team no matter the other team’s talents. So even the underdog has a chance, and therefore a reason to go on and fight. It keeps the fantasy alive. But we all know it is not so easy. The worst team can really win a match, but… the worst team is not necessarily the underdog. I think that tradition has to be considered as a main factor for success. Italy, Germany, Brazil, Argentina have the kind of tradition that any team would like to have. So, it’s not surprise when they win. But are they always the best teams? In 2002, Germany had the weakest team in years. In the matches against Paraguay and the U.S., Germany definitely didn’t play well. Did they deserve to win those matches? I’m not sure. But they played with intelligence, patience and the jersey that has so much tradition behind it. The experience shows that the defiant team must play with respect, but no fear, as Ireland against Spain in 2002, Netherlands against Brazil in 1974, USA against Colombia in 1994. I think the U.S. team could have beaten Germany in 2002. What did happen? Lack of confidence? More experience? We know the best team does not always win. And it can be asked: when the final game is over, who deserves more recognition? It would be obvious, but for some reason, sometimes the answer does not come easily. And we will ever talk about the best team that didn't win the World Cup. But I don’t think we can talk about the worst team that won the World Cup. It simply does not exist. Brazil reached seven WC finals and won five. What is the best Brazil ever?