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World Cup Top Scorers

World Cup Top Scorers

Little needs to be said of Pele, other than his 12 World Cup goals helped inspire what is hailed as the greatest Brazil side of all time to three tournament victories. Edison Arantes do Nascimento was a genius on the ball, a marvel for his side, and someone who, to many, remains the greatest soccer player to have ever lived. His skill was typical of a Brazilian, but his ingenuity and subtlety was a joy to behold and something that we may never see again, despite what is said of a certain Lionel Messi.

David Cannon / Klinsmann was notorious for more than his goals, as his famous diving celebration has etched itself on modern football. Klinsmann remains the third highest capped player by Germany with 108, and his 47 goals were instrumental in a period when West Germany were a dominant force. You only need to ask Gareth Southgate and England. Amongst his honors lie a World Cup and a European Championship. Klinsmann was a proven goalscorer who went on to manage the national team in the 2006 finals on home soil.

Hultan Archives / Hungarian legend Sandar Kocsis tragically passed away at the age of just 49, but not before he had stamped his mark on football. He was part of the Hungarian side of the 1950s known as the Mighty Magyars, which included the likes of Ferenc Puskas and Zoltan Czibor. With 75 goals in 68 games for his country, Kocsis is worthy of appearing in any World XI, even more so because he was the top scorer in the 1954 finals with 11 including two hat tricks. After hanging up his well seasoned boots, Kocsis turned his hand to management before his life was cut short by leukemia and stomach cancer.

Stu Forster / Batigol, as he is so affectionately known, was a gentle giant and profilic goalscorer for Argentina. His tall frame and agricultural facial hair was a contrast to his graceful, elegant style on the field, and his numbers certainly do his quality justice. Ten goals in World Cups, 56 overall for his country, and a mammoth 168 for Fiorentina made him one of the most feared forwards in the world during his time. Even in his final venture as a footballer, in Qatar with Al Arabi, did he continue to cut the mustard. Batigol was a superstar for La Albiceleste and a constant fixture on my bedroom wall.

Simon Bruty / It seems a long time ago that Gary Lineker was leading England front line, but Match of the Day favorite son should not be forgotten about. Graham Taylor might have done his best to keep him from the limelight, but it was rare that Lineker wasn the talk of the town when in an England shirt. He is England greatest ever World Cup goalscorer with ten and was an incredibly disciplined player to boot; during his 18 year career Lineker was never cautioned by a referee for foul play, prompting FIFA to award him with the Fair Play Award in 1990. Lineker ended his international career with 48 goals and promptly went on to eat a lot of crisps.

2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa

2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa

In 2004 South Africa was chosen to host FIFA’s 2010 World Cup tournament, the first time in history. This is a great bestowment for the continent that have began extensive preparations to ensure great success which includes: a training program for over 300 reporters and photographers; an upgrade of the Green Market Square in Cape Town; and a revamp of the Pretoria airport through the execution of four major projects in hopes of bringing it to Fifa World Cup standards. Dutch soccer legend and former Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard had this to say to the Sowetan newspaper: “From what I have seen in South Africa there is no shadow of doubt in my mind that your country will host a memorable World Cup next year”. Meanwhile five times FIFA World Cup Champions Brazil will have to get into gear as 2014 tournament host after their last stint in 1950. Already promising comfortable secure stadiums for the games, Brazil started off in January with the inspection of seventeen prospective cities in the hopes of choosing twelve. Included in the prospects are Sao Paulo, Salvador and Brasilia.

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With South Africa chosen as hosts for Fifa World Cup 2010 and Brazil set for 2014, all eyes are focused on the bids for 2018 and 2022. Football enthusiast England launched its campaign today at the Webley Stadium. The country will try to outbid Australia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, Qatar and South Korea both bidding for 2022 only and The United States. Joint ventures are Portugal and Spain; and Belgium with the Netherlands.

The last time England played hosts to the grand World Cup tournament was 1966 when it won by seven votes against West Germany. After so many years, the country is passionately seeking another opportunity to host either the 2018 or 2022 Fifa World Cup having lost its last appeal in 2006. Football icon David Beckham and England’s royalty Prince William are among the group of influential persons advocating for their country.

England reports that its facilities are in good standard and foresee no problems in their hosting ability. In fact it has reported government funding amounting to 15m. England known for its football fervor will later learn its fate in December 2010 when FIFA announces the bid winners. I love words and the many moods that they allow me to create on paper. Music on top, movies below and writing in the middle!Find me on Twitter if you can find me. View profile

England climb Fifa rankings despite poor World Cup form

England climb Fifa rankings despite poor World Cup form

World Cup winners Spain have replaced Brazil as the top ranked side.On Tuesday, meanwhile, England’s performance in South Africa was officially confirmed as their worst at a World Cup finals by Fifa, which rated them 13th out of the 32 competing teams.But that was considerably better than Italy and France, who were 26th and 29th after failing to progress from the first round group stage.Their decline has also been reflected in the latest world rankings with 2006 champions Italy falling six places to 11th and France, the 1998 World Cup winners, slipping 12 places to 21st.South American side Uruguay, meanwhile, have risen to sixth, their highest position since the rankings were introduced, after finishing fourth in South Africa, where they were spurred on by striker Diego Forlan who won the Golden Ball for player of the tournament.The biggest movers in the rankings are New Zealand, who have climbed 24 places to 54th after going unbeaten in their three group games at the World Cup, a performance which was not, however, good enough to see them through to the last 16.Elsewhere,Scotland have risen two places to 41st, while Northern Ireland have fallen three places to 59th and Wales are down seven places to 84th. The Republic of Ireland have moved up five places to 36th.All four sides failed to qualify for the World Cup and their next major assignment is to try to qualify for Euro 2012, which will be staged in Poland and the Ukraine.Wales are in the same group as England, with John Toshack’s side hosting Capello’s team in Cardiff on 26 March, and the return game taking place at Wembley on 6 September.England and Wales will also take on Switzerland, ranked 18th in the world, Bulgaria rated 43rd and 72nd ranked Montenegro.Search term:BBC navigation News Sport Weather Capital TV Radio MoreCBBC CBeebies Comedy Food History Learning Music Science Nature Local Northern Ireland Scotland Wales Full A Z of BBC sitesBBC links Mobile site Terms of Use About the BBC Advertise With Us Privacy Accessibility Help Ad Choices Cookies Contact the BBC Parental GuidanceBBC 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.This page is best viewed in an up to date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.