100 Days To Go: 7 of the Worst Ever Groups of Death in World Cup History

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So, only 100 days to go before the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia. We've all been waiting over three years, what's 100 days? Right? Let's just hope the upcoming tournament is worth the wait. And one thing that every great World Cup needs is a group of death! While, there was no strikingly obvious death group sewn up in the draw in December, but you just never know. This is football, after all. Here is a list of seven of the toughest groups in World Cup history. We can only hope for this...

<p>Roy Hodgson's England side stood little chance of emerging from Group D in the 2014 World Cup. Even Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, accepted that all was lost with a throat-slit gesture when the draw was made.</p> <br><p>The Three Lions were sent packing after defeats to Uruguay and Italy. Uruguay were knocked out as well, with things getting ugly by virtue of Luis Suarez clamping his teeth into the shoulder of Giorgio Chiellini during their match with Italy.</p>
Group D: Costa Rica, England, Italy, Uruguay (2014)

Roy Hodgson's England side stood little chance of emerging from Group D in the 2014 World Cup. Even Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, accepted that all was lost with a throat-slit gesture when the draw was made.


The Three Lions were sent packing after defeats to Uruguay and Italy. Uruguay were knocked out as well, with things getting ugly by virtue of Luis Suarez clamping his teeth into the shoulder of Giorgio Chiellini during their match with Italy.

<p>There was no doubting that Group F was the group of death that year after the teams were drawn, and everyone got proven right when play kicked off in Korea and Japan.</p> <br><p>It was so tough that no country got more than one win under their belt in the group stage. England and Sweden, tied on points, made it out, while Argentina surprisingly bowed out and Nigeria finished last.</p>
Group F: Argentina, England, Nigeria, Sweden (2002)

There was no doubting that Group F was the group of death that year after the teams were drawn, and everyone got proven right when play kicked off in Korea and Japan.


It was so tough that no country got more than one win under their belt in the group stage. England and Sweden, tied on points, made it out, while Argentina surprisingly bowed out and Nigeria finished last.

<p>The legendary Sir Alex Ferguson took Scotland to the 1986 World Cup, and they certainly had it all to do, with reigning Champs Uruguay, previous finalists West Germany and a formidable Denmark side boasting the likes of Michael Laudrup, Frank Arnesen and Preben Elkjaer all ready to have a go at them.</p> <br><p>The Danes topped the group, winning all three of their matches and even beating the Uruguayans 6-1. But West Germany would be the ones to eventually make it to the final, losing to Argentina in the end.</p> <br><p>Scotland, meanwhile, earned just a single point against a 10-man Uruguay during the group stage.</p>
Group E: Denmark, Scotland, Uruguay, West Germany (1986)

The legendary Sir Alex Ferguson took Scotland to the 1986 World Cup, and they certainly had it all to do, with reigning Champs Uruguay, previous finalists West Germany and a formidable Denmark side boasting the likes of Michael Laudrup, Frank Arnesen and Preben Elkjaer all ready to have a go at them.


The Danes topped the group, winning all three of their matches and even beating the Uruguayans 6-1. But West Germany would be the ones to eventually make it to the final, losing to Argentina in the end.


Scotland, meanwhile, earned just a single point against a 10-man Uruguay during the group stage.

<p>The 1882 World Cup was the last tournament to have a second-round group stage. The current system (second-round knockout) was adopted in the following World Cup in 1986.</p> <br><p>The second round of that year's finals grouped Argentina, Italy and Brazil together, winners of six trophies of the last 11 handed out. The Argentine side, led by Diego Maradona, would excuse themselves, leaving Italy and Brazil to head into what is often thought to be one of the greatest World Cup matches ever.</p> <br><p>Italian forward Paolo Rossi hadn't scored at all up to that point, but he unleashed a hat-trick to help his country to a 3-2 win. He would score three more times en route to Italy winning the tournament and matching Brazil as the most successful country in that regard, at that point.</p>
Group C: Argentina, Italy, Brazil (1982)

The 1882 World Cup was the last tournament to have a second-round group stage. The current system (second-round knockout) was adopted in the following World Cup in 1986.


The second round of that year's finals grouped Argentina, Italy and Brazil together, winners of six trophies of the last 11 handed out. The Argentine side, led by Diego Maradona, would excuse themselves, leaving Italy and Brazil to head into what is often thought to be one of the greatest World Cup matches ever.


Italian forward Paolo Rossi hadn't scored at all up to that point, but he unleashed a hat-trick to help his country to a 3-2 win. He would score three more times en route to Italy winning the tournament and matching Brazil as the most successful country in that regard, at that point.

<p>This group of death was obviously no joke as it pitted a strong Italy side, host nation Argentina, and 12-year absentees France, and a hungry Hungary against each other.</p> <br><p>Despite France fielding the brilliant Michel Platini, the French failed to advance from the group stage, with Hungary hopping in the boat while the Italians and their hosts went through. </p> <br><p>Argentina would go on to win their first World Cup, but Italy would finish the tournament in fourth.</p>
Group 1: Italy, Argentina, France, Hungary (1978)

This group of death was obviously no joke as it pitted a strong Italy side, host nation Argentina, and 12-year absentees France, and a hungry Hungary against each other.


Despite France fielding the brilliant Michel Platini, the French failed to advance from the group stage, with Hungary hopping in the boat while the Italians and their hosts went through.


Argentina would go on to win their first World Cup, but Italy would finish the tournament in fourth.

<p>The 1970 finals, played out in Mexico, brought us the first real group of death, or "grupo de la muerte" as it was branded by journalists. </p> <br><p>England were the defending champions, having won it in the previous tournament, Brazil were two-time Champs, while the Czechs had joined Brazil in the 1962 final to bow out at the end.</p> <br><p>Brazil, though, emerged from a group containing the winners of the last three World Cups unscathed, ultimately winning their third cup with a prolific Pele firing the attack.</p>
Group 3: Brazil, Czechoslovakia, England, Romania (1970)

The 1970 finals, played out in Mexico, brought us the first real group of death, or "grupo de la muerte" as it was branded by journalists.


England were the defending champions, having won it in the previous tournament, Brazil were two-time Champs, while the Czechs had joined Brazil in the 1962 final to bow out at the end.


Brazil, though, emerged from a group containing the winners of the last three World Cups unscathed, ultimately winning their third cup with a prolific Pele firing the attack.

<p>England '66 was quite the historic tournament, as it marked the very first time the World Cup was aired on television. It was also the first and only time the Three Lions won the prestigious competition (in case you didn't know). </p> <br><p>The hosts had to get through a very tough group consisting of Uruguay, two-time champions, a strong French side, and new kids on the block Mexico.</p> <br><p>Sir Alf Ramsey's men advanced from the group along with Uruguay, with the matches turning out to be quite low-scoring affairs, with the two progressing sides only notching six between them in six matches.</p>
Group A: England, Uruguay, France, Mexico (1966)

England '66 was quite the historic tournament, as it marked the very first time the World Cup was aired on television. It was also the first and only time the Three Lions won the prestigious competition (in case you didn't know).


The hosts had to get through a very tough group consisting of Uruguay, two-time champions, a strong French side, and new kids on the block Mexico.


Sir Alf Ramsey's men advanced from the group along with Uruguay, with the matches turning out to be quite low-scoring affairs, with the two progressing sides only notching six between them in six matches.

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