Brazil leads Germany as the most dangerous World Cup nation, England in the top 10

Germany may eclipse Brazil as the top scoring nation at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The side travel to the Middle East just three goals behind the Selecao in the top 10.

The two sides are by far the most successful countries at the FIFA tournament over the past 21 editions. Argentina are a whopping 89 goals behind Germany to claim a place in the top two with their South American rivals Brazil. Italy is the second best European country.

Only Brazil and Germany have scored more than 200 goals in their previous World Cup appearances. The Selecao and the team are also two of the most successful teams. Brazil boast a record five titles, while Germany and Italy have won four.

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Brazil have not added to their adorned trophy cabinet since winning the 2002 title in Japan and South Korea. Germany, meanwhile, won their last World Cup in Brazil in 2014 before France clinched their second title in Russia in 2018. Argentina last won a World Cup in 1986.

France will now try to defend their most recent title in Qatar 2022. But Les Bleus can also pull away from Italy as one of the most prolific nations at the World Cup. The Azzurri failed to qualify for the 22nd edition after losing to North Macedonia in the UEFA Path C play-off semifinals.

It will take a remarkable World Cup for another country to overtake Italy as a top-scoring nation. So, who has found the most on the net in this sense so far?

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1. Brazil – The record world champion travels to Qatar as the most prolific nation

Brazil travel to Qatar as record champions and top scorer at the World Cup. The Selecao have scored 229 goals in their 21 appearances at the FIFA tournament. The South American nation is the only country to have featured in every World Cup to date.

2. Germany – The team can be top scorer at the World Cup

Germany would become the top-scoring nation at the World Cup if they beat Brazil by four goals in Qatar. The side travel to the Middle East with 226 goals from 19 editions. They didn’t play at the 1930 or 1950 World Cup but, like Brazil, played 109 games.

3. Argentina – La Albiceleste have a lot of ground to gain against the top two nations

Argentina has a lot of ground to make up against Brazil and Germany, who are both goal-threatening World Cup nations. La Albiceleste are third ahead of Qatar 2022 but have scored just 137 times so far. They’ve also only played 81 games in 17 previous editions.

4. Italy – The Azzurri could slip into the top 10 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Italy is the second-best European nation behind Germany but could slip inside the top 10 after failing to qualify in 2022. The Azzurri have scored 128 goals in 18 tournaments in the past. They also scored 12 goals en route to the 1934, 1982 and 2006 World Cup titles.

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5. France – The 2018 world champions can do more than just defend their title

France can do more than just defend their World Cup in Qatar if Les Bleus score nine goals. Didier Deschamps’ side travel to the Arabian Peninsula with 120 goals in 66 games in 15 tournaments. Les Bleus scored 15 and 14 goals in 1998 and 2018 en route to the titles.

6. Spain – The 2010 world champions are just one goal away from going into triple figures

Spain are just one goal away from reaching triple digits in appearances at the FIFA World Cup. La Roja has so far scored 99 goals in 63 games across 15 editions, with Mexico 1986 being the 2010 champions’ most successful season with 11. They only scored eight goals in South Africa 2010.

7. England – Harry Kane won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

England go into the Qatar World Cup as the seventh most successful nation, led by the 2018 Golden Boot winner. Harry Kane scored the most in Russia with six goals. But the Tottenham Hotspur striker didn’t score past the round of 16.

Kane also scored three penalties at the 2018 World Cup, benefiting from a deflected shot. Gareth Southgate will hope to be as accurate from 12 yards in Qatar as England look to build on their 91 goals at World Cups. The Three Lions have played 69 games so far.

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8. Uruguay and Hungary – La Celeste can leave Magyarok in the rear-view mirror

Uruguay can leave Hungary in the rear-view mirror in Qatar and finish eighth overall as the best World Cup nation. La Celeste and Magyarok both currently have 87 goals. However, Hungary have not participated in a FIFA tournament since the 1986 edition in Mexico.

Hungary’s record is severely skewed by their performances in the 1938 and 1954 editions, where they reached the finals. Magyarok scored 15 goals in France in 1938 before losing to Italy. Then they hit home an amazing 27 shots in Switzerland in 1954 before losing to Germany.

10. Netherlands – Qatar meet one of the most prolific nations in the World Cup in Group A

FIFA drew Qatar alongside one of the most prolific nations at the World Cup in Group A with the Netherlands. The Dutch have scored 86 goals in their 10 appearances so far. They have also lost three times in the final without ever winning.

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