Top 9 biggest upsets in the FIFA World Cup history


Senegal vs France

The defending champions France suffered a major blow to their challenge of a title defense in 2002 and were stunned by Senegal’s side 1-0 which played a huge part in their failure to qualify further.

Cameroon vs Argentina

Defending champions Argentina arrived at Italia '90 looking to win a third title in 12 years-led through their greatest man then Diego Maradona they lost to the low-ranked Cameroon 1-0 in the group stage.

North Korea vs Italy

Pak Doo Ik's name remains the most famous in North Korean football history after he secured a match-winning goal taking his side to the knockout stage thrashing two-time world champions Italy 1-0.

Saudi Arabia vs Argentina

The latest on the list, was where Messi-led World Cup favorites Argentina suffered a humiliating defeat against Saudi Arabia 2-1 in Qatar in their World Cup opener.

Switzerland vs Spain

En route to their 2010 World Cup triumph, the Spanish side suffered a humiliating defeat against the underdog Swiss side 1-0 in South Africa.

Italy vs Brazil

Paolo Rossi turned in one of the greatest individual World Cup performances, with a ruthless hat trick for Italy to dump the mighty Samba Boys (Brazil) 3-2 in the 1982 WC in Spain.

Republic of Ireland vs Italy

The Irish side’s redemption against Italy from the 1990 WC came in 1994 in the USA when they went on to stun them 1-0 with Jack Charlton emerging as the hero for his side.

Bulgaria vs Germany

Germany was looking to defend their world title in USA '94, in their first appearance as a unified nation however, their last 8 encounters against Bulgaria crushed their hopes with a 2-1 defeat.

South Korea vs Italy

Despite four successive winless group-stage exits between 1986 and 1998, confidence amongst hosts South Korea hinted at a shock in the 2002 tournament as hosts stunned Italy 2 to 1 in the last 16.