IMAGO’s hometeam of Germany has always had a prominent place in our archives. We take a trip down memory lane at their four World Cup wins throughout the decades. On November 23, Germany will play their first match against Japan, kicking off another round at a World Cup. The team failed to make it past the first group stage during the 2018 World Cup in Russia – the first time since 1938. Now with a new trainer Hansi Flick, fans will be eager to see if they can make it to their fifth win.

Brazil will also be back in Qatar – as the powerhouse has taken home the most World Cups at a record of five, we look back at its golden years when Pele was still on the pitch. Italy with four World Cup titles will have to sit this one out unfortunately, but our archives have not forgotten them. 

With Argentina back this year fighting to win their fourth title, we are also looking at the late champion Diego Maradona in his glory days. Will rivals Germany and Argentina have their fourth final-match-face-off in Qatar? Will England relive their 1966 World Cup victory? Will France take home a consecutive win?

While there are plenty of possible outcomes, IMAGO reminisces on its highlights from the FIFA World Cup archives – the drama, the tears, and the triumphs. 

See also: World Cup Countdown: Qualifier Highlights and IMAGO’s curated World Cup collections.

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IMAGO / Ferdi Hartung | Germany in the final against Hungary in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland.
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IMAGO / Horstmüller | Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer and goalie Sepp Maier hold the World Cup trophy after the 1974 World Cup final in Munich.
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IMAGO / WEREK | Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck of Germany and Johan Neeskens of Holland during the 1974 World Cup final in Munich.
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IMAGO / Laci Perenyi | Germany’s captain Lothar Matthäus during the 1990 World Cup final against Argentina in Italy.
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IMAGO / Horstmüller | German fans during the 1970 World Cup
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IMAGO / Sportfoto Rudel | Diego Maradona and Andreas Brehme during the 1990 World Cup final in Italy.
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IMAGO / Laci Perenyi | Diego Maradona and Karl Heinz during the 1986 World Cup final between Argentina and Germany in Mexico; Argentina took home the victory.
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IMAGO / Sportfoto-Rudel | FIFA World Cup 1978 final; Argentina - Holland.
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IMAGO / Pressefoto Baumann | Argentina wins the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.
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IMAGO / Sven Simon | Pele - Brazil - 1970 World Cup.
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IMAGO / Horstmüller | Pele during the 1958 World Cup final. Brazil – Sweden.
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IMAGO / Sven Simon | Pele - Brazil - 1970 World Cup.
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IMAGO / Ferdi Hartung | England wins the 1966 World Cup.
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IMAGO / Laci Perenyi | Team France after winning the 1998 World Cup.
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IMAGO / Ulmer | Marco Materazzi of Italy during the 2006 World Cup final against France.
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IMAGO / Ulmer | Fans in the stands as Italy won the 2006 World Cup final against France.
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IMAGO / Pro Shots | Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and Carles Puyol of Spain during the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa – Spain won.
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IMAGO / ActionPictures | Germany wins the 2014 World Cup against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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IMAGO / Photogamma | Germany wins the 2014 World Cup against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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IMAGO / AFLOSPORT | France beats Croatia in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.