Who are the lowest-ranked team in history to win the World Cup?

Outsiders rarely win this thing...


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Brazil head to Qatar as the favourites in Paddy Power’s World Cup outright betting market.

The Seleção top the FIFA world rankings of 211 nations and boast an incredible talent pool for head coach Tite to pick from in their bid to win the tournament for a record-extending sixth time.


At the other end of the scale, Ghana will kick off their campaign in Group H as the lowest-ranked team in the competition as they are 61st in the charts.

After a nightmare Africa Cup of Nations at the start of the year that saw the Black Stars lose all three of their group games, Milovan Rajevac was shown the door and replaced by Otto Addo, who guided the team to the World Cup thanks to a play-off victory over Nigeria.

Qatar will be Ghana’s fourth appearance at the World Cup finals and their best performance in the tournament came in 2010 when they reached the last eight in South Africa. You probably haven’t forgot Luis Suarez’s controversial hand ball denying them a historic place in the last four…

If Ghana were to triumph in Qatar they would be the lowest-ranked team in history to win the World Cup by a significant margin.

FIFA introduced world rankings in 1992 and the lowest-ranked nation in history to lift the World Cup Trophy was France in 1998 when they went into the tournament on home soil sitting 18th in the table.

Croatia nearly nabbed the crown in 2018 when they became the smallest nation to reach World Cup final in Russia sitting 20th in the rankings.

Wales (19), Iran (20), Serbia (21), Morocco (22), Japan (24), Poland (26), South Korea (28), Tunisia (30), Costa Rica (31), Australia (38), Canada (41), Cameroon (43), Ecuador (44), Qatar (50) and Saudi Arabia (51) are also rated as outsiders for the World Cup based on current rankings.

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