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The Top 3 World Cup Patterns

Updated on June 19, 2014


Life is full of patterns and trends and the World Cup Finals are no different. You only have to look closely and analyze. See one parallel and follow it all the way down comparing two things and you have got yourself a trend or a pattern. It was the Bible that said in Ecclesiastes 1:9 “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

World Cup Pattern 1

World Cup Pattern 1

It is undeniable that there is a mirror-like, chiasmic pattern as to who wins each World Cup. Sometimes it is more obvious than other times but it is not debatable that this pattern exists. The proof speaks for itself. A picture is worth a thousand words so I will not point out all the parallels shown in the picture above. 1982 is the central year for this pattern and then the mirror image begins as the 1978 World Cup where Argentina won parallels the 1986 World Cup where Argentina won again. West Germany won in 1974 and the parallel is 1990 where we see West Germany winning again. Perhaps the most amazing parallel is that in 1970 Brazil won against Italy in North America and in 1994 – the parallel year – we see Brazil winning against Italy again and in North America again! In 1966 England won. The parallel is 1998. However, England did not win then. The pattern changed but only a bit. The parallel to England winning in England in 1966 turned out to be France winning in France in 1998.

For the next two World Cups this particular pattern seems to have changed although Germany looked certain to win the 2010 World Cup to parallel with 1954. They did not make it out of the semi-final and some even say that it was not a fair match. However, the 2014 World Cup hosted in Brazil is a parallel to 1950 when Uruguay beat Brazil in the host country – Brazil. Whichever country wins there is a definite link between the two years that Brazil hosted – 1950 and 2014. That is no random thing.

World Cup Pattern 2

World Cup Pattern 2

In the picture above you can see that the contenders in the finals from 1930 -1998 at least have been part of a pattern that we can call an A-B-B-A or A-A-B-B pattern similar to poetry. I have color-coded it so that you can see even when the pattern varies there is some sequential method to it.

World Cup Pattern 3

World Cup Pattern 3

The pattern above, though not perfect, shows that usually if a South American country wins one year in the World Cup, an European country wins the next time then South America then Europe then South America etc. Those two continents generally win every other World Cup. The only three times that pattern has been broken so far were in 1938, 1962 and in 2010.


With three observable patterns, there are bound to be clashes between the three. Where one pattern breaks another pattern takes effect as clearly seen in the 1966/1998 parallel. However, for a great many years all three patterns converged and complemented each other. Time will tell whether these three patterns will continue or whether new ones will be seen.

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    shelpeare 3 years ago

    Thanks teaches12345.

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    Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

    Your analysis is fascinating. The games are always intense and full of surprises, regardless of who wins. Time will tell the truth of the pattern but you said it first here.

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    shelpeare 3 years ago

    Thanks for your comment DDE. Brazil has a good chance though I would prefer a country like Holland that never won before to win. They have been called "the best country to never have won a World Cup."

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I think Brazil will win the world cup but with the battle of Argentina. Interesting set accomplished here.

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