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Five surprising World Cup runs

Originally Published: March 5, 2010
By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com

Here's the dirty little secret about the World Cup: It's the world's biggest sporting event, but most of the world doesn't actually do very well at the tournament.

The World Cup has been held 10 times since 1970, and just six countries account for the 20 spots in the championship games: Germany/West Germany with five, Brazil and Italy with four each, Argentina with three, and France and the Netherlands with two each.

Those same six countries also account for nine of the 20 teams that ...

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