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10 Biggest FIFA World Cup "What Ifs"

The World Cup offers the ultimate prize. It also has the same ability to create and crush dreams.

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Every football fan and player has one dream - winning the World Cup. Nothing compares to the agony and ecstasy that the tournament can arouse. With so many great teams and players falling short, no other sporting event has a list of "what if" moments like it.

Sometimes the pain of failure is brief and fleeting in nature. On other occasions it is brutal and lasting. Football transcends the world of sport and acts as an allegory for life. It has defined the careers of players, the lives of fans, and the trajectory of national identities.

We all remember World Cups with fondness and a rose tint, but often we cannot help ourselves from asking how different things could have been, if only. From stories of redemption, substance abuse, and the loss of life, to more light-hearted matters such as the stereotypical English football fan, these questions are as existential in nature as the works of Sartre and Descartes.

Instead, we will focus on the works of Socrates, Maradona, Hurst, and a certain Divine Buddhist.

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