Goal.com UK Poll Results: Readers vote South Africa 2010 as the best World Cup tournament since 1966

South Africa seen as huge success…
World Cup 2010 was the first time the tournament had been held in South Africa and was seen as a success.

Finalists Spain and Netherlands and semi-finalists Germany and Uruguay all impressed in the competition, while France, Italy and England all failed to live up to expectation.

The 2010 World Cup saw just one African team, Ghana, progress from the group stage, with Milovan Rajevac’s men reaching the quarter-final.

Argentina and Brazil impressed to an extent - until they came up against Germany and the Netherlands in the last-eight.

Following the events in South Africa, Goal.com UK asked readers just how good the World Cup was, and how it compared to previous tournaments.

The 2010 World Cup saw Spain lift the trophy for the first time and 28.42 per cent of you believe the tournament was the best since 1966, compared to 17.39 per cent of you who voted the 2006 tournament as the best.

15.14 per cent of readers voted the first Asian World Cup in 2002 as the best tournament, while 12.45 per cent voted for the 1998 competition in France.

The 1986 World Cup gained 6.04 per cent of the vote, the 1994 tournament in America was seen as the best by 5.93 per cent of you, while 3.62 per cent believes England’s only World Cup win in 1966 was the best tournament.

The World Cup in Italy in 1990 received 3.31 per cent of the vote, the 1970 tournament gained 3.28 per cent and the 1982 World Cup picked up 2.28 per cent, with the 1974 and 1978 competitions gaining just 1.59 per cent and 0.55 per cent of the vote respectively.

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