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The Biggest World Cup Betting Upsets Since 1998

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The elite teams tend to win the World Cup, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t carnage along the way.

Since 1998, there have been 18 upsets in the group stage at +500 or higher, including Saudi Arabia in 2022, which cashed at +2450.

Biggest Group Stage Upsets

Year Winner Loser Odds
2022 Saudi Arabia Argentina +2450
2018 South Korea Germany +1800
2010 Switzerland Spain +1200
2022 Cameroon Brazil +800
2014 Costa Rica Uruguay +780
2002 Senegal France +770
2022 Costa Rica Japan +650
2018 Mexico Germany +650
2022 Australia Denmark +640
2022 Japan Germany +630
2002 USA Portugal +610
2022 Japan Spain +600
2010 Slovakia Italy +580
2002 Denmark France +560
2014 Costa Rica Italy +550
2022 Tunisia France +500
2002 Croatia Italy +500
1998 Norway Brazil +500

Biggest Knockout Stage Upsets

Brazil fell yet again in the knockout stage to Croatia, adding to a wild stat.

Since 1998, there have been eight upsets at +275 or higher, and here are the teams:

  • Brazil: 4 losses
  • Every other country: 4 losses
Year Winner Loser Odds
2006 France Brazil +410 (90 mins)
2022 Croatia Brazil +400 (PKs)
2018 Russia Spain +330 (PKs)
1998 Croatia Germany +330 (90 mins)
2010 Netherlands Brazil +305 (90 mins)
2022 Morocco Spain +300 (PKs)
2002 USA Mexico +290 (90 mins)
2018 Belgium Brazil +275 (90 mins)

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