Top 10 World Cup Moments
World Cup fever is upon us which means planning each day around the games and trying to justify staying up till 1am to watch Honduras against Ecuador.
This week Entouraaj asked its readers what their favourite World Cup memory is. My choice is Michael Owen’s goal for England against Argentina in 1998.
One of those moments where you will never forget where you were when Owen introduced himself to the world as an 18-year-old.
Picking up the ball on the halfway line, he blitzed past three players who were terrified by his pace. He then placed the ball in the top corner with a great finish. It was one of those goals that you dream of scoring. It was a shame that England inevitably went out again in a penalty shootout.
But for fans aged under 30, the 1998 tournament was full of great goals and is arguably the last memorable World Cup. Muz, an England fan, also went for one of the goals of the tournament at France 1998.
He said: “The Bergkamp goal against Argentina in the quarter final between Holland vs Argentina has to be one of my most memorable moments where a long ball was hoisted towards Bergkamp during the last few seconds of the game.
“He calmly controlled the ball with one touch which left the Argentina defender for dead and then calmly slotted the ball past the Argentina keeper to win the game for Holland in the dying seconds.”
Fellow England fan Numan went back in time and chose a goal by Brazil in the 1970 World Cup final as his favourite moment.
“Carlos Alberto’s goal vs Italy. Often great goals are down to individual brilliance. “This re-defines great goals – its the perfect team goal. “Playing out from the back, most players get a touch of the ball. And the finish was incredible.”
Bilal, a Spain supporter, went for his home nation winning the 2010 World Cup.
“Iniesta letting out the adrenaline after scoring the winning goal in South Africa. “I won’t forget that Iniesta dedicated the win to Daniel Jarque, the former Espanyol player who died a few years ago due to a heart condition.”
Max, from Germany, chose a penalty shootout win for his country on home soil in 2006.
“I would say my favourite World Cup moment was the quarter-final Germany vs Argentina which we won 5-3 after a penalty shootout. “I was only 13 years old but I still remember the fantastic atmosphere in Germany at this time. “Even my grandmother became a fan!”
It comes after spicy cheese brand Mexicana listed its Top 10 Most Fiery World Cup Moments:.
1. Zidane headbutts Materazzi (World Cup 2006)
Who doesn’t remember Zidane’s fury against Italian player Materazzi in extra-time of the 2006 final? One of the most unexpected and extraordinary moments in football history… and was the French footballers final act in football.
2. Maradona’s ‘Hand Of God’ (World Cup 1986)
Having increased his hair by a hands width to ‘head’ Argentina into the lead in the Quarter Final of World Cup 1986 in Mexico, football legend Maradona scored one of the greatest World Cup finals goals. His slaloming run past half the England team in 1986 has become forever etched in our collective memories. A wonderful demonstration of skills!
3. Home victory for England (World Cup 1966)
Geoff Hurst scored twice in extra time, beating West Germany and giving England their first and only World Cup title. Sadly, no English team has even reached the final since but there is hope…
Highlights of the game also include Kenneth Wolstenholme’s iconic comment: ‘They think it’s all over, it is now’.
4. Diana Ross penalty miss (World Cup 1994)
The Opening Ceremony saw one of the most talented soul divas in the world performing, unfortunately, she is not exactly remembered for her vocal skills on this occasion, but for the huge penalty miss, which still remains nowadays one of the worst misses ever.
5. Luis Suarez Handball (World Cup 2010)
Uruguay secured a place in semi-finals against Ghana, thanks to Suarez’s handy contribution. The injustice match that kicked Ghana out of the game has been set in stone, displaying Suarez as a villain. He later admitted that he acted out of instinct to help his team and would certainly do it again.
6. Brazil -The greatest team that ever played in final (World Cup 1970)
The 1970 World Cup in Mexico will be remembered forever for featuring the greatest team to take the pitch at a World Cup finals tournament, as the Brazil team won their third title with Jairzinho, Rivelino and Tostão.
The game also remains notable for Jeff Astle’s miss, Jairzinho’s goal, Bobby Moore’s tackle on Pele and, of course, Gordon Banks’s remarkable save from the planet’s greatest player, as well as the mutual respect on show after the game.
7. Gascoigne’s tears (World Cup 1990)
Italia 90 saw the most iconic tears in football history when Paul Gascoigne got his booking on the semi-final against the Germans, evicting him from the final game. Everyone remembers the pictures of Gary Lineker pointing to the bench saying he’s crying.
8. Rivaldo’s humiliation (World Cup 2002)
Supposedly the ambassador of the game, Rivaldo humiliated himself in front of a global audience when the ball kicked by his Turkish opponent struck him on the thigh, although he fell to the ground clutching his face seemingly in agonising pain…
Slow motion images were broadcasted worldwide, showcasing his fairly poor acting skills.
9. Zaire one and only World Cup appearance (World Cup 1974)
Zaire holds to date the weirdest behaviour in the football history and World Cup’s funniest moment. Ilunga Mwepu achieved fame by clearing a Brazil free-kick before they had actually taken during the game against Brazil. He earned a yellow card and a ‘clownesque figure’ for life.
10. The Cruyff Turn (World Cup 1974)
One of the most magnificent football moments is when Dutchman player Cruyff planted his left foot and feinted to cross with his right but instead, curled the ball under him with his right foot leaving his opponent baffled.
This memorable tactic projected them to the final, where they lost 2-1 against the hosting team, West Germany.
What is your favourite World Cup memory? Tweet me at @nadnewsuk.