World Cup 2014 : #2 Starting XI – Iconic Moments

“Some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over. It is now! [Kenneth Wolstenholme, BBC World Cup final commentator, 1966]

Since its inception in 1930, the FIFA World Cup has given us hundreds of talking points; from hours of joy to years of despair. From Bobby lifting the Jules Rimet in ’66, to Zizou bowing out in disgrace forty years later and everything in between. It is the pinnacle of world football. Billions around the globe tune in; making ordinary people heroes and heroes turning to villains. Here are eleven of the most iconic World Cup images to get you in the mood for the big one in Brazil now just moments away.

2006 Zinedine Zidane’s last ever match ended in disgrace with the red card for a headbutt in the 2006 final
1970 So good he had a move named after him – the Cruyff turn in 1970
1986 Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal in 1986 against England
1970 Carlos Alberto’s wonder strike for the great Brazil team of 1970
1998 David Beckham’s petulance cost England this tie in 1998
1974 Zaire’s Mwepo Ilunga misunderstood the free kick rules in 1974
1982 Italy’s Marco Tardelli celebrated his famous Cup final goal in 1982
1994 Diego Maradona overdid this celebration due to illegal substances in USA ’94
1990 Paul Gascoigne’s tears captured the nation in Italia ’90, as Lineker mouthed for the bench to ‘have a word with him’
2010 Frank Lampard’s goal that wasn’t given against Germany in 2010
1966 The best of them all – Bobby Moore lifted the 1966 World Cup in England

These are just some of the most memorable World Cup stills. Hopefully many more will be created this summer across Brazil to add to the above. Can Steven Gerrard replicate Bobby Moore’s success and guide the Three Lions to a second World trophy? Will Lionel Messi prove himself on the international stage as the greatest player? Whose celebration will live long in the memory? This tournament will be covered by the highest number of cameras, reaching the widest audience possible using the most up-to-date technology available. Everything will be captured and stored for many years to come. Don’t forget to smile.

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