World Cups

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The FIFA World Cup is the pinnacle of football around the globe. First taking place in 1930, the tournament pits the best teams from all continents of the world every four years. It’s the most prestigious competition and the most widely viewed event on the planet. With extensive qualification campaigns for each of the FIFA Confederations, beginning years before the Finals, the elite teams emerge from their groups and from Play Offs to compete for the ultimate prize; the Jules Rimet Trophy from 1930 until 1970, and the redesigned accolade simply known as the FIFA World Cup Trophy from 1974. The Finals are covered extensively by broadcasters in every corner of the globe. Here are the details of the UK coverage, with personnel, graphics, fixtures, support programming and much, much more! Click on the logo below to be taken to that year’s tournament. There are also other articles and pieces on the competition below. It starts here!

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Starting XI – Iconic World Cup 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.


Zinedine Zidane’s last ever match ended in disgrace with the red card for a headbutt in the 2006 final


So good he had a move named after him – the Cruyff turn in 1970


Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal in 1986 against England


Carlos Alberto’s wonder strike for the great Brazil team of 1970


David Beckham’s petulance may have cost England this tie in 1998


Zaire’s Mwepo Ilunga misunderstood the free kick rules in 1974


Italy’s Marco Tardelli celebrated his famous Cup final goal in 1982


Diego Maradona overdid the celebration due to illegal substances in USA ’94


Paul Gascoigne’s tears captured the nation in Italia ’90, as Lineker mouthed for the bench to ‘have a word with him’


Frank Lampard’s goal that wasn’t given against Germany in 2010


The best of them all – Bobby Moore lifted the 1966 World Cup in England for England

These are just some of the most memorable World Cup stills. Hopefully many more will be created in tournaments to come. Whose celebration will live long in the memory next? The World Cup has increasingly been covered by a higher number of cameras, reaching the widest audience possible using the most up-to-date technology available. Everything captured and stored for many years to come. Don’t forget to smile.

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