Top 10 Unforgettable World Cup Moments

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Top 10 Unforgettable World Cup Moments
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The FIFA World Cup is special. Whether you're old or young, the tournament will no doubt have provided memories that will last a lifetime.

From wonder goals to iconic goal celebrations, flashes of madness to animals saving the day, this is the tournament which has seen it all!

Below are the top ten unforgettable moments of the FIFA World Cup.

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10) Pickles to the rescue (1966)

10) Pickles to the rescue (1966)

What does a Collie and the FIFA World Cup have in common? Well, it's a pretty remarkable story! Just months before the 1966 World Cup in England was due to begin, the famous Jules Rimet trophy was mysteriously stolen whilst on display in London.


Several Police searches proved unsuccessful, with the nation beginning to lose hope of ever recovering the cup. Step forward, Pickles the dog! Whilst on his daily walk, the Collie sniffed out the trophy near a bush in South London. England went on to win the World Cup that year, with Captain Bobby Moore lifting the trophy - he has Pickles to thank for that!

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9) Pele's near miss (1970)

It seems strange that a miss from arguably the world's best ever player makes the list. However, the sheer outrageousness of this effort makes it one the World Cup's most memorable moments.


During Brazil's semi-final against Uruguay in 1970, Pele was put through on goal with a frantically onrushing keeper to deal with. What he did next defied belief. He pulled off a stupendous dummy, something which had never been seen before. Let's just not mention the finish...

8) Tardelli's iconic celebration- 1982

Probably the most memorable goal celebration in World Cup history. Picture the scene: it's the 1982 World Cup final and Italy are 1-0 up against powerhouses, Germany. The ball falls to Marco Tardelli on the edge of the area and the rest, as they say, is history.


Whilst his goal was pretty special, the celebration was completely on another level. After lashing the ball home, Tardelli ran like a man possessed towards his bench screaming and shouting some presumably fruity Italian words.

7) 'The best save ever' (1970)

'What a fantastic save by Gordon Banks'. One of the most iconic pieces of World Cup commentary.


Defending champions, England met Brazil in the quarter-final of the 1970 World Cup and despite the men in yellow winning the game, it's an Englishman who made the headlines. That man Pele again features in the list. The legend's downward header appeared to be flying into the goal but Banks had other ideas. The keeper dived away to his right and scrambled the ball off the line. Miracle.

6) That Brazil goal (1970)

An absolute footballing master class from arguably the greatest World Cup team of all time. The 1970 final in Mexico saw Brazil toy with their opponents and there was nothing the Italians could do.


The goal involved slick passing and individual dribbles from the Brazilian superstars and was eventually finished off thanks to a fine finish from Carlos

5) Brazil 1-7 Germany (2014)

5) Brazil 1-7 Germany (2014)
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It's the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup and host nation, Brazil are about to brush aside Germany in front of a passionate home crowd. At least that's what was meant to happen.


What actually happened was unbelievable. Germany romped to a 5-0 lead with just 29 minutes on the clock with the home crowd's passion and emotion turning into despair. Their misery continued in the second half with the Germans adding two more. Brazil did pull a goal back late on though- every cloud...

4) Zidane's moment of madness (2006)


Despite his illustrious playing career, Zinedine Zidane will probably be remembered for this unforgettable moment during the 2006 World Cup Final. With the game finely balanced at 1-1 in extra-time, ZiZou ended his playing career by doing something unbelievable.


After taking exception to some choice words from Marco Matterazzi, the midfielder gave the Italian a firm head to the chest which floored the defender. Well, they do say go out with a bang.

3) The goal of the century (1986)

The occasion, the goal, the drama.


England and Argentina clashed in the 1986 quarter-final just a few years after the Falklands War had ended, making for a feisty affair. In the second-half, the magician that is Diego Maradona picked the ball up in his own half and glided past every player that got in his way before calmly slotting the ball home.


This put Argentina 2-0 up, more on their first goal later!

2) Hurst's 'goal' brings joy for England (1966)

Probably the most memorable moment of English football's finest day.


Hosts, England met arch rivals West Germany in the final of the 1966 World Cup at Wembley in one of the most entertaining finales of all time. The visitors had scored a late equaliser to break English hearts and take the game into extra-time. With the game finally in the balance, England attacked.


The ball fell to Geoff Hurst in the penalty area who swivelled and sent an effort crashing off the crossbar. Whether the ball had crossed the line was anyone's guess. After much deliberation, the Russian linesman gave a goal to send Wembley into euphoria. England went on to win the game and the trophy with Hurst completing his hat-trick to make the score 4-2. What a game!

1) The Hand of God (1986)

Look away now, England fans. Look away now.


It's back to the quarter-final of 1986 for the most unforgettable World Cup moment of all time. With the rivalry between the two countries already close to boiling point, Maradona did something that would anger England fans forever.


A ball was played into the England area, and following a poor clearance, Diego rose above Peter Shilton and used his hand to divert the ball into the net! Despite protests from the English players the goal stood! Argentina went on to win the 1986 World Cup beating West Germany in the final. Shocking.