The 2014 FIFA World Cup is right around the corner this year. The world is excited to see which team will overcome all odds and stand victorious this year. With a rich tradition of well over 80 years, the cup has had infinite heart-stopping moments. These instances became immortalized over time and the World Cup is sure to produce even more this year. The World Cup’s greatest moments certainly give us hope for the upcoming event.
Uruguay winning their second World Cup would become a moment etched in our minds forever. The very thought of a country winning the cup twice is nothing insane in itself. The upset victory over Brazil is why we all recall this victory. The world thought for certain that Brazil would stand tall at the end of the 1950 World Cup. Instead, Uruguay pulled ahead with just over ten minutes left in the game to close it with a two to one victory. There are four known suicides caused by the upset victory. The victory was so wildly upsetting that Brazilian newspapers refused to accept the defeat.
The upset of 1950 was not the first underdog story in FIFA World Cup history. In 1934, the world saw the first African nation qualify for the cup. The second ever World Cup saw Egypt qualify. Although the team suffered a four to two loss in Naples to Hungary, the country would set the trend for African nations in future FIFA World Cups.
In continuing with FIFA traditions of Underdog tales, Israel saw a true shining opportunity in 1958. The opportunity presented to the nation’s team is often referred to as “The Golden Chance” by fans of the sport. The team was given this chance when almost all of their opponents withdrew from the cup. Israel would eventually suffer defeat at the hands of Wales.
In 1954 The World Cup saw its first television coverage. The event became the most viewed sporting event in the world that year. The cup took place with host Switzerland. The final round was won by West Germany in a three to two defeat over Hungary. This event would see West Germany win their first World Cup title. The event itself was amazing but the aspect was monumental. Televising the event would forever change the cup. Anyone in the world can now watch the event thanks to the original television coverage in 1954.
While each team is essential to the cup, the star players define their nation’s team. In 1994 Oleg Salenko would set a record for his team and the cup as a whole. In the match against Cameroon, Salenko would score five separate goals for his team. This was the most of any player in the history of the cup. Salenko’s record stands to this day and is an unforgettable moment in FIFA World Cup history.
Each cup, the teams representing their nations put all they have on the field. History had been set numerous times by the event and players. The world is sure to be watching this year when the teams of the world gather to make history once again. 2014 is shaping up to be quite the exciting year and the World Cup is sure to break boundaries once again.