When one thinks back on the World Cup, they often think of the excitement and thrills of being there in person. However, many find that excitement in front of their television. The screams, the hoots and the hollers being hurled at the television bring back the best of memories. Thinking back over all the World Cup matches include not only the events but also the rich history, if I had to choose I would pick these top 5 choices of all time.
- 1998 US -v- Iran – So much about this match was amazing By no means should this have gone so well. From the players to the fans, the officials expected a ton of violence. Instead, everyone showed great sportsmanship, for just a minute we put down the anger and played a great match. They beat us 2-1 but that was a side story to how two countries at war came together. That says everything.
- 1982 Hungary -v- El Salvador – Hungary would prove that it’s possibly to hit double digits at a World Cup match. They slammed El Salvador in the biggest margin of victory in the history of the tournament, 10-1. What an amazing game.
- 1982 Final, Italy -v- West Germany – For the first half of this match neither team could score but in the second half, it opened up with the first score going to Paolo Rossi, which took 57 into the match. The next goal was achieved by Marco Tardelli , who won the game for Italy and started sprinting deliriously all over the pitch and screamed for joy at the top of his lungs. His head shook back and forth and his happiness was painted all over his face. It is still shown to this day at matches.
- 1990 Ireland -v- Romania – The two teams battled back and forth for 120 minutes with it coming down to a very tense penalty shootout Each team successfully defended their goals so it was left up to the very last shot. Daniel Timofte took the shot for Romania. The shot was saved by Packie Bonner. Next was Irelands turn at the goal. David O’Leary wanted a chance at the final decisive penalty shot. O’Leary never taking a penalty shot before had everyone on the edge of their seats. The shot went left the goalie went right.. Ireland Wins!!
- 1958 France -v- West Germany – When you think about 1958, most people remember Pele but there was another athlete that should also be remembered. His name is Just Fontaine. He does not get the credit he is due thanks to the remarkable feet of Pele. Back to Just Fontaine, he scored 13 goals in the tournament. Yes, 13, he was an amazing player who should be remembered as well for the most goals in the World Cup series. It is a record that still stands today.
These are a few of my favorite moments. I hope they are yours as well. History has been made and History has been written.