I had the privilege of watching four matches at the World Cup in 2010. I didn’t know much about the World Cup or the history behind it, so therefore before I set off on my adventure; I did some research on World Cup History, which included watching videos and reading opinions. I probably watched over 100 videos. This is a list of, which is my personal opinion, are the top five most exciting moments in World Cup history.
In 1998 the USA played against Iran and due to the fact that both countries are huge rivals, everyone assume that this match would be a gruesome affair. The French actually beefed up security and prepared for the worst. However, the USA and Iran acted incredibly well towards each other. Both teams even posed for photographs after the match was over. In the end, Iran wound up on top by defeating the USA 2 to 1. Nevertheless, I wonder if the same match was played again, if the outcome would be the same.
In 1950, Brazil faced Uruguay in the final, and it was assumed that they would easily take the win, because Brazil did not lose at home. Brazil took the lead in the second half and no one believed that Paraguay would score twice and take the win. However they tied it up in the 66th minute and then with only 11 minutes remaining they scored once again. Brazil was unable to score again and therefore an estimated number of 200,000 fans watched them lose the final match. Uruguay took the win, 2 to 1. Everyone is now on edge to see if Brazil will repeat history at the 2014 World Cup, or if they will be successful on their home soil.
In the 1978 World Cup, Scotland’s future seemed unpromising. They were defeated by Peru in the first match and then tied with Iran in their next game. They were set to face Holland, and they were one of the favorites at this particular Cup. Scotland fell behind in the first half, but then in the 68th minute Archie Gemmill made a goal that people are still talking about to this day. He made it past a diving defender, made a fake and took the ball through the legs of another defender, and lastly went past another straight to the goal. In the end, Holland knocked out Scotland, but they still felt so much accomplishment because one of their fellow Scotts had made one of the best goals in World Cup history.
In 1952, Germany faced Hungary in the final. Hungary had won 32 straight matches and therefore everyone assumed that Germany would make their win tally 33, and Hungary would be the World Cup victors. In the beginning of the match Hungary scored 2 goals and no one thought that Germany would be able to make a comeback. However, within 10 minutes Germany had the game tied up and then with just 6 minutes of time left in the game the Germans pulled ahead of the match. Hungary would not go on to score again and Germany defeated them and took home the World Cup. This is by far one of the largest upsets in World Cup history.
Argentina faced England in the quarter final in 1986. In the second half Argentina’s Diego Armando Maradona took the ball from one end of the field all the way to the goal. England players tried and tried to subdue him, but he bypassed them all, and then their goalie tried to stop him but Maradona by passed him as well and shot the ball into an open net. Maradona was named the best player in the world at the time and led his team to the World Cup championship.