There have been many exciting moments from the FIFA World Cup throughout the years, but some moments just stand out in your memory forever. Here are five exciting and amazing moments from the FIFA World Cup throughout history, and why I feel these moments will stand the test of time.
A Quick Score by Hakan Sukur
One of the most exciting moments from the FIFA World Cup was when Hakan Sukur, from Turkey, managed to score in 11 seconds against South Korea. This 2002 highlight became the fastest goal in the history of the tournament, which is one reason why it stands out to this day. Czechoslovakia previously held the record for 16 seconds, which occurred way back in 1962. What I also love about this moment was that it was a defensive score, so there is another element of excitement when Sukur managed to snag the ball from the opponent, and you weren’t sure if he could make it or not. It’s almost like no one even saw Sukur until it was too late, and by that point he was already on the verge of scoring.
Italy Comes Up Big
One thing that I love the most when it comes to sports is when you see the last-minute goals, which sends one team into heartbreak after thinking they were about to win the game. In 2006, Italy manages to score a goal against Germany near the end of overtime, thanks to Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero. Grosso and Del Piero both were elated after they scored, and when you watch the video, it’s almost like you can still feel that excitement along with the fans. I think the most impressive thing about this was that it reminded everyone that you have to play lights out until the end of the game, because a few seconds can mean the difference between victory and defeat. When it comes to exciting moments in the World Cup, nothing is better than a down to the wire goal to move onto the final.
Marco Tardelli Crying
Marco Tardelli, a midfielder for Italy, is known for more than just being a star in the FIFA World Cup final. In 1982, Tardelli scored twice against West Germany, which put Italy up 2-0 in the game. Now, the celebration he did after that second goal is what really makes the FIFA World Cup exciting. He basically ran over to the bench, began crying frantically, and was screaming out to God while giving thanks for the goal. Tardelli crying hysterically around the bench and toward the fans was really something to watch, it was exciting to see him overcome with emotions that he couldn’t control. I think that the image of him is what really we all want to see when we watch any sporting event, because he showed passion for the game. That image is like the definition of how you feel when you score and help your team win games, and it’s the perfect example of why these players do what they do during the season. Italy ended up winning that game 3-1, which without Tardelli scoring, they probably wouldn’t have won the World Cup against West Germany.
Cameroon Beats Argentina in 1990
In 1990, Argentina was hailed as the best team out there, and surely the amazing Diego Maradona would lead them to another World Cup title. It was thought to be a really easy task since this was the first year Cameroon was participating, and there was no standout names on the team. Most of the players for Cameroon were relatively inexperienced, some maybe only playing for fun, and they were not being taken seriously by anyone. The entire game was fun to watch, because the Cameroon players were just out there determined to win, and even managed a few really rough shots that earned some penalties. I think this is one of the best moments in World Cup history because a team that no one had even heard of managed to destroy the best team in the world, but that day Cameroon looked like the best team in the world. Although Cameroon only scored one point, that one point was enough to win since Argentina managed to not score at all. I think that the score at the end of the game to give Cameroon a World Cup title was just amazing, and it really showed what determination can do. Rooting for the underdog is one thing, but to actually see the underdog win in spectacular fashion is another. In the history of the World Cup, this is one game that will never be forgotten, because it shows that you don’t have to be the best in the world to win, you just have to have the determination to succeed that particular day.
The Magical Goal of Dennis Bergkamp
In 1998, Holland was playing Argentina for the chance to be in the World Cup semi-finals, and Dennis Bergkamp was bound and determined to make that happen. What happened was that Bergkamp managed to only touch the ball three times while running down to score in the final minute of the game, and it was nothing short of simply a miracle occurrence. In the video, you can clearly see how Bergkamp was able to control the ball Frank de Boer passed to him in one touch, then move past a defender, and finally on the third touch score the goal to win the game. Quite honestly, this moment was like perfection, because it literally could not have happened any easier or better. When you watch Bergkamp meticulously slice through a defender after that 60 yard pass, you just feel amazed at the level of skill this man possess. For me, the best part about the goal was that it seemed like it took forever, but it was actually less than three seconds from start to finish. When you watch the World Cup, these are the types of drives and moments you live for, because you see perfection right before your eyes.