1. Italy vs. West Germany 1970 . In the 1970 World Cup Italy and West Germany finished the regulation time period tied 1-1. Considering the tight first half, in which goals were hard to come by, most fans could not imagine what would take place during the overtime period. What ensued was one of the best overtime periods in World Cup history, in which 5 goals were scored. Both teams entered the overtime period seemingly burnt out from the competitive regular period, however the Germans managed to score the first goal. Italy would be quick to answer on a free kick opportunity that tied the game. With the game tied once again, Italy would break the tie by scoring the next goal. Many people thought that the exhausted Germans, with one of their key players injured would be out for the count, but the Germans were not giving up easily. The Germans had other plans as they would score to tie the game once more. To the chagrin of the Germans Italy would strike with a quick and fatal final goal, that would catapult them to the win. Many long time soccer fans remember this match as the “game of the century”, because of the thrilling overtime period, which resulted in 5 goals being scored.
2. Italy vs. Brazil 1982. In the 1982 World Cup Brazil was the favorite to win it all. It is important to mention the name Paolo Rossi in this match because it was Rossi that scored all three goals to give Italy the win. What made this game memorable was the elusive “hat trick” that Rossie was able to pull off to defeat the favorites. The heavily favored Brazilians were heart broken, and the World Cup watchers shocked by the loss. What was even more miraculous about the victory was that Rossie had been ridiculed for being out of shape, and not ready to play. After his hat trick against Brazil Rossi went on to dominate the World cup, and be named the tournament’s best player.
3. England vs. West Germany 1966. In the 1966 World Cup England and West Germany headed into the overtime period tied 2-2. What makes this World cup memorable is the highly controversial and often debated goal scored by Geoff Hurst. The goal obviously struck the bottom side of the cross bar, but it was not clear if the ball had crossed the line. After the officials consulted each other they agreed that the goal was good, and England would go on to victory. With today’s technology most experts agree that the goal was not good. The Hurst goal is still a very memorable moment and a point of contention amongst fans who are old enough to remember the match.
4. Saudi Arabia vs. Belgium 1994. In the 1994 World Cup Saeed Al-Owairan scored one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history. What made his goal one of the best of all time is the fact that he almost covered the entire length of the field on his way to making the goal. Al-Owairan dashed and darted down the field leaving defenders helpless as he plowed toward the goal, and the only score of the game, sending his underdog team to the next round.
5. England vs. Brazil 1970. In the 1970 World Cup England faced a Brazilian team lead by the legendary Pele. As Pele made his move into the box he received a pass from a teammate, and sent an ensuing bullet spiraling toward the goal. The great Pele knew that his goal was good, and even started to turn and celebrate, not believing that goalie Gordon Banks could make a play on the rocket he had fired from his head. To the surprise of everyone, Banks lunged his body, and swatted the goal for what would come to be known as the “best save ever”. After the match even Pele had to praise Banks for the amazing save. Even though Brazil went on to win the match, the play by Banks is still one of the most memorable moments in World Cup history.