The FIFA World Cup is one of the most exciting events in sports that’s viewed all around the world. Once every four years, soccer players that represent different countries compete for the ultimate title of world champion. With the 2014 tournaments scheduled to take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, it’s well worth a trip back in time to remember some of the most exciting moments in World Cup history.
Zinedine Zidane’s Headbutt – 2006
French soccer player Zinedine Zidane will go into history as the player who headbutted his Italian opponent Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup. The player, who led France to victory during the 1998 World Cup, dropped Materazzi to the ground using solely his head. The action came out of nowhere and made front-page news.
Cameroon Defeats Argentina – 1990
When Cameroon played Argentina during the 1990 World cup, spectators were sure that Argentina had this one in the bag, especially with legendary soccer great Diego Maradona on their side. The African players seemed to be the only ones who believed they could win. After receiving several yellow cards and getting several fouls, mainly for kicking and consistently taking down Maradona, Cameroon’s Omam Biyik managed to score the only goal of the game.
Carlos Alberto’s Super Goal – 1970
Brazil has always been a front runner when it comes to the World Cup, and Carlos Alberto confirmed this during the 1970 World Cup against Italy. Although players, such as Rivelino, Jairzinho and Pele were on the Brazillian team, it was Alberto who managed to score the most memorable goal. After the ball got passed from player to player, Alberto came out of nowhere and effortlessly used just one kick to score one of the four goals. The team won the Cup that year.
Maradona’s Glorified Run – 1986
When Argentina faced England in the 1986 World cup quarterfinal, everyone was counting on Maradona, and the player, often referred to as one the greatest soccer players of all time, didn’t disappoint. After obtaining the ball mid-game, Maradona managed to outplay and surpass the opposing team members, making them seem like amateurs. He ran with the ball, doing tricks like only he could, and ended by sliding on the field and scoring a goal. Argentina once again won the World Cup that year.
Pele’s Unforgettable Performance – 1958
Watching a 17-year old Pele bring his team to victory during the 1958 World Cup against Sweden will go into history as one of the most exciting moments. Although Brazil scored five goals during this game, the two goals Pele scored that were the most memorable. His command over the game was unforgettable.