Find your favorite spot on the couch and grab your Vuvuzela or your Caxirola and get ready to enjoy the World’s most exciting soccer game. Yes, it’s time for the 2014 World Cup. On June 12, 2014, Brazil will face off with Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in the lovely Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Introducing Pele, Pele, Pele!
The 1958 World Cup hosted the debut of a super talented striker by the name of Pele. His skills and technique blew the competition out of the water. A pioneer of sorts, Pele was one of the first black Brazilians to win the World Cup. Pele was a teenage sensation, winning the tournament by a score of 5-2, he became a worldwide celebrity. In 1962 and then eight years later, Pele helped lead Brazil to two additional World Cups. During this time, one couldn’t mention football without also mentioning Brazil and Pele! He was nominated as the Athlete of the Year in 1999 by the IOC.
The Headbutt Felt ‘Round the World
When France and Italy met for the World Cup in 2006 no one expected that the event would lead to one of France’s greatest players receiving a blemish on his once sparkling record. For whatever reason tempers flared during the big game and Zinedine Zidane responded to an insult with a headbutt to Marco Meterazzi’s chest. As a result, he was shown a red card.
The Comeback of All Comebacks
West Germany used some fancy footwork and a great deal of luck to steal the game from Hungary in the 1954 World Cup. Although Hungary was favored in the game, overall West Germany wasn’t having it. The 3-2 victory not only went down in history as arguably one of the greatest comebacks in history, it made Helmut Rahn a household name. This victory is known as the “Miracle of Bern” to many Germans.
Turkey Shows Fancy Footwork to Win the 2002 World Cup
South Korea and Turkey faced off in the 2002 World Cup, where Hakan Sukur of Turkey made world history. He literally scored the fastest goal in World Cup history, only 11 seconds. His record was 5 seconds shorter than Vaciav Masek, a player on Czechoslovakia’s 1962 football team.
Debut of the Golden Goal
France and Paraguay faced off in the 1998 World Cup and made football history. The great defender Laurent Blanc made history when he scored the first goal recorded in extra-time to end the match with Paraguay.
Thardoor, I The Washington Post – 20 World Cup goals that changed history Retrieved June 7, 2014 from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/06/06/20-world-cup-goals-that-changed-history/
FIFA World Cup http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=255931/match=300186456/index.html#nosticky