2014: Brazil"s car-crash collapse
2010: Suárez handball
Another infamous handball entered World Cup lore in the 2010 edition of the competition, when Uruguay met Ghana in the quarterfinals in South Africa. Uruguayan star Luis Suárez found himself face to face with an almost-certain goal headed by Ghana"s Dominic Adiyiah after the ball had ping-ponged around the penalty area following a free kick.
So what did the striker do? Standing on the goal line, he instinctively stuck out a hand, swatting the ball away and into the grateful hands of Fernando Muslera, Uruguay"s keeper.
2006: Coup de Boule
Zidane, hero of the 1998 run, was aging and had publicly declared that the match in Berlin would be his last. Walking back to the center of the pitch, the Marco Materazzi can be seen mouthing something to the French captain. Zidane walks on, then pauses, evidently reconsidering his reaction. He turns and then, lowering his head like a bull, rams the Italian squarely in the chest. Cue a downed, writhing Materazzi, and a red card for Zidane in his very final match.Italy went on to win the penalty shootout 5-3.
1998: Bergkamp"s moment of genius
Holland"s quarterfinal against Argentina, in Marseilles" Stade Velodrome. It"s 1-1, approaching the final whistle.
As extra time beckons, from far inside the Dutch half, Frank de Boer pumps a high, long ball forward, expertly finding the outstretched right foot of Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp in the Argentine penalty area. The Arsenal legend stops it dead, transferring it to his left foot as he twists past Roberto Ayala. His third touch, again with his right boot, flicks it past Carlos Roa, the keeper; three perfect touches to take the ball from a speculative punt upfield to what remains one of the ultimate moments of skill ever displayed in a World Cup.
1994: Escobar"s fateful own goal
Another reminder that the World Cup is just as capable of doling out pain as it is joy is the 1994 own goal by Colombian Andrés Escobar. The mistake led to his country"s elimination from the tournament and, ultimately, his murder, and stands out as a tragic departure from an otherwise exciting tournament in the US.
1990: Roger Milla"s celebration
Italia "90 was one of the classiest editions of the World Cup, and was definitely improved by the stylish, hip-swinging celebrations of Cameroonian legend Roger Milla. Prior to his joyous, finger-raised dance at the corner flag or in front of the fans, goal celebrations tended to be wild, unstructured affairs.
At the Mexico World Cup, following a frantic, bed-tempered first half in which both sides spurned chances, Maradona saw an opening a few minutes after the restart. A mis-hit clearance was heading toward earth and the hands of England goalkeeper Peter Shilton when the diminutive Argentine No. 10, already at full steam, leaped to meet the ball, punching it clear of Shilton and into the net.
1974: Cruyff turns on the magic
Dortmund in 1974, in a group game against Sweden. Johan Cruyff, the mercurial Dutchman, bamboozled his opponent with a mind-bending dummy that would come to bear his name -- the Cruyff turn.
1970: Pelé"s wild celebration sets the tone against Italy
Italy and Brazil took center stage on June 21 at Azteca stadium. In the final against Italy in Mexico City, Pelé, playing in his third World Cup final, leaped to meet a long cross from Rivelino, and seemed to hang in front of the goal, before powerfully heading home at the far post.It was the Sele??o"s 100th World Cup goal, and opened the scoring in what would ultimately be a 4-1 rout of Italy.
1966: Geoff Hurst"s controversial goal -- did it cross the line?
Geoff Hurst’s controversial World Cup goal will forever remain a mystery. With the game in extra time, Geoff’s power shot beat the goal keeper, hit the crossbar and bounced straight down, making it virtually impossible to tell if it crossed the line or not.