World Cup’s greatest goals

June 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, History, News

Maradona scores the infamous 'hand of god' goal
Maradona scores the infamous 'hand of god' goal

Each World Cup has its own memories and highlights. As we look forward to another World Cup taking place in Brazil, we look back at some of the most memorable goals in World Cup history. From the goal Alides Ghiggia scored in 1950 to a beauty by an 18 year-old Michael Owen in the 1998 World Cup, here are five of our favourites.

1. A goal by Senegalese Papa Bouba Diop in the 2002 World Cup against France might not be the best on the list, but it has to be the most sentimental one for Africans as the Senegalese went on to record a historic win against the French at the World Cup in South Korea.

2. One of the tournament’s most memorable games took place when Italy took on West Germany in the 1970 World Cup semi-final. The score was tied at three all, and in the 111th minute Gianni Rivera scored the match winner to send the Italians into the finals.

3. Dutch legend and former Arsenal man, Dennis Bergkamp, scored a beauty against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. His first touch, composure and ball control make this a very special goal. The Dutch went on to win the quarter-final match that was played in Marseille.

4. The day was June 22, 1986. One man made history when he scored two goals against England in the quarter finals at Mexico City’s, Estadio Azteca. One of the goals, the infamous ‘Hand of God’, will go down in history as the most controversial in the game. But it’s his second goal in that match that turned heads. His skill and quick feet made the English players look pedestrian. I give you Diego Maradona.

5. In the 1998 World Cup in France a teenager named Michael Owen announced his arrival on the international stage. The 18 year old Owen was part of the English squad that took on Argentina in the second round of the tournament. This individual goal was so good that it was voted the third best in England’s history last year.

By Bonkinkosi Tiwane

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