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There are far too many great World Cup moments to try and pick a top 10, so here are 121 to be going on with...

No.1 1978. Brazil v Sweden.

Welsh ref Clive Thomas disallows Zico's late header.


No.2 1994. Opening ceremony.

Diana Ross attempts a penalty.


No.3 1982. Brazil v Scotland.

Eder sure had a sweet left foot. Here's the classic Eder chip against Scotland, complete with Alan Rough's admiring glance as it floats over him.


No.4 2006. Argentina v Serbia & Montenegro.

Esteban Cambiasso scores after 24-pass move.


No.5 1962. Italy v Chile.

The Battle of Santiago, and David Coleman's classic intro...


No.6 1974. Netherlands v Sweden.

The Cruyff Turn is born.


No.7 1998. Romania v Tunisia.

Romania's players bleach their hair before the match.


No.8 2014. Netherlands v Spain.

Robin van Persie's diving header.


No.9 1990. Cameroon v Colombia.

Roger Milla goals & corner flag celebration.


No.10 2002. Brazil v Turkey.

Rivaldo goes down at a corner like a sack of spuds.


No.11 1986. Mexico v Bulgaria.

Manual Negrete's scissor kick for the hosts.


No.12 1982. N.Ireland v Spain.

Gerry Armstrong scores as N.Ireland beat the hosts.


No.13 1970. Brazil v Uruguay.

Undoubtedly one of greatest goals not scored, as Pele brilliantly dummies round the keeper, but then misses as he puts his shot past the post!


No.14 2010. Spain v Netherlands.

No red for de Jong despite Kung Fu kicking Xabi Alonso


No.15 1950. USA v England.

England stunned by USA defeat.


No.16 1982. Poland v Belgium.

Superb hat-trick from Boniek.


No.17 1978. Argentina v Everyone they played.

Tickertape snowstorm welcome.


No.18 2014. Colombia v Uruguay.

James Rodriguez volley. Wow.


No.19 1994. Republic of Ireland v Italy.

Ray Houghton lobs Gianluca Pagliuca.


No.20 1982. France v W.Germany.

Ref gives nothing as Schumacher launches into Battiston


No.21 1974. W.Germany v Netherlands.

Der Bomber swivels brilliantly to score the winner


No.22 2002. Turkey v South Korea.

Hakan Sükür scores quickest World Cup goal ever, in 11 seconds.


No.23 1966. North Korea v Italy.

Pak Doo-ik scores as North Korea beat Italy. "They shook the world!"


No.24 1986. Uruguay v Scotland.

José Batista gets the fastest ever red card, after just 56 seconds.


No.25 2006. Croatia v Australia.

English referee Graham Poll shows three yellow cards to Croatian defender Josip Šimunic.


No.26 1970. England v Brazil.

Gordon Banks save from Pelé's header.


No.27 1990. Italy v Czechoslovakia.

Roberto Baggio's goal after great inter-play with Giuseppe Giannini.


No.28 2010. Uruguay v Ghana.

Luis Suárez denies certain victory for "the Black Stars" with a handball deep into extra-time.


No.29 1998. Netherlands v Argentina.

Dennis Bergkamp's incredible control and sublime finish for a 90th minute winner.


No.30 1958. Brazil v Wales.

Pelé's first ever World Cup goal.




No.31 1978. Brazil v Argentina

Nelinho bends one into the far corner.


No.32 2014. Australia v Netherlands

Tim Cahill lets a long ball drop over his shoulder before unleashing a superb volley.


No.33 1994. Brazil v Netherlands

Bebeto's goal and 'cradle' celebration


No.34 1982. England v France

Bryan Robson hooks home a goal after just 27 seconds.


No.35 1974. Zaire v Brazil

Mwepu Ilunga leathers Brazil's free-kick.


No.36 2002. Uruguay v Denmark

Darío Rodríguez gets set up beautifully for an incredible left foot volley.


No.37 1966. Argentina v England

Antonio Rattín initially refuses to leave the pitch after he gets sent off in the quarter final.


No.38 1986. Brazil v N.Ireland

Best outstretched-arms celebration ever, as Josimar marks his debut with a screamer.


No.39 2006. France v Italy

Zidane headbutts Materazzi in extra-time of the final.


No.40 1970. Brazil v Czechoslovakia

Jairzinho eaves his way through the Czech defence to score a cracker.


No.41 1990. Argentina v Cameroon

Claudio Caniggia manages to hurdle two challenges, but not Benjamin Massing.


No.42 2010. Nigeria v South Korea

Yakubu misses an absolute sitter.


No.43 1998. England v Argentina

18 year old Michael Owen slaloms through the middle of the Argentinian defence to make it 2:1.


No.44 1962. Brazil v England

Garrincha's backheel. Talk about ahead of its time. No-one was doing this back in England.


No.45 1978. Scotland v Netherlands

Archie Gemmill's wonder goal gives Scotland some hope.


No.46 2014. Germany v Argentina

Mario Götze chests and then volleys home in extra-time of the final.


No.47 1994. Romania v Colombia

Gheorghe Hagi lobs the keeper from way out on the left.


No.48 1982. Hungary v El Salvador

Hungary put 10 past El Salvador.


No.49 1974. Brazil v East Germany

Rivelino hammers home a free-kick as a team-mate ducks to create a gap in the wall.


No.50 2002. Senegal v France

Senegal shock the holders in the opening match.


No.51 1966. England v Mexico

Bobby Charlton's run and 30 yard screamer.


No.52 1986. England v Morocco

Raymondo Wilkins is sent off for throwing the ball towards the ref.


No.53 2006. Argentina v Mexico

Incredible volley from Maxi Rodriguez in extra-time.


No.54 1970. Italy v W.Germany

The semi-final, known as the "Game of the Century", sees 5 goals scored in an epic extra-time.


No.55 1990. Colombia v Cameroon

René Higuita gets caught out by Roger Milla trying to showcase some of his skills.


No.56 2010. South Africa v Mexico

Siphiwe Tshabalala scores a beauty for the hosts in the Tournament opener.


No.57 1998. Iran v USA

Iran shock the United States to win their first ever World Cup match.


No.58 1954. West Germany v Hungary

"The Miracle of Bern". Hungary, unbeaten in 4 years, come unstuck in the final.


No.59 1978. Argentina v Netherlands

Mario Kempes dashes through in extra-time to put the hosts into the lead.


No.60 2014. Netherlands v Spain

Holders Spain are thrashed 5:1 by the Netherlands.




No.61 1994. Bulgaria v Germany

Yordan Letchkov's brilliant diving header beats Germany.


No.62 1982. Brazil v USSR

Sócrates' dummies twice before smashing in an absolute cracker.


No.63 1974. Haiti v Italy

Haiti use their pace to take the lead against Italy.


No.64 2002. Brazil v England.

Ronaldinho beats David Seaman from about 40 yards out.


No.65 1966. Portugal v North Korea

Eusébio scores four as they come back from 3:0 down against North Korea.


No.66 1986. Argentina v England

Maradona's "goal of the century".


No.67 2006. England v Sweden

Joe Cole's incredible volley.


No.68 1970. Brazil v Czechoslovakia

Pelé shoots from the half-way line, but it just misses.


No.69 1990. Netherlands v West Germany

Frank Rijkaard gets sent off and then spits at Rudi Völler.


No.70 2010. England v Germany

Frank Lampard scores a beauty but the ref fails to spot it !


No.71 1998. Jamaica v Japan

Jamaica win their first ever match at the World Cup finals as Theodore Whitmore scores twice.


No.72 1962. Brazil v Mexico

Pelé's goal against Mexico


No.73 1978. Peru v Poland

Crazy keeper Ramón "El Loco" Quiroga somehow finds himself in Poland's half and takes out Grzegorz Lato !


No.74 2014. Germany v Brazil

The hosts are hammered in the semi! It felt like if they'd really wanted to, Germany could have scored 10.


No.75 1994. Argentina v Greece

Not just one of the most iconic Maradona moments, but one of the most iconic World Cup moments, as Maradona's great goal is matched by his manic celebration.


No.76 1982. Kuwait v France

Giresse scores. Kuwait protest about a mysterious whistle. Prince Fahid enters the pitch and gets the goal disallowed !


No.77 1974. East Germany v West Germany

Sparwasser strikes as East beats West.


No.78 2002. Republic of Ireland v Germany

Robbie Keane grabs a dramatic injury-time equaliser.


No.79 1966. Tournament Story

Pickles the dog gets rewarded for finding the stolen World Cup trophy.


No.80 1986. Argentina v England

Olarticoechea's incredible header somehow denies Lineker.


No.81 2006. Portugal v England

Ronaldo's wink after Rooney is sent off.


No.82 1970. Brazil v England

Tostao nutmegs Bobby Moore before setting up Jairzinho for the winning goal.


No.83 1990. Argentina v West Germany

Monzon takes out Klinsmann. Klinsmann does a great delayed body pop. Monzon gets red.


No.84 2010. Spain v The Netherlands

Iniesta wins the Cup in extra-time.


No.85 1998. Brazil v Denmark

Rivaldo beats Schmeichel from long range.


No.86 1962. USSR v Uruguay

USSR legend Igor Netto persuades the ref to disallow a 'goal' from Soviet striker Chislenko that had gone through the side netting.


No.87 1978. Netherlands v Italy

Netherlands take a quick free-kick and Arie Haan lets fly !


No.88 2014. Colombia v Japan

With the match all-square at 1:1 James Rodríguez comes on as a sub, sets up two goals and then scores this beautiful 4th...


No.89 1994. Saudi Arabia v Belgium

The Green Falcons advance to the knockout stage thanks to this incredible long-range dribble from Saeed Al-Owairan.


No.90 1982. Brazil v Scotland

Alan Rough can only stand and watch as Zico's free kick curls into the top corner.




No.91 1974. Netherlands v West Germany

The Germans concede a penalty in the opening minute of the final and Johann Neeskens blasts it home straight down the middle!


No.92 2002. Senegal v France

Holders France lose 1:0 in the opening match. Senegal celebrate the goal by dancing around Papa Bouba Diop's shirt.


No.93 1966. England v West Germany

Some people are on the pitch... Hurst wraps things up in the final with a fantastic hat-trick goal.


No.94 1986. Argentina v Belgium

Diego does it again, scoring another sublime solo goal, this time in the semi-final against Belgium.


No.95 2006. Italy v Germany

Fabio Grosso breaks the semi-final deadlock with a lovely curler following a sublime pass from Pirlo.


No.96 1970. Brazil v Italy

Carlos Alberto's wonder goal in the final. Simply one of the most beautiful things ever !


No.97 1990. Pre-Tournament

New Order redefine World Cup songs with World in Motion. John Barnes proves that he can rap.


No.98 2010. Netherlands v Uruguay

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst opens the scoring in the semi-final with a left foot rocket.


No.99 1998. Argentina v Netherlands

Ariel Ortega floors Edwin van der Sar.


No.100 1962. England v Brazil

Jimmy Greaves chases a dog on the pitch. Dog urinates onto him. Greavesy has to continue without changing his kit !


No.101 1978. Netherlands v West Germany

Sepp Maier can only stand and watch as Arie Haan unleashes another pile-driver.


No.102 2014. Switzerland v Honduras

Xherdan Shaqiri grabs a hat-trick, and his first goal is a belter.


No.103 1994. Russia v Cameroon

Oleg Salenko scores five goals in one match.


No.104 1982. Italy v West Germany

Marco Tardelli's goal and iconic celebration.


No.105 1974. Brazil v Netherlands

Two exponents of the beautiful game end up delivering a really dirty encounter.


No.106 2002. Mexico v Italy

Jared Borgetti's brilliant rubber-necked header.


No.107 1966. England v West Germany

Geoff Hurst's infamous 2nd goal in the final. Did it or didn't it ? Linesman Tofiq Bahramov says goal!


No.108 1986. France v Brazil

An epic minute of football. Platini plays in Bruno Bellone. Carlos rushes out to clatter him. Bellone just about stays on his feet. Ref gives nothing!


No.109 2006. England v Portugal

Rooney gets a red after stepping on Ricardo Carvalho.


No.110 1970. Pre-Tournament

Panini release the first World Cup album.


No.111 1990. Ireland v Romania

David O'Leary and Packie Bonner are the heroes as Ireland win on penalties.


No.112 2010. France v South Africa

Raymond Domenech's France finish bottom of their group with just 1 point as Anelka's sent home and other players want a rebellion!


No.113 1998. Paraguay v Bulgaria

Legendary goal-scoring keeper José Luis Chilavert nearly scores from a free-kick.


No.114 1938. Italy v France

On Benito Mussolini's orders, the Italian team take to the pitch for the quarter-final match dressed in black shirts.


No.115 1978. Argentina v Peru

Argentina, needing to win by a margin of 4 goals to reach the final, score 6.


No.116 2014. Spain v Australia

David Villa open the scoring with a lovely reversed flick.


No.117 1994. Mexico v Everyone

El Tri Goalkeeper Jorge Campos wears the loudest kit ever!


No.118 1982. Brazil v USSR

Falcao's dummy. Eder flicks it up and volleys the ball passed Dasayev.


No.119 1974. West Germany Pre-Tournament

Coach Helmut Schön threatens to replace 22 man squad with second-string squad after players demanded a large bonus if they won the World Cup


No.120 2002. Ireland Pre-Tournament

Roy Keane leaves the Ireland squad.


No.121 1966. England v Portugal

Bobby Charlton scores two fine goals.