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Iconic Moments in the Long Past of FIFA World Cups

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The FIFA World Cup brings images and memories to mind that will stay with us forever, providing you are old enough to remember some of the older ones, of course!

Whether you are interested in the games because of your knack for online betting, or just watching and cheering on your favorite players taking part in the biggest competition on the planet, you are bound to witness some mesmerizing magical stuff for the ages, a tiny moment of brilliance that is to be remembered for decades , or even a piece of skill that seems completely insane to be happening.

The FIFA World Cup is guaranteed to deliver as much magic, spectacle, grandeur and entertainment this year as it has before and the countless times before that, and will no doubt add an item or two for lists like this to catalogue in the future!

1982: Kuwait Walk Off After Goal

This stands as one of the most peculiar incidents in the history of the World Cup.

France was in a 3 – 1 lead against Kuwait, when they scored another goal. The Kuwait defenders thought they had heard a whistle blow and remained fixed in place. The FA President for Kuwait, Prince Fahad, instructed his players to leave the field in protest, and the ref foolishly dismissed the goal, allowing the game to continue.

France persevered, winning with 4 goals to 1.


1994: Oleg Salenko’s Incredible Performance

Salenko was known to his fellow Russians, but the striker enjoyed no great reputation elsewhere. You can bet your bottom dollar no one expected him to manage 5 goals in a single match!

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Playing against the Cameroonians, Salenko plundered the field, racking up the most goals made by any single athlete in a FIFA World Cup Tournament game, pushing his team to a win of 6 – 1.

Russia got eliminated in the first stage, but Salenko shared the Golden Boot award with Hristo Stoichkov, from Bulgaria, as the top scorer for the tournament anyway.

2002: Senegal Upsets the Odds and Thrashes France

World and Euro champions, France was a massive favourite to beat johnny-come-lately Senegal, who were making their debut at the FIFA World Cup in the opening match of the Korea/Japan tournament. But Les Bleus’ world got rocked as they fell to a surprising defeat of 1 to 0.

2006: Zidane’s Headbutt Takes Him Off the Pitch

Zinedine Zidane got sent off during the FIFA World Cup Final featuring France versus Italy after he headbutted Marco Materazzi.

After an exchange of words as they headed to the pitch Zidane hit Materazzi in the chest with his head, losing the chance to play in the last international match he would be a part of.

France went on to lose in penalty shoot-outs.

2014: Mario Götze Wins the World Cup

Mario Götze had a tumultuous FIFA World Cup, getting a starting spot initially before losing it and having to make do with a sub’s place for the final. He went on to have the biggest impact of all, however, finding the space to expertly control and volley the ball for a winning goal, a strike which is sure to be replayed for many years yet.

In that single moment Götze earned his place in FIFA World Cup history and the national team. His incredible performance helped the Germans beat the Argentinians, and secured his country’s first success in the Finals since 1990.

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Amiya Saha
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