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5. Maracanazo

Uruguay 2-1 Brazil, Maracana
World Cup final stage, 16 July 1950

The moment There are 12 minutes of the 1950 World Cup left. But, for Brazil, they may as well be an eternity.

The wait to finally win a first World Cup has certainly felt like one.

And now, so close to the end, they have the point they need.

Unfortunately for Brazil, though, they don’t have the assurance or confidence that marked the build-up to the game.

The 1950 World Cup had been organised on unique lines, with a four-team group replacing the semi-finals and final. As it transpired, though, the last game was to take the form of a final in everything but the conditions.

Since an exhilarating Brazil had put 13 goals past Sweden and Spain while Uruguay had only drawn with the latter, the hosts only needed a point to deliver their first title.

And that wasn’t the only thing going their way. There was form. There was home advantage. There was Uruguay’s odd system. There was a baying crowd…

The 200,000-plus audience didn’t just expect victory; they assumed it. The O Mundo newspaper was proclaiming it. The state governor was even announcing it.

Before the game, former Italian manager and defending champion Vittorio Pozzo was shocked by the Rio official Angelo Mendes de Moraes addressing the stadium by hailing Brazil as “victors of the tournament… I already salute you as conquerors.”

It did all have some effect though – Uruguay right-half Julio Perez wet himself during the anthems.

But the truth is that Brazil were feeling it too. Despite an early onslaught, they weren’t recreating the routs of the previous games. With Roque Maspoli magnificent in goal and captain Obdulio Varela dominant in defence, Uruguay kept parity as well as their heads.

And, although they eventually succumbed to a Friaca goal two minutes after half-time, by then they know they could live with Brazil. And, as Varela told his team, even kill them off.

It is the centre-half who surges forward on 66 minutes, spraying the ball out to Alcides Ghiggia for Juan Schiaffino to then finish. For the first time, the Maracana goes deathly silent.

It wouldn’t be the last time.

Twelve minutes from the end, Uruguay’s formation has released more space on the right. Ghiggia is again free and plays it to Perez, waiting the return.

No longer nervous, Perez provides it.

Ghiggia is through. A good cross could settle the game. Brazil are readying themselves. But, instead, the forward hits a fortuitous, bobbling shot to the near post.

The Maracana goes silent again.

They said

“These are the world champions.” The headline on Brazilian newspaper O Mundo on the morning of the game

“Juancito is a good man but today he is wrong. If we play defensively against Brazil, our fate will be no different from Spain or Sweden.” Obdulio Varela, having earlier got the Uruguayan squad to urinate on editions of O Mundo, tells them to disregard their manager’s instructions

“Boys, the crowd may as well be made of wood. Let the show begin.” Varela calms his players’ nerves with an inspirational speech.

“[The Brazilian defence] did the logical thing. I did the illogical thing… I had a little luck. In football you need luck and you need to go after luck.” Ghiggia on the six seconds

“The silence was morbid, sometimes too difficult to bear.” World Cup founder Jules Rimet

“There really was only silence. It was a complete silence. You could only hear our shouts… They could not have equalised. They did not react.” Ghiggia

“Everywhere has its irremediable national catastrophe, something like a Hiroshima. Our catastrophe, our Hiroshima, was the defeat by Uruguay in 1950.” Brazilian writer Nelson Rodrigues

What it meant Shockwaves through Brazil. Although comparing it to Hiroshima may seem grossly and insensitively overstated, many more writers than Rodrigues have argued exactly that. Not in terms of the cost, of course, but in terms of the emotional trauma.

At that point, Brazil was a young country that had never fought a war. It increasingly identified itself through football.

And now, at the point of deliverance, that very identity was shown to be on worryingly shaky ground.

Brazil wouldn’t win their first World Cup. Uruguay would win their second.

And the Brazilian nation would weep uncontrollably. As the influential Brazilian anthropologist Roberto daMatta wrote with extreme seriousness, the 1950 game “is perhaps the greatest tragedy in contemporary Brazilian history. Because it happened collectively and brought a united vision of the loss of a historic opportunity. Because it happened at the beginning of a decade in which Brazil was looking to assert itself as a nation with a great future. The result was a tireless search for explanations of, and blame for, the shameful defeat.”

But also solutions. As Wilson writes in Inverting the Pyramid, every football culture has its own idiosyncratic response to setbacks. And Brazil’s was to blame defensive deficiencies. So one of the immediate reactions was to bolster the national team’s backline with an extra stopper. The path towards the famous 4-2-4 formation had been set. As had the path to 1958 and Brazil’s position as the most successful country in the history of the game.

But, for all the trophies they’ve won since, they can never alter the result of the Lost Final.


4. The Miracle of Berne

West Germany 3-2 Hungary, Wankdorf Stadium
World Cup final, 4 July 1954

The moment It wasn’t looking good for West Germany. In fact, it was looking pretty much terminal.

Hungary had raced into a very early 2-0 lead, as they had done in every game of the 1954 World Cup so far – without ever getting beaten. And those games, of course, had made it 32 games and four years without defeat in total.

Worse, one of those games was an 8-3 victory over the West Germans themselves in the group stage. With just eight minutes gone, it looked like a similar humiliation could transpire.

Except, within two minutes Max Morlock has pulled one back. Within 10, Helmut Rahn has improbably equalised.

Also, Hungary weren’t exactly excelling like they had over the previous four years. For a start, an unfit Ferenc Puskas was back in the side after incurring an injury in the group game between the sides. Secondly, that group-stage match may have been a harsh lesson for the Germans – but also an important one. Despite the strength of the Hungarian performance, Sepp Herberger and his team spotted a number of flaws and potential problems in the Golden Team’s make-up.

Most tellingly, the Germans solved the problem of Hidegkuti by adapting their own game and deploying a man-marker.

It meant that Hungary still controlled the game. But not with the same cutting edge. And, when they finally got through, goalkeeper Toni Turek was equal to any effort.

Then, with six minutes left, Hans Schafer crosses into the box. It’s cleared. But Rahn collects. As he’s done so often – but the Hungarians still seemingly haven’t learned amid their own sense of superiority – the forward feigns a shot before cutting inside. And unleashing.

It evades Gyuli Grosics. Incredibly, it’s a goal.

It still mightn’t have been the last in the game. Almost immediately, Puskas pierces the German backline. The flag, however, goes up. Within minutes, the Jules Rimet Trophy would go up.

But in German hands rather than Hungarian.

They said

“It was our own fault. We thought we had the match won. Then we gave away two stupid goals and let them back into it.” Puskas

“Rahn has to be shoot, Rahn shoots – Tor! Tor! Tor! … 3-1! Call me mad! Call me crazy!” German commentator Herbert Zimmerman describes what he sees… and what he feels

“The reaction in Hungary was terrible. Hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets in the hours after the match. On the pretext of football, they demonstrated against the regime… In those demonstrations, I believe, lay the seeds of the 1956 uprising.” Goalkeeper Gyuli Grosics

“It is as though Hungarian football is frozen at that moment, as though we have never quite moved on from then.” Former international Tibor Nyilasi

“We are somebody again.” The catchphrase commonly used in West Germany following the victory

What it meant A monumental upset as West Germany were world champions for the first time and Hungary would have to go on waiting… but also so, so much more.

On the grandest of levels, historians like Arthur Heinrich and Joachim Fest have argued it was a turning point in German history. After the subdued guilt and repression of the post-War years, the victory finally gave the population the vigour and proud sense of identity to finally express – and enjoy – themselves again. Some have even described the Berne Republic, citing the win as the true founding moment of the new Germany. Not to mention the powerful economy that would rise by the early ’60s.

Certainly, the game would prove a definitive turning point in football history. Most of all, one of its greatest teams would go unfulfilled.

And the Germans had illustrated how and why by so successfully utilising a man-marker.

That constant battle between Hidegkuti and Werner Liebrich would also prove a crossroads in history.

From there, West Germany and Hungary would go in drastically different directions, beginning one international dynasty and effectively ending another.


3. Brazil tip the balance… for good

Brazil 2-0 USSR, Ullevi Stadium
World Cup group stage, 15 June 1958

The moment It wasn’t just Brazil’s World Cup that stood on a knife-edge. It was their entire history.

Indeed, after over half a century of sublime success, it’s almost impossible to imagine now how unsure Brazil must have been as they approached their crucial final group game against the USSR requiring a win. Not only did they have the pressure of progression but also that from 28 barren years without the trophy they craved most.

As a result, they also approached the game without any of the awe subsequent World Cup wins have placed in the opposition.

Instead, it was Brazil who were intimidated here. Caution had dictated that Garrincha and Pele were dropped from the opening two games until coach Vicente Feola realised putting the responsible Zagallo on the left would balance the brilliance of the virtuosos. Not that Feole was completely convinced yet. Fearing USSR physicality, the coach decided the only way to victory was to frighten the Soviets with sheer ability early on.

“Remember”, he reminded Didi, “the first pass goes to Garrincha.”

Within a minute, the winger had beaten Boris Kuznetsov four times, left Yuri Voinov on the ground and smashed the post. Sixty seconds later, Pele hit the bar before Vava scored from an exquisite Didi pass.

They said

“The greatest three minutes ever played.” L’Equipe journalist and European Cup founder Gabriel Hanot

What it meant Not just that Brazil were through to the quarter-finals. Also that they were through the looking glass.

There was no going back now. The football had been too good, almost futuristic. What’s more, it contained everything that was wondrous about the game: dynamic team collaboration culminating in a divine pass; influential tactical innovation; courage; quality and, finally, individual brilliance.

From there, Garrincha and Pele couldn’t be dropped. Brazil’s new confidence certainly wouldn’t drop.

Having only scored three goals in their previous two games, they would go on to score 11 in their next three – including five in the final against Sweden.

The last time Brazil had got that far, in 1950, there were tears. In 1958, we would see tears again. But only of joy as the influential Pele couldn’t contain himself.

Of course, football as a whole couldn’t contain Brazil. From there, the box was opened. Four years later, they would become the last team to retain the trophy.

History had changed. And in high-class fashion.

Similar moments that didn’t make it Spain 4-1 Russia, Euro 2008


2. The feet of God

Argentina 2-1 England, Azteca Stadium
World Cup quarter-final, 22 June 1986

The moment Four minutes beforehand, there had been only bitterness. Now, there was only brilliance.

Picking up the ball in his own half, Maradona first executes a perfect double-pullback to deceive Peter Beardsley and Peter Reid. Leaving the latter for dust, he then skips past all of Terry Butcher, Steve Hodge and Terry Fenwick with elusive changes of pace and electric pieces of agility.

Finally, there’s one player to beat: Peter Shilton. Maradona shapes to shoot before finishing the move in the only manner that’s truly fitting; deceiving Shilton too, by rolling it the right and into the net.

They said

“I want to cry! Hold God! Viva football! I want to cry! Please forgive me! Maradona on an unforgettable run, with the best move of all time! What planet did you come from?! To leave the British on their way!? To make a whole nation cry?! Thank you God! Thank you for football! Thank you for Maradona! Thank you for these tears!” Argentine commentator Victor Hugo Morales simply loses it

“When I got the ball towards the right and saw that Peter Reid couldn’t catch me, I felt a very big urge to go on running with the ball. I seemed to be able to leave everyone behind. [Fenwick] couldn’t slip me up. I had too much speed behind me.” Maradona

“There was no lack of discipline on our part, no errors. Just the genius of one player who went through half our team to score the best goal of the competition.” Bobby Robson

“The second goal was not an act that I felt belonged to the team. I wrote about the creative process of a genius, based on two confessions Maradona made after the game. They make the goal greater. The first is that Maradona told me he was looking to pass the ball to me. I was running alongside him throughout, waiting for it. But Maradona became intrigued by how to do it himself. He told me he could see me running parallel to him. The second thing he told me was that when he reached Shilton, he remembered a similar run against England when he had beaten several players, but hit the post. Maradona decided to improve on that and put the ball to the other side. So he was able to assimilate the memory, process it and come to an alternative conclusion.” Jorge Valdano

What it meant The greatest individual goal of all time? Certainly, despite admitted distraction among the English players after the Hand of God, there has never been a strike in which a single player has beaten so many opponents and run so far at such an elevated stage.

In essence, the goal is so far the ultimate illustration of the maximum possible effect one player can have on a pitch.

And, in that, it was symbolic. It reflected Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup as a whole. No player has dominated, defined and decided one tournament quite like he did in Mexico.


1. Carlos Alberto’s crescendo

Brazil 4-1 Italy, Azteca Stadium
World Cup final, 21 June 1970

The moment The 1970 World Cup final was no longer a contest. It was a coronation.

But it would still have one compelling piece of pageantry left.

With five minutes left, after four players have already started the move, Clodoaldo “starts the carnival” – as Carlos Alberto himself put it. With an uncharacteristic piece of evasive technique that takes four Italians out of the game, the midfielder frees space as well Rivelino.

The left-winger then curls a luxurious pass up the left for the drifting Jairzinho to collect. He draws two Italian defenders before feeding Pele at the edge of the box.

At that point, time and space seem to stop to the number-10’s command. Nonchalantly – almost tenderly and teasingly – Pele delays his pass before rolling it into the path of Carlos Alberto.

The captain doesn’t have to break stride before hitting a strike of the utmost power and purity.

Much like the entire move itself.

They said

“When Jairzinho received the ball from Rivelino and gave the ball to Pele my stride was totally open, and Pele waited a few seconds for me to be there and then gave a beautiful pass. Pele knew I was coming because we had spoken about that kind of chance before the game, if Jairzinho made the movement to the left side.” Carlos Alberto

“This was what we had hoped for, the ritual we had come to share. The qualities that make football the most graceful and electric and moving of team sports were being laid before us. Brazil are proud of their own unique abilities but it was not hard to believe that they were anxious to say something about the game as well as about themselves.” Hugh McIlvanney

“We only realised how beautiful the goal was after the game.” Carlos Alberto

What it meant In terms of the World Cup final, little since it had long ceased to be a drama. Instead, it became a distillation of everything that was pure and possible in the sport. Football, after all, is a team game. And this was the ultimate representation of what that meant: a group of 11 players collaborating and interchanging, enhancing each other’s abilities to create a goal – and a team – of the highest possible quality on the highest possible stage.

It was less a goal than an apogee. Football as art.



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thefootballfan 6 pts

u missed bulgaria win over germany in the world cup.

thefootballfan 6 pts

what about did it cross the line this time for england

ApoorvGupta 5 pts

I expected to see a list of the best players in the world for the previous year, as you made one last year. I hope you find the time to make it this year too. I love going through the lists and tell all my friends about this site too.

It was truly brilliant. But our shortlist ran to the hundreds. Many great moments missed out. What, for example, would you take out to put it in?

AbongiloAfeku 5 pts

i need football manager to manage me

NathanBarnes 5 pts

How about Arsenal's unbeaten run? Just saying..

Manicowl 5 pts

I'm surprised the match between Red Star Belgrade and Dynamo Zagreb that we're told started the war in the Balkans isn't in there, or would that be classed in the same vein as Heysel, Hillsborough etc...?

VitorBell 5 pts

pls visit:

adamrhbrown 5 pts

And so, we come to this list. Well...hmmm. Difficult to say really. What makes a great moment is very much more difficult to analyse than the other categories established so far. For what it's worth, I feel that the word needs a stricter definition than what applies here. I mentioned in my email to you that I think a 'moment' should be no more than 5 mins tops, and even that might be overstating it.

Using The Times' Wish You Were There moments as a guide, I have drafted up a list of what I believe to be the 50 Most Iconic English Football TV Events, a word that I feel works better when you want to measure whole matches (or even campaigns) against isolated incidents - as well as acknowledging the influence of broadcasting. On that basis I can't disagree with much of your selection here, though I cannot fathom why such high rankings are bestowed upon each episode of Mourinho and Barca's tit-for-tat just yet.

Also, let me just clarify how surreal as an English fan it is to see Stan Collymore above "They think it's all over" and beg you to reconsider, simply because we cannot afford him to actually see that!

I also strongly disagree with ranking Bergkamp so high. Obviously the goal is of the highest quality, but how can the even more extraordinary - as well as more iconic and more influential - contributions of Cantona, Tardelli and Zidane rank so far down the list in comparison? (I'm not trying to glorify violence, by the way. Just those two examples.)

Re that goal though, I recently came across a New York Times blog post from the 2006 World Cup, reflecting on previous Argentina/Holland games. Although mostly about the 1978 final, Bergkamp's goal obviously gets a mention. Scrolling down to the comments, it amused me greatly to find the first one by an American sports fan, suitably unimpressed! (Though, to be fair, considerably more of his countrymen jumped in to disassociate themselves from such a remark.)

Last thing for now - Maradona's goals vs England should be one entry. The contrast is the real story - an apt metaphor for both the man and the wider culture of his homeland. Plus it just about squeezes into my five minute limit. (Alright, make it 10, then Liverpool's bizarre comeback can still be included as well.)

Meerkat 5 pts

Fascinating as always. The major omissions for me would be Heysel, Munich, Superga (although these were more 'important' than 'great') and Jimmy Glass '99.I do wish there were more actual "moments" than summaries of important matches, particularly in the top 50. I'd also like to see more moments that transcend football on the pitch alone; for example, Kepto and Gun: in the era of fanzines, phone-ins, supporters' clubs and Fever Pitch, it was clear fans had a voice and influence on the game (of varying levels)...this story (that it was fictitious is irrelevant) and the reaction to it showed how football is universal and can bring anyone together.I don't see why there are 2 moments of the Mourinho vs Barca saga; can these not be distilled into one? Pick the most important and lasting, include a summary of the other? Nice read though

Meerkat 5 pts

I'm also not sure how to format comments so paragraph spaces aren't deleted on publication?

MDelaneyST 31 pts moderator

Meerkat Cheers as ever. The reason we didn't include Heysel, Hillsborough, Munich or Superga is because we didn't want to trivialise or be flippant about tragedies (by including them in such a list in the first place), and we also wanted this to mostly be a 'celebration' of the game, so made a conscious decision to leave such terrible incidents.Re the likes of Fever Pitch, they're simply too hard to quantify. And, again, that's not really the style we were going for. With respect, you're also the first person to suggest that!As for Glass, well the reason it's not included is because it scored low in a few categories (not nature obviously). It didn't really have an influence on the game and, mostly, Carlisle were relegated within a few years!

As for two moments from the Mourinho-Barca saga, well the fact is they were important even apart from the saga: one set the tactical template of the game, the other was one of the landmark, all-time performances.But cheers again! All feedback is welcome!

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adamrhbrown 5 pts

Meerkat You can't have genuine tragedies on a list of great moments! I would however nominate the rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before the 1989 FA Cup final (or - as mentioned in the relevant entry - the one performed by AC Milan and Real Madrid fans in that semi final).

BenjaminBildeBoelsmand 5 pts

Fantastic list as always. Two major ommissions in my book: Stuart Pearce's goal on penalty in '96 ( and especially the goal by Jimmy Glass ( That it took place in 3rd division makes it event more important to me. This is professional football at its finest, where it is more about belongings and emotions, than about high-end transfers.

MDelaneyST 31 pts moderator

BenjaminBildeBoelsmand Pearce isn't a bad shout but, consider this: in the 'global game', Baggio's goal against Chile was possibly bigger if we're going to go along those lines. It was his first World Cup game since the miss against Brazil (which, most of all, settled an actual World Cup) and, moreover, he was a much bigger name than Pearce.As for Glass, well the reason it's not included is because it scored low in a few categories (not nature obviously). It didn't really have an influence on the game and, mostly, Carlisle were relegated within a few years!I know what you're saying about the game being at its purest, but it can hardly be described as the game at its "finest"!

Quality, after all, had to be one of our considerations!

BenjaminBildeBoelsmand 5 pts

MDelaneySTBenjaminBildeBoelsmand I probably agree with you on Baggio, even though the screams of Pearce have me in tears every time (and as a dane it's not the national emotions). And with Glass I must respectfully disagree with the decision. To me, it's what football is about.

Once again thanks for the fantastic work you do!

PadraigOHooligan 5 pts

A great list. I of course disagree with the placing of many things. For one I would have had Van Basten's goal and the Cruyff turn higher as actual moments, but that's the point of this, a great read. I can't think of any major omissions as of yet but I will return and whinge about something that pops into my head later, you can be sure.

It puts me in mind of the Orbis World Cup 90 Collection binder which was my first introduction to a lot of the moments on the list.

MDelaneyST 31 pts moderator

PadraigOHooligan Ah, that's what the list is for: to encourage talk! Cheers man.

adamrhbrown 5 pts

PadraigOHooligan Yes, I too was surprised to see that anyone would rank Bergkamp ahead of his two countrymen, great goal that it is, especially as Cruyff's turn has come to signify something even beyond the player's abilities. If it's been judged so favourably just because it happened in the last minute I'd say Michael Thomas, Jimmy Glass, and Man Utd vs Bayern all easily beat it for pure drama - and they actually settled the outcomes of whole seasons, not one inconsequential quarter final match.

footballistico 6 pts

Great site. No place to include Thuram's two goals against Croatia (world cup 1998 semi-final ) ? It's a good example of an event transcending a player.

adamabyss 5 pts

footballistico good suggestion. I believe they were the only two goals he ever scored for France. Don't you mean a player transcending an event?

MDelaneyST 31 pts moderator

adamabyssfootballistico Again, our "short" list was so long that many great moments like Thuram's just missed out.

Big Fat Ronaldo 6 pts

MDelaneyST Left this out. another great list, always an enjoyable read

jimm1y 7 pts

great list, iv only 1 problem. you never used jimmy magee's commentary for the maradona goal!

Big Fat Ronaldo 6 pts

There must be a place for this. Kanu (ex-Inter Milan, Ajax and Arsenal) extraordinary last minute equaliser versus Brazil in the 1996 Olympic semi-final.

In a crowded last minute six yard box, with his team 2-3 down, he flicks the ball up with his back to goal and chips it over the Dida, in one movement

Nigeria was 3-1 down at half time at one stage, Brazil had a clear goal disallowed that would have made it 4-1, Nigeria missed a penalty while it was 3-1, and Kanu eventually scored a sensational Golden Goal to end it in extra time, completely dumbfooling the Brazilian defence before smashing home from 18yards

All this happened before without me mentioning the sheer beauty, and incredible exhibition of skilled and attacking football from both sides.....for the Brazilian team had - Ronaldo da Lima ( one month before THE INCREDIBLE 96/97 season at Barcelona), Rivaldo, Bebeto, Roberto Carlos, the maestro Juninho in his pomp, Flavio Conceiao (Real Madrid), Ze Elias, the great centre back Aldair and Dida in goal.

This set the stage for Nigeria's equally pulsating and dramatic final against the Argentina team, which had - Hernan Crespo, Mattias Almeyda, Diego Simeone, Javier Zanetti, Roberto Ayala, Nestor Sensini, Ariel Ortega, Claudio Lopez,Jose Chamot

Nigeria went behind 5times in both semi final and final and still won the tournament

The Nigeria Brazil game also made it into World Soccer Magazine's 50 greatest matches of all time

And before this, had any team outside Europe or South America won an an International Football tournament??? I doubt

It also inspired the Nigerian national team to record momentous victories over Spain and Bulgaria at France 1998 World Cup, and the Cameroun team to retain the Olympic Football title in 2000 for Africa

It deserves an inclusion

Big Fat Ronaldo 6 pts

the link to the goal - Olympic Semi Final 1996

adamabyss 5 pts

You had better revise this to include Henry's return goal at Arsenal tonight. Absolutely incredible, unprecedented emotional scenes.

MDelaneyST 31 pts moderator

adamabyss Well, let's not go nuts! It wouldn't score highly in too many of our criteria like "importance", "impact on history" (although we wouldn't know that for a while).

adamabyss 5 pts

MDelaneyST haha yeah, it was amazing though, I'm not even an Arsenal fan! Thanks.

adamabyss 5 pts

MDelaneyST It was his 227th goal for them though - a goal that no one ever thought would be scored. And just a few weeks after they unveiled a statue of him. Isn't it even supposed to be bad luck to have a statue of yourself erected while you are still alive (or maybe that's street names, haha)? Evidently it wasn't unlucky for him! He's had a pretty historical impact on the world game though, he was the best player in the world for a couple of years and this is the latest (last?) chapter. Night.

MattHoarty 5 pts

er. no.67 cites Busby as using Ramsey's quote from the 66 World Cup Final. Was he that unoriginal...?

MDelaneyST 31 pts moderator

MattHoarty He was "inspired" by Ramsey apparently.

Meerkat 5 pts

I would expect THAT goal in the 1970 World Cup Final to be number 1. A team goal of the highest quality on the highest possible stage by what is regarded the greatest ever international team at the best tournament of all time...add the impact of it being the first truly global World Cup in the sense that it was televised, which resulted in the benchmark for everything that followed. In the words of Nick Hornby: "In a way Brazil ruined it for all of us. They had revealed a kind of Platonic ideal that nobody, not even the Brazilians, would ever be able to find if 1970 was a half-remembered dream they had once had of themselves...[the rest of us] couldn't even get close, and we gave up."

claretandblueblogger 5 pts

No.71 was one of the greatest battles I've seen when it comes to international football. Loads of skill and commitment on display from both sides, who played the whole game in the right spirit, won by two moments of sublime skill. Being an England fan, I can only dream of being involved in this kind of contest, unless it's friendly against Ghana...

josephsbcn 7 pts

claretandblueblogger It was an incredible game, that's for sure.

Anonymous_69 5 pts

As a recent Barcelona fan (started watching in 2007, please don't call me a bandwagon-er), I am expecting these two incidents will make the list: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona, for the ref decisions and the amazing goals. And Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United, when Puyol let Abidal lift the trophy! Wow, that moment made me very emotional.

Another moment that might not make it, but I thought was absolutely amazing, was the 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Barcelona in London. That first half, particularly the first 20 minutes, were the greatest moments of football I have seen in the Champions League. And yet the couldn't score. And then they score in the second half. But their dominance had made them arrogant, and Arsenal took full advantage of the lack of concentration. Phenomenal game by Barca, phenomenal character from Arsenal.

PrimeTime2912 5 pts

Can't believe Iniesta's goal against Holland isn't in the top 50. It was a great goal and it won the freaking World Cup for Spain for the first time in a grueling Final in extra time. How much bigger can you get?

josephsbcn 7 pts

PrimeTime2912 This isn't the top 50- it's number 100 to 51. Let's wait and see, eh:?

clearanceclarence 5 pts

Excellent read, really enjoyed that. (I particularly like "...the eventual 2-0 scoreline should be sued for libel"). One quibble, though – no.89: "Which one? With four games left of the 1998-99 German season, Eintracht Frankfurt looked as good as down only win three games and cut a four-point gap to four." Eh?

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Ewan MacKenna
Ewan MacKenna

Pat Devlin asks aspiring journalist during after-match interview if he had stuck his fingers in a socket for instance?

Ewan MacKenna
Ewan MacKenna

And no League of Ireland?

Football Pantheon
Football Pantheon

We were thinking that would become an issue. We had to stay true to our formula.system though, and that scored low on influence, quality etc... Think about it another way... would it feel so high-profile if it was from a fourth tier from outside England? Plus, Carlisle got relegated two years later.

Darragh Farrelly
Darragh Farrelly

No sign of Jimmy Glass' winner for Carlisle...shocking.

Football Pantheon
Football Pantheon

Fixed! Wrong numbers transferred across!

Alex Cooper
Alex Cooper

Presumably a typo (or two!) No. 2 Maradona, does not add up to 23!

Shakir Choudhury
Shakir Choudhury

Jimmy Glass' extra time winner to save Carlisle United from conference football......

Daniel Collins
Daniel Collins

Two big one's missing for me: -David May stealing the limelight on the podium after the '99 CL final. -Liam Coyle leaving Carles Puyol on his arse when Derry City played Barcelona at the Brandywell in 2003.