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06-07-2010, 09:34 AM #1
World Cup Greatest GoalsMichael Owen: England vs. Argentina, 1998
18 year-old Michael Owen's stunning goal against Argentina in the second round of the 1998 World Cup. A great ball from Beckham, a great first touch and a display of devastating pace right through the heart of the Argentinian defence. Cap it off with a cool, clinical finish and you've got one great goal.
It wasn't enough for England though; in a controversy riddled game where Beckham was sent off, Argentina went on to win the game in a penalty shoot-out after the teams finished 2-2 at the end of extra time.
Carlos Alberto: Brazil vs. Italy, 1970
Carlos Alberto is one of the legends of Brazilian soccer. Between 1964 & 1977 Alberto was capped 53 times and scored 8 goals.
The goal seen here is considered by many as one of the greatest goals ever seen on the world’s biggest stage. With Brazil currently 3-1 up and cruising their coolness and composure is clear for all to see as they pass the ball around with ease, toying with the Italian's. Carlos Alberto makes the run down the far hand side; the ball makes its way through greats such as Jairzinho & Pele before Alberto drives the ball low and hard across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner. A truly memorable World Cup goal to take the trophy back to Brazil.
Maxi Rodriguez: Argentina vs. Mexico, 2006
With the game deep into Extra-Time and the dreaded Penalty Shoot-Out looming it was going to take an act of brilliance to decide this tie and Maxi Rodriguez provided just that.
A sublime 30 yard cross-field pass by Juan Pablo Sorin was controlled perfectly on the chest by Rodriguez. His work wasn't done yet, after a perfect chest control the ball sat up nicely for a ferocious left foot volley into the far corner past the helpless Oswaldo Sanchez. A technically brilliant goal worthy of winning any game.
Dennis Bergkamp: Holland vs. Argentina, 1998
Holland show us here just how an accurate, direct pass can win you games in the blink of an eye.
Frank de Boer collects the ball on his own 6 yard box after an Argentina attack is thwarted. De Boer dribbles the ball towards the half way line before delivering a pin point 40 yard pass to Dennis Bergkamp. Bergkamp, the master of composure calmly controls the ball with the instep of his right foot before flicking the ball past Roberto Ayala and, showing perfection in composure he strikes the ball past the helpless Carlos Roa.
This goal put Holland into the Semi Finals of the World Cup for the first time in twenty years where they were knocked out by eventual runners-up Brazil.
Saeed Owairan: Saudi Arabia vs. Belgium, 1994
A goal from one of the minnows of the 1994 World Cup in the USA. Saudi Arabia, not fancied by many actually ended up making the knockout stages.
Saeed Owairan's goal against Belgium was enough to see them win 1-0 and progress through. Owairan picked up the ball deep inside his own and set off on a mazy run towards the Belgium. Owairan demonstrated the importance of keeping the ball close when dribbling; the Belgium defenders just couldn't get the ball. Owairan's tricky run ended with a delightful chip over Michel Preud'homme in the Belgium. A memorable individual goal.
Diego Maradona: Argentina vs. England, 1986
After scoring one of the most controversial goals just 4 minutes earlier Diego Maradona produced one of the best goals the world has ever seen.
Maradona was truly one of greatest players ever to play the beautiful game and this goal sums him up perfectly. Receiving the ball in his own half and with his back to goal, he completes a 180 degree drag back turn and is away from two England defenders. Maradona attacks direct towards the England goal at frightening pace, dancing past another two defenders before rounding Peter Shilton and coolly slotting the ball in the goal.
Argentina went on to become World Champions after beating Germany 3-2 in the 1986 final with Maradona being a key figure of their triumph.
Roberto Baggio: Italy vs. Czechoslovakia, 1990
How could a Greatest World Cup Goals poll be complete with an entry from the Italians?
Roberto Baggio, one of the Italian greats scores a goal worthy of winning any game. After playing a one-two between two Czech defenders Baggio drove towards goal taking the ball past a further two defenders before slotting the ball past Jan Stejskal in the Czechoslovakia goal.
Expectation was high as Italy were the home nation in 1990, however, they failed to bring the trophy home after losing on penalties to Argentina in the Semi Final
Josimar: Brazil vs. Northern Ireland, 1986
Josimar shows us here that defenders can not only defend exceptionally well but they can also score wonder goals.
Josimar lit up the 1986 World Cup in Mexico with two stunning goals. The first, shown here past Northern Ireland's 41 Year old Keeper Pat Jennings. After some silky samba-style build up the right back Josimar receives the ball and hits a rocket strike into the top corner to put Brazil 2-0 up in a game they went on to win 3-0.
David Platt: England vs. Belgium, 1990
With England looking at possible elimination from the 1990 World Cup in Italy it needed something special to put them through....Enter David Platt.
Paul Gascoigne lined up a free-kick and was initially planning on having a shot at goal but a quick shout from the England Manager, Sir Bobby Robson, and Gascoigne changed his mind. The free-kick was perfectly flighted into the right hand side of Belgium's penalty area. Platt evaded his marked and watched as the ball came over his right shoulder before spinning and hitting a technically brilliant volley in to the far corner. A true show of exceptional technique.
Cambiasso: Argentina vs. Serbia & Montenegro, 2006
We have seen many great individual goals at World Cups over the years; here is an example of a sublime team goal.
Argentina started the 2006 World Cup in Germany as joint favorites and it's not hard to see why. This goal demonstrates that we don’t always have to play the ball forward, if the option isn't there then pass to the easy option and keep hold of the ball. This is what Argentina did fantastically well and after completing an astonishing 24 passes Esteben Cambiasso fires the ball into the back of the net.
Argentina progressed through the knockout stages before being eliminated in the Quarter Finals by the hosts, Germany.
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07-09-2010, 10:23 AM #2
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