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20 best photos from World Cup history

The biggest celebrations, unforgettable goals and most infamous brawls can be seen in these historic photos of the World Cup.

loss fifa world cup They have been the setting for some of the most iconic photographs in the history of football.

This gallery presents unforgettable moments for fans, performed by sports legends such as Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Pele or Johan Cruyff.

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Here are the 20 best pictures from World Cup history:

  • Uruguay 4-2 Argentina. 30 July 1930. file archive

    Uruguay faced Argentina in the first World Cup final. Image highlights: Central referee John Langanus (Belgium) wears a suit with a tie to execute the match.

  • Maracanazo

    Uruguay 2-1 Brazil. 16 July 1950. file archive

    Alcides Edgardo Ghigia celebrates the goal of Uruguay’s victory over Brazil at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. With that goal, the ‘Charsa’ team was crowned world champion in the remembered ‘Marcanazzo’.

  • Pickles

    Pickles the dog with the Jules Rimet Cup. file archive

    Just four months before the start of the 1966 World Cup in England, the Jules Rimet Trophy, which had been awarded to the champions, was stolen. The next week, a dog named Pickles found a cup wrapped in newspaper in a park in south London.

  • Inglaterra

    England 1-0 Argentina. 23 July 1966. file archive

    After an aggressive duel between Argentina and England in the quarter-finals of the 1966 World Cup, British manager Alf Ramsey did not allow George Cohen to replace his jersey with Alberto Gonzalez. “He is a beast that does not fit an English uniform,” he had described.

  • Banks

    England 0-1 Brazil. 7 June 1970. file archive

    England goalkeeper Gordon Banks blocks a header from Brazilian Pele in a group stage match at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. The play was listed by the press as ‘Save of the Century’ and one of the best in history.

  • Pele 2

    Brazil 4-1 Italy. 21 June 1970. file archive

    Pele strikes Jerzinho after scoring in the 1970 World Cup final against Italy. In addition, it was the 100th goal for Brazil in World Cup history.

  • Alemanias

    West Germany 0-1 East Germany. 22 June 1974. file archive

    West Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer salutes the traditional captains with East Germany’s Benard Brausch. It was a historic moment that brought the two German nations closer together before their match in the 1974 World Cup.

  • Argentina’s first title


    Argentina 3-1 Netherlands. 25 June 1978. file archive

    Mario Alberto Kemps celebrates his goal in extra time against the Netherlands in the 1978 World Cup final. It was the second goal for Argentina in that match, giving ‘Albiceleste’ the first world title in its history.

  • Cruyff Giro

    Netherlands 0-0 Sweden. 19 June 1974. file archive

    In the group stage against Sweden, Johan Cruyff had the ball, but his back was on goal and covered by an opponent. The Dutchman stepped on the ball, turned around and ran away with his marker. The play did not end in a goal, but the move is still known as the ‘cruff giro’.

  • Maradona

    Argentina 2-1 England. 22 June 1986. file archive

    Diego Armando Maradona scored one of the most iconic and at the same time most infamous goals in World Cup history. Argentina’s ’10’ used his hand to convert a goal against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 Mexico edition.

  • Rijkaard spits on Volari


    Germany 2-1 Netherlands. 24 June 1990. file archive

    Frank Rijkaard received a yellow card for a heavy foul against Rudy Woller. In the middle of a tense match, the Dutchman spat on the German’s back while the referee was not looking.

  • Maradona 1990

    Germany 1-0 Argentina. 8 July 1990. file archive

    Before playing in the final of the 1990 World Cup, Argentine players sang their national anthem, raging throughout Rome’s Olympic Stadium. Diego Maradona could not bear the gesture and shouted at him “P’s son…”, a moment that was captured in the broadcast.

  • Baggio 2

    Brazil 0-0 Italy (3-2 on penalties). 17 July 1994. file archive

    In one of the most painful moments in the history of the Italian team, striker Roberto Baggio missed a final penalty in the final against Brazil to allow ‘Canarinha’ to win their fourth world title.

  • first tricolor victory


    Ecuador 1-0 Croatia. 13 June 2002. file archive

    After losing their first two matches at the 2002 World Cup, Ecuador faced Croatia in the last match of the group stage. Edison Mendez scored the lone goal of the match, giving TRAU their first World Cup win.

  • Italia

    South Korea 2-1 Italy. 18 June 2002. file archive

    Byron Moreno starred in one of the most controversial arbitrations in World Cup history. Ecuador made decisions that only favored South Korea, in a game that marked forever for the Italians, who bid goodbye to the World Cup that day.

  • Kaviedes

    Ecuador 3-0 Costa Rica. 15 June 2006. file archive

    Ivan Cavides scored in the last minute of Ecuador’s match against Costa Rica as TRAU beat 3-0. To celebrate, the ‘Nine’ wore a ‘Spiderman’ mask, a tribute to the late Otilino Tenorio.

  • Zidane

    Italy 1-1 France (5-3 on penalties). 9 July 2006. file archive

    In the 2006 World Cup final, Italy tied with France and the match went into extra time. In the 110th minute of the match, Zinedine Zidane approached Marco Materazzi and took him to the chest. The Frenchman was sent off and his team lost on penalties.

  • Suarez

    Uruguay 1-1 Ghana (4-2 on penalties). 2 July 2010. file archive

    Uruguay faced Ghana in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals. The teams were tied until the 120th minute, when Luis Suarez gave a shot to the Africans with his hand. ‘Gunman’ was expelled, but Uruguay qualified for the semi-finals.

  • Zuniga

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia. 14 July 2014. file archive

    In the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, Colombian Camilo Ziga attacked Neymar and injured his back with his knee, fracturing a Brazilian vertebra.

  • Messi

    Germany 1-0 Argentina. 13 July 2014. file archive

    Germany beat Argentina 1–0 in the 2014 World Cup final. After the match, Messi went up to receive the Man of the Match award, but not before taking a dismal look at the World Cup trophy.

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