Viva Football: The Greatest Moments in World Cup History

One of the greatest events in the world of sports is the FIFA World Cup, which takes place every four years and celebrates the greatest athletes playing soccer today.

This year, the 21st FIFA World Cup, which is being hosted by Russia, has not been without controversial moments, most of which stem from the fact that host country Russia has a dubious human rights record, as well as a history of doping in national sports. Many people were upset when Russia was announced as the host country in 2014, and several other nations set up corruption investigations to make sure that there was no foul play involved.

Although this bureaucratic tussling has taken up a lot of newspaper ink, it pales in comparison to the powerful moments that have happened on the pitch during the tournament in the past. Here are some of the greatest moments in World Cup history.

Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal – 1986

Even if you’re not a football fan, chances are you’ve heard of this famous goal since it was probably the most famous event in football history. It occurred during a quarter-final game between Argentina and England, who were already locked into an intense rivalry because of the recent Falklands War between the two countries.

During the early second half of the game, Diego Maradona, Argentina’s star player, caught up to the ball just as goalkeeper Peter Shilton was about to punch it clear, and Maradona used his hand to knock the ball into the net. The referee didn’t see Maradona use his hand, so he allowed the goal. Maradona protested his innocence later, saying the goal was “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.”