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The World Cup in Pictures

The World Cup in Pictures

Take a look back at the most iconic pictures of the last World Cups. From Pele to Maradona to Zidane!



1958 17 year-old Pele weeps as Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in the final. He scored 2 goals.





1962 – English referee Ken Aston takes cover as the ‘Battle of Santiago’ between Chile and Italy goes on around him.




1966 World Cup Final

1966 – Bobby Moore celebrates England’s first and only World Cup win.





1966 – A distraught Uwe Seeler is escorted off the pitch after losing to England in extra time, in a picture later dubbed the ‘photo of the century’.





1970 – A Carlos Alberto led Brazil team including Pele, Jairzinho and Rivelino won Brazil’s third world cup, earning the right to keep the Jules Rimet trophy.





1974 – German great Franz Beckenbauer celebrates with the new World Cup trophy after beating Cruyff’s Holland 1-2 in the final.





1978 – Argentina’s Mario Kempes, top scorer at Argentina’s first World Cup win, celebrates in front of his home crowd.





1982 – German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher dives in to Patrick Battiston. Battiston later fell in to a coma, lost three teeth and needed oxygen on the pitch. No foul was given.





1986 – Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ against England. He led La Albiceleste to their second World Cup title. 





1990 – Frank Rijkaard spits in the hair of Rudi Voller, who would go on to have the last laugh as West Germany went on to win their 3rd World Cup.





1990 – Paul Gascoigne, known to many as Gazza, cries as England are knocked out at the semi final stage on penalties.




Andres Escobar

1994 – Colombia’s Andres Escobar scores an own goal in a game Colombia lose. He was killed soon after.





1998 – Zinedine Zidane lifts the World Cup trophy for France for their first time.





2002 – Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal in the World Cup final. He scored two in the final, and eight overall, finishing the tournament as top scorer.




Zinedine Zidane's headbutt

2006 – Zidane headbutts Marco Materazzi in the extra time of the 2006 final. He was sent off and France went on to lose to Italy on penalties. This would be Zidane’s last ever professional performance.





2010 – Nigel De Jong pulls off his infamous ‘karate kick’ in a tackle involving Spain’s Xabi Alonso in the 2010 final.



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