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Top 10 Most Memorable World Cups Ever

The World Cup has given us tournaments every four years that make us stand up from our seat, gaze in awe and scream with excitement. Other times, it can make us sad, devastated, or just plain bored. E

The World Cup has given us tournaments every four years that make us stand up from our seat, gaze in awe and scream with excitement. Other times, it can make us sad, devastated, or just plain bored. Ever since its inaugural event in 1930, the FIFA World Cup gives every football fan around the world the full range of emotions, and that’s what makes it one of the best sporting events in the world – if not the best.

On this list, we’ll be looking at 10 of the most memorable tournaments the quadrennial event has ever seen, from as early as the tournament in Brazil in 1950 to as recently as the one in Germany in 2006. From Brazil’s inability to capture the World Cup at home in 1950 all the way to Zinedine Zidane’s career-ending headbutt in 2006, we’ll be focusing on some of the most unforgettable moments in the tournament’s history, for good and bad reasons.

Whether it’s stars being made (the entire Brazilian team of 1970), fallen stars making a comeback (Paolo Rossi in 1982), attendance figures being smashed (the World Cup in the USA in 1994) or a lack of goals throughout a tournament (Italia '90), the World Cup is never an event that can necessarily be determined on paper, and football fans around the world are better off for it.

As the tournament will be making its way back to Brazil after 64 years this year, one can only hope that this year’s World Cup can get up there among the most memorable the game has ever seen. With a Brazilian team that could potentially take home the trophy, it’s certainly possible, even if they’ve got some stiff competition. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 10 most memorable World Cups in history.

10 Brazil 1950

9 USA 1994

8 Switzerland 1954

7 Italy 1990

6 England 1966

5 Germany 2006

4 Mexico 1986

3 Mexico 1970

2 France 1998

1 Spain 1982

As the 1982 World Cup in Spain was about to begin, Paolo Rossi had just come back from being banned for two years following his involvement in a match-fixing scandal. He ended his World Cup campaign by winning the Golden Boot with six goals during Italy’s journey toward a third trophy. Other memorable moments included the upsetting of West Germany in the group stage by debutantes Algeria, the winning of third place over France by Poland (the second time they’ve made it that far), and West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher knocking French player Patrick Battiston unconscious during the semifinal game they won on penalties.

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