Iconic World Cup moments

From the hand of God to the headbutt, iconic moments from past World Cups. [32 photos total]

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Click to view next photo.Uruguayan forward Miguez rushes past fallen England goalkeeper Merrick during their 1954 World Cup match in Switzerland, June 26, 1954. Uruaguay won by four goals to two. (REUTERS/Action Images/Topham) #
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Brazil's Lucas heads the ball during their 1954 World Cup match against Hungary in Berne, Switzerland, June 28, 1954. The match ended in a riot after several players were sent off by referee Arthur Ellis. (REUTERS/Action Images/Topham) #
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Russia's goalkeeper Ivanovich Yashin fails to stop Derek Kevan scoring the first goal for England while England's Bryan Douglas and Russia's Victor Tsarev look on during their 1958 World Cup match in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 9, 1958. (REUTERS/Action Images/Topham) #
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Seventeen-year old Pele weeps on the shoulder of team-mate Didi after Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in the 1958 World Cup final in Stockholm, Sweden, June 30, 1958. (REUTERS/Action Images/Topham) #
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Italian goalkeeper Buffon dives for a shot from Germany's Seeler with Italy's Salvatori (foreground) moving in during their 1962 World Cup game in Santiago, Chile, June 1, 1962. (REUTERS/Action Images/Topham) #
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Brazilian star Pele, unable to play in the 1962 World Cup final because of injuries sustained in an earlier game, hugs his replacement Amarildo after Brazil's 3-1 victory over Czechoslovakia in Santiago, Chile, June 18, 1962. (REUTERS/Action Images/Topham) #
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English referee Ashton sends Italian player Ferrini from the field during their 1962 World Cup match against Chile in Santiago, June 2, 1962. Ferrini is seen with his head bowed as his teammates Salvadore, Janich and Mora argue with Ashton. (REUTERS/Action Images/Topham) #
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England's Geoff Hurst scores the disputed third goal which never crossed the line during their 1966 World Cup final against West Germany at Wembley Stadium, July 30, 1966. (REUTERS/Action Images/MSI) #
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Queen Elizabeth II presents the 1966 World Cup trophy to England captain Bobby Moore after England beat West Germany in the final at Wembley Stadium, July 30, 1966. (REUTERS/Action Images/MSI) #
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England captain Bobby Moore is carried on the shoulders of teammates after England beat West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium, July 30, 1966. (REUTERS/Action Images/MSI) #
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England captain Bobby Moore swaps shirts with Pele of Brazil after their 1970 World Cup match at Jalisco Stadium in Mexico, June 7, 1970. (REUTERS/Action Images/MSI) #
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Germany's Franz Beckenbauer makes a sliding tackle on England's Alan Ball during their 1970 World Cup quarter final at Guanajuato Stadium in Mexico, June 14, 1970. (REUTERS/Action Images/MSI) #
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Brazil captain Carlos Alberto holds up the 1970 World Cup trophy after Brazil beat Italy in Mexico City, June 24, 1970. (REUTERS/Action Images/MSI) #
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Germany's Franz Beckenbauer fouls a Dutch defender during their 1974 World Cup final against Holland at Olympic Stadium in West Berlin, July 7, 1974. (REUTERS/Action Images/MSI) #
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Argentina's Daniel Passarella is carried by jubilant fans after Argentina beat Holland in the 1978 World Cup final at Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, June 25, 1978. (REUTERS/Action Images/MSI) #
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England's Bryan Robson reacts after missing an open goal against Czechoslovakia during the 1982 World Cup at Estadio San Mames in Bilbao, June 20, 1982. (REUTERS/Action Images/Sporting Pictures) #
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Italy's Paolo Rossi celebrates after scoring their second goal against Poland during the 1982 World Cup semi final in Barcelona, July 8, 1982. (REUTERS/Action Images/Sporting Pictures) #
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Argentina's Diego Maradona beats England's Peter Shilton to the ball to score the first goal with his hand, which later became known as the "Hand of God", during the 1986 World Cup quarter final in Mexico City, June 22, 1986. (REUTERS/Action Images/Mirrorpix) #
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Argentina's Diego Maradona and West Germany's Lothar Matthaus lead their teams out for the 1990 World Cup Final in Rome, July 8, 1990. (REUTERS/Action Images) #
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West Germany lift the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final in Rome, July 8, 1990. (REUTERS/Action Images/Sporting Pictures/Nick Kidd) #
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Brazil's goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel celebrates after Italy's Roberto Baggio failed to score during the final penalty shoot-out during the 1994 World Cup final at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, July 17, 1994. The match was the first time a World Cup final was decided on penalties. (REUTERS/Action Images/Tony Henshaw) #
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Zinedine Zidane heads in France's first goal against Brazil during the 1998 World Cup final in France, July 12, 1998. (REUTERS/Action Images/John Sibley) #
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Croatia's Robert Jarni celebrates scoring against Germany during the 1998 World Cup in France, July 4, 1998. Croatia placed third in the tournament. (REUTERS/Action Images/Nick Potts) #
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England's Alan Shearer is congratulated on his equalisier from the penalty spot by David Beckham during their match against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup in France, June 30, 1998. (REUTERS/Action Images/Jim Steele) #
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Cameroon players make their way to the pitch to play Saudi Arabia during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, June 6, 2002. (REUTERS/Action Images/Alex Morton Digital) #
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USA players celebrate their victory over Portugal during the 2002 World Cup in Suwon, Korea, June 5, 2002. (REUTERS/Action Images/Tony O'Brien Digital) #
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Francesco Totti of Italy takes a corner kick against Germany during the 2006 World Cup semi final in Dortmund, July 4, 2006. (REUTERS/Action Images/John Sibley Livepic) #
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates Hugo Viana and Fernando Meira after scoring the winning penalty during their penalty shootout against England in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen, July 1, 2006. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh) #
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Italy's Marco Materazzi falls on the pitch after being head-butted by France's Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 World Cup 2006 final in Berlin, July 9, 2006. (REUTERS/Peter Schols/GPD/Handout) #
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Fans celebrate Italy's 2006 World Cup victory outside the Colosseum in Rome, July 9, 2006. (REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli) #
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Spain's Andres Iniesta celebrates his goal during the 2010 World Cup final against Netherlands at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, July 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Jerry Lampen) #
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Spain's captain Iker Casillas lifts the World Cup trophy after the 2010 World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, July 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez) #

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