The FIFA World Cup conjures up images and memories that have stayed with us for a lifetime – provided you’re old enough to remember them in the first place, of course! Whether it’s a stunning goal, an equally brilliant celebration, a moment of sheer genius, or even a madcap moment. The World Cup never fails to provide plenty of entertainment, and each rendition of the tournament is always eagerly awaited the world over. Here are some of the most memorable things that happened in the long history of the World Cup. 1. Diego Maradona’s ‘Best World Cup Goal Ever’ Vs England, 1986 Not long after the infamous little cheat (or hero, depending on your point of view) had punched his side in front with his ‘Hand of God’ goal, Maradona went on to score one of the greatest goals ever. Picking the ball up in his own half, Maradona beat every player that stood in his way before slotting it past the helpless Peter Shilton. Sheer brilliance. 2. Gordon Banks’ ‘Save of the Century’ From Pelé, 1970 In the group stages of the 1970 World Cup, holders England played eventual winners Brazil in a match that saw keeper Gordon Banks pull off a save from Pelé. The Brazilian legend’s downward header appeared destined for the back of the net until Banks, diving away to his right, produced a save of miraculous proportions. No save has ever been as celebrated in England, and Banks’ dive is regularly referred to as the ‘save of the century. England lost the match 1-0. 3. Harald Schumacher’s ‘assault’ on a French player, 1982 There’s never been a more brutal, yet unpunished, challenge in World Cup history than this one. With the score at 1-1, French substitute Patrick Battiston was clean though for a likely goal when German keeper Harald Schumacher flattened him with a blatant crunching challenge. The French midfielder was knocked unconscious and carried off on a stretcher, but amazingly Schumacher escaped unpunished – and the referee even awarded a goal kick! Germany went on to win the eventual penalty shoot-out. 4. Marco Tardelli’s Goal Celebration in The Final, 1982 If you need only one reminder of how football can stir emotions, then check this out. After putting his side 2-0 up in the World Cup final against West Germany, Italian midfielder Marco Tardelli went on a goal celebration unlike any other. Running towards the bench, he became completely overwhelmed – screaming and crying as he thanked the heavens for his goal. And for once, the Germans’ luck was up: they lost 3-1 and Italy became World Champions. 5. Archie Gemmill’s Wonder Goal Vs Holland, 1978 Archie Gemmill scored one of the World Cup's greatest-ever goals as Scotland once again failed to get past the first round! Needing to beat the Dutch and their brand of ‘total football’ by three clear goals, Gemmill waltzed past three defenders before chipping the ball into the net with an astonishing finish to make it 3-1. The Dutch pulled the score back to 3-2 and the Scots once again made an early exit. Holland was eventually pipped by Argentina in the final. 6. Kuwait walk off after goal, in 1982 In one of the most bizarre incidents in World cup history, France was leading 3-1 against Kuwait when they scored another as a Kuwaiti defender – thinking they had heard a whistle – remained rooted to the spot. The Kuwaiti FA president, Prince Fahid, told his players to walk off in protest, and the referee foolishly disallowed the goal – thus allowing the game to continue. France won 4-1. 7. Gazza’s Tears, 1990 One of the lasting images of the 1990 World Cup in Italy was when tears flowed from England's Paul Gascoigne during the semi-final clash with West Germany. A harsh booking meant that Gazza would miss the final if England got through – which lead him to turn on the waterworks. In the end, though, it didn’t matter, as West Germany once again triumphed in the penalty shoot-out. 8. Roger Milla’s goal and wiggle dance vs Colombia, 1990 Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuta, who fancied himself as a bit of an outfield player, was caught in possession while trying to dribble the ball past Cameroon's Roger Milla. The aging striker – who came out of retirement to play in the tournament at the age of 38 – promptly tucked the ball away into the empty net before heading to the corner flag, where he performed a memorable wiggle dance. 9. Oleg Salenko’s five-star performance, 1994 Not many outside his native Russia had heard of this striker, let alone expected him to bag five goals all in one match. Playing against the surprise package of 1990, Cameroon, Salenko ran riot to plunder the most goals by any individual in a World Cup tournament game as his side won convincingly 6-1. Despite the win, Russia was eliminated at the first stage – though Salenko did share the Golden Boot award for the tournament’s top scorer with Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov. 10. Birth of ‘the beautiful game, 1970 Any self-respecting coach would get the video of this out to show his team how scoring goals is supposed to be done. The Brazilians were toying with their Italian opponents at this point in the match and carved out a great team goal –which involved fine work by Pelé and Jairzhino and ended with a cracking finish by Carlos Alberto. The goal made the score 4-1 to Brazil and was the icing on the cake of their World Cup final win. Few would dispute the fact that this Brazil team was the best set of players ever to grace a World Cup final. 11. Manuel Negrete’s Scissor-kick goal vs Bulgaria, 1986 This is the goal of every schoolboy’s dream. The ball dropped invitingly for the Mexican striker, who hit an acrobatic and well-executed volley from outside the penalty area to earn his side a 1-0 win against Bulgaria. It was one of those goals that a striker could attempt another hundred times and probably never hit the ball as sweetly or get it remotely near the target! 12. Cameroon beat Champions Argentina, in 1990 Cameroon ended this game 1-0 up with nine men after somehow managing to keep the defending champions Argentina at bay – thereby producing one of the biggest shocks of the 1990 World Cup. The Argentineans were on the wrong end of some harsh treatment dished out by the Cameroon players – one of the standout moments being Claudio Caniggia miraculously hurdling his way over several scything challenges before finally being flattened by the last! 13. Referee Clive Thomas Blows Final Whistle as Brazil ‘Score’, 1978 Welsh referee Clive Thomas produced one of the craziest moments of World Cup history when he denied Brazil a goal right at the death against Sweden. With the scores locked at 1-1, the Brazilians floated in a late corner kick, which was headed home by Zico. However, the match official disallowed the ‘goal’, having blown the whistle for full-time as the ball was in mid-flight. 14. The ‘Cruyff Turn’ Makes Its Debut, 1974 Not many footballers have managed to have skills named after them – but then this from the Dutch master Johan Cruyff. One of football’s most famous pieces of skill had its premiere in this game between Holland and Sweden at the 1974 World Cup. Cruyff seemed to have very few options on with his back to goal and tightly marked by a Swedish defender but famously shimmied one way, flicked the ball back between his legs, and left the defender in his wake. 15. Mwepa ‘Gives It the Boot’, 1974 One of the daftest moments in World Cup history came in a first-round game in 1974. Brazil, awarded a free-kick, was lining up to take it when Zaire's Mwepa broke out of the defensive wall, ran forward, and illegally booted the ball upfield before the kick had even been taken. Quite what Mwepa thought he was doing is anybody’s guess! 16. Senegal Upset Odds to Defeat France, 2002 World and European champions France were huge favorites to pick up the points against newcomers Senegal, who were making their World Cup debut in the opening match of the Korea/Japan tournament. But Les Bleus were well off the pace and went down to a surprising 1-0 defeat. France was knocked out in the first round after a poor showing in their other two games – managing no goals and only a single point in the whole tournament. 17. Brazil Vs. Sweden, 1958 At 17 years and 239 days, Pele scored a brace in Brazil's other 5-2 win over hosts Sweden to become the youngest player to play and score in a football World Cup final. He was apparently never supposed to make it onto the pitch, but fellow players managed to convince their coach. There was no regret as he managed to score in all the following games of that world cup. To this day, Pele remains the only football player to score in a FIFA World Cup before turning 18. 18. Team Mate Betrayal, 2006 In the England vs. Portugal game of 2006, England’s striker Wayne Rooney was given a red card. He was sent off due to ‘accidentally’ stamping on a Portuguese player’s private area. The act itself was surprising, but Ronaldo’s intervention that secured the red card sparked outcry amongst England fans and even caused Rooney to shove him in anger. To make matters worse, Cristiano was caught winking as Rooney sauntered off the pitch. 19. Zinedine Headbutts His Way Off the Pitch, 2006 Something bizzare happened during France vs. Italy world cup final. In the 112th minute, while legendary midfielder Zinedine Zidane – the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year – was jogging back towards midfield following another foiled French attack, the Blues skipper halted for a moment, reacting to a whisper in his direction from Marco Materazzi. What followed was one of the most inexplicable moments in World Cup and indeed, in football’s history. Taking offence to his marker’s comments, Zidane bent forward and head butted Materazzi in the chest, sending the Italian sprawling to the canvas. France lost in penalty shootouts.