Funny you mention England getting humiliated by Germany (they weren't really) but don't talk of the Lampard ghost goal which was pretty iconic as it was the catalyst in bringing in goal line technology such was the monumental balls up made in not awarding the goal to make it 2-2.I'm a sucker for world cups. I know that the intensity and the quality of the football is lower. I know that my country(Norway) wont be in it. And I know that England will disappoint me yet again. But still, there's just something magical about this cup. It's my favorite sporting event by far. Nothing else comes close.
I was born in the late 80's and didn't really start to follow football before I was around 8 years old. Because of that, I only have 6 world cups to pick from.
France, 1998 was my first initial thought. It was the first world cup I watched on TV so it's heavily powered by childhood nostalgia. The cherry on top is of course Norway beating Brazil and everyone here losing their mind. It's probably one of the most iconic moments in Norwegian sports history. Having said all this though, I don't actually remember that much from the cup itself. Maybe I was a little too young to appreciate football?
So, my winner is South Africa, 2010.
It had pretty much everything! Great opening goal, huge upsets in the group stages with both France and Italy failing to advance, the French players and their dramatic mutiny, England getting humiliated by Germany, those crazy Japanese freekicks, Brazil vs Portugal, Ghana's underdog story and the heart-breaking loss to Uruguay, Forlan's greatness, Suarez' handball incident, all the crazy goals coming from that Jabulani football swerve, the catchy Shakira song and the vuvuzela memes.
Would agree with that.France 98 for being the first WC I remember watching and the sheer quality of players in hindsight. Some great matches too (Brazil-Netherlands being a biggie).
2002 was memorable for the mad kick off times, going into school at 7am to watch England in the arts theatre but I don't remember many great games. Great kits, balls and boots though.
2006 was really good as a feel good WC but I can't remember many matches beyond the Portugal-Netherlands debacle
2010 was turgid in every aspect and those fecking vuvuzelas destroyed it.
2014 group stage was amazing and the atmosphere was incredible but the knockouts were crap.
2018 was brilliant and it was coming home for most of it too so everyone was in an ecstatic mood all summer. Group stages AND knockouts were great. I think it's the best WC overall that I remember but probably not the most iconic. Too many great names at France 98. Maybe in 20 years time we'll look back at 2018 with similar reverence at the quality on show.
2018 was literally banger-o-rama.Wasn't Russia 2018 full with late winners? Something was special about it, that I can remember.
2014 was actually pretty good too. 2010 wasn't memorable for me. 2002 was fun with S. Korea, although a bit dodgy mind.
Great summary, even if a little too England focused.Italia 90 for me.
The whole run to the semis had so many moments, David Platt's goal against Belgium, coming from behind to win 3-2 against Cameroon, all the shit Robson took in the build up and through the group stages and then how magnanimous he was afterwards. Obviously Gazza's tears and the fact that we were so close ... we would have won that final if we hadn't gone out on penalties.
I think it also changed how football was seen in this country. Before Italia90 supporters were still seen by many as thugs and hooligans, we'd come of the back of the 80s which had witnessed plenty of fighting in the stands at both national and league level of course there'd been the Heysel disaster and the Bradford fire (though that was nothing to do with hooliganism) and then of course Hillsborough, again not hooliganism though in 1990 because of the way it had been reported, much of the UK still blamed Liverpool fans, of course we know differently now.
But Italia 90 changed that, it was the first world cup really when streets would empty when England were playing and almost everyone got sucked into the ride. Then of course the premiership launched in 92, bit I would argue that Italia90 helped the premiership massively it was a tournament that for the first time drew in the masses not just the established fans.
Sorry, but those England matches are a part of what made it iconic to me and to England as a whole!Great summary, even if a little too England focused.
Don't forget Roger Millah and his little danceSorry, but those England matches are a part of what made it iconic to me and to England as a whole!
Italia 90 cannot be properly remembered without a special mention for Toto Schillaci, almost coming from nowhere in the Italian team, he started as a sub scoring winning goals I think and ended up with Golden boot, he was the face of that tournament!
Some of the magic will inevitably fade with age, but I've found that there are 2 things that can salvage any world cup, regardless of the quality of the games:Starting 2006, the “World Cup feeling” start to vanish. Or is it me getting old?
You're just getting old. The World Cup to me is, and will always be, a nod to my coming-of-age years and a celebration as to why I fell in love with football in the first place.1986.
2018 was very unusual and entertaining BUT it didn’t feel like a World Cup for me. Starting 2006, the “World Cup feeling” start to vanish. Or is it me getting old?