The excitement of football is reinforced by the moments captured in a single match. It can be a match-winning goal, a historic victory, or a little cheating. Below is a compilation of some of the best soccer moments to happen thus far.
Greece Overcoming Portugal in the Euro Final 2004
Greece’s victory over Portugal in the 2004 European Championship is regarded as one of the most significant victories in modern football. It’s hard to believe that it happened when considering how dominant Spain was then. The goal scored by Giorgos Charisteas was the match-winning goal for Greece. It highlighted the team’s defiant spirit during the tournament.
Despite facing off against the likes of Spain and Portugal, Greece could still reach the final. It also managed to win its group and faced off against the hosts.
Madrid Fans Applaud Rohaldinho at the Bernabeu
Despite Lionel Messi’s hattrick against Real Madrid, Ronaldinho’s performance at the Santiago Bernabeu in November 2005 remains one of the most memorable moments in football.
The Brazilian’s two goals against Madrid were considered to be some of the best goals in the history of the sport. Aside from Madrid’s players, such as Casillas, David Beckham, and Roberto Carlos, he faced off against other greats such as Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Carlos.
The fans at the stadium were captivated by Ronaldinho’s energy, creativity, and speed. After he scored his second goal, the crowd at the stadium erupted.
Chipped Penalty for Antonin Panenka
In the 1976 European Championship finals, Czechoslovakia faced off against West Germany. After the two teams played to a draw, the match went to penalty shootouts. Antonin Panenka, the Czech Republic’s player, stepped up to take the last kick.
Unfortunately for Panenka, he didn’t have the power to blast the ball as hard as he wanted. Instead, he decided to chip the ball straight into the goal. The Panenka is an iconic moment in modern football. Unfortunately, some players who have successfully taken the penalty spot kick have shown how poorly they perform when the ball is easily saved.
Italy Dumped by North Korea in World Cup 1966
As an Englishman, it’s hard to talk about the 1966 World Cup without mentioning the tournament’s host nation. Geoff Hurst’s goal for England is regarded as one of the most significant moments in the sport’s history.
In 1966, North Korea shocked the world by defeating Italy in the World Cup group stage. The New York Times noted that North Korea was different from the team that appeared in the tournament. Its players were known for their charisma and personality. Despite the political tensions in North Korea today, the country’s achievements should not be overshadowed by the current situation.