As part of their preparations for the World Cup, ESPN FC has compiled a list of the top 10 best World Cup moments of all times. The “Most Memorable FIFA World Cup Moments” is a one-hour special set to air Wednesday May 21st at 9pm on ESPN2 and will be hosted by ESPN FC’s Dan Thomas. The countdown will be a compilation of the most important moments in the tournament’s history. Plus it’ll feature interviews with some of the players who made the list, including Landon Donovan and David Villa.
ESPN consulted 20 soccer experts from the ESPN team to create a comprehensive list of the moments that made the World Cup memorable and legendary. Included on the list is Landon Donovan’s 93rd minute goal against Algeria and ESPN will speak with Donovan on what it was like living in that legendary moment for U.S. Soccer. Ian Darke, the play-by-play commentator calling the game, will relive his commentary from the game.
In no particular order the 10 events are:
- Dennis Bergkamp goal for the Netherlands vs. Argentina in the quarterfinals (1998)
- France midfielder Zinedine Zidane’s infamous head-butt against Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the final (2006)
- Landon Donovan’s 93rd minute goal vs. Algeria (2010)
- Mario Kempes’ two-goal performance for Argentina vs. Netherlands in the final (1978)
- Spain winning its first FIFA World Cup title in extra time vs. Netherlands (2010)
- Geoff Hurst’s hat trick goals during England’s only World Cup title match and win vs. Germany (1966)
- Diego Maradona’s two-goal performance vs. England in the quarterfinals in Mexico City (1986)
- France winning the World Cup for the only time on a dazzling performance by Zidane vs. Brazil (1998)
- Paulo Rossi hat trick goals and performance vs. odds-on favorite Brazil (1982)
- Pele’s headed goal to open scoring in Brazil’s 4-1 win over Italy in the final (1970)
ESPN also spoke with Marco Materazzi and what it was like to be on the other end of Zidane’s legendary head-butt and David Villa will offer his insight on winning a World Cup title with Spain and what it was like.