The World Cup has showcased the best and worst football has to offer throughout its history.
Here, we take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from tournaments gone by. Each week a new Top Tenner will be released in the lead up to the big kickoff in Russia.
The 10 biggest controversies, including Diego Maradona’s Hand of God goal.
The biggest tournament upsets, led by the Maracanazo.
Roberto Baggio’s penalty, Graham Poll’s three-card trick and Rene Higuita’s walkabout feature in our bloopers reel.
Some of the best goalkeepers to grace the game feature in our Top Tenner of World Cup saves, including THAT one from Gordon Banks vs. Pele.
The World Cup is not just known for action on the pitch — some great moments have occurred away from the field of play and in the recording studio.
The World Cup is a tournament where heroes are made, but it’s also one that has seen its fair share of villains.
The World Cup is home to the finest feats of skill and athleticism in football, but it has also seen many of the most violent and acts in history.
Here, we take a look at those whose World Cup was cut short for a range of misdemeanours. We look at 10 of the “best”.
Still to come …
May 25 — Mascots
From the cuddly to the surreal to the conceptual art projects, the World Cup mascots down the years have been a rather mixed bunch.
May 28 — Nation Rivalries
World Cup rivalries between some of the biggest nations in the world are allowed to fester for years, making it a special occasion when they meet.
May 4 — Flops
The World Cup has seen some of the finest teams playing the best football ever known, but it has also showcased some of the biggest flops.
June 6 — Player Rivalries
David Beckham vs. Diego Simeone, Zinedine Zidane vs. Marco Materazzi and Pele vs. Diego Maradona are in our best World Cup player rivalries.
June 11 — Shootouts
Some of the cruellest World Cup moments have come from 12 yards out. Here we will look at 10 of the best penalty shootouts from down the years …
June 13 — Opening Matches
The World Cup is here! And in the last in our series, the Top Tenner concludes with the best opening matches the tournament has seen.
Nick Miller is a writer for ESPN FC, covering Premier League and European football. Follow him on Twitter @NickMiller79.