FIFA World Cup moments: When Spain's once-in-a-generation team clinched ultimate prize in South Africa
Despite the initial hiccup, Spain managed to find form and win their first FIFA World Cup, doing justice to the favourites tag. Spain had a once-in-a-generation kind of squad and it's only fair that they won football's most coveted trophy.
FIFA World Cup moments: When Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany provided impetus for goalline technology
Besides being an 'England v Germany', Lampard’s 'goal' came at a pivotal juncture in the knockout game. The scoreline read 2-1 in the favour of Germany, when the former Chelsea midfielder's shot (if allowed) would have been the equaliser at the same time providing England the momentum.
FIFA World Cup moments: When East Germany embarrassed West Germany in the historic 1974 mega-event battle
On paper, West Germany was a stronger team. They came into the tournament as favourites and expert suggest that they were pretty confident of the win.
FIFA World Cup moments: When Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' helped Argentina win quarter-final clash in 1986
As Maradona celebrated the opener, the English players besieged the referee, Ali Bin Nasser of Tunisia. However, the controversial opener stood.
FIFA World Cup moments: When Uruguay silenced Brazil at Maracana to lift the trophy in 1950 mega-event
The impact of Brazil vs Uruguay was succinctly put by the Uruguayan hero of the Maracanazo, Ghiggia, who famously said, "Three people have silenced the Maracana - Frank Sinatra, the Pope and me."
FIFA World Cup moments: Teenage Pele announces his arrival in style as Brazil lift maiden title in 1958
The 1958 World Cup will be remembered for a variety of reasons, but none will be more memorable than the sight of a 17-year-old Pele dancing his way past defenders to put Brazil on top of the world.
North Korea, against all odds, made it to the quarter-final of the 1966 World Cup, where the individual brilliance of Eusobio ended their campaign.
Zidane's moment of indiscretion did cost him a World Cup winners’ medal he so thoroughly deserved and added a tragic-dramatic chapter in sport’s history.
FIFA World Cup moments: When Hungary set competition record by slamming 10 goals past El Salvador in 1982 event
The scoreline now a part of trivia saw a relentless Hungarian side going on to hammer 10 goals against a hapless El Salvador.
FIFA World Cup moments: When Roger Milla and Cameroon danced their way into African hearts at Italia 1990
In 1990, Cameroon provided such a moment for all the African nations. Before the tournament began, nobody gave a chance to the two countries taking part in the World Cup - Cameroon and Egypt. However, a miracle was set to take place which was going to make the world take notice of some spirited men from Cameroon.
FIFA World Cup moments: When Portugal, Netherlands made the referee go into overdrive in the Battle of Nuremberg
The round of 16 clash between Portugal and Netherlands in the 2006 World Cup, also known as the ‘Battle of Nuremberg’ is a shining example of a contest that leaves a bad taste in the mouth in the end.
FIFA World Cup moments: When David Beckham's red card saw him go from hero to villain in the 1998 event
After being fouled by Diego Simeone, Beckham fell to the ground and he put out his right foot to give Simeone the gentlest of kicks. This resulted in Beckham being handed a red card.
FIFA World Cup moments: When Luis Suarez's handball broke Ghanaian hearts and he was branded a villain in 2010
Ghana nearly scored a match-winning goal in the last minute of extra time in their quarter-final clash against Uruguay, with Luis Suarez spoiling it for them with a deliberate handball.
FIFA World Cup moments: Italy become first team to win title on foreign soil amidst mounting protests in 1938
It was the first time a team had won a World Cup on foreign soil and Italy's 1934 and 1938 teams also became the first to have won two World Cups under the same coach.
FIFA World Cup moments: How Colombia's Andres Escobar's own goal against USA cost him his life in 1994
Pablo Escobar and Andres Escobar. One terrorised Colombia. The other entertained it. Both of them were no way related to each other yet their lives intertwined in a weird way.
FIFA World Cup moments: When Saeed Al-Owairan scored a memorable goal on Saudi Arabia's debut in tournament
Saeed Al-Owairan scored a famous goal in 1994 FIFA World Cup against Belgium, which is considered to be one of the greatest World Cup goals of all time.
FIFA World Cup moments: South Korea script fairytale run at 2002 event with help from refereeing blunders
From the outside, the 2002 FIFA World Cup might look like a pretty successful tournament for South Korea. But is that the entire story? No. Are there more layers to South Korea's run? Yes.
FIFA World Cup moments: Striker Paolo Rossi scripts incredible return to guide Italy to third title in 1982
Paolo Rossi scored a memorable hat-trick for Italy in their 3-2 win against Brazil during the 1982 World Cup - a match many consider as one of the greatest in World Cup history.
They call it the Game of the Century. Not without reason. It didn’t seem like it for the first 89 minutes of the match, where the score was one-nil in the favour of Italy against West Germany with a spot in the final of the 1970 World Cup on the line.
FIFA World Cup moments: Kuwait's Prince Fahad gets France's goal chalked off in the 1982 controversial clash
Disgruntled by the perceived injustice against Kuwait football team, Prince Fahad rushed onto the pitch to remonstrate with the referee. After stopping play and threatening a pull-out, Stupar shockingly succumbed to Fahad's agitation and countermanded his initial decision. He disallowed the goal to the fury of the French and the match resumed.