Sunday, September 25, 2022

Top 10 Football Moments That Guarantee Goosebumps!

There is a staggering range of emotions that can be felt on a Football field. Times when defeat seems like the only option, times when the David ends up slaying Goliath, times when a little intervention from above can make history. Times that end up taking your breath away. Here are our Top Ten Football Moments that are sure to give you goosebumps.

10. Greece doubles up on Portugal to Win Euro 2004.

tbteuro2004_main
Greece fans celebrate after their team wins the final.

Greece had practiced the art of being the Ultimate Underdog a well over a decade before Leceister City. Nobody gave Greece a chance when they walked into the finals of the 2004 Euro.

This wasn’t just a one-off affair for Greece as they had previously one-upped the Portugal side in the Group stages. This comes as even more a shock when you remember the iron fist with which Spain maintained its supremacy over the fields of Europe.

Greece were the outright underdogs, not just in the Finals, but the entire tournament itself but nobody told them that, and they ended up winning the  whole thing. A draw against Spain set the ball rolling for Greece and sent out the news that they were here to stay and fight.

Two men that stood out of the 22 men were Cristiano Ronaldo and Angelos Charisteas, both on the opposite side of the Spectrum. Angelos Charisteas’ winning goal was the one that was the reason for this iconic photo.  greatest football moments

 

 

 9. Bernabeu Applauds Ronaldinho

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So here’s something bat-s*** crazy. If we tell you that one day Real fans would get up to their feet to applaud a Barcelona star man, you’d probably dock us in the face. But if we were to tell you that it’s already happened once before?

Ronaldo Lima and Ronaldo cheerily exchanging words before the game proved to be the calm before the storm of awesomness that was going to be Ronaldinho in that game, netting two goals and leaving the Madrid defence bamboozled without answer to the un-relenting questions raised by Ronaldinho.

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The wizard had worked his most phenomenal magic trick against Los Blancos and the Real fans Bernebeu couldn’t help but be grateful that they had been witness to such wizardry. It becomes even more special when you remember the names Real had playing for. Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Raul and Zinedine Zidane. None of them could comes within inches to his level that day.

greatest football moments
Sometimes legends transcend the boundaries of rivalries

8. The Penalty that Wooed the World.

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Well, you all remember that Panenka Penalty that Andrea Pirlo did,right? You know, the one where blasting the ball into the net seems like the only legit option yet the player chooses to chip the ball slowly into the goal to shock the world for centuries to come and change the entire concept about penalties? Yep, that one.

That was where from where the namesake had been derived.

It was the Finals of the 1976 European Championships. Czechoslovakia and West Germany were drawn 2-2, leading into the Penalty Shootouts. Its the last shoot. If Czechoslovakia score, they win the cup. Up steps Antonin Panenka. The pressure on him is un-imaginable to us simpletons, but I don’t think Antonin Panenka was the one to cower under it.

It was natural for everyone to think that he would go for power, as everyone had up until this point, at that sort of a crucial point in the match. He had the craziest ideas of slyly chipping the ball into the net. An idea he ended up executing which subsequently etched his name in history and the Bohemians 1905 legend is still remembered to the day as a pioneer of modern-day penalties.

Panenka’s legacy lives on through the likes of  Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Abreu.

https://youtu.be/95EA9RB_C44

7. Zizou’s Doesn’t Play by the Rules

Common logic dictates the player has one weak foot and one strong foot. Common Logic doesn’t apply to Zinedine Zidane.

Often commandeering the match and taking over any sort of control any player has over the field and rule the pitch in general is one of Zidane’s many talents. With  a staggering number of goals, championship wins and one amazing headbutt, Zizou can have a Top 10 list of his own.

It was a match against Bayer  Leverkusen, Zidane had his foot planted to the ground, and with a quick pivot, blasted the ball straight into the net with his “weak” foot. Roberto Carlos probably wasn’t expecting much when he whipped the ball in, and it landed on the feet of his balding teammate, but Zidane had other thoughts.

Zidane went to win the match for Real Madrid against an impressive Leverkusen side. He went to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game and defined an entire generation.

6. North Korea escort Italy out of the 1966 World Cup.

You remember that feeling when you were about to face the best team in your neighborhood, filled to the brim with well-tuned athletic machines, and your team was a rag-tag bunch of friends who played a game reminiscent  of Football? Do you remember the feeling you got when somehow your team ended up winning the match? That was the feeling of the entire nation of North Korea in the 1966 World Cup.

When the team of North Korea traveled to England in ’66, they probably went for the good catered food and the amazing feeling of being part of the World Cup. They had no idea the miracles the team was capable of, and they ended up defeating the juggernauts that was the Italian side.

It was a classic underdog story, and one which shouldn’t be tarnished by the political instability surrounding the nation.

5. Ryan Giggs and his Hairy Chest

Premier League rarely ever miss the opportunity to rip on Manchester United these days, rightfully so. But the ripping Ryan Giggs’ was capable of, was nothing short of phenomenal. Giggs’ ripped through the Arsenal defence to deliver the Trademark “Last Minute Manchester United Goal”.

This moment is best explained in the following excerpt from the amazing “Class of 92” Documentary.  “When Giggsy runs, it’s almost like slow motion. His feet don’t even touch the ground”.

4. Lilian Thuram is all guns blazing

142 Caps. I repeat, a hundred and forty two caps and only 2 goals. Thats not quite right a sight for an international player of Thuram’s level is it? To be honest, it kind of is.

So what’s so special about those two goals? Both of them came in the Semi-Finals of the 1988 World Cup against Croatia. It is those two goals that sent France, rallying, into the Finals of the tournament.

The 2 goals are made even more legendary when combined with his celebration. They did not call him the “Ice-Man” in the Juventus locker room for nothing. This was the tournament that marked the turning point for France, and they cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

https://youtu.be/PFRzzixiJb4

3. That Night in Istanbul

This is perhaps the most bone chilling out of this Top 10 List. This moment perhaps needs no reminders as it is etched in our memories forever, even if our Liverpool loving friends remind us of it every 10 minutes of a conversation.

When Paulo Maldini scored the early opening goal, and it was followed by two others.The scoreboard showed 3:0 at half time. All hopes were presumably lost for the Merseyside club. Nobody told them that.

Liverpool refused to take a lying down, and retaliated, all guns blazing, fighting tooth and nail. Captain Steven Gerrard’s headed goal gave them the spark to light the fire that would drive them home.  Vladimir Smicer added a second to get nerves jingling. Liverpool won a penalty and up steps Xabi Alonso. Dida saves. But Alonso’s still in the box to fire in an equalizer out of nowhere. The game is now tied 3:3. A comeback of the highest quality. Perhaps the best comeback in all of Sports.

https://youtu.be/tnB4XAhl6PY

2. Manchester is Money

This is still fresh in the minds of us Premier League fans. It was the day when Joey Barton was finally shipped to Marseille because, well, he’s Joey Barton.

No it’s not that. It is when Manchester United thought that they had won the league by securing three points from Sunderland. They watched in horror and shock as the Argentian upstart Sergio Aguero, blasted in the ball into QPR’s net to deliver their very first Premier League Title to Manchester City.

Manchester City had announced their arrival on the big leagues in the loudest possible bang. Watching their fans react to it, is quite possibly one of the greatest feelings I felt with regards to football.

https://youtu.be/81bv_gF4j5k

1. Divine Intervention

Imagine being present in the crowd when a split-second decision and a little help from above would make history. The Hand of God, by Maradona has forever been engraved in our memories.

His performance that day shatters all talk of that being a very shameful act as his performance earned himself a divine intervention. He bagged the goal of the century just four minutes after.

There is a staggering range of emotions that can be felt on a Football field. Times when defeat seems like the only option, times when the David ends up slaying Goliath, times when a little intervention from above can make history. Times that end up taking your breath away. Here are our Top Ten Football Moments that are sure to give you goosebumps.

10. Greece doubles up on Portugal to Win Euro 2004.

tbteuro2004_main
Greece fans celebrate after their team wins the final.

Greece had practiced the art of being the Ultimate Underdog a well over a decade before Leceister City. Nobody gave Greece a chance when they walked into the finals of the 2004 Euro.

This wasn’t just a one-off affair for Greece as they had previously one-upped the Portugal side in the Group stages. This comes as even more a shock when you remember the iron fist with which Spain maintained its supremacy over the fields of Europe.

Greece were the outright underdogs, not just in the Finals, but the entire tournament itself but nobody told them that, and they ended up winning the  whole thing. A draw against Spain set the ball rolling for Greece and sent out the news that they were here to stay and fight.

Two men that stood out of the 22 men were Cristiano Ronaldo and Angelos Charisteas, both on the opposite side of the Spectrum. Angelos Charisteas’ winning goal was the one that was the reason for this iconic photo.  greatest football moments

 

 

 9. Bernabeu Applauds Ronaldinho

So here’s something bat-s*** crazy. If we tell you that one day Real fans would get up to their feet to applaud a Barcelona star man, you’d probably dock us in the face. But if we were to tell you that it’s already happened once before?

Ronaldo Lima and Ronaldo cheerily exchanging words before the game proved to be the calm before the storm of awesomness that was going to be Ronaldinho in that game, netting two goals and leaving the Madrid defence bamboozled without answer to the un-relenting questions raised by Ronaldinho.

The wizard had worked his most phenomenal magic trick against Los Blancos and the Real fans Bernebeu couldn’t help but be grateful that they had been witness to such wizardry. It becomes even more special when you remember the names Real had playing for. Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Raul and Zinedine Zidane. None of them could comes within inches to his level that day.

greatest football moments
Sometimes legends transcend the boundaries of rivalries

8. The Penalty that Wooed the World.

Well, you all remember that Panenka Penalty that Andrea Pirlo did,right? You know, the one where blasting the ball into the net seems like the only legit option yet the player chooses to chip the ball slowly into the goal to shock the world for centuries to come and change the entire concept about penalties? Yep, that one.

That was where from where the namesake had been derived.

It was the Finals of the 1976 European Championships. Czechoslovakia and West Germany were drawn 2-2, leading into the Penalty Shootouts. Its the last shoot. If Czechoslovakia score, they win the cup. Up steps Antonin Panenka. The pressure on him is un-imaginable to us simpletons, but I don’t think Antonin Panenka was the one to cower under it.

It was natural for everyone to think that he would go for power, as everyone had up until this point, at that sort of a crucial point in the match. He had the craziest ideas of slyly chipping the ball into the net. An idea he ended up executing which subsequently etched his name in history and the Bohemians 1905 legend is still remembered to the day as a pioneer of modern-day penalties.

Panenka’s legacy lives on through the likes of  Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Abreu.

https://youtu.be/95EA9RB_C44

7. Zizou’s Doesn’t Play by the Rules

Common logic dictates the player has one weak foot and one strong foot. Common Logic doesn’t apply to Zinedine Zidane.

Often commandeering the match and taking over any sort of control any player has over the field and rule the pitch in general is one of Zidane’s many talents. With  a staggering number of goals, championship wins and one amazing headbutt, Zizou can have a Top 10 list of his own.

It was a match against Bayer  Leverkusen, Zidane had his foot planted to the ground, and with a quick pivot, blasted the ball straight into the net with his “weak” foot. Roberto Carlos probably wasn’t expecting much when he whipped the ball in, and it landed on the feet of his balding teammate, but Zidane had other thoughts.

Zidane went to win the match for Real Madrid against an impressive Leverkusen side. He went to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game and defined an entire generation.

6. North Korea escort Italy out of the 1966 World Cup.

You remember that feeling when you were about to face the best team in your neighborhood, filled to the brim with well-tuned athletic machines, and your team was a rag-tag bunch of friends who played a game reminiscent  of Football? Do you remember the feeling you got when somehow your team ended up winning the match? That was the feeling of the entire nation of North Korea in the 1966 World Cup.

When the team of North Korea traveled to England in ’66, they probably went for the good catered food and the amazing feeling of being part of the World Cup. They had no idea the miracles the team was capable of, and they ended up defeating the juggernauts that was the Italian side.

It was a classic underdog story, and one which shouldn’t be tarnished by the political instability surrounding the nation.

5. Ryan Giggs and his Hairy Chest

Premier League rarely ever miss the opportunity to rip on Manchester United these days, rightfully so. But the ripping Ryan Giggs’ was capable of, was nothing short of phenomenal. Giggs’ ripped through the Arsenal defence to deliver the Trademark “Last Minute Manchester United Goal”.

This moment is best explained in the following excerpt from the amazing “Class of 92” Documentary.  “When Giggsy runs, it’s almost like slow motion. His feet don’t even touch the ground”.

4. Lilian Thuram is all guns blazing

142 Caps. I repeat, a hundred and forty two caps and only 2 goals. Thats not quite right a sight for an international player of Thuram’s level is it? To be honest, it kind of is.

So what’s so special about those two goals? Both of them came in the Semi-Finals of the 1988 World Cup against Croatia. It is those two goals that sent France, rallying, into the Finals of the tournament.

The 2 goals are made even more legendary when combined with his celebration. They did not call him the “Ice-Man” in the Juventus locker room for nothing. This was the tournament that marked the turning point for France, and they cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

https://youtu.be/PFRzzixiJb4

3. That Night in Istanbul

This is perhaps the most bone chilling out of this Top 10 List. This moment perhaps needs no reminders as it is etched in our memories forever, even if our Liverpool loving friends remind us of it every 10 minutes of a conversation.

When Paulo Maldini scored the early opening goal, and it was followed by two others.The scoreboard showed 3:0 at half time. All hopes were presumably lost for the Merseyside club. Nobody told them that.

Liverpool refused to take a lying down, and retaliated, all guns blazing, fighting tooth and nail. Captain Steven Gerrard’s headed goal gave them the spark to light the fire that would drive them home.  Vladimir Smicer added a second to get nerves jingling. Liverpool won a penalty and up steps Xabi Alonso. Dida saves. But Alonso’s still in the box to fire in an equalizer out of nowhere. The game is now tied 3:3. A comeback of the highest quality. Perhaps the best comeback in all of Sports.

https://youtu.be/tnB4XAhl6PY

2. Manchester is Money

This is still fresh in the minds of us Premier League fans. It was the day when Joey Barton was finally shipped to Marseille because, well, he’s Joey Barton.

No it’s not that. It is when Manchester United thought that they had won the league by securing three points from Sunderland. They watched in horror and shock as the Argentian upstart Sergio Aguero, blasted in the ball into QPR’s net to deliver their very first Premier League Title to Manchester City.

Manchester City had announced their arrival on the big leagues in the loudest possible bang. Watching their fans react to it, is quite possibly one of the greatest feelings I felt with regards to football.

https://youtu.be/81bv_gF4j5k

1. Divine Intervention

Imagine being present in the crowd when a split-second decision and a little help from above would make history. The Hand of God, by Maradona has forever been engraved in our memories.

His performance that day shatters all talk of that being a very shameful act as his performance earned himself a divine intervention. He bagged the goal of the century just four minutes after.

There is a staggering range of emotions that can be felt on a Football field. Times when defeat seems like the only option, times when the David ends up slaying Goliath, times when a little intervention from above can make history. Times that end up taking your breath away. Here are our Top Ten Football Moments that are sure to give you goosebumps.

10. Greece doubles up on Portugal to Win Euro 2004.

tbteuro2004_main
Greece fans celebrate after their team wins the final.

Greece had practiced the art of being the Ultimate Underdog a well over a decade before Leceister City. Nobody gave Greece a chance when they walked into the finals of the 2004 Euro.

This wasn’t just a one-off affair for Greece as they had previously one-upped the Portugal side in the Group stages. This comes as even more a shock when you remember the iron fist with which Spain maintained its supremacy over the fields of Europe.

Greece were the outright underdogs, not just in the Finals, but the entire tournament itself but nobody told them that, and they ended up winning the  whole thing. A draw against Spain set the ball rolling for Greece and sent out the news that they were here to stay and fight.

Two men that stood out of the 22 men were Cristiano Ronaldo and Angelos Charisteas, both on the opposite side of the Spectrum. Angelos Charisteas’ winning goal was the one that was the reason for this iconic photo.  greatest football moments

 

 

 9. Bernabeu Applauds Ronaldinho

So here’s something bat-s*** crazy. If we tell you that one day Real fans would get up to their feet to applaud a Barcelona star man, you’d probably dock us in the face. But if we were to tell you that it’s already happened once before?

Ronaldo Lima and Ronaldo cheerily exchanging words before the game proved to be the calm before the storm of awesomness that was going to be Ronaldinho in that game, netting two goals and leaving the Madrid defence bamboozled without answer to the un-relenting questions raised by Ronaldinho.

The wizard had worked his most phenomenal magic trick against Los Blancos and the Real fans Bernebeu couldn’t help but be grateful that they had been witness to such wizardry. It becomes even more special when you remember the names Real had playing for. Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Raul and Zinedine Zidane. None of them could comes within inches to his level that day.

greatest football moments
Sometimes legends transcend the boundaries of rivalries

8. The Penalty that Wooed the World.

Well, you all remember that Panenka Penalty that Andrea Pirlo did,right? You know, the one where blasting the ball into the net seems like the only legit option yet the player chooses to chip the ball slowly into the goal to shock the world for centuries to come and change the entire concept about penalties? Yep, that one.

That was where from where the namesake had been derived.

It was the Finals of the 1976 European Championships. Czechoslovakia and West Germany were drawn 2-2, leading into the Penalty Shootouts. Its the last shoot. If Czechoslovakia score, they win the cup. Up steps Antonin Panenka. The pressure on him is un-imaginable to us simpletons, but I don’t think Antonin Panenka was the one to cower under it.

It was natural for everyone to think that he would go for power, as everyone had up until this point, at that sort of a crucial point in the match. He had the craziest ideas of slyly chipping the ball into the net. An idea he ended up executing which subsequently etched his name in history and the Bohemians 1905 legend is still remembered to the day as a pioneer of modern-day penalties.

Panenka’s legacy lives on through the likes of  Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Abreu.

https://youtu.be/95EA9RB_C44

7. Zizou’s Doesn’t Play by the Rules

Common logic dictates the player has one weak foot and one strong foot. Common Logic doesn’t apply to Zinedine Zidane.

Often commandeering the match and taking over any sort of control any player has over the field and rule the pitch in general is one of Zidane’s many talents. With  a staggering number of goals, championship wins and one amazing headbutt, Zizou can have a Top 10 list of his own.

It was a match against Bayer  Leverkusen, Zidane had his foot planted to the ground, and with a quick pivot, blasted the ball straight into the net with his “weak” foot. Roberto Carlos probably wasn’t expecting much when he whipped the ball in, and it landed on the feet of his balding teammate, but Zidane had other thoughts.

Zidane went to win the match for Real Madrid against an impressive Leverkusen side. He went to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game and defined an entire generation.

6. North Korea escort Italy out of the 1966 World Cup.

You remember that feeling when you were about to face the best team in your neighborhood, filled to the brim with well-tuned athletic machines, and your team was a rag-tag bunch of friends who played a game reminiscent  of Football? Do you remember the feeling you got when somehow your team ended up winning the match? That was the feeling of the entire nation of North Korea in the 1966 World Cup.

When the team of North Korea traveled to England in ’66, they probably went for the good catered food and the amazing feeling of being part of the World Cup. They had no idea the miracles the team was capable of, and they ended up defeating the juggernauts that was the Italian side.

It was a classic underdog story, and one which shouldn’t be tarnished by the political instability surrounding the nation.

5. Ryan Giggs and his Hairy Chest

Premier League rarely ever miss the opportunity to rip on Manchester United these days, rightfully so. But the ripping Ryan Giggs’ was capable of, was nothing short of phenomenal. Giggs’ ripped through the Arsenal defence to deliver the Trademark “Last Minute Manchester United Goal”.

This moment is best explained in the following excerpt from the amazing “Class of 92” Documentary.  “When Giggsy runs, it’s almost like slow motion. His feet don’t even touch the ground”.

4. Lilian Thuram is all guns blazing

142 Caps. I repeat, a hundred and forty two caps and only 2 goals. Thats not quite right a sight for an international player of Thuram’s level is it? To be honest, it kind of is.

So what’s so special about those two goals? Both of them came in the Semi-Finals of the 1988 World Cup against Croatia. It is those two goals that sent France, rallying, into the Finals of the tournament.

The 2 goals are made even more legendary when combined with his celebration. They did not call him the “Ice-Man” in the Juventus locker room for nothing. This was the tournament that marked the turning point for France, and they cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

https://youtu.be/PFRzzixiJb4

3. That Night in Istanbul

This is perhaps the most bone chilling out of this Top 10 List. This moment perhaps needs no reminders as it is etched in our memories forever, even if our Liverpool loving friends remind us of it every 10 minutes of a conversation.

When Paulo Maldini scored the early opening goal, and it was followed by two others.The scoreboard showed 3:0 at half time. All hopes were presumably lost for the Merseyside club. Nobody told them that.

Liverpool refused to take a lying down, and retaliated, all guns blazing, fighting tooth and nail. Captain Steven Gerrard’s headed goal gave them the spark to light the fire that would drive them home.  Vladimir Smicer added a second to get nerves jingling. Liverpool won a penalty and up steps Xabi Alonso. Dida saves. But Alonso’s still in the box to fire in an equalizer out of nowhere. The game is now tied 3:3. A comeback of the highest quality. Perhaps the best comeback in all of Sports.

https://youtu.be/tnB4XAhl6PY

2. Manchester is Money

This is still fresh in the minds of us Premier League fans. It was the day when Joey Barton was finally shipped to Marseille because, well, he’s Joey Barton.

No it’s not that. It is when Manchester United thought that they had won the league by securing three points from Sunderland. They watched in horror and shock as the Argentian upstart Sergio Aguero, blasted in the ball into QPR’s net to deliver their very first Premier League Title to Manchester City.

Manchester City had announced their arrival on the big leagues in the loudest possible bang. Watching their fans react to it, is quite possibly one of the greatest feelings I felt with regards to football.

https://youtu.be/81bv_gF4j5k

1. Divine Intervention

Imagine being present in the crowd when a split-second decision and a little help from above would make history. The Hand of God, by Maradona has forever been engraved in our memories.

His performance that day shatters all talk of that being a very shameful act as his performance earned himself a divine intervention. He bagged the goal of the century just four minutes after.

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