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As an American - there are not many memories of the World Cup from the US since no one really cares there - except maybe recently.

In the States it's called "soccer", and growing up in the 60s, not many of us played it (at least in California) because it was a "foreign" game. It was a game for the Mexicans. :p

We did play it sometimes though - I played defense as either a full back or center back - they called me "the wall" since no one could get the ball passed me.

But in 1970, when I was in junior high - lo and behold, we had a assistant coach who looked like he was from south of the border - (or probably from the East Coast :p). He was there to start soccer training for us 13 year olds.

I was all for it. But hen he started showing us how to hit the ball with our heads, I said - nope not for me. That is just plain stupid, it hurt, and it was something the Mexicans did. Different culture - different times.

Growing up and finally joining the US paratroopers as a young man, we played "combat soccer" which was basically no rules except you had to stay within the boundaries and only the goalie could touch the ball. Pushing, tripping, and ass kicking was par for the course. That was one of the first times I saw a compound fracture of the forearm.

It really wasn't until I was stationed in Germany when the wall came down, that I really remember the World Cup and the Germans going bonkers after winning it. I didn't even watch the game. :p

So no, I don't have any best World Cup moments from the days of yore to share - but I bet you do. So let's hear them. :D
 
My first world cup memory would be that of Spain 82 and the England team that featured Kevin Keegan, Trevor Brooking, Mick Mills and Bryan Robson. I remember Bryan Robson's quickest goal after 27 seconds against France, going out to the Germans after a 0 - 0 draw and of course Paolo Rossi and his golden boot exploits that saw Italy win the final.

Mexico 86 and my memories are a lot more vivid. Needless to say the hand of god has ensured that even till this day, today included :), I smile when Argentina get beat ?

Italia 90 - arrrghhhh, penalties. Crying like Gazza afterwards.

USA 94 - was there a world cup that year? ;-)

France 98 - I watched the 2nd Round match against Argentina at the Royal Festival Hall in London - we were going to see Cornershop after the football on the big screen there finished. Instead, just sat there stunned and still, whilst all hell broke loose around us, pint glasses and punches flying, after we yet again went out on penalties.
 
Watching the 1970 World Cup as a young lad with that amazing Brazilian side was pretty special. :thumbsup:
You made me think of the Brazil side from the 82 world cup. They were also something special. Zico, Socrates and Junior. What a side. But, being able to be around during the 1970 WC, when arguably the best ever world cup winning side played, that must have been amazing.
 
Mexico '86 was the first World Cup I recall, and so will always have the greatest, and grainiest, memories!

But ne'er shall I forget that Final, where a Maradona- led Argentina beat West Germany 3-2, and that's after Germany coming back from 2-0 down!

Then THAT pass and it's all over.....



Notable mention goes to U.S.A '94, for the fact it was completely different to what went before, and that it brought the sport to a whole new audience, but also where you could feel the enthusiasm and desire to do well by the U.S team. And not forgetting Alexi Lalas' awesome beard!

But the real emergence from that tournament were Brazil's new generation, featuring the likes of Romario, Ronaldo (the real one, not the dandy eyebrow plucker), Ronaldinho, Rivaldo & anyone else beginning with 'R'. Their play was fearsome, and they ended up deserved winners., even if the Final was a damp squib.....

Blow me sideways though if Germany's Semi-Final against Italy wasn't one of the most tense matches I'd ever seen, which culminated in 120 minutes of pulsating, nerve-jangling football. I say 120 minutes of course, but that's not mentioning when Italy scored in the 119th minute to utterly demoralize the host nation, before adding another for good measure. It's a bastard moment but never ceases to amaze, still

 
I agree, 1982 was IMO the best-ever WC - England conceded 1 goal, never lost a game (unlike the 4 semi-finalists) and went out due to the bizarre 2-group system (never repeated since.) Some great matches.

My first memory was 1978 as a kid, the famous 'ticker tape' final in Buenos Aries between Argentina and Holland (who were IMO, along with the 1970 Brazil side, the best-ever teams to appear on a football pitch even right up to today!) and Mario Kempes' goals damning Holland to inexplicably lose consecutive 1974's & 1978's WC finals despite being the outstanding team in both.

England failed to qualify for both those 1974 & 78 *Scotland did though* tournaments mainly thanks to brilliant Polish goalkeepers and of course the Taylor Turnips failed to qualify for 1994 USA with the Bright-Wright-Shite and Geoff Thomas!
 
My first world cup memory would be that of Spain 82 and the England team that featured Kevin Keegan, Trevor Brooking, Mick Mills and Bryan Robson. I remember Bryan Robson's quickest goal after 27 seconds against France, going out to the Germans after a 0 - 0 draw and of course Paolo Rossi and his golden boot exploits that saw Italy win the final.

Mexico 86 and my memories are a lot more vivid. Needless to say the hand of god has ensured that even till this day, today included :), I smile when Argentina get beat ?

Italia 90 - arrrghhhh, penalties. Crying like Gazza afterwards.

USA 94 - was there a world cup that year? ;-)

France 98 - I watched the 2nd Round match against Argentina at the Royal Festival Hall in London - we were going to see Cornershop after the football on the big screen there finished. Instead, just sat there stunned and still, whilst all hell broke loose around us, pint glasses and punches flying, after we yet again went out on penalties.
Blueprint have reminded you of '86:

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Italia 90 is the first WC I remember well.

I'd have been 18 that year and watched like life depended on winning it (well with lots of encouragement from my Dad (RIP))

Had a video of a 2 hour compilation which sadly got lost to the sands of time and am currently watching the Sky Atlantic documentary

Defo the best WC in my personal lifetime IMO, although I did enjoy 2018's and Southgate's crafty tactic to avoid all the top teams (which went out anyway IIRC)
 
My memory is stifled most of the time by smelly badger.

Right now, what springs to mind is when Zidane headbutted Materazzi, and then went on to win the golden boot. Rooney failing to dive after being hacked by two Portuguese and then being red-carded by the winker Ronaldo.

Vague recollections of 86 from reading others posts, and a documentary, one of the best and most eye-opening I have seen, called The Two Escobars, about Andres Escobar, his own goal for Columbia in 94 and the events surrounding his subsequent execution by a cartel.

And, not my memory, but apparently, my Mum was sat on my Grandads knee during 66, and when England scored, my Grandad pulled her pigtails so hard she screamed and cried.

Damn, reading this back, should I be worried I only recall the bad stuff? Reckon there are some good memories in there somewhere :)
 
Brazil - Germany 2014 world cup at Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto. Was there to watch it live after struggling to get ticket we finally found someone at a much higher price thou. German machine scored 7 goals and brazil 1. The whole stadium was crying the passion the fans in brazil have for fotboll is beyond anything i have ever seen or felt. It gave me goose bumps all over my body. I will never forget this game it was a stor in a story for itself.
 
Brazil - Germany 2014 world cup at Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto. Was there to watch it live after struggling to get ticket we finally found someone at a much higher price thou. German machine scored 7 goals and brazil 1. The whole stadium was crying the passion the fans in brazil have for fotboll is beyond anything i have ever seen or felt. It gave me goose bumps all over my body. I will never forget this game it was a stor in a story for itself.
That game looked crazy enough on TV, so I can only imagine what it must have been inside that stadium. I still watch the highlights on occasion to make sure that actually happened or if I was trippin' balls. Then I remember David Luiz was playing :laugh::thumbsup:
 
That game looked crazy enough on TV, so I can only imagine what it must have been inside that stadium. I still watch the highlights on occasion to make sure that actually happened or if I was trippin' balls. Then I remember David Luiz was playing :laugh::thumbsup:
I do that sometimes to, Yes you are right the defence was not to be seen any where.
 
Forget all that went before. The greatest moment is seeing stadium etiquette!

Not content with simply getting plastered and enjoying their team spank Germany, once all the commotion was over, out come the dustpan & brush! Unbelievable stuff, taking the art of 'polite' to a whole new level :cool:

 
After super much visited and wonderful SiGma conference in Malta, I stayed on the island a bit more :D
World Cup started after the conference and everywhere in Malta TVs are displayed, pubs and restaurants are full, everybody is watching and rooting. Malta became very international little place, so it was fun seeing lots of different nationalities following, uniting and cheering for their countries!

24th November Serbia was playing against Brazil (lol already). Happy just for being qualified, Serbian players probably mostly worked on defence and keeping it cool, playing a very first game with one of the cup favourites. How lucky and scary :D
First half was decent and without goals, but the second one provided two artistic goals by Brazil. All I was left with is to watch and pray there won't be more of them from Brazil. Easy turnover from rooting to praying :laugh:

It was really fun and I was totally fine with the result after all. Special credits for our goalkeeper.

But what was more fun than this game is I ended up watching it in a place full of Brazilians :laugh: Literally full and literally only with Brazilian supporters - me and two bartenders were probably the only Serbs most of the game time.
Even before entering the place I thought of turning around and leaving - the amount of people dressed in Brazilian jersey, waving the flag, having it drawn on the face, singing, jumping, pumping up the importance and love for the game was so beautiful, but also sooo discouraging - what am I gonna do there? :laugh: How to survive rooting for opponent hahah I felt like a mole.
Honestly I also had no idea there's so many Brazilians in Malta!!

Almost left the place (kinda relieved) when bouncer showed no more people in, but there she pops up, Camila @AffiliatesCasumo - Brazilian beaut and legend, "guilty" for me and @Njord (nationality Finnish, completely unstressed about who's gonna win) ending up at this place for the match. Brazilian pride and joy shining out of her and she knows everybody around - entering her territory with celebration in advance, presenting me humbly as a Serb and her affiliate (? ) to anyone who looked at me with suspicion for not having Brazilian jersey and being quiet :D
She gets us in, cause her and her friends have a table booked of course! Guys you won't believe that atmosphere inside - even "worse" hahaha
That's crazy what energy, love, passion and pride amount was there. I envied them being Brazilian I swear!

Anyway, all went well - until two more Serbs appeared in the second half jinxing a zero score, but even after the second goal - the atmosphere and fun were such a joy! Meanwhile all surrounding Brazilians realised I'm a Serb, but kept being super hospitable friendly and funny! I really didn't care about the game too much after such amazing experience with them all!
Embraced some celebrating vibes after the match, when place was playing twerky Brazilian songs - so that night I was both Serbian and Brazilian and it was awesomeeeee!!!

So thanks once again @AffiliatesCasumo for this unforgettable experience and thanks @Njord for being a great company and picking up these happy vibes too, turning from north to a south person and applauding for all little and big victories from both football teams that night!! :cheerleader::cheers:

ps. Now waiting for someone to comment CM promotes these casino brands, because LadyJelena hangs out with them :laugh::p
 
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After super much visited and wonderful SiGma conference in Malta, I stayed on the island a bit more :D
World Cup started after the conference and everywhere in Malta TVs are displayed, pubs and restaurants are full, everybody is watching and rooting. Malta became very international little place, so it was fun seeing lots of different nationalities following, uniting and cheering for their countries!

24th November Serbia was playing against Brazil (lol already). Happy just for being qualified, Serbian players probably mostly worked on defence and keeping it cool, playing a very first game with one of the cup favourites. How lucky and scary :D
First half was decent and without goals, but the second one provided two artistic goals by Brazil. All I was left with is to watch and pray there won't be more of them from Brazil. Easy turnover from rooting to praying :laugh:

It was really fun and I was totally fine with the result after all. Special credits for our goalkeeper.

But what was more fun than this game is I ended up watching it in a place full of Brazilians :laugh: Literally full and literally only with Brazilian supporters - me and two bartenders were probably the only Serbs most of the game time.
Even before entering the place I thought of turning around and leaving - the amount of people dressed in Brazilian jersey, waving the flag, having it drawn on the face, singing, jumping, pumping up the importance and love for the game was so beautiful, but also sooo discouraging - what am I gonna do there? :laugh: How to survive rooting for opponent hahah I felt like a mole.
Honestly I also had no idea there's so many Brazilians in Malta!!

Almost left the place (kinda relieved) when bouncer showed no more people in, but there she pops up, Camila @AffiliatesCasumo - Brazilian beaut and legend, "guilty" for me and @Njord (nationality Finnish, completely unstressed about who's gonna win) ending up at this place for the match. Brazilian pride and joy shining out of her and she knows everybody around - entering her territory with celebration in advance, presenting me humbly as a Serb and her affiliate (? ) to anyone who looked at me with suspicion for not having Brazilian jersey and being quiet :D
She gets us in, cause her and her friends have a table booked of course! Guys you won't believe that atmosphere inside - even "worse" hahaha
That's crazy what energy, love, passion and pride amount was there. I envied them being Brazilian I swear!

Anyway, all went well - until two more Serbs appeared in the second half jinxing a zero score, but even after the second goal - the atmosphere and fun were such a joy! Meanwhile all surrounding Brazilians realised I'm a Serb, but kept being super hospitable friendly and funny! I really didn't care about the game too much after such amazing experience with them all!
Embraced some celebrating vibes after the match, when place was playing twerky Brazilian songs - so that night I was both Serbian and Brazilian and it was awesomeeeee!!!

So thanks once again @AffiliatesCasumo for this unforgettable experience and thanks @Njord for being a great company and picking up these happy vibes too, turning from north to a south person and applauding for all little and big victories from both football teams that night!! :cheerleader::cheers:

ps. Now waiting for someone to comment CM promotes these casino brands, because LadyJelena hangs out with them :laugh::p

Such a lovely experience!

I’m not gonna lie - I was a bit tense too, thinking of what reaction my Brazilian friends would have when they notice a Serb had infiltrated, so I had to make them understand that she is more than my friend, she is my affiliate too ?
And to be honest, Jelena was our lucky gift, so everyone was happy in having her there ? The game was quite tough, Serbian players were working well on defence, making Brazilians pray and swear at the same time.

But what impressed me was Jelena’s hips! They have a mind of their own! Never seen such a non-Brazilian twerking like her! I mean... I was even shy to show my dance skills next to her! What a dancer!!!
And to @Njord my big well done for being such a fun company and thank you for accepting the challenge!

The unexpected nights are always the most fun, thank you @LadyJelena for adding to the fun and for being such a good sport even though you were surrounded by excited Brazilians!
Thanks once again guys for joining our celebrations :cheerleader:
 
Ahaha, I'm laughing and melting here at the same time ?
I don't think I'd normally TWERK, but hot Brazilian blood, songs, a few gin-tonics and the whole atmosphere made me :laugh:

Thank you so much again for everything and dance compliments @AffiliatesCasumo Casumo ❣️ Looking forward to seeing you and your skills on some dancefloor ??
 
Dennis Bergkamps goal v Argentina in 1998 is way up there one touch two touch from a 60-70 yard pass then banged it with outside of the boot! The guy had unbelievable ball control.

Michael Owens in the same world cup again v Argentina was wow(it had similarities to Maradonas v England)

And another memorable for me is James Rodriguez for Colombia in 2014.

Lastly is Lampards goal v Germany in 2010...the only time I've ever felt sorry for the English (in football). Such a terrific (obvious) goal cancelled out was horrendous.
 
Ahaha, I'm laughing and melting here at the same time ?
I don't think I'd normally TWERK, but hot Brazilian blood, songs, a few gin-tonics and the whole atmosphere made me :laugh:

Thank you so much again for everything and dance compliments @AffiliatesCasumo Casumo ❣️ Looking forward to seeing you and your skills on some dancefloor ??
I was sad to see Serbia exit they have amazing players I predicted Vhlahovic would score yesterday. That team can be incredible. Milinkovic-Savic's play v Cameroon was unbelievable.. :(
 
Forget all that went before. The greatest moment is seeing stadium etiquette!

Not content with simply getting plastered and enjoying their team spank Germany, once all the commotion was over, out come the dustpan & brush! Unbelievable stuff, taking the art of 'polite' to a whole new level :cool:


 

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