We’ve had a trawl through the OTFD archives to bring your some of our favourite World Cup games. We’ve got some of the greatest teams, the biggest upsets and most bitter rivals from the first ever game. Click on the dates for a link to the full stories. Coming later this week: England’s greatest ever games and the best ever Finals.
July 13th 1930 - The first ever World Cup games as France beat Mexico and the USA take on Belgium.
Footage from the first ever World Cup.
June 19th 1958 – Pele announces his arrival to send John Charles and Wales home.
July 19th 1966 - The greatest ever World Cup upset? North Korea shock Italy.
June 17th 1970 – The ‘game of the century’ as Italy and West Germany contest an epic semi-final.
June 11th 1978 – Archie Gemmill scores Mark Renton’s favourite ever goal.
July 5th 1982 – Paulo Rossi silences the naysayers in one of the greatest personal comebacks since Lazarus.
July 8th 1982 – Harald Schumacher commits the worst foul ever as West Germany and France clash in the semi-finals.
June 25th 1986 – Days after scoring perhaps the greatest ever World Cup goal against England, Diego Maradona does it again against Belgium. Also on that day in 1990 David O’Leary blasts home from the penalty spot against Romania.
June 8th 1990 - The greatest ever upset part two? The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, led by Roger Milla, aged 84, stun World Champions Argentina in the Italia ’90 opener.
June 24th 1990 – Forget the Anglo-German rivalry, the Dutch really hate Die Mannschaft. Frank Rijkaard in particular, as he gobs into Rudi Voller’s horrific perm.
June 23rd 1998 – Believe it or not, in the olden days Scotland used to qualify for the World Cup, but never troubled the knockout stages. Here’s the story of their last World Cup match when Morocco sent home.
June 12th 2002 – Sweden sent pre-tournament favourites Argentina crashing out in the group stage.
This is by no means anywhere near an exhaustive list, so let us know your favourite World Cup matches below.
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