Football, or soccer as it is known in some parts of the world, is the most popular sport on the planet. With a rich history that spans over a century, the game has produced countless memorable moments that have left fans in awe and cemented the sport’s place in the hearts of millions. From iconic goals to historic matches, here are the top 10 moments in football history:

1. “The Hand of God” – In the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, Argentine legend Diego Maradona scored a controversial goal against England with his hand. Despite the clear handball, the goal was allowed to stand, and Maradona later referred to it as the “Hand of God.”

2. “The Miracle at Istanbul” – In the 2005 Champions League final, Liverpool staged a remarkable comeback against AC Milan. Trailing 3-0 at halftime, Liverpool scored three goals in the second half and went on to win the match on penalties.

3. “The Goal of the Century” – Maradona’s second goal against England in the same 1986 World Cup match is widely regarded as one of the greatest goals of all time. Maradona dribbled past five English players before slotting the ball into the net.

4. “The Invincibles” – Arsenal’s 2003-2004 Premier League campaign saw them go unbeaten for the entire season, a feat that had not been achieved in English football since Preston North End in 1889.

5. “The Maracanazo” – In the 1950 World Cup final, Brazil were heavy favorites to win against Uruguay in front of over 200,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium. However, Uruguay pulled off a shock 2-1 victory, causing scenes of disbelief and devastation among the Brazilian fans.

6. “The Hand of God 2.0” – In the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez infamously blocked a goal-bound shot with his hand in the dying moments of the match against Ghana. He was sent off, but Ghana missed the subsequent penalty, and Uruguay went on to win in the shootout.

7. “The Goal that Never Was” – In the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany, Geoff Hurst’s controversial goal in extra time was ruled to have crossed the line, giving England a 3-2 lead. The goal has been the subject of much debate and controversy over the years.

8. “The Miracle of Bern” – In the 1954 World Cup final, underdogs West Germany defeated the heavily favored Hungary 3-2 in a stunning upset. The victory marked the first time a German team had won the World Cup.

9. “The Battle of Santiago” – The 1962 World Cup match between Chile and Italy is infamous for its violent and physical nature, with players engaging in brutal tackles and fights. The match is considered one of the most ill-tempered in football history.

10. “The Final of the Century” – The 1982 World Cup semifinal between Italy and Brazil is widely regarded as one of the greatest matches ever played. Italy won 3-2 after extra time, with Paolo Rossi scoring a hat-trick to secure their place in the final.

These moments have left an indelible mark on the history of football, showcasing the drama, passion, and excitement that the sport has to offer. From legendary players to iconic matches, these moments will continue to be remembered and celebrated by football fans around the world for generations to come.

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