The world stops. Over 6.000 million people from 5 continents will be waiting. The celebration of football is about to begin.
This sporting even is held once every four years since 1930 -except in 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War – after a hard classification in which 200 nations participate, only 32 countries manage to get in, drive by the same passion, the same objective: to become the best team in the world. To win.
♦ Ranking of winners of the FIFA World Cup:
Brazil is the most successful team with 5 victories.
Italy, the current champion, won 4 trophies.
Germany achieved vitctory 3 times.
Argentina and Uruguay have won 2 times.
England and France have been champions just once.
♦ Maradona and the goal of the century
Mexico was the host country of the World Cup in 1986. Argentina moved forward and no team could stop her, mostly because of Diego Armando Maradona´s talent. In the last quarter, the Argentinian team was confronted by England, one of its most traditional rivals, especially after the Malvinas War in 1982.
The match stood out for two of the most remembered goals in the history of football. Maradona scored a goal with his hand (known as “the hand of God”), and the other he advanced 62 (203 ft) meters in only 10 seconds, leaving 6 English players behind, before he scored the famous “Goal of the century”
The final match was between Germans and Argentinians in the Estadio Azteca before over 110.000 spectators.
In Mexico ´86 Diego Armando Maradona received the Golden Ball award and in Italy ´90 he received the Bronze Ball award.
♦ Messi, the best football player
Lionel Andrés Messi, commonly known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine footballer, who currently plays for Barcelona Football Club (popularly knows as Barça) and the Argentine national team. Considered as one of the best football players of his generation and frequently cited as the world’s best contemporary player, Messi has received several Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21 and won both by the age of 22.
♦ Maradona and Messi… Is it just a coincidence?
During the 2006/2007 season, Lionel Messi scored two goals which were very similar to Diego Armando Maradona´s scored goals againts England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
During a Copa del Rey semi-final against Getafe, Leo Messi beat the same number of players (6 including the goalkeeper) ran for about 62 metres (203 ft) and scored the second goal for his team. The world’s sports press drew comparisons with Maradona’s famous “Goal of the Century”.
Because of his playing style and ability he was compared to football legend Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his “successor”.
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