The match between Porto and Manchester United on March 11, 2009, can be termed one of the most amazing soccer moments in the sport’s history. It was a Champions League Quarter Final encounter, where Cristiano Ronaldo scored an amazing goal from 40 yards out. This goal was later called “the best goal he had ever scored.”
Ronaldo’s goal later won the best goal of the 2008/09 FIFA Puskas award. Same again in 2012, Barcelona, down by one goal and in need of two goals to put them ahead of Atletico Madrid. Messi delivered his team in the 81st minute by scoring an amazing freekick from an impossible angle to put Barcelona in a draw.
Not long after Messi’s strike, Atletico Madrid was stunned again when Messi sent a looping ball over Thibaut Courtois, who was stunned by Messi’s maverick display. Messi’s brace put Barcelona one goal ahead of their rival and a 2-1 on the score sheet. Moments like these where the situation is turned around in a matter of minutes make soccer an interesting sport by fans and enthusiasts alike.
An amazing part of soccer is the impossible and incredible feats that players perform on the pitch. Some of these feats could include fantastic goals, cancellations of goals, and more. In this article, you will be shown, in no particular order, some of the most amazing soccer moments cutting across soccer history.
- The 10 most amazing soccer moments
- Hand of God by Luis Suarez
- The magic of Anfield — Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona
- Brazil’s 1-7 defeat against Germany
- Manchester United’s magical comeback at Camp Nou — The famous 1999 Champions League Final
- Manchester City’s Comeback to win the Premier League Title
- Zidane’s 2006 World Cup Headbutt
- Diego Maradona’s Hand of God
- Eriksen’s life-saving moment at Euro 2021
- Mario Gotze’s winning goal in the World Cup 2014 final
- Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League Final comeback
The 10 most amazing soccer moments
The sentence “Joy of winning and the pain of losing” best describes the sport – soccer. Soccer is a global means of communication. Some people have described it as a universal, apolitical, and impartial sport, though it can be contested.
An interesting part of soccer for fans is those moments that are termed amazing. It could be that the underdog won with a surprising act, a goal being scored in the final moments of a match, or even cheating (deliberate or not).
Soccer is one sport that is capable of uniting people from various parts of the world. They could be poor or rich, old or young, fans or players. Soccer stirs the imagination of its viewers; it makes people feel equal, sad, or happy. But, of course, it all depends on how the match turns out.
If a consensus is taken, you would be shocked to discover that most people watch soccer games just for the joy they derive from it and the moments in it, which is exciting and captivating.
Amazing moments in soccer could include situations that are especially incredible, astounding, or surprising. These moments in soccer usually occur in ways that make soccer fans, and enthusiasts feel pleasure, admiration, sadness, or even anger.
Soccer is arguably one of the sports with the most fans and enthusiasts. But, ever wondered why soccer draws so much attention from fans around the world in global chats and has a lot of debates?
The reason for the debate is due to the amazing nature of soccer. In almost every soccer game, there must be a moment when an amazing display occurs.
There are a lot of amazing moments that have occurred in soccer. They could be happy or sad moments. In no particular order, let’s take a look at 10 of such amazing moments in soccer.
Hand of God by Luis Suarez
In the match between Uruguay and Ghana in the 2010 World Cup, Luis Suarez, a striker, saved a goal that would have been critical to Ghana winning with his hands. In a post-match interview, he stated that the Hand of God now belongs to him. This single act led Uruguay to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.
According to Suarez, he made the best save of the tournament. He further stated that he even trained as a goalkeeper; therefore, his training was worth his time.
This situation was amazing, as even the fans were not expecting Suarez to apologize. From this match, it could be seen that the striker has a win-at-all-cost personality.
Immediately after this act, Suarez was given a red card and a penalty for Ghana. Asamoah Gyan, who was appointed to play the penalty, hit the ball to the crossbar, resulting in Luis Suarez jubilating on the touchline.
Uruguay won this match in a penalty shoot-out, resulting in Ghana, Africa’s last contending team, being sent out of the World Cup in South Africa.
The magic of Anfield — Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona
After a devastating 3-0 first-leg loss at the Camp Nou, Liverpool headed into their return leg clash against one of the best soccer teams in the world, Barcelona. Heading into the second leg at Anfield, Liverpool knew they had to do the impossible. Score four goals without conceding any to beat Barcelona, and proceed to the finals of the UEFA Champions League.
In the absence of Liverpool’s main frontman, Roberto Firmino, Jurgen Klopp fielded second-choice striker Divock Origi.
Seven minutes into the match, Origi tapped in from close range to restore his manager’s faith in him and set Liverpool on course to what would later become one of the most memorable footballing moments.
A quick double in the space of 122 seconds from Georginio Wijnaldum and a second goal by Origi from a quick and brilliant corner taken by Trent Alexander Arnold gave Liverpool a 4-0 lead with time still to play.
Barcelona was shocked, and even Lionel Messi was unable to comprehend what had just happened.
The final whistle was greeted by delirious celebrations on the pitch and fans chanting “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to cheer up a team that had just done the impossible in an unforgettable match.
Brazil’s 1-7 defeat against Germany
FIFA’s 2014 World Cup remains one of the most amazing moments in soccer history. This year saw a lot of records being broken, and the most amazing of all was Brazil’s defeat at the hands of Germany.
The match was played in July 2014 at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. However, both Germany and Brazil remained undefeated before they met in the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Though both teams were regarded as giants in soccer, it was unfortunate that Brazil’s talisman, Neymar, and defensive maestro, Thiago Silva were absent from the match as a result of yellow cards accumulating.
However, fans have often argued it to be why the Germans won the match by a landslide. The first half ended 0-5 in the Germans favor and concluded full-time at 1-7.
Manchester United’s magical comeback at Camp Nou — The famous 1999 Champions League Final
Another amazing soccer moment is Manchester United’s Champions League Final against Bayern Munich in 1999, played in the popular stadium in Spain, Camp Nou Barcelona.
This match is a classic example of epic soccer comebacks and is best remembered because of the injury time goals scored by Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Teddy Sheringham. Their goals created an epic comeback for Manchester United to come back from a 1-0 to win 2-1.
Manchester City’s Comeback to win the Premier League Title
This match remains another amazing and iconic match in the history of MC. Winning this match 3-2 against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the season’s final game ensured Manchester City’s third Premier League title in history.
In this match, Manchester City made a comeback from being down 2-1, with two goals all scored in stoppage time. It was Manchester City’s first English title since 1968. This match also created the first Premier League winners being decided by goal difference.
The winning goal in the match occurred 15 seconds after their town rival (Manchester United) had just defeated Sunderland.
Zidane’s 2006 World Cup Headbutt
In the history of soccer, Zinedine Zidane’s Headbutt remains an iconic and amazing moment. In this match, about 19 minutes into the extra time of the 2006 World Cup final match, between France and Italy, Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi for his alleged spiteful statement, and he received a red card for this act. An unfortunate act that resulted in him being sent out of the pitch.
Diego Maradona’s Hand of God
Every dedicated soccer fan must have heard about the famous Diego Maradona’s Hand of God in the World Cup of 1986. The Argentina-born striker is still praised for his skillful use of his hands in scoring a goal. He held this name till Luis Suarez claimed it in 2010.
As an Argentina and world legend, Maradona has scored various goals that are thought to be amazing and unbelievable throughout his career. And this iconic moment won him the goal of the century after scoring against Peter Shilton with his pinky finger just four minutes into the game.
This match is still at present praised for being an example of soccer’s amazing moments. Though Argentina won their second World Cup that year, Maradona’s brilliance cannot be removed from his team’s success.
It is a notable example of how decisions made in split seconds can make soccer history, similar to Luis Suarez’s Hand of God.
Eriksen’s life-saving moment at Euro 2021
It was an emotional and traumatizing moment for soccer fans in the stadium and worldwide as Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch at the Euro 2020 tournament.
This incident occurred during Denmark’s opening group game against Finland. It was a sight to behold at the Parken Stadium as it was filled with an eerie silence when this occurred.
The Denmark medics quickly performed an onsite CPR to start up Eriksen’s heart with a defibrillator while the players, led by captain, Simon Kjaer shielded him from the fans.
The minutes that unfolded while defibrillation was ongoing is among the scariest to ever occur in a soccer match at the European Championship.
After Eriksen was successfully saved, the eerie silence around the Parken Stadium was replaced with a massive cheer. Fans in the stadium and fans worldwide celebrated the quick action taken by the medics while praying for Eriksen’s speedy recovery.
According to the Denmark coach, the help and cooperation from the medics and everyone was timely.
Mario Gotze’s winning goal in the World Cup 2014 final
It was another historical moment in the history of the World Cup finals, as Mario Gotze got the winning goal that put Germany among the World Cup winners in 2014. Germany won the FIFA World Cup 2014 thanks to Mario Gotze’s extra-time goal. Mario Gotze came in as a substitute replacing Miroslav Klose, an all-time top scorer in the World Cup.
This act made Mario Gotze become the youngest soccer scorer at the final since 1996. The goal that shook the world and brought Germany to the World Cup was assisted by Andre Schurrle. Andre Schurrle came on for Christoph Kramer, who was substituted out of the pitch after suffering a concussion during the game.
With Andre Schurrle playing at the left flank, Mario Gotze latched onto Schurrle’s looped cross inside the penalty area, controlled the ball skillfully with his chest, and released a left footed shot straight right through Sergio Romero to the back of Argentina’s net in the 113th minute of a fantastic match in the Maracana stadium.
This goal was crucial. It sent the stadium into a frenzy, and the feeling was unimaginable. Mario Gotze will continue to be remembered for this goal throughout his soccer career. Soccer just doesn’t get better than this!
Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League Final comeback
Although the current Liverpool team is phenomenal, the glorious history of the 2005 team cannot be rivaled. In 2005, Liverpool staged one of soccer’s glorious comebacks in the Champions League final against Milan.
However, by halftime, Liverpool was down by three goals, as fans of the Anfield side lost all hope.
Steven Gerrard’s headed goal brought back hope for the Anfield side. Then, in a nerve-cracking manner, Vladimir Smicer added a second goal, with Alonso tucking in a rebound penalty to level the playing field. The goals sent the match into extra time.
In the extra time, both sides had opportunities that could not be converted, with both sides working hard to keep the ball out of the goal. The turnaround came when Andriy Shevchenko was denied the net in the penalty shoot-out, making Liverpool the European Champions for the fifth time.
Irrespective of a soccer fan’s allegiance, they still give credence to whoever is worthy of his deed. Soccer is a universal sport because whenever a soccer player performs any worthy action, he is praised irrespective of his nationality, and such moments are usually memorable in soccer history.
With the progress and development of soccer skills and actions, fans can be assured that they will always be on the receiving end of incredible performances by players. What better time than now to be a fan of soccer!
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