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From 1930 to 2014: Reliving the FIFA World Cup in 19 Pictures

Take a look at some of the memorable moments from the FIFA World Cup over the years.

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The beautiful game of football is all set to memorise fans once again. The quadrennial event, which is being held in Russia this time, is less than a fortnight away. The 32-team competition will begin on 14 June with host Russia taking on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in the capital city of Moscow.

Starting in 1930, the World Cup has given many memorable moments which football fans across the globe have continued to relive over the years.

Here’s a look at some those moments in pictures:


Queen Elizabeth II presents the World Cup trophy to England captain Bobby Moore at Wembley Stadium in 1966.

Argentina's Diego Maradona celebrates as referee Romualdo Arppi Filho blows the final whistle during their World Cup Final against West Germany in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

England’s Geoff Hurst completes a hat-trick as he scores England's fourth goal against West Germany in the final of the 1966 World Cup in Glasgow in United Kingdom.

Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gestures to Bernard during their semi-final after Germany scored seven goals in a row, 2014. The 7-1 loss was the largest margin of defeat in the history of World Cup semi-finals.

England's Bryan Robson reacts after missing an open goal during their Group D match against Czechoslovakia in 1982 World Cup in Spain.

Team USA players celebrate as Colombia’s Andres Escobar scores an own goal at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles in 1994. Escobar was murdered upon returning home, possibly in retaliation for the goal.

Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini shows his shoulder, claiming he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez, during their Group D match in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

England captain Bobby Moore swaps shirts with Pele of Brazil after their Group C match in 1970 in Mexico.

Argentina's Nery Pumpido and Daniel Passarella celebrate after victory over England in the quarter final in 1986 in Mexico.

Italy's Paolo Rossi scores against West Germany in the final in 1982 in Spain.

Italy’s captain Dino Zoff lifts the trophy after defeating West Germany in the final, 1982. The 40-year-old goalkeeper is the oldest ever World Cup winner.

An aerial view of the first World Cup final in Uruguay in 1930.

Brazil’s Pele celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Italy in the final in 1970. The finals were the first to be broadcast live around the world in colour.

West Germany scores the winning penalty against Argentina in the final in 1990. It was the last World Cup to feature two German teams as the country was reunified later in the year.

Germany celebrates after winning the final against Argentina in 2014 in Brazil.

Brazil's Luiz Antonio Muller scores their first goal against Scotland during Group C action in 1990.

Team USA celebrates their victory over Colombia in Group A in Los Angeles in 1994.

Argentina's Diego Maradona flies dramatically through the air after a Greek challenge during the group stage in the 1994 World Cup.

Brazil captain Dunga leads his victorious team-mates on their lap of honour after winning the 1994 World Cup in USA.

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