The FIFA World Cup is not only the most watched sporting event, but indeed the most watched event period, in the world. During the 2014 World Cup final, nearly 1 billion people tuned in. Because of the event’s popularity, there is an unfathomable amount of video and photographic record for each match. From the professional photographers, to the fans in the stands, there is no moment left un-photographed or recorded.
With that being said, there are not a lot of photos of the World Cup that have managed to stand the test of time. That’s why at BorrowFox have compiled some of our favourite, most iconic World Cup photos.
Best World Cup Photographs
Perhaps the most famous image from World Cup history is the shot of Diego Maradona’s “hand of God” goal. The goal came off of a clear handball, but was not caught by officials. Argentina wound up winning the quarterfinal match 2-1 over England.
While Maradona’s hand of God goal might still sting for English football fans, Geoff Hurst’s finals winning match in 1966 is still something to be proud of. This photograph captures Hurst, front and center, celebrating the team’s victory over West Germany in the finals. Simultaneously, the feeling of defeat is captured perfectly by the West German player standing behind Hurst.
This photo from the 1990 World Cup final shows West German player Jürgen Klinsmann theatrically clutching his face after making contact with an Argentinian player. While it is controversial whether or not the contact made on the play was worthy of such a dramatic fall, the Argentinian player who made the contact was given a red card and was ejected from the game.
Among the millions of pictures taken over the World Cup over the years, many of them were taken in an attempt to capture victors celebrating. This photo of Italy’s Marco Tardelli after his side won the World Cup in 1982 is a great example of the pure elation that comes from winning the World Cup.
This photo captures Zinedine Zidane walking past the World Cup after being sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 final, which France then lost. The moment was one of the most dramatic World Cup moments in recent memory. The haunting black expanse of the sky mirrors the feelings of French supporters after the headbutt eventually led to France’s loss.