5 Defining Moments in Football History
Arguably one of the most celebrated sports in the world, football is widely recognised for its ability to bring communities together. With English residents singing "it's coming home" every four years, the beautiful game divides opinions and unites generations in support of the same club. Since the first professional game was played in 1869, there have been countless iconic football moments that have shaped the sport.
Take a look at some of the best moments in football history!
England Win 1966 England FIFA World Cup
Arguably one of the most defining moments in English history, the teams' victory at the 1966 England FIFA World Cup continues to inspire generations. On the international stage, millions of people watching with bated breath, Geoff Hurst completed his hat-trick at the final during extra time against Germany, scraping the victory for England.
As the stadium erupted, so too did the entire country. To this day, people reflect fondly on the moment that has been immortalised through the iconic phrase; "it's coming home, football's coming home". England's 1966 squad expressed courage and determination, an inspiring feat that drives many present-day players to go for gold.
England Women's Team Earn Record Attendance in 2019
In 2019, during their match against Germany, England's women's team broke the record for number of fans in attendance of a Lioness game with a staggering 77,768 fans. The achievement set a standard for women's football, proving that gender does not dictate sporting talent or popularity. For prospective female players, the iconic moment inspired many to try their own hand at the beautiful game.
A commonly male-dominated sport, the record breaking numbers marked a shift toward more equal funding, marketing and opportunities for fans to watch their favourite female players. Though the Lionesses lost their World Cup match against Germany, they earned a position at the peak of British football fame.
Chris Kamara Can't Keep His Eye On The Ball
If there is one thing that an on-pitch football presenter must do, it is keep up with the fast-paced game. Chris Kamara had the country in hysterics when he completely missed a red card, in a match between Portsmouth and Blackburn. When asked "there has been a red card, but for who Chris Kamara?" he simply replied "I don't know Jeff", with a look of clear confusion on his face.
This moment may not have been a record-breaking goal or shock last minute win, but it did unite football fans and the general public with one fact; it was hilarious. Laughter broke out in the studio, and to this day people still find joy in Chris' shocked expression and infectious giggle.
Leicester City Win the Premier League in 2016
An unlikely champion of the 2016 Premier League, was Leicester City Football Club. Lovingly nicknamed The Foxes, the team rose from the ashes to take the entire country by surprise, and put Leicester on the map. Having started their campaign with 5000 - 1 chance of winning, the fairytale victory has been described as the "most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport".
Leicester City started the championship at the bottom of the leaderboard, having just dodged relegation the previous year. On the first day, the team shot to the top of the points board, and remained there for the duration of the 2016 Premier League. With Jamie Vardy "having a party" and Gary Lineker presenting Match of the Day in his underwear, we will never forget Leicester's awe-inspiring win.
Wayne Rooney Breaks Manchester Goal Scoring Record
When people ask, which England footballer has scored the most goals? There is only one clear answer; Wayne Rooney. Arguably one of the most talented players in modern history, his iconic overhead kicks and formidable power has set the standard for future players. While playing with Manchester United, he overtook Sir Bobby Charlton to set a record of 253 goals with the club.
In celebration of his record-breaking achievement, Wayne was awarded a trophy by Bobby, who had previously held the title. The moment he broke the record, in a match against Stoke City, Wayne scored a staggering free kick to draw level. Having dedicated his career to Manchester, Wayne described it as a "proud moment".
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