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Our panel - Jeff, Charlie, Thommo, Merse and Le Tiss - tell us about the first World Cup they remember.Back to story
My first world cup was the greatest in english history 1966 i watched every England game aswell as Brazil, Portugal. Watching the likes of Pele,Eusebio,Beckenbauer as an 11 year old was pure magic.One of my fondest memories was when England played Portugal in the semi final and my mum ,god bless her,kept saying" Don't let Essebo get it" meaning Eusebio.And who can forget the thrilling final My heart sank when West Germany equalised but we came good in the end.Hope we can repeat it
Posted 14:46 11th June 2010
My first memory of the World Cup was '78 but my first clear memory of the World Cup was '82. The greatest Brazil team never to win it (Careca got injured just before the tournament started) who with a decent goalscorer should have gone on to win it with players like Socrates, Eder, Junior Falcoa and Zico was a fantastic memory. It was when the dissapointment first started with England that sticks out most. Once again starting brilliant against a top French team then just coming up short a usual. I remember a good Polish team and of course the great Paulo Rossi.
Posted 10:13 11th June 2010
MEXICO '86!!! I was ten at the time. I had only just taken to the game then suddenly, down in Mexico there was a carnival of colour, drama & flambouyance. Lineker's goals, Brazil/France quarter-final, Igor Belanov, Denmark 6-1 Uruguay. Maradona. Broke our hearts a little but handball or not, he had the entire tournament in the palm of his hand.
Posted 14:26 10th June 2010
My first World Cup it was 1982 in Spain, witch I remember very well (Poland finished 3th after lose with Italy in semifinal 0-2). Not quite well I remember 1978 (I was 8 years old) be cos transmission was very late. 1982: Zico, Socrates, Platini, Rossi, Maradona, Boniek and Hungary-Salvador 10-1 ;)
Posted 01:27 10th June 2010
Surely the best moment in 1990. Cameroon v Argentina. Massings tackle, or non tackle, on Argentina's Canniggia. The guy got applauded by the crowd all the way off the pitch after his red card. Cameroon won and Massing became a legend!!!
Posted 22:31 9th June 2010
first world cup 1982 brilliant the second best after 1990 only coz of england getting to semi finals cried me eyes out from london originally so makes me more patriotic come on the lads this time its ours
Posted 22:20 9th June 2010
Italia '90 was my first World Cup. So many great memories from that tournament. Roger Milla and his corner flag dance, Toto Schilllaci the Italian super-sub, Pavarottis theme tune that still brings back the memories, Paul Parker's bizarre own goal, David Platts late wonder goal against Belgium and Gazzas tears to name but a few. The tournaments since then have never really hit the same heights - he's hoping for that to change in 2010!!!!
Posted 16:49 9th June 2010
1970! black and white ball,colour tv,mexico heat and teams and names that live forever. Banks' save,englandvbrazil,pele,the great italianvgermany semi,that final goal..total football 40 years ago.Tackles with no bookings! flowing football in bright colours,referees in black. the tv opened up the greatest game and tourament ever,all in my own front room.....thank you
Posted 13:28 9th June 2010
France 98 my earliest memory of the world cup, what a special event that was... I always get a sense of jealousy before and during a world cup, want to be apart of it instead I have to watch it of TV with the rest... Having said that, it's special very special, World Cup creates this buzz all round the World for everyone which is unique in itself.... Come on Boys, just imagine the party this nation will have!!!!
Posted 13:13 9th June 2010
The 1998 World cup in France! Only 7 at the time, but the England vs Argentina game, made me wanna play football as i grew older. I remember running upstairs after the penalty shootout crying like someone had stolen a thousand pounds worth of sweets from me! haha
Posted 11:55 9th June 2010
Mine was probably 98 as well, when zidane and crew were crowned kings of the world. to be honest i didn't mind them winning just because it was such a shock with everyone expecting brazil to lift it again. England going out was bad, but i supported yugoslavia, since i lived there at the time and to lose to the dutch in the semi's after having a good game and so many chances was truly heartbreaking.
Posted 11:50 9th June 2010
My First world cup was U.S.A 94, the biggest memory i have of that was being a little 8 year old boy with an Ireland flag draped over me and the my house packed with loadsa irish screaming at the tele, Agaisnt Italy, And when Ray Houghton (Legend) Lobbed the keeper from 25 yards with a screamer and we beat them 1-0 was a moment to savour, also we were the only team to beat Italy that year in 90 mins. And the flay was out the window for months................
Posted 11:43 9th June 2010
1974 , as England were not there I wanted Scotland to do well , but I remember following Poland (maybe because they knocked us out ) and in particular a forward called Lato .The first competition I drooled at was 1982 and the best international side I have ever seen "Socrates Brazil side" .
Posted 11:25 9th June 2010
italia 90 was my first knowing experience of a world cup and me wanting england to do well i was only 6, shame i had to wait 8 years for the next one haha! but it is a unique feeling about it, its very special.
Posted 11:06 9th June 2010
my first world cup was 66 it has good and bad memories for me as my dad passed away during it. but Alan Ball on the wing was amazing, Geoff Hurst's hatrick a record I don't think will be broken. also watching OUR Big Jack fall to his knees at the final whistle
Posted 21:23 6th June 2010
it was the 1994 world cup in USA and i was a wee 7 year old lad at the time. I was actually in italy on holiday and the big games were being shown in the town square on big screen not far from where we were staying. I'll never forget watching the final game between brazil and italy and wittness baggio boot his penalty over the bar. people were screaming, crying, acting hysterical at times. . . i though was quite happy with my vanilla icecream cone, ahh to be young without a care in the world
Posted 05:53 5th June 2010
As a person from Africa I expect this to be a world cup to remember. Rooney is going to be the best player in the early phase of the tournament unfortunately he wont go any further as England will be eliminated at the quarter finals. The obscession of winning the cup will evaporate.
Posted 22:32 2nd June 2010
I remember France '98, I was 10 years old. Ronaldo was my hero and I watched every game he was in. I cried when we went out to Argentina too haha. England 2010 come on boys!
Posted 22:14 2nd June 2010
great story trevor fairly, thats what the world cup is about!! mine, (being irish,) would have to be packy bonner and david o'leary in italia 90'! terrible game but winning on penalties was a really great moment and gave the country a huge lift at a bad time..... should have beat the italians tho!!!
Posted 14:19 2nd June 2010
Espania '82 and big Gerry's goal against Spain.I was only ten and missed the first half hour of the game as my mum was watching fame!!!!!!!!!What a night for wee Billy's team.
Posted 19:24 1st June 2010