Here are the Best Goals From the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (Videos + GIFs)
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is finally here, and while some of the fields may not be ready for the world’s most prestigious soccer tournament, the fans and players certainly are—including Cristiano Ronaldo, who is expected to be in the starting lineup for Portugal’s opener against Germany.
From June 12 to July 13, the best footballing nations in the world will come together for a spectacle like no other. And perhaps the biggest beneficiary is we the fans, who will undoubtedly be treated to an abundance of spectacular soccer goals throughout the course of the next month.
Every year, the FIFA World Cup produces several awe-inspiring goals. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, it was the likes of Holland’s Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, and Argentina’s Carlos Tevez who dazzled us with their brilliance on the pitch. Before them, it was the likes of Diego Maradonna, Roberto Baggio, and Zico producing some of the greatest goals in World Cup history.
So, who will it be this year? Will it be Neymar? Andrea Pirlo? Lionel Messi? Perhaps some more World Cup magic from Luis Suarez?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but when the goals do begin to pour in at the 2014 World Cup, you’ll be able to find the best of the bunch right here, as we’ll be updating this page every day with some of the best goals from each World Cup match.
Here they are. And remember to check back with us frequently throughout the duration of the World Cup, as we update this page after each game.
Luis Suarez, Uruguay vs. England, June 19:
Luis Suarez makes his first start for Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup, and he gives them an important 1-0 lead during this crucial Group D match-up against England.
The assist goes to Edinson Cavani, whose short cross was exactly where it needed to be in order to set up an easy header for Suarez.
Check it out:
Gervinho, Ivory Coast vs. Colombia, June 19:
A fantastic individual effort from Gervinho helps Ivory Coast cut the deficit to 2-1 during their Group C match against Colombia. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find an equalizer during the final 17 minutes plus injury time.
Here’s the goal:
Tim Cahill, Australia vs. Netherlands, June 18:
The Australians erased an early 1-0 deficit against the mighty Netherlands with this gorgeous volley golazo from Tim Cahill.
Australia would find themselves up 2-1 at one point in this match but they couldn’t hold on, as Holland cued the comeback and emerged with the 3-2 victory. That means Australia is the first team eliminated from the 2014 World Cup, but their presence in the tournament won’t be easily forgotten thanks to this goal from Tim Cahill:
Clint Dempsey, USA vs. Ghana, June 16:
It won’t be the best goal we see at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but Clint Dempsey’s early marker against Ghana will most likely be the fastest, as his low shot off the far post just 32 seconds in has given the USA a 1-0 lead.
Check it out:
Lionel Messi, Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 15:
No player at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil may be more closely watched and scrutinized than Lionel Messi.
He entered his third World Cup tournament with only one goal—that coming in his debut against Serbia eight years ago—and now he has two after executing a perfect give-and-go with Gonzalo Higuaín before slotting a low shot off the far post and in for the 2-0 lead. Messi’s marker would turn out to be the difference, as Argentina held on for the 2-1 victory.
Here it is, in case you missed it the first time:
Haris Seferovic, Switzerland vs. Ecuador, June 15:
Haris Seferovic may get credit for the goal, and Ricardo Rodriguez was awarded an assist, but it’s Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami who deserves most of the praise for Switzerland’s game-winner in the final seconds of their thrilling 2-1 victory over Ecuador. He’s the one who made a game-saving tackle in his own end and launched the counter-attack that led to Switzerland’s goal three minutes into second half injury time.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see Behrami’s heroics in this video, but I still recommend checking it out:
Claudio Marchisio, Italy vs. England, June 14:
Andrea Pirlo doesn’t get an assist on this goal by Italy’s Claudio Marchisio, but he probably should.
It’s his brilliant dummy off a corner kick that sets Marchisio up for the open shot. And he makes no mistake with it, scoring Italy’s first goal during their 2-1 victory over England.
Check it out:
Arjen Robben, Netherlands vs. Spain, June 13:
Arjen Robben has followed up Robin van Persie’s beauty at the end of the first half with a beauty of his own at the beginning of the second half—eight minutes in to be exact.
Robben’s goal, which put the Netherlands up 2-1, was not quite as spectacular as van Persie’s, but it’s the one that has given Holland the lead, and it’s definitely worth checking out:
Robin van Persie, Netherlands vs. Spain, June 13:
We have an early candidate for “Goal of the Tournament” honors, and it comes off the head of Holland striker Robin van Persie.
With Holland trailing Spain 1-0 just a few minutes before halftime, Robin van Persie made a break for the Spanish goal and was on the receiving end of a ridiculous cross from Daley Blind—who was standing just inside the halfway line when he sent the ball in. You can clearly see van Persie take a peak at Iker Casillas as he makes his run, just before he floats a perfect ball over the befuddled Spanish keeper.
People wondered whether Robin van Persie would be able to make an impact on this year’s tournament—after scoring just one goal in each of his last two World Cups. And while it’s still too early to say we have our answer to that question, this is certainly a good start for the Man U man:
Oscar, Brazil vs. Croatia, June 12:
Neymar may have won “Man of the Match” honors, but it was Oscar who was perhaps the most dominant Brazilian player during their 2014 FIFA World Cup opener against Croatia.
And after playing some spectacular football for 90 minutes, Oscar was rewarded with this long distance strike one minute into second half injury time: