Glad to know that San Antonio Spurs' player Marco Belinelli won the Three-Point Shootout at the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. Born in Bologna, he played in both teams of our city between 2001 and 2007 before moving to NBA.
Italy won the 18th FIFA World Cup tournament, held in Germany, claiming their fourth title. They defeated France 5–3 in a penalty shootout in the final, after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw. Maybe Marco Materazzi could be considered the man of the match: he levelled the scores following a corner, caused a controversial red card for Zinedine Zidane near the end of extra time, and scored one of the decisive penalties.
The 2002 World Cup was the first to be held in Asia, and was hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan. Brazil won the tournament for a record fifth time, beating Germany 2–0 in the final. The first goal, here illustrated, occurred when Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn failed to deal with a long-range shot from Rivaldo, spilling the ball directly into Ronaldo's path.
The 16th FIFA World Cup was held in France. Hosts won their first title beating Brasil 3-0 in the final with two goals from Zinedine Zidane, both headers. Zidane won the duel agaist his opponent Ronaldo and started being considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
The 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup was held in the United States, and it was the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties. Brazil beat Italy 3–2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0–0 after extra-time. Romario was voted the most outstanding player of the tournament.
The 1990 World Cup, held in Italy, is widely regarded as one of the poorest World Cups ever, generating a record low goals-per-game. West Germany beat Argentina 1–0, with a late penalty kick taken by Andreas Brehme being the game's only goal.
Diego Armando Maradona was the uncontested protagonist of the 13th FIFA World Cup, held in Mexico. In the final, although he was heavily marked the entire game, a superb pass to Jorge Burruchaga allowed Argentina to regain the lead at 3–2 against West Germany.
The 1982 FIFA World Cup was held in Spain and was won by Italy, after defeating West Germany 3–1 in the final. Paolo Rossi, the tournament's top goalscorer, won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player, but the most hard and significant goal of the final match was Marco Tardelli's, who scored from the edge of the area.
The 1978 World Cup was held in Argentina, causing controversy as a military coup had taken place in the country two years earlier. The hosts beat the Netherlands 3–1 after extra time. I illustrated the second personal goal of Mario Kempes, who passed over two defenders and beat the goalkeeper after a bounce.
The final match was contested in West Germany by the Netherlands and the Germans, with the hosts winning 2–1. Match winner was Gerd Müller, who scored the last goal of his career as he retired from the national team, becoming the most prolific striker in the history of the competition at those times.
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