The Greatest Moments in Football History 


Football has given us some of the most memorable moments in sport. They are the moments that are etched in our minds and the moments in which we fell even deeper in love with the  beautiful game. These times can be elevated further if you have bet on a certain result and are winning. You can increase your chances of this by joining Betfair’s exchange. Join us as we take a look at the greatest moments in football history 

England 1966 

Of course, this had to be at the top of the list. Many of us dream of seeing England win the World Cup, and we have all seen the grainy black and white footage of the ball being hammered into the back of the net. Without a doubt, the most iconic moment from the final are the words of Kenneth Wolstenholme’s commentary in the closing seconds of the game as fans thought that Ramsey’s side was home and dry. 

“They think it’s all over…it is now!” 

Unfortunately, it is all over and has been for a long time as every England team since has tried – and failed – to achieve the glory of the 1966 team. That does nothing to stop the dreamers though, and with each competition comes new hope and a belief that one day England will lift the cup again. 

Tottenham vs Ajax 

Everyone will remember where they were when Tottenham pulled off the seemingly impossible feat of beating Ajax in order to secure themselves a spot in the Champions’ League Final. All looked lost for Tottenham as the young boys of Ajax led on aggregate when Tottenham turned up to try to do what many saw as the impossible. The night didn’t get off to a great start and Tottenham, two goals behind, found themselves on the way out and home. Then, the seemingly impossible happened in a whirlwind of goalmouth action. Lucas Moura scored twice in four minutes to make it 2-2 on the night, but still allowed Ajax the upper hand and the win on aggregate. And then it happened. The moment that made us all fear for Glen Hoddle’s newly repaired heart and had Pottichitino on the ground in a heap of tears. With the last kick of the game, with 90+6 minutes on the clock, Lucas Moura made a chance and a goal out of nothing and put the ball into the back of the net and Spurs into the final. The scenes that followed were broadcast around the world as the players, manager and fans celebrated a moment of magic the likes of which only football can provide.  

England vs Germany 5 -1 

2001 brought us one of the greatest matches between these two bitter rivals. It was a night to remember as the teams met in Munich to battle it out once more. There was a buzz around the England squad and high hopes for the 2002 World Cup. Of course,  as ever, it wasn’t to be. Germany would go on to find themselves in the final against the team who were to knock England out of the competition and then take the cup home: Brazil. But despite yet more years of heartache for England fans to endure, that overcast night in Munich will stick in the memory for a long time to come. There was a hat trick from a young Michael Owen, which made him the first England player to score a hat trick against Germany since Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup Final. It was a night of glory, retribution and history and a night that lives on as an icon of the hope of glory that keeps all England fans flying the flag each time the World Cup comes around. It can never hurt to dream!