9. Torsten Frings, Germany vs Costa Rica
Recent World Cups have been a battleground between Adidas’s sphere boffins – creating rounder and rounder balls that fly faster and move in the air – and disgruntled goalkeepers who say it simply isn’t fair. This geometrically pleasing effort, also in 2006’s opening game, was the kind of thing that resulted.
Bastian Schweinsteiger feigns to cross a free-kick into the box, but instead squares to the headband-toting Frings, who lets the ball roll across his body before lashing a bullet that arcs away from stopper Jose Porras in the same direction.