With 14 days to go until the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, FourFourTwo counts down 14 reasons why we love the World Cup so much.
13. Team Goals
As well as stunning individual goals the World Cup finals have also seen some of the best team efforts.
While one can appreciate the almost superhuman effort that a player draws upon to beat half a team on a lung busting charge upfield en route to scoring a solo goal, there's something even prettier when some stunning interplay between telepathically linked teammates results in the ball ending up in the back of the net.
There's a beauty in it all, a precise symmetry and effortless synchronisation that makes us all want to hit the replay button again and marvel at a masterpiece.
With that being said, who can forget these three stunning team goals from previous tournaments?
Josimar - Brazil vs Northern Ireland (Mexico '86)
In his first World Cup finals appearance Josimar concluded a period of Brazilian keep-ball with an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Pass, pass, pass, ohhh what a goal! A strike matched by his enthusiastic celebration.
Esteban Cambiasso - Argentina vs Serbia and Montenegro (Germany '06)
An amazing team move involving every outfield player and 23 consecutive passes before Cambiasso finished the move with a rilfing shot into the top corner. Top drawer sequence, top drawer goal. The perfect team effort, if you will.
Carlos Alberto - Brazil vs Italy (Mexico '70)
Another piece of Samba magic from the all-conquering 1970 World Cup winning team. The almost laconic build up play leaves watchers on the edge of their seats before one final run and blast sends the crowd wikd. This goal stands the test of time especially given the context that it was scored in the final.
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