Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 56-Mussolini’s ‘Italians’ Win the First Cup For Europe (1934)

Dennis Gedling’s latest soccer World Cup instalment sees Italy host the second edition of the tournament in 1934 and win the title with a team full of Argentines amidst a tense political environment in Europe.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 54-Heaven For Owen. Hell For Beckham (1998)

The English can always find a way to disappoint.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 55-The Most Golden of Boots (1958)

Just Fontaine finds the back of the net – 13 times.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 57-The Battle of Berne (1954)

Dennis Gedling tells how the beautiful game became the vicious game for a 1954 Quarter Final between Catholic Brazil and Communist Hungary.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 58-Senegal Shock Their Former Colonial Masters (2002)

In a memorable World Cup fixtureunderdog Senegal play sparkling end-to-end football to defeat the French.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 59-Brilliant Brazil Blow It Again (1986)

Dennis Gedling relives a great Quarter Final between Brazil and France from the searing heat of Mexico ’86.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 60-Croatia Finally Have Their Moment to Shine (1998)

Dennis Gedling tells how the ‘bloodstained chessboards’ of Croatia were the surprise successes of the 98 World Cup.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 61-The Moore and Banks Show (1970)

In 1970 Gordon Banks and Bobby Moore provide moments of brilliance that would go down in World Cup folklore.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 63-India’s Barefoot World Cup That Never Happened (1950)

India is a world power in cricket, but a minnow in world football. Dennis Gedling details the farce of India’s qualification attempt for the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 62-Das Bomber! (1974)

Dennis Gedlings celebrates the goal scoring career of the Bayern Bomber, Gerd Muller, who broke records and won World Cups for his country.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 64-Hristo Stoichkov and the Mighty Bulgarians (1994)

Not a bad effort for a work-shy nut-job, writes Dennis Gedling of Hristo Stoichkov. The Bulgarians made the semis in 1994.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 65-Jesus Saves! (…Australia’s blushes) (2013)

Dennis Gedling relives all the tension of the Socceroos qualification for Rio.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 66-Pickles Finds Something In The Garden (1966)

The bizarre story of the stolen World Cup trophy and the wrath of the soccer gods.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 67-Kuwait Tries To Run The World Cup…Just For One Day (1982)

In the days when Kuwait was a soccer force in Asia, their very own Mr Sport tries to run their match against France – from the grandstand, then the sideline, then wherever he can.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 68-Sir Alex and His Scots Deny Arok and His Aussies (1985)

Dennis Gedling tells how Australia under Frank Arok had built a better team and campaign in 1985. They fell at the last hurdle against a Scottish side managed by an unknown (!) Alex Ferguson!!

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 69-Ronny’s Audacious Chip (2002)

Dennis Gedling tells how in the 2002 World Cup, some moments of Ronaldinho genius ended an England team favoured to go all the way.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 70-The Humble Vuvuzela (2010)

Put your fingers in your ears, and read Dennis Gedling’s story of how the vuvuzela drone influenced the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 71-Worse Than Franco (1981)

Does anyone remember the Socceroos qualifying campaign for Spain’82? Gutendorf, Arok, Scheinflug? Dennis Gedling tells the story of New Zealand football’s finest hour.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 72-Gazza’s Turin Tears (1990)

You must remember this, a miss is just a miss. A cry is just a cry.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 73-Give It A Lash Jack! (1990)

Dennis Gedling tells how ‘Irish Eyes were Smiling’ at Italia ’90 for St Jack’s foreign legion.