World Cup 2014 countdown: Bobby Charlton fires England to the 1966 final

Counting down the 100 greatest moments in the history of the World Cup

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The World Cup in Brazil is coming into view and everyone is hoping this summer's carnival can take its place among some of the great tournaments of the past.

That won't be easy though, as this series will testify. In the run-up to the tournament, we're counting down the 100 greatest World Cup moments.

Check out our latest instalment below, and for any you missed, see the gallery at the end of the article.

Bobby Charlton fires England to the 1966 final

Bobby Charlton was one of the stars of England's World Cup charge, so much so that the Manchester United legend also picked up the European Footballer of the Year that year.

Yet it was his contribution in the semi-final against Portugal that was the most important of his many fine performances.

He scored two goals, meaning Eusebio's late penalty wasn't enough to stop the hosts marching on.

Charlton's first was a cooly taken side footed finish, while his second was a sweetly struck shot after Geoff Hurst had pulled the ball back.