World Cup 2014 countdown: Diana Ross and the opening ceremony of USA '94

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.

Diana Ross and the opening ceremony of USA '94

When the World Cup went to the USA in 1994, observers thought that while they might not know a lot about football, they at least knew how to put on a show. This was the land that brought us the Super Bowl half-time show and Hollywood blockbusters.

So when it came to the opening ceremony - hopes were high.

Yet what is best remembered is the moment Diana Ross had, what would now be referred to as, a 'kicking malfunction'.

With the task of kicking a ball into an open goal, the singing diva put it wide from 10 yards. What made it all the more embarrassing was how the goal theatrically split in two - presumably to make it look as though Ross' shot had broken the net. Apart from, it clearly hadn't - the ball was closer to the corner flag.