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World Cup 2014 countdown: Diego Maradona sent home in disgrace from 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.

Diego Maradona sent home in disgrace from USA 94

At the age of 33 his star was fading, yet Diego Maradona still made a massive impact on the 1994 World Cup, even if it was for the wrong reasons.

He only played in two games, before he was sent home from the USA-hosted tournament in disgrace. The pint-sized genius failed a drug test following Argentina's match with Nigeria. He would later blame the positive result on an energy drink, but the incident brought an end to his love affair with the competition.

Post tournament, many people pointed to his celebration after scoring against Greece as evidence of his drug abuse.