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World Cup 2014 countdown: Marco Tardelli celebration in the 1982 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.

Marco Tardelli

The 1982 World Cup was won by Italy, who overcame Germany 3-1 in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

The enduring image came from Marco Tardelli. A quick ball across the box was controlled with a deft touch before it was smashed into the bottom corner. Not only was it a goal of top quality, but the celebration that followed was of near equal merit.

The reaction of Tardelli expressed perfectly just how much the goal meant, both to himself and the joyous Italians.