World Cup 2014 countdown: The Mexican wave

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.

The Mexican wave

Prior to the 1986 World Cup, if people were asked what they associated with Mexico, they may have answered the Aztecs, Sombreros and Fajitas.

Yet post World Cup, right at the top of the list was the Mexican Wave.

The Mexicans had been doing them for years, but the World Cup was the first time that the well timed arm flailing had been seen internationally. Football fans lapped it up, and the wave is now a staple at big matches the world over.