World Cup 2014 countdown: Yordan Letchkov - Bulgaria's 'magician' against Germany in 1994

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.

Yordan Letchkov - Bulgaria's 'magician' against Germany in 1994

The Germans looked a safe bet to progress from their quarter-final tie with Bulgaria at the 1994 World Cup. But they hadn't banked on playing a side inspired by Hristo Stoitchkov.

That year the striker was named European Footballer of the Year in recognition of his remarkable tournament.

Yet the man who scored the decisive goal in Bulgaria's 2-1 win over the Germans was journeyman midfielder Yordan Letchkov.

'The Magician' scored an audacious header with 12 minutes to play.