World Cup 2014: Diego Maradona v England - the hand of god

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.

With 100 days to go until things kick-off, check out our first instalment below.

Maradona v England - the hand of god

England can rightfully be accused of finding excuses when they've been knocked out of the World Cup.

Whether it was Sol Campbell's disallowed header, Ronaldinho's fluke or bad luck on penalties, the England team tend to find some excuse, rather than admitting they were beaten fair and square. But in 1986, they did have a case.

We are, of course, referring to the ‘hand of god’. We all know the details, and even though Diego Maradona would go on to score one of the greatest goals of all-time just minutes later, his cheating antics continue to leave a sour taste in English mouths.