As the FIFA World Cup draws ever closer, global excitement for the June 12 kick-off is growing by the minute.
And thanks to the Guardian’s "Brick-by-brick" series, you can now relive some of the classic goals of World Cup history in Lego form, including Dennis Bergkamp’s sublime piece of skill against Argentina.
You can see the animation here.
Bergkamp’s extra-time winner in the quarter-finals at France ’98 is one of the great Netherlands’ goals and one of the most iconic strikes of World Cup history, which is made all the more extraordinary by its timing and importance.
The Lego version is the latest installment of stop-motion recreations by the Guardian, which also includes Diego Maradona’s "Hand of God" and Carlos Alberto’s classic strike against Italy in the 1970 final.
As for Bergkamp’s strike, it propelled the then-Arsenal star to worldwide fame. Meanwhile, footage of the goal also has been immortalised by one of the greatest-ever pieces of sports commentary, courtesy of Dutch radio star Jack van Gelder.
Oranje will be looking for some magical moments like Bergkamp’s in Brazil. Current captain Robin van Persie did cap their preparations with a magnificent effort of his own against Ecuador last weekend.
Van Persie's effort ensured the Netherlands gained a 1-1 draw, having fallen behind to early Jefferson Montero strike, as Oranje deployed a new and experimental 5-3-2 formation.
The Netherlands continue their preparations with further friendlies against Ghana and Wales, before Louis van Gaal leads the side to Brazil. They begin their World Cup on June 13 against defending champions Spain, whom they lost to in the final fours years ago.
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