FIFA WORLD CUP 2010: The Top 10 Goals of the 2006 World Cup- With Video
As the 2010 World Cup approaches, the 2006 tournament shouldn't be forgotten.
The last edition of the World Cup saw some truly incredible goals. Here is a list of the best goals last time around.
Can the 2010 World Cup match the 2006 Tournament?
10. Steven Gerrard vs. Trinidad and Tobago
Steven Gerrard scored this goal in the 91st minute of England's group game with Trinidad and Tobago.
He skipped past a defender before scoring from 25 yards with his wrong foot.
Gerrard was England's top scorer in the 2006 World Cup with two goals.
The tournament finished less than happily for Gerrard. His penalty was one of those saved in the quarter final penalty shoot out with Portugal.
9. Deco vs. Iran
Deco's goal against Iran was a brilliant strike.
He got the ball to swerve in just enough to shave the inside of the post.
Deco also started the move with a sweeping pass out to the left wing before the ball was laid back for him to hit.
8. Frings vs. Costa Rica
The opening match of the World Cup was action packed.
This goal from Torsten Frings was sweetly struck—swinging across the face of the goal, and just past the goalkeepers outstretched hand.
Fings's tournament went downhill after this goal, he was suspended for the semi-final after a fight at the end of Germany's game against Argentina.
7. Rosicky vs. USA
Rosicky scored two goals in this group match against the USA.
This goal was a 35-yard rocket that curled away from the goalkeeper at the last second to find the corner of the goal.
The Czech Republic didn't make it out of the group stages, but this goal has given them something to remember the tournament by.
6. Lahm vs. Costa Rica
Not a bad goal to open a World Cup.
Left back Philipp Lahm isn't a renowned goal scorer. This goal was his second for Germany. Since then he has managed just two more.
Lahm played every minute of Germany's World Campaign, the only German to do so. He was named to the All Star team for the tournament.
In the absence of Michael Ballack, Lahm will lead Germany this month.
5. Ronaldo vs. Japan
Ronaldo is the all-time World Cup high scorer with 15 goals. He is also one of only two players to score three goals at three separate World Cups.
Accused of being overweight and not worthy of a place on the team, Ronaldo proved he still had what it takes with two goals against Japan.
His second goal saw a slick passing build up followed by a strike curled around both a defender, and the goalkeeper.
4. Joe Cole vs. Sweden
Joe Cole chested the ball 25 yards out before hitting a sweet volley.
He managed to perfectly lob the Goalkeeper as the ball swerved down into the top corner.
This goal was the highlight of England's tournament, and is the enduring memory for English fans.
3. Fernando Torres vs. Ukraine
At the age of 22, this match was Torres's first World Cup match, and he finished it off with a goal.
Puyol danced through the midfield before playing it off and heading the return pass into Torres's path. Torres finished into the bottom corner to complete a wonderful team goal.
In the next match, Torres took his tournament total to three to finish as Spain's joint top scorer along with David Villa.
2. Maxi Rodriguez vs. Mexico
Similar to Joe Cole's, an online pole by FIFA selected this goal as goal of the tournament.
Rodriguez controlled a cross field pass with his chest in the 98th minute before hitting a stunning volley that dipped into the goal, beating the diving goalkeeper.
The goal took Argentina into the quarter finals where they lost to Germany.
Rodriguez was involved in the post match fight after this loss, and was banned for two matches.
1. Cambiasso vs. Serbia & Montenegro
This goal is just incredible. NINE outfield players touched the ball in the build up to the goal.
There were a total of 26 passes in the build up. Cambiasso capped it off with a decent finish into the roof of the net after a back heel played him through.
This goal is the best as it was a team goal—it wasn't an individual moment of brilliance but one of team brilliance.