Finally the FIFA World Cup 2014 is here.
The long wait is over and we can now sit back, watch the world’s top teams and the best players fight for football’s ultimate prize.
The World Cup finals are the place where legends are born, reputations cemented and the pretenders found out.
Every World Cup so far has produced ‘that’ star, ‘that’ player to take the tournament by the scruff of the neck and just own it.
When people look back at a certain World Cup finals they remember the star player just as much as the winning team.
I took a look at some previous finals, and thought of a player that I associate with that particular World Cup, for being just simply the star of the show.
Starting off in Mexico 86, there is only one man that this World Cup will be remembered for.
Love him or hate him you have to give it to him.
This was his World Cup, he owned it and owned every team he played against including England.
Not without controversy, Diego Maradona came away from Mexico as the star of the show and enhanced his reputation as possibly the greatest ever player.
Gazza as Oxford United fans will remember him in a Yellows shirt as Middlesbrough celebrated promotion to the Premiership after a 4-1 win over the U’s at the Riverside at the end of the 1997-98 season
Maybe I’m just biased, but Italia 90 is all about one man for me.
He didn’t win the World Cup and didn’t even get to the final, but this star shone the brightest in my eyes.
Gazza made himself a world star and won the hearts of a nation.
He was immediately elevated to hero status by young kids to grown men.
Even now he is still in the hearts of so many.
France 98 was about one man who carried his country to glory.
Zinedine Zidane spearheaded France’s charge to glory in the 1998 World Cup
Zinedine Zidane took all the pressure that came with playing for the host nation, and the expectation of being the team’s biggest star.
Brilliant throughout and with his brace in the final against Brazil, he cemented himself as one of the all-time greats.
The golden goal was introduced in the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, and it was the man with the golden touch who was the star of the show.
With eight goals to his name, including two in the final, it helped Brazil’s Ronaldo (the original one!) become the player of the tournament.
His unique haircut, so his son could recognize him on TV, was just one of the reasons that set him apart from the rest.
He is still the World Cup finals record goalscorer with 15.
Wouldn’t it be great if Brazil 2014 was the World Cup remembered for Steven Gerrard dominating the tournament like he does for Liverpool or for Wayne Rooney winning our hearts with outstanding performances just like Gazza did in Italia 90?
Let’s be honest, we would ultimately just like to remember Brazil 2014 for England winning the World Cup.
Every kid who has ever kicked a football has had that dream of scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final.
This summer in Rio, dreams will come true, and on football’s biggest stage a new legend will be born.
Let’s just hope that the legend is born with English blood running through his veins.
Come on England!
7:00am Friday 29th May 2015
TRIBUTES have been paid to Banbury sporting stalwart Robert ‘Bob’ Mitchelmore.
7:00am Friday 29th May 2015
Headington School celebrated their centenary with a seventh consecutive gold medal in the Girls Championship Eights at the National Schools’ Regatta at Nottingham, writes JOHN WIGGINS.
6:00am Friday 29th May 2015
Oxford Central (East Prawle, 9 sent 94): 1, 5, 7 K Shipperley 1275, 1196, 1176; 2, 3, 6 M/M R Ward 1209, 1208, 1179; 4, 17 T Irving 1207, 955; 8, 9, 10 D Fellows 1164, 1146, 1136; 11, 14, 15 M Kelly 1117, 1023, 1023; 12, 13, 16 M/M S Capon & son 1101, 1029, 988; 18, 19, 20 R Clarke 955, 731, 690.
9:00am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD United’s ability to land their main targets this summer is down to selling players a vision for the future rather than offering the most money, according to chief executive Mark Ashton.
8:50am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD United have announced big changes in their retail department, which will give them more control over their design of merchandise.
8:30am Thursday 28th May 2015
MORRIS Motors footballers will finally get their hands on the Oxfordshire Senior Cup on Saturday – more than 30 years after winning the final.
8:00am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD’S amateur ice hockey team conquered France by winning the prestigious Lyon Friendship Tournament.
7:40am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD City & County’s Paul Lopez is set to make his Middleton Cup debut for Oxfordshire against Buckinghamshire at Waddesdon on Saturday (2pm).
7:30am Thursday 28th May 2015
OXFORD Saints ran riot in their West Division 2 game at Torbay Trojans, winning 72-30.