All the goals featured in World At Your Feet

You'll see some familiar faces on the pages of World At Your Feet, but we deliberately didn't put names to the characters in the book.

There were a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, we didn't want to get completely bogged down in detail and we particularly didn't want young readers to. We wanted imaginations to be able to run wherever they were taken without being pinned down to the 'who?' and 'where?' of a goal. There are already plenty of children's football books that deal with the facts and figures of the beautiful game, and we wanted World At Your Feet to be a different type of book.

Secondly, it became clear from very early on, when the first drafts were being passed around to friends, family and other willing guinea pigs, that the book was sparking conversation between parent and child. Feedback that this is the case has continued from customers since the book was published.

Inquisitive kids seem to be eager to learn more about the players featured, quizzing parents on who scored a particular goal, which country they were representing and whether their mum or dad remembers it.

World At Your Feet seems to be successful in creating spin-off discussions and YouTube research projects between reader and parent as young football fans go off in search of the moments that inspired the book.

Of course, not all parents have an encyclopaedic knowledge of football history, so we thought it would be useful to provide a list of all the goals featured. We hope this will be used as a last resort because we love the aforementioned conversations, but if you're really struggling to recall a particular goal we hope this helps.

In the order they appear in the book, the goals featured in World At Your Feet are:

Pele, Brazil vs Sweden (1958)

The 17-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who we all know as Pele, announced himself to the world with two goals in the final in 1958. This was one of them. Bringing the ball down on his chest, Pele flicks the ball over a defender's head, before coolly applying the finish.

Dennis Bergkamp, Netherlands vs Argentina (1998)

A truly magical goal from Dennis Bergkamp. A beautiful piece of skill, a last-minute winner in a knockout game, blazing sunshine in Marseille and two of international football's most famous kits. Perfect.

Diego Maradona, Argentina vs England (1986)

The goal that brought the infamous Hand of God goal also brought this slice of individual brilliance. Diego Maradona picked up the ball near the spider-shaped shadow on the pitch at the Estadio Azteca, and left a trail of England defenders in his wake on his way to goal.

Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany vs South Korea (1994)

The start of a long relationship between Jurgen Klinsmann and the USA. The Germany striker received the ball in the penalty area, flicked it up in the air with his first touch, then spun around to volley the ball into the net with his left foot in one movement.

Archie Gemmill, Scotland vs Netherlands (1978)

Archie Gemmill provided probably Scotland's greatest moment at a major tournament when he danced through the Netherlands defence to score this goal in 1978. Its inclusion in World At Your Feet isn't this goal's first cultural reference, though we wouldn't recommend parents direct young readers to the film Trainspotting.

Robin van Persie, Netherlands vs Spain (2014)

This goal instantly became world football's defining diving header when Robin van Persie launched himself to direct the ball over Iker Casillas' head in 2014. It resulted in a social media trend of Van Persieing, in which people would edit the Netherlands striker's dive into humorous situations or post photos of themselves adopting the pose.

Roberto Baggio, Italy vs Czechoslovakia (1990)

Roberto Baggio scored this stunning solo goal on homesoil in 1990. Baggio picks up the ball near halfway, plays a one-two then embarks on a solo run for goal. When he gets there, he finds the ideal finish. The presence of Czechoslovakia might merit a bit of geography and history homework.

Roger Milla, Cameroon vs Colombia (1990)

A great goal and an even better celebration. Cameroon striker Roger Milla's first touch created the space for a powerful drive towards goal and an equally powerful shot at goal. Milla famously celebrated by dancing with the corner flag.

Carlos Alberto, Brazil vs Italy (1970)

Brazil's success in 1970 was topped off by this sensational team goal in their victory over Italy in the final. The ball is moved up the pitch, before being placed enticingly in space in front of captain Carlos Alberto. His finish was emphatic.

Esteban Cambiasso, Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro (2006)

Another incredible team goal. There are 26 touches in this move, including Esteban Cambiasso's sliding finish to get on the end of Hernan Crespo's backheel flick.

Michael Owen, England vs Argentina (1998)

This was the goal that launched Michael Owen on the world stage. Then aged 18 and possessing terrifying pace, he looked absolutely unstoppable as he carved his way through Argentina's defence.

Eder, Brazil vs USSR (1982)

In 1982, Eder showed the world that receiving a pass along the ground from your team-mate didn't necessarily mean you couldn't score a volley. He simply flicked the ball up himself and lashed it into the net.

Manuel Negrete, Mexico vs Bulgaria (1986)

This goal has often been overlooked in comparison to others on this list, but Manuel Negrete's spectacular scissor kick was recently voted as the greatest World Cup goal ever in a vote on FIFA's official World Cup Facebook page.

James Rodriguez, Colombia vs Uruguay (2014)

James Rodriguez made himself a household name in 2014, and this goal probably sealed the deal. Receiving the ball on his chest and with his back to goal, the Colombia star produced a moment of brilliance to score this goal.

Marco Tardelli, Italy vs West Germany (1982)

This iconic goal, scored in the 1982 final, is most remembered for Marco Tardelli's goal celebration. After sliding to score from the edge of the penalty area, the Italy midfielder ran away screaming in delight.

Geoff Hurst, England vs West Germany (1966)

In what remains English football's greatest moment, Geoff Hurst ignores a small-scale pitch invasion, charges at goal and unleashes a powerful strike that completed a hat-trick for him and won the trophy for England.

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