The 2000’s brought some spectacular football memories, from Liverpool’s amazing comeback in the 2005 Champions League Final, to Zinedine Zidane’s dramatic exit at the 2006 World Cup final.
But what were the 10 Best Football Moments from the Noughties?
1. Zinedine Zidane Volley
One of the best goals to ever grace football was the Frenchman’s perfectly executed left foot volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final. It was an image of complete artistry as ‘Zizou’ almost hit the shot in slow motion and it was the winning goal and worthy of settling any game but it proved to be even more significant in a game of such magnitude.
2. Jose Mourinho Celebration
Not many were aware of the manager at FC Porto in 2004 but Jose Mourinho would make his mark on the world after he guided Porto to a historic Champions League win over Manchester United in the knockout stages. Costinha scored a dramatic injury time leveller which sent Mourinho running down the Old Trafford touchline to celebrate with his players.
3. Arsenal Invincibles
The Arsenal side of 2003/2004 went the whole Premier League season unbeaten. It will take an incredible side to emulate what the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Co achieved. In total they went 49 games unbeaten and Manchester United finally put an end to the run.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo free kick v Portsmouth
It was this sensational strike past David James that probably really cemented Cristiano as one of the world’s greatest. In January 2008, he was only 22 years of age and it was in 2008 where he started to gain the recognition with accolades such as the FIFA World Player of the Year.
5. 2009 Barcelona side
Pep Guardiola assembled one of the best Barcelona sides of all-time with the 2009 squad. At the heart of midfield was Andreas Iniesta and Xavi whilst Lionel Messi was instrumental in the attacking thirds of the pitch. The beautiful game was made to look so simple by this elite squad who destroyed their opposition at will.
6. 2005 Champions League Final
It will go down as one of the best ever Champions League finals and one of the greatest comebacks of all time. AC Milan were leading Liverpool 3-0 in Istanbul but Liverpool sensationally came back to draw 3-3 and eventually win on penalties after Jerzy Dudek saved Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty.
7. Brazil 2002 World Cup win
Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo caused havoc at the 2002 World Cup with the latter scoring a brace in the final to seal Brazil’s last World Cup. Luis Scolari was the manager that guided Brazil to the Cup and it is surprising that they’ve gone so long without adding to their collection.
8. Lionel Messi 5 goals in Champions League Match
Messi set a record in 2012 when he scored 5 goals in a Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen. Barcelona went on to win the game 7-1 and it was the first time a player had ever scored 5 goals in a Champions League match.
9. Zinedine Zidane Head butt
He has already made the list for his iconic Champions League final goal but he also left his career in controversial circumstances. He was provoked from Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final and retaliated by head butting the Italian defender and was sent off. Italy would go on to win the final on penalties at the expense of France.
10. Roy Keane v Pat Vieira Tunnel Bust-Up
It was one of the fiercest personal rivalries in football as they both had a will to win at the highest level. Manchester United captain against Arsenal captain and an incident leading up to a game in 2005 lead to a heated exchange of words before the sides were lead out at Highbury.
Which was your favourite Football Moment from the Noughties?
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