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Great Goals: Who Can Rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

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British Pathé’s archive of football coverage is extensive. Some of our most popular footage is of FA Cup Finals, and our collection of them can be found here. Have a search of the website for more.

We’ve been wading through the wealth of material for some classic goals in the wake of a certain footballer’s terrific performance versus England on 15th November 2012.

Here, we present just a few of them…

Geoff Hurst, World Cup Final, 1966

Sir Geoffrey Hurst is the first (and only!) player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final. Those famous three goals came in 1966 when England battled West Germany for the heavily-sort-for title of World Cup Champion. The British Pathé cameras captured that tremendous occasion.

You can watch the contemporary newsreel coverage – in colour – of the 1966 World Cup on our website. Click here to view the film.

Bobby Moore holds the World Cup trophy in 1966 – a game that witnessed three stunning goals from Geoff Hurst.

Bobby Charlton, England v Mexico, 1966

Sir Bobby Charlton scored 49 goals for England during his amazing career in football. One of his best, though, is undoubtedly the one he made in 1966 – the World Cup year – when he played against Mexico. Click here to view the film.

Cardiff v Barnsley, 1957

We’re not quite sure who scored this goal towards the end of this newsreel (let us know!), but it’s a belter. Click here to view the film.

Helmut Rahn, West Germany v Hungary, 1954

The late Helmut Rahn of Germany scored the winning goal in the 1954 World Cup final. He was playing for West Germany against Hungary. Click here to view the film.

Ferenc Puskas, England v Hungary, 1953

The year before, it was the Hungary team which was scoring with exceptional skill. Ferenc Puskas, that legendary player and coach, was playing against England when he scored this terrific goal. Click here to view the film.

Pele, Brazil v Sweden, 1958

Brazilian footballer Edison Arantes do Nascimento (or “Pele”) performed so well at the 1958 World Cup final v Sweden that he earned a Day That Shook The World episode about him in the BBC/British Pathé series. A high honour indeed! Click here to view the episode.

And, of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who’s had many espousing his goal as the greatest of all time.

What do you think?