The 2014 World Cup’s been in the ground for more than six months now. Morose thought, and even worse when you consider the vast carpet of days and months and years stretching out to the horizon between now and the next one. But a handful of monumental moments live on in the retelling, and these five deserve a special place on the top shelf of the World Cup’s panoply of memorable moments.
Pirlo’s dummy against England
Andrea Pirlo is the coolest damn dude on the planet. He’s also world soccer’s on-field equivalent of Rico Suave. Pirlo had his wine and cheese moments in Brazil, namely a nearly brilliant free kick that donked the crossbar against England. But the true crucible of his careless brilliance came earlier in that England game when he dummied a cross that led to Claudio Marchisio’s opening salvo.