Since its inception in 1930 only 56 people have scored a goal in the World Cup Final. Of those 35 are alive today. It includes bathroom salesman Dick Nanninga, vintner Paulo Rossi, and retired insurance salesman Martin Peters. It does not include Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, David Beckham, or Lionel Messi. It is the most exclusive club in football.
I came up with the idea of tracking them all down, photographing, filming and interviewing them. It took a while. The resulting film , “I Scored a Goal in the FIFA World Cup Final“, I made with Passion Pictures, was broadcast worldwide on ESPN, was nominated for an EMMY and won a Webby. A clip from the film can be seen above.
Alcides Ghiggia. 1950. Uruguay. Wins.
Pele. 1958/1970. Brazil. Wins
Mario Zagallo. 1958. Brazil. Wins.
Amarildo. 1962. Brazil. Wins.
Josef Masopust. 1962. Czechoslovakia. Loses.
Zito. 1962. Brazil. Wins.
Martin Peters. 1966. England. Wins.
Sir Geoff Hurst. 1966. England. Wins.
Wolfgang Weber. 1966. W Germany. Loses.
Bonninsegna. 1970. Italy. Loses.
Carlos Alberto. 1970. Brazil. Wins.
Gerson. 1970. Brazil. Wins.
Jairzinho. 1970. Brazil. Wins.
Paul Breitner. 1974. W Germany. Wins.
Gerd Muller. 1974. W Germany. Wins.
Johan Neeskens. 1974. Holland. Loses.
Daniel Bertoni. 1978. Argentina. Wins.
Mario Kempes. 1978. Argentina. Wins.
Dick Nanninga. 1978. Holland. Loses.
Altobelli. 1982. Italy. Wins.
Paulo Rossi. 1982. Italy. Wins.
Marco Tardelli. 1982. Italy. Wins.
Burruchaga. 1986. Argentina. Wins.
'Tata' Brown. 1986 Argentina. Wins.
Rummenigge. 1986. W Germany. Loses.
Jose Valdano. 1986. Argentina. Wins.
Rudi Voeller. 1986. W Germany. Loses.
Andreas Brehme. 1990. W Germany. Wins.
Emmanuel Petit. 1998. France. Wins.
Zinedine Zidane. 1998 France. wins
Ronaldo. 2002. Brazil. Wins.
Fabio Grosso. 2006. Italy. Wins.
Andres Iniesta. 2012. Spain. Wins
Mario Gotze. 2014. Germany. Wins.