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World Cup 2014 is the best in recent memory (1)

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The 2014 World Cup is just a week old, and it's already being talked about as one of the greatest tournaments ever.

In the space of seven days, it’s already blown the 2010 edition out the water, admittedly it was a rather poor World Cup by everyone’s standards, but no one expected this edition to prove as exciting as it has in such a short space of time.

It has so far thrown up everything you could want from a World Cup; goals, controversy and shocks. Nearly every base has been covered.

Casting our minds back to South Africa 2010 and it just brings up the (still painful) memory of Frank Lampard's goal that never was. An underwhelming England failed to produce in an underwhelming goal.

It says something that Spain managed to win the whole thing by only scoring eight goals.

Arguably the only thing people do remember about 2010 was the uproar that the "vuvuzela" caused.

The constant hum and buzz from these toys instantly evaporated any atmosphere in the stadium. If the quality of football wasn't enough to turn off your TVs, than the vuvuzela was.

Germany 2006 had its moments, with Wayne Rooney's red and Cristiano Ronaldo’s wink being the moment most English fans will remember.

But no one will ever forget the head-butt that Zinedine Zidane produced on Marco Materazzi. A moment of madness that cost his team for cup. 2006 saw ill-discipline dominate and as such the quality of the games suffered.

There was no real upsets, with every team who was seeded in the top eight making it past the group stages.

Finally the 2002 edition in Japan and South Korea, was an enjoyable affair, with the "golden generation" of English football.

The early kick off times made it a nightmare to watch, but other than that it did have some upsets. South Korea made it through to the quarter finals, and Turkey finished third.

David Beckham's penalty against Argentina is arguably the stand out moment though, it signalled the end of his journey to redemption - he hasn't looked back since.

But 2014 has got off to a flier, and it can only be imagined what the coming weeks have in store for us, but for now let’s look at why this is shaping up to be the best World Cup in recent memory.

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