The top 10 World Cup saves of all time

With the 2014 World Cup now underway, we look at the best saves in the tournament’s history.

Here are our Top 10 saves in the history of the greatest tournament in football:

10) Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus) v Germany 2006

Italy won the World Cup in 2006, and on that run, they knocked out hosts Germany in the semi-final 2-0. Gianluigi Buffon is an Italian legend, and with the following save, he proved why he is worthy of such cult status. This is a reflex save which prevents a young Lukas Podolski from scoring.

9) Oliver Kahn (Germany, Bayern Munich) v USA 2002

In 2002, Germany captain Oliver Kahn guided his side to the World Cup final, and along the way he was voted player of the tournament. This save demonstrated why he was awarded that accolade.

During a 1-0 quarter-final win over the USA, Kahn made a brilliant save to prevent Landon Donovan from scoring.  

8) Jose Porras (Costa Rica, Deportivo Saprissa) v Ecuador 2006

Costa Rica may not have come close to winning the World Cup, but they have regularly qualified for the tournament. 2006 was no different, and although they went out in the group stages, goalkeeper Porras made an outstanding save during a 3-0 defeat to Ecuador. Superb stop.

7) Ubaldo Fillol (Argentina, Racing Club) v Netherlands 1978

Argentina were favourties to win the 1978 tournament, especially as it was played in their country. When they played the Dutch in the final, Fillol made a superb reflex save to Johnny Rep's powerful strike from giving the Oranje side a 1-0 lead.

An outstanding save that was worthy of the occasion.

6) Dino Zoff (Italy, Napoli, Juventus) v Brazil 1982

Dino Zoff was the second of only three goalkeepers to ever captain his side to World Cup glory. Despite Paolo Rossi's hat-trick in the final, this save had a real hand (no pun intended) in helping them to win the trophy.

Not only did Zoff block Zico's goal bound header, but he also gathered it before it went over the line.

5) Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid) v Netherlands 2010

Iker Casillas was another one of those three keepers to captain his side to World Cup glory - and Spain's first ever triumph on the World stage.

With the score 0-0, Arjen Robben manage to find his way clean through on goal. Casillas was unfazed as an outstretched foot prevented the winger from giving the Dutch a lead in the final. The Spanish captain was leading by example with this vital save. 

4) Rinat Dasaev (USSR, Sevilla) v Scotland 1982

Scotland headed into their final group game needing to beat USSR to progress. USSR 'keeper Rinat Dasaev had other ideas - the following stop from a Joe Jordan header was the best of his many saves during the match.

The header - destined for the bottom corner - was stopped by Dasaev when he was going the wrong way.

3) Lev Yashin (USSR, Dynamo Moscow) v Chile 1962

Lev Yashin is the only goalkeeper to ever win the Ballon d'Or - quite an honour considering the list of keepers in the history of the sport.

This save shows exactly why he is seen as the best goalkeeper to ever play football. With Chilean forward Honorino Landa bearing down on goal, Yashin stood strong and dived low to his right. Despite minimal time to react; he still got low down to his right to make the stop.

2) Toni Turek (West Germany, Fortuna Dusseldorf) v Hungary 1954

Everyone was expecting Hungary to win the 1954 World Cup, with a team that included Ferenc Puskas, West Germany shocked the world by beating them in the final.

Like any win for the underdogs, the goalkeeper needs to play his part and Toni Turek did just. A superb volley from Hidegkuti looked certain to go in, but Turek flung himself to his left and managed to divert the ball over the bar. A German journalist referred to the save as an 'Act of God', and many thought that this was indeed a miracle.

1) Gordon Banks (England, Leicester City, Stoke City) v Pele 1970

Pele was left speechless after this save. With the Brazilian placing a powerful header down to the ground and towards the corner, everyone was waiting for the net to bulge. Stoke City and England legend Gordon Banks, however, had other ideas.

Diving backwards and low down to his right, he somehow managed to punch the ball over the bar on the line. The save is the iconic image of the match, and one that is our greatest save in the history of the World Cup.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch