As kick-off at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ edges closer every day, we at FIFA.com thought we would whet your appetite for the action.
With some outstanding games in store across June and July, we are going to focus in on highlights from some of the most memorable encounters from four years ago.
We were treated to excitement, drama, and an avalanche of goals at Brazil 2014, so what better way to get your imagination flowing for what may be around the corner this time!
Nigeria 2-3 Argentina
25 June, Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Nigeria had been here before. Since making their debut in 1994, only one trip to the World Cup had not featured a locking of horns with their South American tormentors-in-chief, Argentina. France 1998 was the Super Eagles’ only respite, with a defeat to La Albiceleste a regular feature of their tournaments otherwise.
This, unfortunately for them, was to be no different. However, they certainly gave the eventual finalists a run for their money, with only a staggering strike by Lionel Messi separating them at the final whistle in a memorable topsy-turvy game.
With them set to meet again at Russia 2018, Nigeria will be hoping that a slight redesign of this blueprint could end their four-game losing streak in Saint Petersburg.
Rewind for even more Brazil 2014 action
This week, the final of our FIFA World Cup Rewind series will be allowing you to transport yourself back four years and fully immerse yourself in the tournament and the game you voted as your favourite: Brazil 1-7 Germany.
Throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter we will be rekindling memories from South America, before streaming the match in full on Friday 25 May at 16.00 CET on Facebook and YouTube. Don’t miss it!