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The World Cup's greatest goals of 2002 & 2006 (Part I)

The World Cup has produced a countless amount of stunning goals, some of which marinate in your brain for years.

In the last 30 years, our jaws dropped after Diego Maradona's magical run in 1986 and again after Roberto Baggio's similar feat four years later. On American soil, we witnessed a spectacular spin move by Jurgen Klinsmann and Gheorghe Hagi's magnificent blast in 1994. In 1998, two goal-scorers stood above the rest: the last-minute heroics of Dennis Bergkamp and the fleet-footed wizardry of Michael Owen.

For now, we'll focus on the ones that may be freshest in your mind. To help you get even more excited for the World Cup -- did Nike's new commercial not do it for you? -- here are some of the 10 most recent and spectacular goals from the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Enjoy ...

10. Philipp Lahm - Germany vs. Costa Rica (2006)
Lahm's curling strike from the left wing wasn't only well-placed, but well-timed. The home team's first goal of the World Cup, in front of thousands of screaming fans in Berlin, came in the sixth minute of the first game.



9. Nelson Cuevas - Paraguay vs. Slovenia (2002)
This was Cuevas' second goal of the game in a 3-1 opening-round win against the Slovenians. It was, as the broadcaster put it, "quite sensational."



8. Dario Rodriguez - Uruguay vs. Denmark (2002)
Rodriguez decided letting it bounce would be a waste of his time ...



7.  Torsten Frings - Germany vs. Costa Rica (2006)
If Philipp Lahm began Germany's first World Cup game with a bang, Frings ended it with a laser with his cracking final goal against Costa Rica to cap a perfect first game in the nation's capital.



6. Edmilson - Brazil vs. Costa Rica (2002)
Brazilians are known for their dazzling array of tricks and this one by Edmilson stole the show. At this point in our countdown, Costa Rica has to be thinking, "What gives?"



>> Part II, featuring our top five goals, to come shortly.

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