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Last Updated: Monday, 22 May 2006, 10:09 GMT 11:09 UK
Robbie wins World Cup poll
Martin O'Neill and Robbie Williams
Step aside Hale and Pace...

The comedy banter between Martin O'Neill and Robbie Williams has been chosen as the World Cup's funniest moment.

More than 20,000 people voted in our poll after watching a video montage featuring the lighter side of football's greatest tournament - and some of its darkest moments.

The unlikely double act of O'Neill and Williams, in which the singer was told he had little talent, attracted 22% of the vote, just edging out the 1998 England squad's efforts to get song titles into interviews.

John Aldridge's four-letter tirade at a linesman who wouldn't let him on as a Republic of Ireland substitute in 1994 was third.

A brief description of each of the top 10 moments, in the order they finished, can be found below.

1. Martin O'Neill meets Robbie Williams (1998)
The BBC pundit congratulates the pop star on his successful solo career, but cannot resist pointing out the former Take That member "can't write, and can't play guitar"

2. Sing it for England (1998)
To keep themselves amused between matches, England's 1998 squad try to slip as many song titles as they can into their answers during television interviews.

John Aldridge makes his point

3. John Aldridge's temper tantrum (1994)
Aldridge is very keen to get off the subs' bench and on to the pitch during Ireland's game against Mexico, and gets rather angry when the match officials appear to ignore him.

4. Penalty misses - Diana Ross to Roberto Baggio (1994)
The singer's comical penalty during the opening ceremony of USA 94 turned out to be an omen as the final went to a shoot-out, culminating in Roberto Baggio's crucial spot kick flying over the bar.

One of the Romanian players

5. Romania's bleach soccer (1998)
Jimmy Hill suggests that, by all bleaching their hair, the Romania side of 1998 have cunningly gained an advantage over their opponents. His fellow pundits are not so sure.

6. Dirty devils (various years)
A moment of madness? A rush of adrenalin? What on earth were they thinking? Re-live the likes of Benjamin Massing's lunatic tackle on Claudio Caniggia and Harald Schumacher's assault on Patrick Battiston - from behind the sofa.

Romario joins in with Bebeto's baby celebrations

7. World Cup celebrations (various years)
From Roger Milla's wiggle to Bebeto's 'baby rocking', World Cups seem to produce the strangest post-goal routines.

8. Jeepers keepers (various years)
Goalkeeping gaffes were gracing World Cups long before David Seaman arrived on the scene. Higuita, Pompidou and Zubizaretta are among those who wore their heart on their sleeves and egg on their faces.


9. Pavarotti's England fib (1990)
On being presented with a commemorative disc for 'Nessun Dorma', the opera singer tells Sir Bobby Charlton he hopes England beat Italy in the final of Italia 90.

10. Pat Jennings - Mexicans' fave (1986)
Jennings retires as as the world's most capped player - and looks on bemused as a trio of Mexican guitar players serenade him with a specially composed song.

Vote for your favourite moment
O'Neill meets Robbie
England's song titles
Goal celebrations
Bleach football
Foul play
Paying the penalty
Jennings serenaded
Jeepers keepers
Aldo boils over
Pavarotti for England
20948 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion


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