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Craig Porter 28th Apr 2010 - 12:32

Share your World Cup memories for free bets

A World Cup summer brings so many highs and lows. What are your World Cup Memories?

The four-year wait for a summer of World Cup football gives us plenty of time to get excited about the world’s most popular sporting event and we’ve all got a few unforgettable World Cup moments lurking in our memory banks.

Share your World Cup Memories - the good, the bad, the ugly – and you could win up to £100 in free bets. Not only will every single entry we receive be entered into a draw to win one of twenty £10 free World Cup bets but our ten favourite entries will be published on our website and the one that receives the most votes before the start of the 2010 World Cup will win the £100 in free bets.

Submit your entry in the form below but, to get you in the mood, here are a few of our own memories:

Setting ourselves up for a fall Craig Porter, William Hill Online Publishing Manager

España ’82 was the first World Cup I remember and I was bursting with excitement in the build-up. Living in the host country at the time, it was all everyone was talking about – my dad had even managed to line us up with tickets for a couple of games.

On England match days I proudly carried a home-made Union Jack and wore my England kit. Okay, it was a white t-shirt with the red and blue chest decoration of the famous Admiral kit drawn in felt-tipped pen but replica kits were hard to come by back then.

Everything you saw, ate, drank was adorned with the tournament mascot, Naranjito. At school we re-enacted the goals from the previous night’s matches; Hungary’s 10-1 thumping of El Salvador needed an extended lunch-break to complete.

England looked good through the first group stage and the anticipation of playing Spain was unbearable yet inevitably not worth the wait: a scoreless draw despite Kevin Keegan’s best efforts. Both teams went out and I learned to deal with life as an England fan at an early age.

There was another week of the tournament left after that game but we’d all stopped talking football.  Disappointment follows the excitement and turns to exhaustion but it all starts again as we count down the days to kick-off in South Africa. And this time we’re going all the way!

The girlfriend vs the Final Valerio, William Hill Italian Territory Manager

July 2006 and I HAD to be in my country with my friends and compatriots. Looking at the old Pirlo, Del Piero, Totti, etc. this could be our last chance for a while. .

My (ex)girlfriend was furious about me using my first weekend off in ages to fly back home for just one day with my friends! Crazy? No. “It was all written” as the gazzetta the day after Italy’s win in ‘82!

The usual lucky place, all my usual lucky friends and then after seven minutes, penalty, Zidane 1-0... not the best start!

Ten minutes later and I’d left the room. Corner for Italy and Materazzi scores! 1-1.

So it went to penalty kicks, and I was ordered back out as we only scored in my absence.

As a compromise, I stayed in but had to keep my eyes shut for the deciding kick and can still hear the commentator shouting “the Champions of the World” four times... like the four stars we have now embroidered on the new shirts!

The World Cup that rocked my world Dimitris Kontos, William Hill Greek Territory Manager

It’s 1978. I’m too young to know how football is played and where Argentina is. All I know is I’m awaken in the middle of the night, the floor shaking. My mother grabs me out of bed and flies down 4 floors dressing me in her arms.

We’re at a park, packed with people screaming and loud sirens everywhere...wait a sec. Where are my father and brother? Where are all the men? There are only women and children here.

Years later, I asked my brother what fixture was worth risking his life through a 7.3 Richter scale earthquake to finish watching. He couldn’t remember any more.

“What does it matter? It was a World Cup match. I wouldn’t miss the last 5 minutes for the world.” It turns out it was a repeat from the previous day anyway.

England pay the penalty Tina Beckers, William Hill German Territory Manager

England vs Germany - penalty shootout - pick the year...

[What Tina forgets is that that World Cup Memory only happened at Italia ’90, the other shootout defeat to Germany was in the 1996 European Championships. It was Argentina in ’98 and Portugal in 2006.

And we didn’t need penalties in 1966! - Ed

Terms and conditions
Free bets won will be credited only to a valid William Hill Online account therefore entrants must be aged 18 or over
Normal free bet rules apply and any winnings from free bets placed will not include the free bet stake
Entries will be accepted up to 23:59 on Sunday 30th May 2010. Entries accepted in error after this time will not qualify
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The top ten shortlist of finalist will be selected by the William Hill Online Publishing Team whose decision will be final
The top ten shortlist will be available at midday on Monday 31st May when voting will commence until midday 11th June 2010.


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