No number of end-zone dances or group hugs on the ice could have prepared American fans for the over-the-top, adrenaline-fueled explosions of ecstasy that have followed goals in the World Cup. We hereby present a classic sampling.
The Full-tilt Boogie
Scorer turns and sprints madly back up the field.
Scorer runs upfield with arms outstretched, making swooping gestures.
Emotionally overcome, scorer drops to knees, looks skyward and, in frequent cases, makes the sign of the cross.
The Olga Korbut
Like Faustino Asprilla of Colombia, player turns cartwheel after goal.
The Corner Flag Lambada
Scorer dashes to corner and performs salacious hip-wiggling dance.
The Human Sacrifice
Scorer stands frozen, arms stretched to the heavens, and waits for his teammates to swarm over him.