Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You're Smarter for 10; in the Wake of Controversy the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bids, and with This Year's Tournament Set to Begin, DAN BEAVAN Looks at Some of the Festival of Football's Most Shocking Moments

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You're Smarter for 10; in the Wake of Controversy the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bids, and with This Year's Tournament Set to Begin, DAN BEAVAN Looks at Some of the Festival of Football's Most Shocking Moments

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Byline: DAN BEAVAN

1 What's the most famous World Cup shocker? For most it's Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal that helped dump England out of the 1986 tournament in Mexico. The diminutive Argentine punched the ball past a shocked Peter Shilton and later credited The Almighty with an assist.

2 I imagine it left English fans in tears? It did, but England have a habit of blubbing on the World's biggest stage. Gazza famously sobbed during a 1990 semi-final after picking up a suspension that would rule him out of the final. He'd obviously forgotten England were playing the Germans, and were therefore guaranteed not to be advancing.

3 Don't the Germans always knock us out? It's not just us. French star Patrick Battiston was left unconscious with missing teeth and damaged vertebrae after a sickening collision with German keeper Harald Schumacher, who launched himself at the defender as he raced towards his goal. Schumacher stayed on the pitch and later saved a key penalty.

4 I bet the French were spitting mad No, that's the Dutch. Holland midfielder Frank Rijkaard twice spat on German striker Rudi Voller during a bad tempered tie in 1990, after the bitter rivals had clashed repeatedly. Both were sent off.

5 That's pretty disgusting behaviour!

It was nothing compared to the spat between Italy and Chile at the 1962 World Cup, nicknamed the Battle of Santiago. The hosts were inflamed by the Italian press prior to the match and the contest quickly degenerated into a brawl that BBC commentator David Coleman described as "the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game."

6 Don't they know it's only a game? Sadly, for some, football is a matter of life and death. Colombian skipper Andres Escobar was heartbroken after scoring an own goal at USA 94 that helped send his much-fancied team home early. Before the tournament was even over Escobar was shot dead outside a Medellin nightclub, apparently in retribution.

7 Football can bring out the worst in people, then It did with French playmaker Zinedine Zidane and Italian defender Marco Materazzi when they met in the 2006 World Cup final. …

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