After every 4 years, football fans come forth to watch the greatest players from all around the world compete on the biggest stage: The Fifa World Cup.
The world cup feeds us with a coupe of exquisite skills and wonder goals. But besides that it also throws in some shocking and controversial moments which leave millions of hearts broken and staggered for years to come.
With the 2018 world cup days away, before we get the ball rolling we look back at our top picks for the most shocking events to have ever occurred in the history of world cup. Let us know if we missed any of your favourite major shocks in the comments below.
1.The Hand of God
The major highlight (or well the lowlight) of Diego Maradona’s career took place in this quarter-final played in Mexico. The teams drew 0-0 going into half time. However 6 minutes into second half Maradona charged towards the England goalkeeper.
It looked as if Shilton would be the first to reach and punch the ball away being eight inches taller. However it was Maradona who got to it first with his outstretched arm and pushed it into the England net, scoring one of the most infamous goals in the world cup history.
All the still photos and videos showed the clear handball however to the disbelief of the rest of the world, the goal stood and Argentina won the game 2-1 and went on to win the world cup. This handball came to be known forever as “Hand of God” as said by Maradona later on.
2. Luis Suarez: The Villain
Undoubtedly Luis Suarez is one of the top 50 best performers for club and country. However he has been accused of biting players on three different occasions.
In 2014 in South Africa he was involved in a controversial incident with Giorgio Cheillini. The game was at 0-0 when in the 79th minute Suarez clashed with Chiellini in a penalty area scuffle and both went to the ground apparently in pain.
However the replays showed that the Uruguayan had bitten the Italian defender and should have been sent off.
The referee failed to spot the incident but later on Suarez was imposed to a 4 month ban including 9 international matches.
This proved to be a highly controversial moment as Uruguay won the game to knock Italy out from the competition.
3. The Disallowed Goal
Today looks back to 2010 world cup match between Germany and England when frank lampard’s superb strike was disallowed despite it having crossed the goal line.
Germany were 2-0 up after 32 minutes but the three lions got themselves right back on track just after 5 minutes with a well taken goal from Matthew Upson and soon after Lampard looked to have equalized only for the ref Jorge Larrionda to disallow it.
England was on the suffering end as they went on to lose 4-1. But this highly controversial moment made a positive influence on the game leading to Fifa introducing goal line technology for the 2014 world cup.
Would the goal have changed the outcome? Some will argue.
4. Zidane Headbutt
In his final ever appearance for France, Zinedine Zidane was accused of head butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi. Locked in at 1-1 after 110 minutes the heat was on but he stayed in the kitchen.
The replays showing of what Zidane had done sent the crowd into utter shock. He was sent off for violent conduct and Italy went on to win the world cup 5-3 on penalties, meanwhile Zidane to everyones dismay ended his glittering career on a low.
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It was later revealed that Materazzi had made foul comments about the midfielder’s sister which sent Zidane fuming and in a state of rage over him.
5. Three Yellow Cards for Simunic?
Who wouldn’t claim to be having a lucky day when the referee does not send you off after two yellow cards?
But the Croatian defender did not stop as he received a third yellow card of the game in the 93rd minute before being finally sent off in this tightly packed game between Croatia and Australia.
The ref showed him the first yellow card in the 61st minute but failed to note it down. He received a second yellow in the 90th minute but much to the surprise of the crowd he stayed on the pitch with both the ref and officials failing to spot the error before it was too late.
You wouldn’t expect a ref to make such kind of a mistake but Poll took full blame for his error and was removed from the competition after that game. The game finished 2-2 with Australia making it through to the next stage.