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Top 10 Unforgettable Scenes in the History of the World Cup

Despite the passing of time, some unforgettable scenes have marked the history of the World Cup, and still remain alive and well in people’s minds.

Here is the top 10!

1-When Maradona scored with the hand
During the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona scored one of the most controversial goals in the history of this football competition. A goal he had nicknamed the goal marked with the hand of God . It was during the quarter-finals between Argentina and England. A few minutes later, Maradona caught up with another great goal after having dribbled almost all the defenders.


2- Iker Casillas offers an unexpected kiss to his journalist companion
The scene took place in South Africa, while Spain had just won its first World Cup. Iker Casillas, in couple with the journalist Sara Carbonero who covered the tournament, could not contain his emotion, and in full interview, he kissed her in front of the cameras

3-Zidane’s header on Materazzi
While Zidane had made a very good World Cup until the famous final between France and Italy in Germany in 2006, the international tricolor had sent a blow to Marco Materazzi in this last match of his career. Zidane had scored on a penalty kick of a ‘Panenka’ before Buffon … before spoiling everything at the end of the extra time after a provocation by the Italian defender.

4-Frank Rijkaard spits on Rudi Völler
At the 1990 World Cup, the rivalry between the Germans and the Dutch was very strong during the round of 16. Frank Rijkaard was then caught by cameras spitting on Rudi Voller who had turned his back on him. The most beautiful revenge of the German striker was to contribute to the qualification of his team.

5- The first swimsuit swimsuit
At the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, one of the most intense duels was the one between Pele and Bobby Moore during the group stage. Both players were considered at that time as the best on the planet. Brazil won (1-0) on a Jairzinho goal. At the end of the match, the two best players congratulated each other and traded their jerseys. It was then the first time to see the opposing players who traded the jerseys.


6- Holland-Portugal: the referee gives 20 cards during the match
It was a first in a World Cup. The referee Valentin Ivanov then gave 20 boxes in the match between Portugal and Holland. Until today, Valentin Ivanov holds the record of boxing in a single World Cup match. At the final whistle, the referee had distributed a total of 4 red and 16 yellow cards. It was a very close encounter with one goal from Maniche.

7- Bebeto invents a celebration of the goals
This celebration of the goals invented by the Brazilian Bebeto does indeed have a motivation. It was June 9, 1994 during the World Cup in the United States. Bebeto had just scored against Holland a few hours after the birth of his son. When he scores for 2-0, Bebeto goes to a corner post and he makes the famous gesture of imitating someone who “cradles a baby”. This celebration is now used around the world.

8-De Jong turns into Karateka on Xavi Alonso
In the final of the 2010 World Cup, the Dutch player puts a foot on the chest of Xabi Alonso. 8 years later it is still hard to believe that Howard Webb gave him a yellow.

9-When Luis Enrique had his nose broken
It was during the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup. Referee Sandor Puhl saw Mauro Tassoti’s elbow on Luis Enrique who broke his nose. Yet if he had not seen it, it had to change the course of the game and the Italians won 2-1, which means penalty and expulsion, in the 93rd minute.

10- Maradona subject to control at the final whistle
Apart from his famous goal scored at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Maradona is once again linked to the history of the unforgettable scenes at the 1994 World Cup. The Argentine captain had been subjected to the World Anti-Doping Control 1994. remembered that the nurse in charge of the test had picked him up on the pitch at the final whistle against Nigeria in the group stages.

photo credit: besoccer


Written by How Africa

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