The FIFA world cup finals is the most watched event on earth. It’s held every four years and it involves 32 teams from all over the world competing for the biggest prize in international football. It’s held for almost a month in one country or the host who have an automatic qualification to the event while all the other teams qualify from their respective continents. Over the years, this event has provided the world with moments of pure magic, sheer happiness ,and unbelievable moments of bizarreness. Here are among those bizarre incidents that became stuff of legend and held the entire world in shock.
It’s the 51st minute Maradona passes the ball to Valdano, but it’s intercepted by Hodge. He attempts to clear the ball but skews it in the penalty box where Maradona has continued his run, Shilton the keeper comes out to punch it, but Maradona is first to it and punches it with his left fist beyond him into the net. The referee points to the centre it stands, no one believes it and England end up losing 2-1. To this day it’s one of the most unbelievable events ever. In an interview, Maradona said the goal was scored with a little help from the hand of God.
One of the most celebrated footballer's has coached some of the greatest football teams including Argentina's national team.
Netherlands midfielder Frank Rijkaard and West Germany Rudi Voller were sent off in the 22nd minute of a round of 16 match between Netherlands and West Germany during the 1990 FIFA world cup finals. Frank proceeded to spit on Voller when they were leaving the field of play.
Frank Rijkaard keen on his job as a Dutch football manager.
A legend walks past a glittering world cup trophy. In the 106th minute of the 2006 world cup final between France and Italy, Zidan was sent off after head-butting Marco Materazi. Zidan was at his last shot at glory having dragged the French through the knock out stages all by himself. He gave them a chance to win but took it away during the extra time when he was sent off. France went on to lose in the penalty shoot outs and that was Zidan’s last game as a football player.
Retired football legend Zinedine Zidan now manages Real Madrid Castilla.
During a round two match between Portugal and Netherlands in the 2006 world cup finals, four players were sent off. This is a record for cards shown in any match administered by FIFA in a tournament. The match ended 2-1 and Portugal qualified for the quarters. Portugal’s midfielders Costinha and Deco received send off for two bookable offences while the same happened to Netherlands Boulahrouz and Bronckhorst.
During the FIFA world cup 2010 finals, all hopes of an entire continent depended on one team: Ghana. Of all teams from Africa, only Ghana had qualified for the knock out stages of the tournament. It was the first time the World cup was held on African soil. Ghana had a chance to reach the semifinals when they were squared off with Uruguay for the quarterfinals. The game score was 1-1 so it went into the extra time where the Africans camped outside the South Americans’ penalty box. During the last minute, the ball is headed towards the net with no one to stop it, but Uruguay striker Luis Suarez clears the ball off the line using his hands. Suarez was sent off and Ghana awarded a penalty which Gyan failed to convert and they went on to lose in the shoot outs.
Luis Suarez recently joined Barcelona after moving from Liverpool.
Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong decided to practice martial arts in a football pitch when he karate kicked Spain’s Xabi Alonso, during the 2010 FIFA world cup finals. The referee, Howard Webb, decided the action only warranted a yellow card so Nigel continued to play. Spain went on to lift the world cup after beating Netherlands 1-0.
Luis Suarez is a controversial player hence he has the honor of appearing twice in this list. During the 2014 World cup finals, the Uruguay striker bit Italian defender Chielini shoulder. What’s baffling is this was his third time to bite an opponent in the field of play after being banned two time s earlier.