The most famous missed call in the history of World Cup soccer occurred on June 22, 1986 in front of 114,850 fans in Mexico City’s Estadia Azteca.
Known by the divinely inspired nickname the Hand of God, the controversial goal has never been forgotten and has been forever memorialized in sports blogs like these for the past 28 years.
During the 1986 World Cup quarter-final match-up between Argentina and England, Argentina’s Diego Maradona illegally punched a loose ball in the box into the back of the net. Maradona’s obvious handball goal should have been immediately disallowed by Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser. However, the goal stood and eliminated an angry English team from further competition in the tournament.
With a nickname like The Genius, you’d expect to find this former FIFA midfielder leaning over library books or toying with boiling beacons in a university laboratory.
The origin of this brilliant player’s nickname came from his spectacular play on the soccer pitch in Serbia and Montenegro as well as throughout Europe.
Few American sports fans may know Montenegro’s Dejan Savicevic.
But, all European football (soccer) fans, and especially those in northern Italy, carry vivid memories of this fantastic midfielder.
American sports fans may revel in the histrionic antics of WWF, but the drama-queen dilettantes of 2014 World Cup soccer in Brazil are far too over-the-top for the American male.
Most American sports fans still can’t stomach soccer.
And, it’s because of the flopping that would make NBA stars LeBron James and Manu Ginobli beam with pride!
Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls the lauded former MLS All-Star and once FIFA great and French World Cup champion Thierry Henry Thierry Henry’s breakaway speed, splendid soccer skill and passion for life (popularized by Renault Clio television commercials in Europe) … Continue reading
Today’s Throw Back Thursday FIFA sports blog should bring a little cheer to disheartened Italian soccer fans who witnessed their beloved Azzurri get eliminated this week from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Italy’s exit came at the heels of 1 – 0 losses to a powerful Uruguay side and to an upstart Costa Rica team.
So, let’s throw back time eight years and remember a rock solid defender who thwarted all opposing strikers with sites on goal.
Today’s #TBT Sports Blog recognizes one of the sports world’s greatest commentators – global soccer’s Ian Darke. ESPN recently signed Darke to a well earned contract extension to cover FIFA, EPL and international football matches for the network. This velvet … Continue reading
Legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp popularized the famous sports adage, “That’s why we play the games to see who wins.”
Rupp’s basketball quote surprisingly found its way onto the DecoTurf tennis surface of Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday, ringing especially true at this year’s US Open men’s semifinals.
The spectacular Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janiero’s stunning beaches welcomes all visitors to Brazil.
In yesterday’s World Cup semi final contest, Germany took the statue’s metaphoric greeting quite literally.
A powerful, organized and talented German side immediately made itself at home on the favored host nation’s home pitch in Belo Horizonte and thoroughly dominated the match.
Across the globe, international football fans could hear the collective groan of a once exuberant, but now nervous nation when Brazil’s fabulous striker Neymar crumbled on the pitch.
As he was taken off the field by stretcher, tears could be seen on the face of the 2014 World Cup star.
American basketball fans have always revered NBA players and have eagerly embraced the game’s singular named stars like today’s LeBron, Kobe and Carmelo as well as yesterday’s Hall of Famers Magic, Michael and Bird.
In the same way, simple nicknames of Brazilian national team players have captivated the Beautiful Game’s die hard followers.