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.
FIFA assigns no significant monetary value to its World Cup Trophy.
However, Germany just discovered how the incredibly precious it is.
Substitute Mario Gotze scored on a brilliant finish in the 113th minute of extra time and helped Germany win its fourth World Cup title.
In yesterday’s penalty kick shootout victory over Costa Rica, Netherlands star striker Robin Van Persie was held in check and failed to find the back of the net in 120 minutes of action.
Ironically, so were other celebrated scorers from the three other high powered teams whose recent victories enabled their countries to also advance to the 2014 World Cup Semi-finals.
Neither Thomas Muller of Germany, Lionel Messi of Argentina nor Neymar of Brazil were able to score in their sides’ respective wins. Like Van Persie, Muller, Messi and Neymar were heavily marked during their entire matches.
No one disputes that this tiny Argentine is the greatest soccer player in the world. Sorry, Ronaldo, Neymar and Muller.
Lionel Messi’s collection of four Ballon d’Or Trophies for FIFA Player of the Year testifies to why #10 is the most watched player in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.