The World Cup is widely considered to be the world’s most watched sporting event. The annual event draws billions of viewers to either watch the game or to watch the unfolding drama. Each match is accompanied by moments of pure joy, and moments of unexpected hilarity. Here are 20 of our favorite moments from the 2014 World Cup
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Here are some of the strange, bizarre and sometimes just plain weird moments from the 2018 Russian World Cup. In case you missed them or didn’t find them equally bizarre, we have also provided a link to the replay, so you can relive the moments again. The World Cup is an event that happens every four years and brings the world together with a game that is loved and followed by millions.
As a football fan, you’re probably already counting down until the World Cup begins in Russia. Many people follow international tournaments and dream of their country winning all competitions and becoming world champions. Although the World Cup brings together some of the best players in the world, there are always moments that can be considered odd. Sure, there are incredible displays of skill and a strong will to win, but that’s what we expect from top athletes and women. We’ve analyzed some of the most memorable moments in World Cup history and highlighted the strangest ones. These are the incidents after which teammates, game officials, spectators and viewers wonder what could be going on. There is a lot of pressure on the players during the World Cup. On their shoulders rests the hopes of an entire nation, so some people may succumb under such a burden. Others use pressure to make themselves play better. We look at the moments when these players did unexpected things and amazed the world with their antics. In live sports, many unforeseen scenarios are possible. If you like seeing the odd side of football, you’ll love these unusual moments from the World Cup.
Kuwaiti player from – Spain, 1982
There is a saying in football that many players learned from childhood: Play till the whistle blows. This means that you do not stop play before the whistle has sounded; even if you think play should be stopped, only the referee has that option. At the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Kuwait were playing against France when the Kuwaiti defense surprisingly gave up. Kuwait thought they heard the whistle, but the referee did not. France scored the goal awarded by the referee. The Kuwaiti players were convinced that they had heard the referee’s whistle and, at the request of the Kuwaiti government representatives in the audience, they simply walked off the field in protest. Kuwaiti player from – Spain, 1982
Hair dye – France, 1998
If you want to do well at the World Cup, you need to make sure all your players play as a team, especially if you’re not one of the favorites for the tournament. To get into the spirit of the cup, the entire Romanian team dyed their hair blonde for the 1998 World Cup in France. In an effort to get lucky, each of the Romanian players went to a hairdresser to have their hair the same color as their usual jersey: yellow. Although the Romanian team did their best, the hair trick was not enough to win and they were eliminated in the second round. Hair dye – France, 1998
Suarez save against Ghana – South Africa, 2010
At the 2010 World Cup, Luis Suarez destroyed what many thought was a fairytale victory for Ghana in the quarter-finals. Towards the end of the game, Ghana had a shot on goal, but striker Suarez got around the goalkeeper and saved the ball with his hand. He was sent off the field, but Ghana missed the penalty kick that was due to him. Uruguay won the match on penalties and many neutral fans felt aggrieved by Ghana’s elimination from the tournament. Suarez save against Ghana – South Africa, 2010.
Rivaldo Corner – Japan/. Korea, 2002
Brazilian striker Rivaldo was an experienced and highly promoted player before the 2002 World Cup. Brazil won their group game against Turkey thanks to a controversial penalty kick at the end of game time. Rivaldo went for a corner but did not try to collect the ball and the Turkish player kicked the ball, hitting the Brazilian in the leg. Rivaldo threw himself to the ground and faked a punch to the face, causing his opponent to back away. Rivaldo Corner – Japan/. Korea, 2002
Diane Ross misses a penalty kick – USA, 1994
During the opening ceremony of the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Diana Ross performed to thunderous applause. Surrounded by a group of hundreds, she was determined to score an easy goal. Ross teased the crowd by running to the ball a few times, but hit it wide of the goal. In a staged moment, the goal collapsed, as if her shot had hit the target, even though she did not hit the disc. Diane Ross misses a penalty kick – USA, 1994
Three yellow cards – Germany, 2006
Usually the players provide memorable moments during the World Cup, but in 2006 we focused on the referee. English referee Graham Poll showed Croatian defender Josip Simunic a yellow card in the group match between Croatia and Australia. After another foul, Šimunić was penalised again and this time he should have been sent off for two yellow cards. The referee forgot that he had given Shimunic a yellow card earlier. Surprisingly, instead of paying attention, Šimunić committed another foul and received his third yellow card before being sent off the field. Three yellow cards – Germany, 2006
A way of defending a penalty kick – Germany, 1974
During a match between Brazil and Zaire (now known as DR Congo), an unusual attempt was made to defend a free kick. Brazil won a free kick outside the Zaire penalty area, giving the South American team a real chance to score against their African opponents. As the Brazilian players lined up to kick the ball, Zaire defender Mwepu Ilunga bizarrely ran towards the ball and illegally kicked it on the other side of the pitch, earning him a yellow card. A way to defend a sentence – Germany, 1974
A giant beetle lands on James Rodriguez – Brazil, 2014
James Rodriguez became a star at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He finished the tournament as top scorer and was rewarded with a transfer to Spanish club Real Madrid for his incredible performance. Many fans were eager to see the new star of Colombian football up close. Fans come in all shapes and sizes. During one match, a giant insect landed on Rodriguez, presumably to get a closer look at the tournament’s best player. Giant beetlelands on James Rodriguez – Brazil, 2014
Roy Keane returns home – Japan/C. Korea, 2002
The Republic of Ireland struggled to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Although they were missing many star players, in Roy Keane they had one of the greatest players in the English Premier League. Although Keane was the team’s star player, he decided to go home early and refused to play after a disagreement with his manager. Keane, a midfielder, was annoyed at having to play in goal during training and, after scolding his manager, went home, breaking the hearts of the Irish. Roy Keane returns home – Japan/C. Korea, 2002
Physiotherapist (m/f) wanted – Brazil, 2014
During the World Cup, these are the players you would think would be the most injury prone. At the World Cup in Brazil, Gary Lewin, England’s physio, was delighted that England managed to score in their group game against Italy. Unfortunately, this joy quickly turned into torment: The physiotherapist severely broke his ankle and had to fly home for emergency surgery. Looking for a physiotherapist(m/f) – Brazil, 2014
Ronaldo’s haircut – Japan/. Korea, 2002
Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo was one of the best players at the tournament. Ronaldo has been a global star for almost a decade and fans have been looking forward to his participation in the World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Brazil made it to the final, and Ronaldo had this crazy haircut for the last match. Ronaldo says he had a strange haircut so his son could recognize him in the crowd. It was even a stroke of luck, as Brazil won the final. Ronaldo Haircut – Japan/. Korea, 2002
Brazil confused – Brazil, 2014
Although football was invented in England, many believe that Brazil is the birthplace of the game. They won the World Cup more than anyone else, and their fans are incredibly passionate. In 2014, the World Cup was held in Brazil and the hosts reached the semi-finals. In that match they were humiliated by Germany and lost 7-1. Many spectators watched in tears as their heroes fell after the final whistle. Brazil embarrassing – Brazil, 2014
Original ghost target – England, 1966
The phantom goal refers to two scenarios: first, the ball does not cross the goal line but the goal is scored, and second, the ball crosses the line but the goal is not scored. There have been several incidents in the history of football, but the first really significant incident was in the 1966 World Cup final. Jeff Hurst of England shot under the bar and the ball bounced close to the line. It was not clear whether the ball went through or not, but the referee counted the goal anyway. Original ghost target – England, 1966
Rijkaard spits – Italy, 1990
During the match between Germany and the Netherlands, Dutchman Rijkaard went too far and spit at German striker Rudi Voller. Rijkaard spat in the German’s hair after winning a penalty, then twisted his ear and threw himself at him after what looked like a late dive. The referee suspended both players and as they left the field, Rijkaard spit at the German again. Rijkaard spits – Italy, 1990
Own goal – USA, 1994
There is a lot of pressure on players who get the chance to represent their country at the World Cup. At the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Colombia was one of the favorites to win. Things didn’t go according to plan and they were defeated thanks to a goal from Andres Escobar. The Colombian cartel reportedly lost a lot of money after the country withdrew from the tournament, and when Escobar returned home, he was targeted and shot dead. Fatal own goal – USA, 1994
Paul Gascoigne cries – Italy, 1990
Paul Gascoigne was an emotional player, and that emotionality often allowed him to play with the talent he was known for. At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, England reached the semi-finals and faced Germany. Gascoigne received a yellow card during the match, meaning he will miss the final if England win. Gascoigne broke down in tears during the match, realising that his dream of playing in a World Cup final was over. cries by Paul Gascoigne – Italy, 1990
Greaves catches a dog – Chile, 1962
During a quarterfinal match of the 1962 World Cup, a dog ran onto the field. Brazil were playing against England, and after several Brazilian players tried to grab the dog catcher off the field, England’s Jimmy Greaves got down on all fours and grabbed the dog. He had to fight the dog, but he was successful and escorted out of the match, but it left its mark all over Greaves’ body. The dog went to the toilet and covered Greaves’ shirt, and the English player had to end the match stinking. Greaves catches a dog – Chile, 1962.
Paul Octopus – South Africa, 2010
Paul the octopus became famous in Germany for his unnatural ability to predict Germany’s results at the 2008 European Championships. He scored four of the six correct results, but achieved an even better result at the 2010 World Championships. Paul correctly predicted the outcome of all of Germany’s matches in the tournament and has gained cult status among football fans for his unnatural ability to predict the future. He was given two boxes of food representing Germany and the enemy, and the box he chose was considered a prediction of victory. Paul Octopus – South Africa, 2010
Header photo – Germany, 2006
Many football fans consider Zinedine Zidane to be one of the best players of his generation, if not of all time. After a remarkably successful playing career, Zidane vowed to quit the sport after the 2006 World Cup. Zidane led the French team to the final of the tournament, and many thought the great player should retire after winning the World Cup. Zidane decided to end his career in his own way by headbutting his opponent, which earned him a ban. Header photo – Germany, 2006
The hand of God – Mexico, 1986
Diego Maradona was responsible for the 1986 World Cup and inspired his country, Argentina, to victory in Mexico. He scored some incredible goals with his skillful play, but his most memorable goal came from his deep desire to win. Maradona was smart to spin the ball out of the keeper’s hands. Despite the obvious handball, the referee did not notice the incident and awarded a goal. Argentina defeated England 2-1, with the decisive goal scored by the Hands of God. The hand of God – Mexico, 1986
Suarez Bite – Brazil 2014
Luis Suarez will do his best to make sure his team wins. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Uruguay were playing against Italy in the group stage of the tournament when Suarez threw a tantrum. The Uruguayan player bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and then tried to justify his action by saying he had lost his balance and fallen on an opponent. Suarez received a four-month suspension following the incident, and it was the third time in his career that he had bitten someone. Suarez Bite – Brazil 2014 A gripping and entertaining World Cup has been going on for almost two weeks now. While the first round of games were a bit dull as the top nations battled it out for a spot in the next round, things have picked up considerably since. This entertaining tournament has been a great way for football fans to get excited about the world’s favorite sport once again, and there are still many more exciting games to come.. Read more about 100 greatest world cup moments and let us know what you think.
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