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6 Controversial World Cup Incidents, Including Diego Maradona and…

6 Controversial World Cup Incidents, Including Diego Maradona and Luis Suarez

FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup

Throughout the history of the World Cup , there have been a number of events that have caught the eye. It’s not just the moment of victory that needs attention, the drama and controversy are no less interesting.

A number of controversial events that can occur on and off the field. It could even happen again at the 2022 World Cup which will take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18 this year.

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Diego Maradona (Argentina) and Luis Suarez (Uruguay) are two names that have sparked controversy at the World Cup. In fact, both of them did it in two different editions of the World Cup.

Maradona did so in the 1986 and 1994 editions, known as the Hand of God incident and was subsequently kicked out of the World Cup for drugs. Then Luis Suarez’s bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup went viral around the world.

Not only these two superstars who did controversial things during the World Cup. Here are 6 controversial World Cup incidents that are remembered today.

Maradona’s Hand of God Goal (1986)

Argentine legend Diego Maradona
Argentine legend Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona has acted controversially at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico in the quarter-finals against England. Even now, the goal is still a debate and makes British people heartbroken when they remember it.

The Argentinian scored with his hands and knocked England out of the World Cup. The referee and his assistant still approved the goal despite the England players protesting on the pitch.

In this match, Maradona also scored the second goal in a fantastic way because he was able to get past five to six English players alone. Argentina finally came out as champions in this edition after beating West Germany in the final match.

Luis Suarez Becomes a “Goalkeeper” and Bites Players (2010, 2014)

Uruguay National Team striker Luis Suarez
Uruguay National Team striker Luis Suarez

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has buried Ghana’s dream of becoming the first African nation to reach the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Suarez deliberately used his hands so that Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah’s header was not scored in the last minute of extra time.

The referee then pointed to the penalty spot. But unfortunately Asamoah Gyan failed to score from the penalty spot and even Ghana had to lose to Uruguay in the high-fives round.

Four years later or at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Luis Suarez made another controversial move. He deliberately bit the shoulder of Italian player Giorgio Chiellini which made the incident go viral all over the world.

FIFA Kick Diego Maradona (1994)

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona sparked controversy again at the 1994 World Cup which took place in the United States. His actions this time did not make Argentina a champion, in fact he had to be kicked out of the tournament.

FIFA kicked him out because he was proven to have taken the banned drug ephedrine. He was also suspended for 15 months in the Italian league in the same case when he played for Napoli in 1991.

The shocking incident made Argentina shaken and only lasted until the round of 16. This is Argentina’s worst achievement because in the previous two editions they were champions and runners-up.

Zinedine Zidane Headbutts Marco Materazzi (2006)

Zidane headbutted Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final
Zidane headbutted Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final

The 2006 World Cup in Germany should have been a sweet moment for Zinedine Zidane to end his international career. After the final match against Italy in this edition of the World Cup, Zidane decided to hang up his boots for the French national team.

But unfortunately in the final match, the player with a record of 108 appearances and 31 goals for France, acted up. He headed Marco Materazzi’s chest in the 110th minute of extra time when the score was 1-1.

France finally lost to Italy on penalties. The media not only highlighted Italy’s fourth World Cup title but also criticized Zidane’s actions.

The War in Santiago (1962)

The 1962 World Cup Group 2 preliminary match between hosts Chile and Italy was hot. Heat tensions even occurred before the match, when two state media also enlivened the atmosphere.

In the 12th minute, the Italian player Giorgio Ferrini got a red card. The Chile player who was fouled by Ferrini, Honorino Landa, did not get a red card despite responding by punching Ferrini in the face.

Mario David became the second Italian player to receive a red card for his shot at Leonel Sanchez. A group of police even had to enter the field three times to relieve tension in the match which Chile finally won with a score of 2-0.

Andres Escobar’s Own Goal (1994)

Andres Escobars Own Goal 1994
Andres Escobar’s Own Goal (1994)

The biggest tragedy in the history of the World Cup occurred after the 1994 edition of the tournament in the United States. Even the life of the Colombian player, Andres Escobar, had to be lost because of a murder case.

The tragic incident began with Andres Escobar’s own goal against the hosts of the United States. Not only losing 1-2, Colombia, which became a dark horse for successfully becoming the top of the standings during qualifying, had to be eliminated quickly in this event.

The news that shocked the world then came when Andres Escobar was declared dead five days after the Colombian national team’s return from the United States. Police named a drug cartel who shot Escobar dead because he lost a soccer bet.

Source: Sportkeeda, Daily Mail

Paulo Dybala Alexandre Lacazette

5 Free Strikers Available in Summer 2022

5 Free Strikers Available in Summer 2022
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring against Genoa in the Serie A match on Saturday

The 2022 summer transfer market has not officially opened. However, a number of well-established European clubs have begun to take steps to strengthen their squad.

In the summer, a number of clubs look to want to strengthen their front line. They need a new striker so that his team can score a lot of goals.

In the transfer market, the price of quality bombers is currently getting crazy. However, recruiting attackers for free can also be a solution.

There are a number of strikers whose contracts expire this summer. They could be a great signing for any club.

Here are five free strikers that can be recruited by a number of big European clubs.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez
Atlético Madrid striker Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez’s contract at Atletico Madrid expires in June. However, Suarez has decided not to extend his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Suarez leaves Atletico after two impressive years in the Spanish capital. That includes winning La Liga last season after leaving Barcelona.

During his uniform with Los Rojiblancos, Suarez managed to score 34 goals in 83 appearances in all competitions. The 35-year-old striker still wants to play at least one more season in Europe.

Andrea Belotti

Andrea Belotti
Torino forward Andrea Belotti

Andrea Belotti is currently the captain of Torino. The 27-year-old player has defended Il Toro since 2015 after being imported from Palermo.

Belotti has scored 113 goals and 28 assists in 251 appearances for Torino. The former Palermo player also has 42 caps with the Italian national team.

Belotti has so far not signed a new contract with Torino. If nothing changes, he will be a free transfer next month.

Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette
Celebrity Alexandre Lacazette scoring against Southampton, Saturday

Alexandre Lacazette joined Arsenal in the summer of 2017. The Gunners signed the player for a club record transfer fee of £52 million.

The Frenchman’s career at Arsenal has not been quite consistent. He only managed to score 71 goals and 36 assists in 275 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners.

Lacazette looks set to leave the north London club in the near future. Lacazette is widely rumored to be returning to France.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani
Manchester United forward 2021/2022 season, Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani appeared captivating in his first season with Manchester United. The Urugay striker managed to score a total of 17 goals for the Red Devils.

This season, due to injuries and the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Cavani did not get enough playing opportunities. He only appeared 20 times scoring two goals.

Cavani will leave Manchester United after his contract expires at the end of this season. The 35-year-old has been linked with a free transfer to La Liga.

Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala
Dusan Vlahovic celebrates his goal with Paulo Dybala in the Juventus vs Lazio match at Allianz Stadium, Tuesday

Paulo Dybala has been at Juventus for seven seasons. The Argentine striker was brought to Turin in the summer of 2015 ago from Palermo.

While playing with Juventus, he has presented five Serie A titles. Dybala also managed to score 115 goals and 48 assists from 293 appearances in all competitions.

Dybala has decided not to renew his contract with Juventus. He will leave the Allianz Stadium and is ready to start a new chapter at another club next season.

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez Atletico Madrid

5 Candidates for Luis Suarez’s New Club Next Season,…

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez
Atlético Madrid striker Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez’s time with Atletico Madrid is over. He is certain to leave the Spanish capital club in the summer.

Suarez’s contract at the Wanda Metropolitano expires in June. Both have agreed not to increase cooperation.

Suarez defended Atletico for two seasons. The Uruguayan striker has scored 34 goals in 82 appearances in all competitions for Los Rojiblancos.

After parting with Atletico, Suarez still has no intention of hanging up his boots. Then, where will Suarez continue his career?

Here are five clubs that are likely to become candidates for Luis Suarez’s new port.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa
Philippe Coutinho (right) celebrates after scoring a goal for Aston Villa

Luis Suarez could reportedly head to England next season. But he will not join Liverpool.

Fichajes reports that Aston Villa are interested in using Suarez’s services. Steven Gerrard needs an experienced figure who can boost the performance of his attacking line.

If he joins, Suarez will not only reunite with Gerrard at Villa Park. He will meet Philippe Coutinho who first defended The Villans.

Inter Miami

Inter Miami
Inter Miami owner David Beckham

Luis Suarez can continue his career in MLS. The reason, Inter Miami, the club owned by David Beckham is reportedly interested in bringing Suarez to the United States.

Gonzalo Higuain’s contract with Inter Miami expires this year. The Uruguayan striker could be an ideal replacement for Higuain.

Suarez may still want to play in Europe for one more season. However, moving to Florida now seems like a promising option for the future.

Seville

Seville
Seville

Luis Suarez can stay in La Liga next season. According to reports, Sevilla are ready to compete for Suarez for free.

Sevilla will enter the summer transfer market in search of a new striker. The reason, Anthony Martial appeared very disappointing and will be returned to Manchester United.

Sevilla will most likely play in the Champions League next season. This has the potential to be an important factor in bringing Suarez to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Juventus

Juventus
Alvaro Morata (left) celebrates Juventus’ goal against Lazio in match week 37 of Serie A 2021-22 at Allianz Stadium, Tuesday (17/05/2022) early morning WIB

Juventus will be busy looking for a new bomber. As is known, the Bianconeri will be left behind by Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata in the transfer market this summer.

Luis Suarez would be a great addition to Juventus’ front line. He could form a deadly duo with Dusan Vlahovic at Allianz Stadium.

Suarez actually almost joined Juventus two years ago. However, the move was canceled due to administrative problems.

PSG

PSG
PSG players celebrate Lionel Messi’s goal against Lens in matchday 34 of Ligue 1 2021/2022 season

Kylian Mbappe will most likely leave PSG in the summer. Meanwhile, Mauro Icardi’s future at the Parc des Princes is also uncertain.

Therefore, PSG will look for new attackers to strengthen their front line. Luis Suarez could be a short-term solution for the French team.

If he joins PSG, Suarez can reunite with Neymar and Lionel Messi. The MSN trio had previously brought Barcelona to glory.