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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

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2022 World Cup Profile: Khalifa International Stadium

2022 World Cup Profile: Khalifa International Stadium

Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium
Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium

Of the eight stadiums that Qatar has registered to become the official stadium for the 2022 World Cup , not all of them are newly built. There is also a stadium that has been around for a long time and has a lot of historical value, namely the Khalifa International Stadium .

Khalifa International Stadium has been open since 1976 ago. Its initial capacity of 20,000 was considered very large for its time. However, over time, there have been two renovations to the stadium which has increased its capacity to 40,000.

In addition, Khalifa International Stadium is quite close to the center of the Qatari capital, Doha, approximately 10 km from the west. Its strategic location makes this stadium has long been used as the headquarters of the Qatar national team when holding matches.

However, the Khalifa International Stadium will only be the second main stadium at the 2022 World Cup. This stadium only held a total of eight matches and will be the arena for the struggle for third place.

Loaded with Historical Value

Loaded with Historical Value
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As mentioned earlier, Khalifa International Stadium is a stadium full of historical value. Many international sporting events have used this stadium as a venue for matches.

The 2004 Gulf Cup was the first event to use this 20,000 capacity stadium. Khalifa International Stadium was also a silent witness to the victory of host Qatar, who won for the second time.

After that, there was the 2006 Asian Games. This event marked the first renovation of the stadium by increasing the capacity to 40,000. Next, there is the 2011 AFC Asian Cup and 2011 Pan Arab Games

The Khalifa International Stadium underwent renovations again in 2014-2017 to meet the standards of eligibility to become the official stadium for hosting the 2022 World Cup. However, this stadium first hosted the 2019 Athletics World Championships, the 2019 Club World Cup, and the 2021 Arab Cup.

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Match Schedule

Qatar welcomes 2022 World Cup
Qatar welcomes 2022 World Cup
  • 21 November 2022: England vs Iran (Group B)
  • 23 November 2022: Germany vs Japan (Group E)
  • 25 November 2022: Netherlands vs Ecuador (Group A)
  • 27 November 2022: Croatia vs Canada (Group F)
  • 29 November 2022: Ecuador vs Senegal (Group A)
  • December 1, 2022: Japan vs Spain (Group E)
  • 3 December 2022: Group A winners vs Group B runners up (Round of 16)
  • December 17, 2022: Team that lost in match 61 vs Team that lost in match 62 (Play for third place).
The 3 Most Feared Dark Horse Teams in the 2022 World Cup are Decades of Absence from the Semifinals, Here's Their Profile FIFA

3 Most Feared Dark Horse Teams in 2022 World…

The 3 Most Feared Dark Horse Teams in the 2022 World Cup are Decades of Absence from the Semifinals, Here’s Their Profile

The 3 Most Feared Dark Horse Teams in the 2022 World Cup are Decades of Absence from the Semifinals, Here's Their Profile

Even some of these dark horses were able to beat the big countries in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

1. Qatar

Qatar

You only have to look at the way Russia hosted the 2018 World Cup to see that the hosts can be a dangerous dark horse. Russia advanced to the last eight of the 2018 World Cup, after eliminating Spain in the round of 16.

Qatar will work hard to try and emulate that achievement, but they are certainly a footballing nation on the rise, despite having little legacy in their footballing history.

It will be interesting to see how Qatar act with their youth team in the 2022 World Cup, if they can talk a lot at the Asian level with their youth team, then they can also be dark horses in the 2022 World Cup, the biggest tournament of football which makes them a First Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup.

2. Denmark

Denmark

FIFA Rating: 9

Arguably one of the most impressive teams during the UEFA qualifying phase, Denmark booked their place with eight wins from eight matches, scoring 27 goals and conceding nil in the process.

Having gone through without dropping points or conceding a goal, coach Kasper Hjulmand said his team were ‘delighted to be the dark horses of the World Cup’.

And not surprising, given Denmark’s fiery move to the semifinals of EURO 2020 last year amid the unsettling events of their opening tournament.

3.USA

FIFA Ranking: 13

The US’s reputation as a leader in sports – from basketball and ice hockey to baseball and athletics – is undeniable.

However, it is ‘football’ that has so far eluded America on the big stage.

If not 2022, USMNT has a golden generation ahead of the 2026 World Cup, at home!

5 Strongest Candidate Countries to Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Argentina

Prediction of the 5 Strongest Candidate Countries to Win…

Prediction of the 5 Strongest Candidate Countries to Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Are There Spain and England?

5 Strongest Candidate Countries to Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

About seven months from now the Qatar 2022 World Cup will begin. In welcoming the 2022 World Cup next November, FIFA has carried out group drawings for the finals of the prestigious four-year event.

The draw for the 2022 World Cup group phase will take place today, Friday (1/4/2022) at 23.00 WIB. Looking at the list of teams that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup, which team has the most chance of winning?

Here are 5 strong candidates for the 2022 World Cup:

1.Argentina

Argentina

Finally, there is the Argentine national team. This may be the last World Cup for Lionel Messi. He has had a difficult season with PSG, but has big ambitions to lead Argentina to glory in the 2022 World Cup.

Messi hopes to gain sweet results in the 2022 World Cup, as he just did with La Albiceleste -the nickname of the Argentine national team- in the 2022 Copa America. Messi’s ambitions will be supported by his teammates who are also quality players.

Yes, Lionel Scaloni has a very good squad. Evidently, Argentina are unbeaten in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. However, they have not been completely dominant. Even so, there was still time to improve his team.

In the group phase, Argentina itself is in Group C. There, they are in a group with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

2. Spain

spain

In second place, there is the Spanish national team. Spain has dimmed in the last decade. However, La Furia Roja-the nickname of the Spanish national team-looks tough under the tutelage of Luis Enrique. They made it to the semifinals of Euro 2020 before being eliminated on penalties against Italy.

Spain then advanced to the final of the UEFA Nations League in October 2021. La Furia Roja ended Italy’s 37-match unbeaten run in the semifinals. However, they failed to win the title because they lost to France in the final.

Now, at the 2022 World Cup, Spain is ready to compete again. Their squad is sure to be star-studded with a great mix of experienced and young players. They have plenty of options in midfield from Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara, Fabian Ruiz and Rodri to Pedri and Gavi.

Spain also has a formidable defense and a promising front line. Suffice to say, it will be very interesting to see how Luis Enrique’s men perform at the 2022 World Cup. But in the group stage, they are in a hellish group because they are in the same group as Germany and Japan. One more against the winner of IC playoff 2 (Costa Rica vs New Zealand).

Then there is the England national team. They are seen as one of the forces in the world of football. Unfortunately, England’s trophy count does not reflect the potential they have always had in the squad.

However, England performed well in the last World Cup. They were also outstanding at Euro 2020. England reached the final, despite losing to France.

Gareth Southgate has many world class players in his squad. With the quality and depth of their squad, they could become one of the favorites to win. England itself is in Group B in the 2022 World Cup Group stage. They are in a group with Iran, the United States, and the winners of the Euro playoffs.

3. Brazil

Brazil

Then there is the Brazilian national team. They are arguably the most dominant team in the CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. They won 14 of the total 17 matches and remained unbeaten in the qualifiers.

This could be Neymar’s last World Cup. Brazil can also compete for the title because it has a squad studded with stars. They have some outstanding forwards like Vinicius Jr and Antony is widely expected to form a deadly attacking trio alongside Neymar.

Brazil have a solid midfield featuring the likes of Casemiro, Fabinho, Fred, Arthur and Lucas Paqueta. Now it is interesting to wait for Brazil’s journey in the 2022 World Cup. They will face Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in the group G stage.

4. France

France

In fourth place, there is France. They looked staggered at the 2020 European Cup. However, Les Bleus rose in the UEFA Nations League to win the title.

Now, they have ambitions to defend their title at the World Cup. With a squad that is almost the same as the 2018 World Cup, France is the favorite to win. Didier Deschamps still has many world-class players to rely on.

France itself is in Group D at the 2022 World Cup. They are in a group with Denmark, Tunisia, and also IC Playoff 1.

5. Portugal

portugal

The next team that is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup is Portugal. The Selecao das quinas have to go through a dramatic road to get a position on the pitch of this prestigious event.

Become a favorite team because it has a squad filled with the best world-class players.

Like the tough veteran defender Pepe. Meanwhile, in the middle of Fernando Santos’ team, there are agile and agile players Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.

 

Failed to make it to the 2022 World Cup, wrongly hints at retirement from the Egyptian national team salah

Failed to make it to the 2022 World Cup,…

Failed to make it to the 2022 World Cup, wrongly hints at retirement from the Egyptian national team?

Failed to make it to the 2022 World Cup, wrongly hints at retirement from the Egyptian national team
The duel between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the Senegal vs Egypt match in the Africa zone 2022 World Cup playoffs at the Stade Me Abdoulaye Wade stadium in Dakar, Wednesday (30/03/2022) early morning WIB

Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has hinted he may retire from the Egyptian national team after failing to lead his country to the 2022 World Cup.

Salah has almost once again brought Egypt to the 2022 World Cup. All they need to do is draw against Senegal in the second leg of the African zone playoffs.

However they lost 1-0 while playing in Dakar. This makes the match ended in a draw 1-1 on aggregate.

The match had to go to a penalty shootout. Here Senegal finally won 3-1 because several Egyptian executioners failed, including Salah.

Wrong Retirement Signal?
The defeat of course made Mohamed Salah disappointed. Moreover, previously he also failed to bring Egypt to victory in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final, also against Senegal.

After the match, Salah then gave a speech to the Egypt squad. This is when he hinted that he could retire from the international stage in the future.

“I am honored that I played with you and I am very proud to play with you, whether I am with you or not in the future,” Salah told his team-mates, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Salah has returned to Liverpool

Official Egyptian Complaint
Previously, the Egyptian Football Federation, EFA, had filed a complaint with the FAC and FIFA. They reported the despicable actions of the Senegalese fans.

They claim the fans made racial slurs at the Egypt squad. Especially Mohamed Salah.

The fans also damaged the Egyptian squad bus. They threw stones at him and made a number of glass shatter and crack.

Mohamed Salah did not stay long in Senegal. He immediately flew back to England and joined Liverpool again.

He is also said to have shown his nose at Liverpool’s training base at the Axa Training Center on Wednesday (30/03/2022) afternoon local time, before lunch time. This was revealed from the Anfield Watch account tweet, which quoted information from Times journalist Paul Joyce.