Vinicius Junior and Neymar celebrate in Brazil vs Chile match Arjen Robben

5 controversial refereeing decisions at the 2014 World Cup,…

Vinicius Junior and Neymar celebrate in Brazil vs Chile match
Vinicius Junior and Neymar celebrate in Brazil vs Chile match

Many goalkeepers have impressed at the 2014 World Cup. For example, Jasper Cillessen (Netherlands) to Keylor Navas (Costa Rica).

Despite the emergence of a formidable goalkeeper at the 2014 World Cup, this edition in Brazil has also become an event for a rain of goals. A total of 171 goals were created or an average of 2.67 goals per game.

But this 20th edition of the World Cup, is not a good achievement for the referees to the linesman. A number of controversial decisions emerged in several matches at the 2014 World Cup.

This controversial decision is certainly very detrimental to those who receive punishment. Even this controversial decision is still worth remembering to this day.

Here are 5 controversial decisions that occurred at the 2014 World Cup which took place in Brazil.

1. Neymar’s Yellow Card Against Croatia

Neymar in action in the middle of the opponents siege South Korea vs Brazil international friendly match
Neymar in action in the middle of the opponent’s siege, South Korea vs Brazil, international friendly match

Brazil won 3-1 over Croatia in the opening match of the tournament. But the victory was colored by a controversial moment from the field court.

In the 27th minute, Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura gave Neymar a yellow card. Neymar clearly used his elbow to aim at Luka Modric’s face.

However, Yuichi Nishimura only gave him a yellow card instead of a red card in this opening match. Football pundits including Alan Shearer said Nishimura should have given a red card.

2. Georgios Samaras penalty against Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s group stage clash against Greece took place in the final match of Group C. Up to 90 minutes, the position was still tied at 1-1 and if it didn’t change then Ivory Coast advanced to the last 16.

But in the 91st minute, Greece got a penalty. Georgios Samaras who became the executor managed to enter the ball and change the position to 2-1.

This victory made Greece, who accompanied Colombia to the last 16. However, from replays, the contact between Giovanni Sio and Samaras was minimal.

3. Manuel Neuer’s knee to Gonzalo Higuain’s face

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer shone at the 2014 World Cup in the role of sweeper or false five. But he was very lucky to stay on the pitch during the final when he went out of his way and hit Gonzalo Higuain.

The German goalkeeper punched the ball away from the net. But at the same time Neuer’s knee hit Gonzalo Higuain’s face.

Manuel Neuer should have gotten a yellow card for his dangerous game. But referee Nicola Rizzoli ruled that Neuer was the one who had been fouled and awarded Germany a free-kick.

4. Thiago Silva Yellow Card in Third Place Playoff

Thiago Silva Brazil
Thiago Silva, Brazil

Thiago Silva did not play as Brazil were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals. He was absent due to a yellow card accumulation penalty.

The Paris Saint-Germain star returns to play in the race for third place against the Netherlands. He only needed three minutes to commit a foul to Arjen Robben in the penalty box.

Referee Djamel Haimoudi did award a penalty but only gave Silva a yellow card. Even though at that time Silva was the last person to stop Arjen Robben’s movement to score.

5. Blaise Matuidi’s Horror Tackle to Ogenyi Onazi

Blaise Matuidi
Blaise Matuidi

In the last 16 match, France’s Blaise Matuidi made a horror tackle to Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi. As a result, the Lazio star had to undergo surgery because his tendon was torn.

American referee Mark Geiger only considered the offense worthy of a yellow card. Then the absence of Onazi certainly spoils Nigeria’s chances of advancing to the quarterfinals.

Geiger was also accused of supporting Les Blues when he did not punish Olivier Giroud for his elbow on Jon Obi Mikel. Nor did he award a penalty when Patrice Evra fouled Peter Odemwingie.

Antoine Griezmann Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe Antoine Griezmann

5 members of the French national team who drowned…

5 members of the French national team who drowned after winning the 2018 World Cup

Antoine Griezmann Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe
Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe

 The French national team won the 2018 World Cup . In the final match at the Luzhniki Stadium, France won 4-2 over Croatia through goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, and an own goal by Mario Mandzukic.

For France, this is the second title in a major World Cup tournament. They first won this title in 1998 at home.

After that beautiful moment, several French players weave success stories at club level. Kylian Mbappe won many titles with PSG. Kingsley Coman was a huge success at Bayern Munich.

However, there are several pillars that had led Les Blues to win the World Cup, but their performance dropped. Who are they? Let’s see the full review below,

Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti
Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti became France’s hero at the 2018 World Cup after his header in the 51st minute gave France a 1-0 win over Belgium. The result brought France to the 2018 World Cup final.

In addition to helping France win the World Cup, the 28-year-old has made an impressive performance record, starting six times and scoring one goal.

It turned with his performance at Barcelona. In the 2018/2019 season, Umtiti’s career slumped. Apart from having frequent problems with injuries and fitness, the presence of Clement Lenglet made him unable to compete.

Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy was part of the French national team when they won the 2018 World Cup. Overall, Mendy only appeared in one match. He played for 40 minutes when France faced Denmark in the group stage match.

Manchester City signed Mendy with a dowry of 52 million pounds (about Rp1 trillion) after performing brilliantly with Monaco. However, during his contract with The Citizens, Benjamin Mendy entered the examination room more often than the field.

Since the 2017/18 season, he has never been able to collect up to 20 games in the Premier League each season. He is currently in detention on charges of four rapes and one sexual assault.

Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar

Lemar was part of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite only playing one game. When Lemar played, France were held to a draw by Denmark in the group stage.

The 26-year-old has had a difficult time since playing for Los Rojiblancos. Even in the 2019/20 season, Lemar went through 29 competitive matches with Atletico without being able to score or assist.

Those statistics are a slap in the face for an attacking midfielder like him. Lemar’s performance improved in the last 2021/2022 season. He played 34 games in all competitions, scoring four goals and providing six assists for Atletico.

Djibril Sidibe

Djibril Sidibe

Similar to Lemar, Sidibe recorded playing in just one match during the 2018 World Cup. He replaced Benjamin Pavard in the duel against Denmark, the last match of the group phase.

Sidibe’s career went uphill when he defended AS Monaco. He led Monaco to win Ligue 1 in the 2016/2017 season. The following season, he also performed well and was included in the 2022 World Cup squad.

After that, Sidibe tested his ability in the Premier League to strengthen Everton. However, Sidibe failed miserably at Everton. Now, the 30-year-old player is without a club after his contract was not extended by Everton.

Adil Rami

Adil Rami

Adil Rami was a member of the Les Blues squad that won the 2018 World Cup, although he did not play at all during the tournament in Russia.

Adil Rami experienced a significant career decline after winning the 2018 World Cup. He is no longer the main choice at Marseille. Then, he had to travel to Turkey and Portugal to build a career.

“I could have had a better career if I had a better lifestyle. My biggest problem is food. I love to eat,” Rami told Le Figaro .

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Footsteps of Lionel Messi’s debut at the 2006 World…

Footsteps of Lionel Messi’s debut at the 2006 World Cup

Lionel Messi Argentina
Lionel Messi, Argentina

Who doesn’t know Lionel Messi ? This Argentinian football star is the best player in the world. Many achievements both at the individual level, club, and the Argentine national team .

Seven Ballon d’or titles is one proof of the greatness of Lionel Messi in the world of football. But behind the flashy Messi award, there is one title that has not been conquered, namely the World Cup.

Messi is currently Argentina’s all-time top scorer with 86 goals. However, Messi is still under Gabriel Batistuta in terms of scoring goals at the World Cup.

All things related to the World Cup as if Messi doesn’t want to be conquered. The climax at the 2014 World Cup, Messi had to be patient again when he lost in the top party against Germany.

Although all things related to the World Cup are difficult for Messi to achieve, in fact there are interesting facts when you look at Messi’s debut at the World Cup. How is the story of Messi’s debut at the World Cup? Here’s the story.

Debuting at the Age of 18

Messi debuted the World Cup tournament in 2006. At that time Germany was given the mandate as host.

Messi who made his debut on August 17, 2005. Less than a year, Messi was called up to strengthen the Argentine national team at the 2006 World Cup.

At that time Messi was 18 years old and became one of the youngest debutants of the World Cup. In the Argentine national team, Messi has to compete for a place with several big names such as Pablo Aimar, Carlos Tevez to Javier Saviola.

Scored One Goal and One Assist

Argentina at that time joined in Group C with Ivory Coast, Serbia-Montenegro and the Netherlands. Messi did not play in Argentina’s inaugural match against Ivory Coast.

In the second match, Messi just made his World Cup debut from the bench against Serbia-Montenegro. Messi just entered in the 74th minute replacing Maxi Rodriguez.

But it only took four minutes for Messi to prove his quality. Messi immediately contributed assists for Argentina in the 78th minute.

Not satisfied with assists, Messi apparently also scored in his first game at the World Cup. Precisely in the 88th minute Messi scored a goal through a flick of his right foot. The goal was the closing goal for Argentina’s 6-0 win over Serbia-Montenegro.

Eliminated Germany

Germany seems to be a country that always tackles Messi’s achievements in the World Cup. It turns out that the 2014 World Cup Final is not the first time Messi has been beaten by Germany.

At Messi’s World Cup debut, Germany was also the actor of Argentina’s failure to go further. At that time Argentina met Germany in the last eight.

Status as the host, Germany managed to eliminate Messi’s hopes of winning the World Cup on his debut. At that time Argentina lost on penalties 5-3 after a 1-1 draw.

Even more painful is the fact that Messi was not taken down at all by coach Jose Nestor Pekerman. He can only mourn the loss of Argentina from the bench.

Diego Forlan Germany

The Most Beautiful Moment of Ex MU and 4…

The Most Beautiful Moment of Ex MU and 4 Other Stars at the 2010 World Cup

Diego Forlan
Uruguay striker Diego Forlan’s style in the 2010 PD World Cup Group A match against France at Cape Town Stadium, 11 June 2010. The final score was 0-0

The Spanish national team was the best in the 2010 World Cup . However, personally, Diego Forlan was the best. The former MU bomber established himself as the Best Player and was entitled to bring home the Golden Ball.

Indeed, the Uruguay national team was not seeded at that time. La Celeste has indeed emerged as champion twice, 1930 and 1950, but it is only a story of the past.


You see, since 1950, Uruguay is like other teams that do not have a great history at the biggest football party. At the 2010 World Cup South Africa, Uruguay was able to rise from the rubble of collapse.

Under the care of a cold-handed coach, Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay transformed into a terrible monster. Captain Forlan brought Uruguay to the semifinals before finally being stopped by Germany.

Atletico Madrid
Atlético Madrid’s Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan’s expression during the La Liga match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Uruguay national team finished in fourth position. This achievement repeats their success in the 1970 World Cup. Forlan is charming. He scored five goals which made him the top scorer with Thomas Muller (Germany), David Villa (Spain) and Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).

Like the people of Uruguay, Forlan will also not forget the historic moment 12 years ago on the black continent of South Africa. “The 2010 World Cup was the most incredible experience. Our small country reached the semifinals. I was the top scorer, and the goal against Germany was voted the best,” said Forlan.

Not only Forlan, of course. The other four pillars from different countries also become an inseparable history of the 2010 World Cup. Who are they?

Thomas Muller
Last year, the most feeders in a year went to Thomas Muller. As is known, the old Bavarian midfielder spent almost his entire professional career as a footballer with Bayern Munich

Dangerous youth, that’s Thomas Muller. Being among the senior players did not make the quiet one clumsy.

Instead, he appeared crazy. As a result, he managed to score five goals, which made the 1989-born one of the top scorers with five goals.

For this great action, Muller was rewarded as the Best Young Player. At that time the star was only 20 years old.

Wesley Sneijder

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The story of Mesut Ozil and the 4 Stars…

The story of Mesut Ozil and the 4 Stars at the 2010 World Cup: Who Remembers?

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Arjen Robben has recorded a total of 37 goals from 97 matches with the Dutch national team. Called up from 2003 to 2017, Robben was the key to the success of the Dutch national team advancing to the 2010 World Cup final and third place in the 2014 World Cup

The 2010 World Cup brought its own blessings for Mesut Ozil. After the biggest football tournament in South Africa, Ozil was in the sights of many flashy European clubs. However, it was Real Madrid who managed to attract the former Werder Bremen to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid is not wrong. At the 2010 World Cup , Ozil performed well with the German national team which earned him a Golden Ball Award nomination.

Keep it up
The Best Young Player went to his teammate, Thomas Müller. But Ozil was still flooded with praise for his outstanding talent throughout the tournament.

Germany’s success in scoring 16 goals throughout the tournament, including 4-1 over England in the round of 16, cannot be separated from the contribution of the man born on October 18, 1988. Not a few have predicted that Ozil, who visited Indonesia some time ago, has a bright future.

On time

2. Mesut Ozil – The best creator after performing brilliantly to bring Germany in third place at the 2010 World Cup. This achievement makes big European clubs want to get you a contract hand from Ozil

Sure enough, his arrival to Real Madrid was not in vain. From 2010 to 2013, Ozil won one La Liga, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup. Arsenal also used his services, from 2011 to 2021, before finally continuing his career to Turkey with Fenerbahçe and stanbul Başakşehir.

Ozil was not the only one in the spotlight at that time. Want to know who else? Let’s look at four of them below:

Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan
The joy of two goalscorers Andre Ayew (right) and Asamoah Gyan who helped Ghana beat Mali 2-0 in the African Nations Cup Group D party in France

Some people may not know him anymore. However, 12 years ago in South Africa, Gyan was one of the stars of the game. The 36-year-old striker helped Ghana reach the quarter-finals before falling 2-4 against Uruguay in a penalty shootout.

The most dramatic moment that made an impression on the hearts of the people of Ghana was when Gyan missed a penalty following a handball by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in extra time. If only Gyan could hit the round skin, it is certain that Ghana won 2-1 and qualified for the next phase.

Arjen Robben

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Dutch national team winger Arjen Robben trains with his teammates ahead of the match against Japan in Group E of the 2010 World Cup in Durban

Robben will be remembered as a brilliant player who has colored the journey of modern football. The man who is known for his lightning strikes from the left wing was a mainstay of the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup. He scored the first goal in a 2-1 win in the last 16 over Slovakia, and a 3-2 victory over Uruguay in the semifinals.

Unfortunately, in the final, Robben and colleagues had to lose painfully to Spain. It hurts, because before the tournament, the Dutch were predicted to come out as champions and at the same time end failure after failure at the biggest football party. In the 1974 and 1978 editions, De Oranje also fell in the top party.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger
German national team midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger trains ahead of the 2010 World Cup final 16 against England in Bloemfontein

For Manchester United fans, Schweinsteiger does not deserve to be remembered as a great legend like George Best, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, or the dandy David Beckham. However, for the people of Germany, Schweinsteiger is still an idol worthy of thumbs up.

At the 2010 World Cup, Schweinsteiger was toxic. He had a big role in bringing Panzer Europe to the semifinals, although in the end he had to be willing to finish in third place. His best performance was presented when Germany crushed four goals without replying.

David Villa

David Villa
Since being brought in from Valencia in 2010, David Villa has immediately set up with Lionel Messi on the Blaugrana’s front lines. Villa recorded 199 appearances by scoring 48 goals, of which 25 percent (12) of his goals were assists from Lionel Messi

After 1964, Spain was never again on the throne of champions. Long awaited, Team Matador back on the podium of honor at the 2010 World Cup.

A long wait that pays off legit. Who is the most meritorious? All! But one that deserves to be praised as high as the sky is David Villa.

She is charming. Top performance. The Barcelona legend scored five of Spain’s eight goals on the way to his glory. At its peak, he took part in lifting the trophy at the end of the battle after defeating the Netherlands in the final.

Lionel Messis action in the Argentina vs Estonia test match at El Sadar Stadium 1 Argentina

4 Candidates for Key Argentine National Team Players in…

4 Candidates for Key Argentine National Team Players in the 2022 World Cup

Argentine players celebrate Angel Di Marias goal in the 2022 Finalissima match against Italy
Argentine players celebrate Angel Di Maria’s goal in the 2022 Finalissima match against Italy

The Argentine national team will celebrate the 2022 World Cup , with Lionel Messi remaining the mainstay of the Albiceleste. In this competition, they are in Group C with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

Argentina is one of the favorite teams in the 2022 World Cup later. Moreover, La Albiceleste is being shrouded in a positive trend ahead of the grand tournament. Coach Lionel Scaloni’s squad comes to the 2022 World Cup with the status of 2021 Copa America champions.

Then in the 2022 World Cup Qualification Zone Conmebol, Argentina has played 17 matches with 11 wins and six draws without losing.

Then, the positive trend of the Argentine national team continued with a victory over the European Cup 2020 champions, Italy, in the Finalissima match which was held at Wembley Stadium, London, in early June. The series of good results added to the confidence of the Argentine national team squad.

The country, which is now ranked third in the FIFA rankings, has a series of key players who will be a mainstay in the World Cup later. Curious about the names of these players?

Lisandro Martinez

Lisandro Martinez when he was still playing at Ajax Amsterdam
Lisandro Martinez when he was still playing at Ajax Amsterdam

Lisandro Martinez himself is known as a versatile defender who is able to play in a number of positions, including positions that are not his natural position. Apart from being good at centre-back, Lisandro is also adept at playing in the defensive midfield and wing-back positions (left-right).

The new signing of Manchester United, according to Transfermarkt, is mostly played in his natural position, namely central defender. Noted, he has appeared as many as 139 times playing as a central defender with Ajax. In addition, he has also played in the position of defensive midfielder 22 times, left back (12 times), and right back (3 times).

With the flexibility of the position that can be played by Lisandro, Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni will make this player who has collected seven caps a mainstay in mobilizing La Albiceleste’s defense in the World Cup later.

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring a goal against Chile in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers
Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring a goal against Chile in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

Angel Fabian Di Maria or familiarly called Angel Di Maria is one of the greatest wingers ever owned by the Argentine national team. The 34-year-old is still at the top level of the game and has played for Italian giants this season, Juventus.

Di Maria started his career as a football player when he joined Rosario Central in 2005. Then he moved to Benfica in 2007. Di Maria played at Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014. During that time he made 124 appearances and scored 22 goals. . In August 2014, Di Maria signed his contract with Manchester United. A year with the Red Devils then he moved to Paris Saint-Germain.

With the Argentine national team, the player who has collected 122 caps and 25 goals has strengthened La Albiceleste since 2008. Previously he was in the Argentina U-20 and U-23 national teams and won brilliant achievements by bringing the U-20 World Cup trophy to the Olympic gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Then successfully presented the 2021/22 Copa America title for the senior national team.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messis action in the Argentina vs Estonia test match at El Sadar Stadium 1
Lionel Messi’s action in the Argentina vs Estonia test match at El Sadar Stadium

Will not be able to rule out the name of the player who won seven Ballon d’Or titles in the Argentine national team. Even though he is 35 years old, La Pulga will be Lionel Scaloni’s mainstay to lead the La Abliceleste squad at the World Cup later.

Lionel Messi started his football career when he was five years old. At that time he was playing for Grandoli, the local football club that was coached by his father. After that he played for the Barcelona youth team from 2000 to 2003. Then Frank Rijkaard at that time gave Lionel Messi the opportunity to move up and make his La Liga debut in Barcelona’s match against Espanyol. Now he strengthens the French club, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and only collected the French League title last season.

Messi has achieved everything in the world of football at least at the club and individual level. However, he became marginalized when he joined the Argentine national team. Because, unlike Diego Maradona, Messi has not awarded his country a World Cup title.

Lautaro Martinez

Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez celebrates after scoring a goal against Paraguay in the 2022 World Cup
Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez celebrates after scoring a goal against Paraguay in the 2022 World Cup

Born in Bahia Blanca on August 22, 1997, Lautaro Martinez started his professional career with Racing Club de Avellaneda. He was in the Racing Club uniform from 2015 to 2018. During his time with Racing Club, Lautaro managed to score 27 goals from 60 appearances in all competitions. This made Inter Milan fall in love with him.

The player nicknamed ‘El Toro’ while defending Inter Milan has made 179 appearances and packed 74 goals and 24 assists. With these records, Lionel Scaloni seems to make Lautaro his main striker in the World Cup later.

With the Argentine national team, Lautaro has packed 38 caps and scored 20 goals in various competitions. He also managed to present the Copa America title last season to La Albiceleste.

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5 African Countries with the Best Achievements in the…

5 African Countries with the Best Achievements in the World Cup

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No African country has ever won the World Cup. However, that does not mean that African representatives do not have a record of achievements to be proud of in the World Cup stage.

South Korea is an Asian representative who has ever stepped foot into the semifinals at the 2002 World Cup. There are a number of African representatives who actually almost matched the record of this Asian representative.

There are five African countries that are able to carve their best history at the World Cup. They played beautifully from the group stage to the knockout stages.

Even the representatives of Africa are able to subvert the leading teams in the World Cup. Unfortunately, they have not been able to reach the last four.

Here are five African countries that are able to show the best achievements in World Cup history. The public also considers the moment as a fairy tale in the World Cup.

Algeria (World Cup 1982)

Algeria players celebrate after confirming to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final
Algeria players celebrate after confirming to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final.

Algeria was able to make a surprise at the 1982 World Cup when one group with West Germany, Austria and Chile. They were able to subvert the strong teams of West Germany and Chile and lost to Austria.

The opportunity to qualify for the next round is open to Rabah Madjer et al. Unfortunately in the last match, West Germany and Austria looked like they made a deal.

At the end of the standings, West Germany, Austria and Algeria collected the same value of 4 points. However, due to losing on goal difference, Algeria was eventually eliminated.

Nigeria (World Cup 1994)


Nigeria was the debut team at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Despite being a debutant, Nigeria was able to win 3-0 in the first match against Bulgaria.

Even though it was their first appearance at the World Cup, Nigeria was able to win the group. Nigeria beat Bulgaria, then lost to Argentina and won over Greece.

Unfortunately Emmanuel Amuneke et al were unlucky when they met Italy in the round of 16. The team made by the Dutch coach, Clemens Westerhof, was defeated 1-2 through extra time.

Ghana (2010 World Cup)

Ghana national team to compete in Qatar 2022 World Cup
Ghana national team to compete in Qatar 2022 World Cup

Ghana almost made history by becoming the first African team to qualify for the World Cup semifinals. Ghana performed well in the group stage despite only recording one win, one draw and one loss.

They accompanied Germany to qualify for the round of 16. Ghana beat the United States in extra time and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Unfortunately at that time Asamoah Gyan failed to get a goal through a penalty kick after Luis Suarez touched the ball at the end of the match. Ghana finally lost on penalties.

Senegal (World Cup 2002)

Senegal won the 2021 African Cup of Nations after defeating Egypt at the Paul Biya Stadium Olembe Cameroon
Senegal won the 2021 African Cup of Nations after defeating Egypt at the Paul Biya Stadium, Olembe, Cameroon

Not only Ghana, Senegal is also close to the semifinals of the World Cup. Senegal was able to overthrow defending champions France in the group stage and even sent him home.

This moment made El-Hadji Diouf et al even more excited to qualify for the last 16 to face Sweden. They won through extra time and challenged another surprise team, Turkey.

Unfortunately the team made by Bruno Metsu failed to continue their dream. They lost to Turkey in a match that continued into extra time.

Cameroon (World Cup 1990)

Cameroon squad celebrates Karl Toko Ekambis goal against Gambia
Cameroon squad celebrates Karl Toko Ekambi’s goal against Gambia

Cameroon rocked the 1990 World Cup stage. They were in a hellish group because they had to fight with three strong teams, Argentina, Romania and the Soviet Union.

Roger Milla et al even conquered defending champion Argentina in their first match. Then beat Romania and lost badly to the Soviet Union.

Cameroon managed to win again from Colombia in the round of 16. Unfortunately, they failed to reach the semifinals after being beaten 2-3 by England.

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1998 World Cup Final and Ronaldo’s Mysterious Illness

1998 World Cup Final and Ronaldo’s Mysterious Illness

Ronaldo at the 1998 World Cup
Ronaldo at the 1998 World Cup

Brazil is very favored to win the 1998 World Cup in France. However, Ronaldo who became an important player at this time suffered a mysterious injury and Brazil finally failed to win.

The 1998 World Cup was held in France. The hosts advanced to the final and the opponent they faced was Brazil. The final was played at the Stade de France. It was an ideal final because of the performance of both teams.

The two teams that will compete in the final round have two players who at that time became world stars. The genius footballer Zinedine Zidane in France and the world’s best player Ronaldi in Brazil.

Ronaldo even came to France armed with 34 goals with Serie A club, Inter Milan. In this 1998 World Cup he also scored four goals until the final including a goal against the Netherlands in the semifinal match.

The superstar revealed what happened before the 1998 World Cup final. This he revealed in the film Ronaldo Redemption, directed by Four Four Two.

Ronaldo has convulsions

Ronaldo said after having lunch with the whole team at the hotel he decided to take a nap. While in the room, Ronaldo had a seizure and foamed at the mouth.

Roberto Carlos, who was his roommate, saw this and shouted for help. The Brazilian team doctor at that time, Dr. Lidio Toledo, who was crying took Ronaldo to the hospital.

“I had a seizure and the players and the late Dr Lidio Toledo were there. They didn’t want to tell me what was going on,” Ronaldo said.

Keep playing in the Finals

Ronaldo Brazil
Ronaldo, Brazil

Brazil coach at the time, Mario Zagallo, had received Ronaldo’s medical test results. Many think that Ronaldo will not play in the final match.

Ronaldo was not seen in the Brazilian camp and his name disappeared ahead of the final match. But Ronaldo asked Zagallo to play him.

“After all, I have an obligation to my country and I don’t want to miss it. I am there to fulfill my responsibility,” Ronaldo said.

Ronaldo Unsteady, Brazil Falls


In this final match, Ronaldo seemed unable to move. In fact, he had collapsed when French goalkeeper Rafael Bartez lunged at him.

Brazil eventually lost 0-3 to the hosts. Three of France’s goals were scored by Zidane’s two goals and one from Emmanuel Petit.

But after that, a number of conspiracy theories emerged regarding what happened to Ronaldo. This conspiracy theory is still developing today.

FIFA conspiracy?

The biggest conspiracy theory is that Brazil sold the World Cup to FIFA for a fee of 23 million dollars. This is based on an e-mail written from a source on TV Globo.

Defeat Brazil and let France win to please the new FIFA President Sepp Blatter. In addition to helping the French people forget their social problems.

FIFA then promised Brazil that they would win the 2002 World Cup and host the 2006 World Cup. However, a number of these conspiracy theories have not been proven to date.

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2022 World Cup schedule in favor of the England…

2022 World Cup schedule in favor of the England national team, how come?

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in the England national team match against San Marino in the 2020 World Cup Qualification
Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in the England national team match against San Marino in the 2020 World Cup Qualification

The England national team is claimed to have a favorable schedule for the 2022 World Cup . This situation is predicted to have an impact on England’s chances of at least qualifying from the 2022 World Cup group stage.

The former England national team manager, Glenn Hoddle, even confirmed the benefits of the Three Lions. “The 2022 World Cup taking place at half-time will see England win the title in Qatar,” he said.

According to Hoddle, the decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar from November to December is indirectly a blessing for the Three Lions.

Hoddle says Gareth Southgate could have fresh players ahead of the 2022 World Cup. England will face Iran in their opener at the 2022 World Cup on November 21. Let’s see the full review below

Just a few days break

Qatar welcomes 2022 World Cup 3

The 2022 World Cup is likely to take place just a few days after the Premier League break. Nevertheless, Hoddle believes that Gareth Southgate’s squad is in a fresh state.

“Given that this world cup doesn’t come at the end of a long and difficult season, all the teams will be much fresher. The English players will be better prepared because of the gap of a few days from the competition,” he told Betfair.

The conditions are different if the World Cup is held in the summer. The players are mostly exhausted because they have just completed a season of intense and fierce competition.

Instantly Adapt

England in 2022 World Cup Qualifiers
England in 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

Hodlle explained that when he was still playing, he preferred big tournaments to take place during the competition break. According to him, the players are better prepared than the big competition that takes place after the domestic competition is over.

The players must return to form after a long competition. He said when a big tournament takes place in the middle of a competition, the players are immediately refreshed and ready.

“Looking back when I was a player, I think it would have been nice to start the season and then have a world cup sooner rather than having a long and difficult season with a lot of cup games.”

Relatively Easy Opponent

Gareth Bale left celebrates after scoring for Wales
Gareth Bale (left) celebrates after scoring for Wales

The Three Lions will be in Group B with the United States, Iran and Wales. On paper, England should be the host.

If they win Group B, England will face the runners-up in Group A. According to Hoddle, England’s strength is still above the strength of the four teams in Group A.

“I can’t see any hurdles for England in group B. Even if England get a draw against one of them, I still think they will go through,” said Hoddle.

Lionel Messis expression of disappointment after failing to score a penalty PSG vs Barcelona ​​Champions Argentina

4 Players Who Have Imitated Diego Maradona’s God Hand…

4 Players Who Have Imitated Diego Maradona’s God Hand Goal, There’s Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Diego Maradona is one of the best players in Argentina. Maradona once made history against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals.

Diego Maradona scored two goals in that match and knocked England out. After a 2-1 win over England, Argentina was unstoppable for the world title in Mexico.

Maradona’s two goals in that match are still remembered today. One goal he scored using his hands, another goal was made after dribbling alone from the middle of the field.

Goals using the hand that Maradona scored is even known as the goal of God’s hand. Thanks to God’s hand goal, Argentina went smoothly until they won their second World Cup trophy.

Diego Maradona’s hand goal was apparently imitated by four other players. Even goals born from body parts forbidden for these football players define the history of their team.

1. Luis Fabiano against Ivory Coast – 2010

Luis Fabiano declared his handball goal against Ivory Coast ‘one of the most beautiful’ of his career. Thanks to this goal, Brazil won 3-1 over Ivory Coast in the 2010 World Cup Group stage.

The victory also made Brazil secure a ticket to the round of 16. But the victory caused controversy.

Luis Fabiano scored two goals in this match. The first was through a powerful close-range shot, and the second through individual action in which he twice controlled the ball with his arms before shooting at goal.

2. Raul Gonzalez Against Leeds United – 2001

Raul Gonzalez

Leeds United fans were furious after losing 3-2 to Real Madrid in the Champions League. They fought relentlessly but lost to Raul Gonzalez’s goal that put Real Madrid ahead.

Even though the Leeds United players protested at that time, the referee still approved Raul’s goal. Even though Leeds lost, Real accompanied Real to the quarter-finals.

Leeds United and Real Madrid even reached the semifinals until they were finally defeated by their respective opponents. On the other hand, Raul Gonzalez became the Champions League’s top scorer that season with seven goals.

3. Lionel Messi vs Espanyol – 2007

Lionel Messis expression of disappointment after failing to score a penalty PSG vs Barcelona ​​Champions
Lionel Messi’s expression of disappointment after failing to score a penalty, PSG vs Barcelona, ​​Champions

Many people say that Lionel Messi has the same talent as Diego Maradona. Messi never made two goals that Maradona ever did when conquering England.

He once dribbled alone from the middle of the pitch and scored as Barcelona beat Getafe. Even then, he was 19 years old.

Messi has also scored goals using his hands against Espanyol. Similar to Maradona his hand managed to punch the ball that bounced when his head did not reach for a cross.

4. Thierry Henry Against Ireland – 2010

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry doesn’t score with his hands. But thanks to his hands he was able to provide the bait that allowed William Gallas to score and make France qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

This controversial match made Ireland lose on aggregate goals in the play-off round of the European zone and bury dreams of competing in the World Cup. After the game, Henry admitted he controlled the ball using his hands.

“The referee said he was 100% sure that Henry didn’t do handball. But Henry told me he did,” said Irish defender Richard Dunne, who was furious after the game.