Fans are gearing up for the FIFA World Cup and the excitement has already taken hold. Die-hards are ready some football fantasticness with parties planned, beer bought, and flags ready to wave in the stands. It’s well-known that soccer fans put the fan in fanatic with not only fights in the stadiums but major love after a win.
The World Cup holds many exciting moments yet there are some that exemplify the sport and still continue to shock the soccer world today. Spain won the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the elusive trophy is all up for grabs once again.
Rivalry between Argentina and Brazil
The ongoing rivalry between the two countries is as heated today as it was years and years ago. The bitterness over governmental issues that have long ensued seems to just fuel the flames for chaos between the two. The kicker about this rivalry comes from a number of issues but the 1,000th goal scored by Pele but missed by Edgardo Andrado, an Argentinian, one of the greatest footballers ever, in a 1969 match sealed the deal.
The FIFA World Cup is the most watched sporting event in history. There is really not much more excitement that streams across the world than the World Cup. It doesn’t come close to the Super Bowl or the rugby World Cup. Over 715 million fans watched the final game of the 2006 cup alone and the numbers are steadily climbing.
Jens Lehmann’s sock notes
German-born goalie Jens Lehmann is considered a hero to some for keeping notes of the opposing Argentinian team’s planned kicks in his right sock during the game. It all came down to overtime and Lehmann saving the day with, you guessed it, supposed cheating.
Leonardo’s foul heard ‘cross the world
In 1994, Brazilian player Codazo Leonardo elbowed a huge hook to Tab Ramos, rendering Ramos twitching on the pitch and spending months in the hospital for a fractured skull. Leonardo was banned for four games and was reportedly at Ramos’ hospital bedside in tears.
Saeed Al-Owairan’s goal against Belgium
Saudi Arabia’s grass got a little bit greener in the 1994 cup with Al-Owairan’s fantastic goal after a run down the pitch. It was a shock to all fans but especially those who were shocked that Saudi qualified for the cup to begin with. Sadly, Al-Owairan was jailed for months after engaging in a “Western” lifestyle.
The World Cup is always fun but history-making moments are just the icing on the cake to what billions adhere to as a sports-like religion.