The World Cup is the greatest sporting event in the World. It is a time when countries compete against each other. There are so many memorable events that have taken place, in its history. Here are some shocking moments below:
Shocking Moment #1: Four years earlier, Bobby Moore was the captain of England. He led them to their first and only World Cup triumph. In 1970, Moore was arrested for allegedly stealing a bracelet, from a hotel in Bogota, Colombia. This was the place where England were playing a warm-up match. Regardless of the claims, he was still allowed to travel with the squad. However, when he returned to Colombia, he was placed under house arrest, for four days. He was, eventually, released due to lack of evidence.
Shocking Moment #2: In 1994, Atletico Nacional full-back Escobar deflected a cross, from John Harkes, into his own net. The U.S. won the match 2-1. This sent the Colombians home, even though they beat Switzerland in their final group match. Almost two weeks after his error, Escobar was shot 12 times outside a bar in Medellin. A local teacher was found guilty of his murder, and served 11 years in jail.
Shocking Moment #3: In the 1982 World Cup, the German goalkeeper Toni Schumacher charged out of his goal, in an effort to reach the ball. Schumacher’s hip crashed into his opponent Patrick Battiston’s face. It left him unconscious and short of three teeth. After being treated, Schumacher got the game back under way, with a West Germany goal kick. Surprisingly, Schumacher was not penalized for it.
Shocking Moment #4 : At the World Cup in Sweden, 17-year-old Pele showed up. His coaches allowed him to join to pick up experience, by watching from the sidelines. However, after watching him at training, they decided to let him play in the World Cup. He played in the final group game against USSR. Surprisingly, he scored the winner in the quarter final against Wales, and in the semi-final demolition of France. He became the youngest player ever to play in a World Cup final.
Shocking Moment #5 : On July 4,1954, the World Cup was played at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Switzerland. West Germany beat Hungary 3-2. It was an unexpected win for Germany. They won at a time when they were still suffering in the aftermath of World War II. The German anthem was also played, for the first time after the war. Their victory was a turning point in post-war German history.
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