The World Cup is probably the one sport that people all over the world watch and cheer for. I know we do at my house.This years World Cup will be no different and will bring fans out in droves to see who takes it home. While we will not be able to attend in person my family and I will gather around the television just like many of you and wait to see who comes out victorious. A look in the past at some memorable players and their moments of triumph or defeat will give us glimpses at what we could see this year.
France’s Juste Fontaine led Les Bleus’ to seal a third place cup in 1958. Fontaine was declared “Golden Boot” because he scored thirteen goals during the competition. Fontaine lead his team to third place which was their first victory since first playing in the tournament in 1930 (Sylla,2011, Web).
Italy’s Toto Schillaci
Toto Schillaci led Italy and his team Jeventus to victory in 1990. Originally he was brought in as a substitute player in the World Cup games. He ended up scoring enough goals to earn the famous “Golden Boot”. He was also given the “Golden Ball” for player of the tournament after scoring six goals during the games.
Tragedy Hits Home After Auto-Play
Sadly not all players go home heroes as is the case of Columbia’s World Cup player Andres Escobar. In a move to recover the ball from the United States, Escobar accidentally shot the ball flying into his own net and scoring for the United States. They lost 2-1. A short time after retuning to Columbia, Escobar was shot to death by enraged fans over his losing the Cup for Columbia. Sadly, Escobar was only 27 years old (The Seattle News, 1994, Web).
A Surprising Win
In the first World Cup after World War II in 1950, a young man from Uruguay named Alcides Ghiggia made a surprising goal. With eleven minutes left in the game against the team from Brazil, Ghiggia ran down the right of the field and shot the ball right into the net. A stunned audience sat their in silence (The Washington Post, Web).
Brazil’s Secret Weapon
A young Brazillian shocked the soccer world in 1958, when he made two goals.The man was named Pele. One of the goals he made was in a move they were not used too. He shot the ball over his opponents head and into the net. It gave Brazil a 5-2 win. Later Pele went on to lead Brazil to two more World Cup victories in 1962 and 1970 (The Washington Post, Web).
So pull up a chair and join us Thursday, June 12th as they kick off this years World Cup in Brazil. You never know who will be the winners at the end on July 13th, We can laugh and cry until the end while enjoying some good soccer playing. I know we will.
20 World Cup Goals That Changed History, The Washington Post, web
Columbia World Cup Player Gunned Down For Mistake In Game, (July 3, 1994), The Seattle Times, retrieved from community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19940703&slug
Sylla, Ogo, World Cup History: France (June 7, 2011), web