The World Cup will be held in Brazil beginning on June 12, 2014. This sporting event brings together the best soccer players from many countries. I have been watching the World Cup since I was a young girl. We are very much a soccer family. The thrill of victory or the sadness of defeat can resonate with viewers during so many of the matches. Here are the five most exciting moments of the World Cup.
Keane Decides to Not Play for Ireland
Roy Keane was an excellent soccer player. He had a hard time mincing words with his team manager. In 2002 the day before the World Cup was set to begin, he decided that he would not play. This caused a huge fight between him and the squad’s manager who was named Mick McCarthy. Keane felt that the players were not prepared and that they were not acting professionally.
According to BBC.com. “Keane flew home before the tournament kicked off in Japan, and the Republic went on to qualify for the last 16 where they lost to Spain on penalties.” The media was all over the story and Roy Keane was never looked upon the same way due to his lack of sportsmanship and incessant attitude. I was stunned by the event and I remember thinking that it would shake up the World Cup for sure.
The South Koreans Getting Favored by Referees in the 2002 World Cup
I watched every game during the 2002 World Cup and was astonished that the referees were so blatantly trying to help the team. There were five goals that were not counted as well as inaccurate sending offs of players. This made viewers angry as they felt that teams were not getting a fair deal. I remember thinking even I could have officiated those games better. It did not sit well with me as I am a big believer in having an open mind when refereeing games.
Ronaldo Plays while very Ill in the 1998 World Cup Final
Ronaldo is a soccer player that always shows up and tries to give 100%, In 1998, his team Brazil was set to play France for the win. He had convulsions before the game but was told to play while sick and on sedatives. I remember watching the game and thinking something was amiss about him. The team lost 3-0 and instead of people applauding him for showing up and trying to help his team, they were angry at him and blamed him for the loss.
Dennis Bergkamp Helps Holland with a Stunning Goal
In 1998, I watched the Holland versus Argentina game. The game had only one minute left when Bergkamp hit a goal off of his shows at a stunning angle. He won the game for his team. The crowd was ecstatic and his team mates piled on him. For me, the excitement and the pure joy on his face made the game that much more exciting. He had won the game for his team and they appreciated his moment and wanted to share it with him.
Grosso Wins a Game in Extra Time
I often clench my teeth when a game goes into extra time. In 2006, I watched Italy versus Germany. There was one minute left in the game when Gross was in the corner and was able to score a goal and win the game in a final score of 1-0. It was such an exciting moment for him and his team. It made me smile to know that he had prevailed. The German team put up a tough fight but Italy was able to take advantage of an opening and win the game.