Top 5 Biggest Robberies At The World Cup –
In the FIFA World Cup, refereeing is one of the most difficult jobs, because whatever decision the referees make will certainly have a major impact on the outcome of the match and sometimes on the competitions.
The instinct of a referee is crucial in his decision making and he has a tendency to make serious and costly mistakes in a match due to the fact that he is human.
Therefore, he has to make tough decisions, most of which will attract criticism from players, managers, fans and sometimes his colleagues. There have been a number of blatant blunders by officials in the past and at the biggest stage, which is why sportyleagues.com brings you some of the biggest blunders of Mundial officials.
The biggest flights of the World Cup
Home Advantage – South Korea 2002
It’s no secret that hosting the World Cup gives you an edge over others. Out of eight champions of the biggest football competition, six won it at home.
Although it has been recorded that most of the home teams have their best performances in their history by hosting the cup, just as South Korea had an incredible run in 2002.
The Asian nation reached the Mundial final and finished in historic fourth place. Well done to them, but still, it will be quite easier to do when the referees are on their side.
The knockout round against Italy and Spain remains the most embarrassing and outrageous arbitration in World Cup history.
In the round of 16, the Italians lost to Bryon Moreno. The Ecuadorian gave the Koreans a penalty, dismissed a golden Damiano Tomassi goal and sent off Italian striker Francesco Totti.
In the quarterfinals, Spain suffered at the hands of Gamal Ghandour who dismissed two goals including a golden goal valid for Morienttes.
In the decisive shootout, Jouaquin’s penalty should have been picked up as Korean goalkeeper Lee Wan Jae clearly out of goal.
It was so obvious that even Sepp Blatter, who was the president of FIFA at the time, criticized the referee.
The Goal That Wasn’t – England 1966
England were on a mission to win the World Cup in 1966. It was an action-packed 2-2 stalemate against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley, which had to be decided in overtime.
In the eleventh minute, Geoff Hurst extended into the zone to see his shot crash below the crossbar, bounce on or over the line, before being cleared by the Germans. This time, the English players were already celebrating.
To England’s advantage, Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst let the goal stay despite clearly not entering. And so England won their first and only World Cup after winning 4-2 in extra time.
The Hand of God by Maradona – Argentina 1986
in 1986 Diego Armando Maradona scored two unforgettable goals against England. One of them was with pure magic and talent because he was marking with his hand.
The most controversial goal in World Cup history came in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final in Mexico between Argentina and England.
Neither team was able to break the deadlock in the first forty-five minutes and six minutes into the second half, Maradona chased a missed clearance from England midfielder Steve Hodge, jumped over goalie Peter Shilton before passing him past the veteran with the outside of his left fist.
Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser later admitted he was not in a good position to fully understand what really happened. And as his assistant didn’t say anything, he gave the goal.
Minutes later, Maradona scored what is now the ‘goal of the century’ after dribbling halfway through the England squad. The Albiceleste ultimately won 2-1 lifted the World Cup.
Mexico’s fifth game curse
Dating back to the 1994 World Cup, Mexico can’t seem to reach that still elusive fifth game that accompanies the World Cup quarter-finals, as they’ve been knocked out of the Mundial in the round of 16 seven times in a row.
In 2010, they face the least imagined team in the world, Argentina. Messi and his cohorts beat them by scoring three goals in the first half hour. Tevez’s first game came from an obvious offside.
Then in 2014, Mexico almost reached the quarter-finals when Arjen Robben decided to dive into the box, which guaranteed a penalty and the decisive goal for the Oranjes.
The role of the dictator – Mussolini 1934
The second edition of the World Cup took place in the fascist Italy of Benito Mussolini. Mussolini did not like football at all, seeing it as unmanly, but saw its great potential to attract the masses.
The 1934 World Cup was used for propaganda with the dictator, Mussolini set to win it.
In the quarterfinals, Spain fought Italy in one of the most violent matches in history, ending up with broken legs and fist fights. The draw meant a rerun the next day and that’s when Mussolini took matters into his own hands.
Italy won against Spain thanks to the biased referee who denied two Spanish goals. To ensure a victory, an Italian referee was appointed for the match between Germany and Czechoslovakia in the semi-finals so that Italy could face the weaker opponent.
Mussolini won his coveted trophy with the goal scored in the fifth minute of the final.