What is it about football that drives us wild? Is it the pace? The rivalry? Yes to both. However, more than that, it’s the competitive drive, which pushes players up and down the field. Also, there’s the abundance of serious drama and action taking place on the green!
Italy v France, World Cup 2006: Zidane’s Headbutt
High energy rocked the stadium at the World Cup final in 2006. As the game was underway, television cameras captured France’s Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi’s chest, which caused him to be sent off the court. The headbutt was the wrong move for the incredible footballer, as this turned out to be a shocking end to his overall successful career. Many years later, Materazzi finally admits what he said to Zidane in the World Cup Final, which prompted the attack. Check out the footage on YouTube.
England v Argentina, World Cup 1998: Beckham’s Retaliates
Little was more shocking than when David Beckham was handed the red card for kicking Diego Simeone as an act of retaliation. Correction: The greater shock was that Diego Simeone, who moments before fouled Beckham and knocked him to the ground, received just the yellow card for the assault. Beckham’s being sent off is still talked about as many believe that Simeone actually tripped over Beckham’s leg as he walked backward. Check out the footage on YouTube.
Argentina v England, World Cup 1986, “The Hand of God”
Diego Maradona scored two of the most famous goals in football history. The initial goal took place after 51 minutes, and he was able to score by using his hand, an act that became known as “The Hand of God.” The second goal involved the talent dribbling past five England players. This incredible feat became known as the “Goal of the Century.” Near singlehandedly, Maradona led his team to victory against England. Maradona went on to win the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. Check out the footage on YouTube.
Those three moments were great, but it doesn’t stop there. Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup Brazil, The Miracle of Berlin, Frank Rijkaard spitting at Rudi Voller, Schumacher Knocking Out Battiston, and other upsets and shocking moments have occurred at the World Cup. View the video below, which offers footage of other unbelievable moments.