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Football’s Biggest Controversies – Doping

Diego Maradona The 1986 World Cup winner is considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time. The way he led Argentina to the pinnacle of world football in 1986 has very few parallels in any sport. Maradona was blessed with superhuman abilities. His intelligence on the pitch, never say die attitude, and most importantly, his close control ...

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Biggest Controversies in European championship history

General Franco stops Spain from participating at the 1960 Euro Back in the day when the continental European competition was first played, the map of Europe looked a whole lot different than it does today. In fact, the European Championship or Euros were then known as the European Nations’ Cup and there used to be only four teams in the ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The Battle of Santiago

The 1962 World Cup match between Chile and Italy has gained notoriety for being one of the most violent and lawless football matches ever played. That entire competition was littered with disciplinary infractions, but what happened in the game between the hosts and the Italians took the indiscipline to a whole new level. The stage for the ‘battle’ was set ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The battle of Berne

Brazil has always been the land of beautiful football. The nation takes great pride in their team playing an attacking form of the game that values individual expression and goals, plenty of goals, above all else. However, at the 1954 World Cup, it was Hungary that had taken the mantle of being the team that enthralled the world with their ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – the hand of God

If there was one match that summed up Diego Maradona, then Argentina’s quarter-final clash against England at the 1986 World Cup at the Estadio Azetca in Mexico would be it. In the 51st minute of the encounter, Maradona after a typical mazy run from the midfield that saw him go past three English players, played a diagonal pass to Jorge ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – Hand of Thierry Henry

Through the course of his long and distinguished career that saw Thierry Henry win almost all the major honours at both club and international level, he had a relatively spot-free record when it came to on-field infractions. Except for that one 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off clash against Republic of Ireland. France had drawn the Irish in their playoff ...

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