TOP 10 10 Moments in Football History
10. Luis Figo, a world famous football star, who played for FC Barcelona from 1995 till 2000. He was arguably the fans' most favorite player in FC Barcelona, until 2000. That's when "it" happened, Barcelona's biggest rivals, Real Madrid, decided to splash the money and break the transfer list fees record by getting Luis to Real Madrid.
The move caused outrage among Barcelona fans, Madrid got him for a global record fee of 38 Million Pounds. And that is when the fun begins, through the match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, when Luis Figo stepped around take the corner kick, a pig's head was thrown at him from Barcelona's side. Another incident took place through the 2004 EURO Cup Final between Greece and Portugal. A Portuguese fan ran out on the field, were able to outrun the authorities, and heading towards Luis threw a Barcelona jersey at him, because the whole world was watching.
9. 1996 - African Challenge.
1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Probably the most surprising gold medals went to the hands of Nigerian football stars once they overcame Brazil in thrilling semi-finals, with a 4-3 score. The finals was between Argentina and Nigeria, well over 2 billion individuals were watching it, of course most of them thought that Argentina will have no problems getting the gold medal, but most of them were wrong. Argentina was in the driver's seat after leading 1-0. The target came on a 3rd minute, scored by Claudio Lopez, on the 28th minute Nigeria were able to equalize, as Babayaro scored an ideal finisher. So it was 1-1 on half-time. In the early second half Hernan Crespo gave Argentina the lead again and Argentina was on the path to obtain the gold medals, but "not fast" said Amokachi as he scored the equalizing goal and again gave Nigeria hope. Match was almost over and everybody thought it was going to be decided by the penalty shoot out. 90th minute and Amunike gave the lead to Nigeria, it had been a shock for Argentina, time was almost over, Argentina had no chance, so it ended with your final score 3-2. Nigeria won the gold medal, for the very first time in Olympic Games history.
8. 1960, First ever UEFA European Football Championship (EURO) held in France. It was won by the USSR, beating Yugoslavia 2-1 in a tense final in Paris. It is however quite interesting to note that earlier in your competition Spain had withdrawn from its quarterfinal match contrary to the USSR due to political reasons. As an interesting fact, USSR also scored the first goal in the EURO history, through the qualification games.
7. 1998/1999 English Premier League season, Manchester United got all trophies possible that season. They truly became the initial ever team in football history to do so in one season. First they got the Premier League title, finishing first in the league table, then they took the F.A. Cup title by beating Newcastle United 2-0, and of course the most famous UEFA Champions League final, when United were able to come back from a 1-0 defeat, and score not just one but two goals in an injury time beating Bayern Munich 2-1; it had been considered to be one of the greatest comebacks ever witnessed.
6. 2002 World Cup, Korea/Japan. Korean fans will never forget that historic moment, when Guus Hiddink took them all the best way to the Semi-Finals of 2002 World Cup. Korean national football team became the initial ever Asian national football team to reach semi-finals of World Cup. Nobody expected the underdogs to go that far, as they beat Portugal 1-0 in an organization stages, then a famous 2-1 make an impression on Italy, drawing with Spain in a quarter-finals and beating them 5-3 on penalties. Ultimately however ประวัตินักฟุตบอลระดับโลก couldn't take on Germany in semi-finals, and they lost 1-0. In the overall game for the third place Korean team met Turkey, but again they lost. Eventually the Republic of Korea finished 4th in the 2002 World Cup, that was still an excellent success for the country's football team.
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