Football is a very entertaining sport. There is skill, the passion, and the embarrassing moments that seem to permanently etch into the memories of even people who are not fans in the first place. While many might argue it’s all about the win and the three points, the sideshows, bloopers and disappointments are an equally sensational part of the game. Needless to say, all these let downs are celebrations to the opponents.
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MANCHESTER CITY MISCALCULATING POINTS LEAD
Points earned in the last handful of games especially if two determine most EPL titles or more teams have had an impeccable run. Things were not any different back in 1996. Manchester City needed a win against Liverpool to secure the cup. The whole Man City team, from the manager to the players, miscalculated their survivability and pushed the game to a draw thinking that a point is all they needed to carry the cup.
How wrong they were! It is so surprising that no one in the entire team and the bench did their math and realized that their game plan was wrong all along. This did surprise even experienced punters, who placed their bets on the victory of one of both teams. For situations like these, William Hill introduced their new Partial Cash Out system, where you can pull out a part of your bet before it runs out. On the punterspage.com you can find out how exactly this works out.
RENE HIGUITA DISPOSSESED ON HIS IN-FIELD TRIPS
The Colombian goal keeper, Rene Higuita was well known for his acrobatic saves and the canny desire to take the game to the opponent when things got too boring between the posts. Even though his courage saw him score a good number of goals for his country, they also cost him a few. One of the most memorable fails was to the Cameroonian, Roger Milla in the 1990 World Cup. Milla dispossessed Higuita and went on to score a goal that saw Colombia leave the competition a little too soon.
GRAHAM POLL ISSUES 3 YELLOW CARDS
Everybody knows that two yellow cards in a single game compound to a red card. The referee should know this better because it is his or her work to keep track of all the rules in the game. Graham Poll seemed to have forgotten this basic rule back in the 2006 World Cup game when he gave the Croatian defender, Josip Simunic three yellow cards before sending him off the field.
MARCELO SCORES AN OWN GOAL IN THE 2014 WORLD CUP
Marcelo is arguably one of the best overlapping defenders of this age. However, this doesn’t make him immune to embarrassing own goals. Marcelo’s blunder gave Croatia the lead in the very first game for Brazil in the 2014 world cup. This was a very embarrassing moment bearing in mind no one expected world class Marcelo to do such a thing in the very first game.
FRANK MILL MISS BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS BAYERN
Frank Mill missed an open goal in his debut game for Borussia after a spirited run and sharp sidestep and jump over the goalkeeper. Instead of tapping the ball home to the joy or the already excited fans, Mill ended up fumbling with a ball before hitting it against the goal post and bouncing back into play. Needless to say, he was too winded up to chase after the ball and ended up wallowing in misery as the deflated fans grasped their heads in despair.
EDEN HAZARD FAILED BACKHEEL
Backheels are a golden move especially if they catch all the opponents off guard and slide sublimely onto the path of your team mate. While Eden Hazard has had his fair share of wins playing this move, things didn’t go so well in the 2012 community shield game. He not only missed the backheel but also ended up tripping and stumbling on the ball. He fell, and all he could do was watch the opposition claim the free ball as the better part of the stadium burst in laughter.
REAL MADRID SELECTS A SUSPENDED PLAYER FOR THE SQUAD
Another whole team blunder that left everyone shaking their heads was when Real Madrid winger, Denis Chenyshev was made part of the Copa del Rey match against Cadiz while he had picked three yellow cards that effectively suspended him from the competition. Anyone, even the janitor at the team’s changing rooms, ought to know this was wrong. Rafa Benitez, the man paid to manage the squad let this slip through and didn’t notice until it was too late.
RONALDINHO BACK HEEL AGAINST MAN UNITED
Remember Eden Hazard’s failed backheel? Well. Things went differently when Ronaldinho tried it in a Barcelona vs Manchester United game. He not only did it once, but twice dribbling the ball between the player’s legs and jogging away victorious as the opponent struggled to regain his footing with no hopes of catching up with Ronaldinho.
FRANCE PERFORMANCE AT THE 2010 WORLD CUP UPSETTING BETS
France came to the 2010 world cup confident that things will go in their favour. Thierry Henry was confident that he will lift the trophy at the end of the game. This never happened. They failed to win any game and even lost to South Africa, the host who wasn’t that much of a competition to their squad. Their woes were magnified by their fallout in public and the fact that the France squad even boycotted training.