On This Day…. The Hand Of God

31 years ago the unthinkable happened. The quarter finals of the World Cup in Mexico saw England take on Argentina. Argentine talisman Diego Maradona was one of, if not THE best player in the world at the time. His sublime skills and ability were a joy to watch. However, one moment of cheating will never be forgotten and for those of us in England it is what sums him up.

He scored another goal that day. A goal that was one of the best solo goals you’ll ever likely to see. But it’s the ‘HAND OF GOD’ that will always define him for me and many other Englishmen. He coined the phrase himself by claiming ‘it was a little with the head and a little with the hand of God’ He also desperately wanted his team mates to celebrate with him for fear of the goal being disallowed. 

The referee and linesman have gone on record as saying they were waiting for each other to respond. 

Argentina went on to lift the trophy after beating Belgium in the semi finals, before the crowning glory with victory in the final against West Germany. 

The infamous moment is now well and truly in the past, but a huge moment that will never be forgotten.



27 Years Ago РThe Day Cameroon shocked Argentina 

It’s incredible to think it’s 27 years ago today that the 1990 World Cup kicked off in Italy. I for the one remember it so well. 

The first match saw the  footballing greats of Argentina face African minnows Cameroon. The Indomitable Lions were competing at their 2nd World Cup Finals and up against the holders you would be forgiven to expected one outcome….. A win for the white and sky blues. 

In front of 73,780 at the San Siro in Milan… Cameroon had other ideas. After a goalless first half, The Cameroon were riding their luck further after Andre Kana-Biyik saw red just after the hour mark. But a surprise that shocked world football was still to come. With 67 minutes gone…Francois Oman-Biyik write himself into World Cup folklore by scoring the only goal of the game and sending people in places such as Yaounde and Douala dilerious. There was still a late twist as Benjamin Massing received a 2nd yellow, but the 9 men held on for a famous win and also won the group before eventually succumbing to England at the quarter final stage.