“Has a footballer been cautioned or sent off for scoring a goal in a provocative or exaggerated way (such as stopping the ball on the line and pushing it with his head)?” Ronan Brennan wonders.
Well, goals bring joy, so why not add some decorative details every now and then? Soccer is about making memories, not just filling a history book with notes. Can anyone recall that Rangers beat Ayr in the 2000 Scottish Cup semi-final? No But we remember the time in that game when Andrei Kanchelskis stood on the ball before shamelessly raising his hand to his head to inspect the penalty area. The ultimate show ship will likely have to involve a target though, so let’s start with these examples of decorations that arrived without fear of retaliation.
This happened as recently as last December. Silas Wamangituka of VfB Stuttgart was cautioned for unsportsmanlike conduct after keeping the ball on the line before scoring against Bremen, sparking much discussion in the German media, ”writes Mark Jameson.
“As it turned out, the great Karl-Heinz Rummenigge surpassed him with this cheek before Club Brugge during a preseason tournament in 1981 “.
Rummenigge picked up the ball and headed it over the line to put Bayern up 4-0 in a match that ultimately won 5-1. Like Wamangituka, Rummenigge was booked. Unlike Wamangituka, his effort won the Goal of the Month. Yes, really.
Not all referees issue the yellow card in such situations. As far as we know, Patrick Kluivert was not punished for taking your time to score during the Netherlands’ 5-5 draw with Belgium in 1999; nor Paul-Georges Ntep of Rennes when he got on all fours to head the ball over the line against Reims in 2014. But Ntep was replaced by his coach, Philippe Montainer, who later said he made the switch because Ntep disrespected the rival team.
Meanwhile, Guffen Helleve has, well, an incredible history from Norway. “In a Norwegian Cup match against Mo in 1987, Bodø / Glimt’s Mini Jakobsen dribbled past two defenders and the goalkeeper, stopped the ball at the goal line and shoved it with his head,” writes Guffen. “The referee was not amused, and although he did not sign Jakobsen, he did cancel the goal for unsportsmanlike behavior.”
More games than national appearances
Cameroon’s international goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, 25, has played 44 times for his countryBut he’s only made a total of 38 league appearances. “ writes Alex Blackburne. “Is there anyone else who has more international matches? which national departures?
Dan Robinson begins the search for anomalies with this. “One name that came directly to mind is Louie Annesley, a young defender at Blackburn. He has yet to appear in the league for his club, and has only made three league appearances in his senior professional career to date (while with Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar). Despite this, he already has 15 appearances for the Gibraltar national team ”.
And here is a correct true story from Anubhav Dasgupta. “The one that comes to mind here is Faiq Bolkiah. Probably the richest footballer in the world, Bolkiah is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei. He has never played a senior league game in his career, yet he has six appearances for the Brunei national team, even scoring once against Laos! “
And you thought Messi or Ronaldo topped the list of rich people in football. Bolkiah had a youth career at Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester and despite not playing once, he was apparently on the King Power books from 2016-20.
“Since Tom Cairney has no playing time, Joachim Andersen is currently the captain of Fulham.” writes Jim Miles. “Has there ever been a time when a borrower was the full-time captain?”
Paul Moran provides a very recent example. “Sead Kolasinac has been named vice-captain in his return on loan to Schalke this month, but due to an injury to captain Omar Mascarell, Kola has been the captain in each of his first three Bundesliga games.”
There is more. “At PSV Eindhoven, Marco van Ginkel (on loan from Chelsea) was the captain in 2017-18,” recalls Stephan Wijnen. “And not only that: at the end of the season he lifted the championship trophy!”
Losing by making too many substitutions
“After the Roma debacle, has any team lost a game by default after making too many substitutions before?” tweets @partsublimated.
Unfortunately, there are others who went to Graham Poll’s counting school.
“It happened in the Bundesliga before, the 1998-99 season,” recalls Ulrich Denzer. “The newly promoted Kaiserslautern were hosting Bochum when Michael Schjonberg had to be withdrawn due to injury. Coach Otto Rehhagel replaced Pascal Ojigwe, who at the time did not have a European pass, making him ineligible due to league statutes (as each club was only allowed to present a certain number of such players). When Rehhagel noticed the mistake, he tried to correct it by having Hani Ramzi fake an injury. In vain. The league commission ended up awarding the game to Bochum. “
“Have you ever used a real hat for the FA Cup draw?” Andy Morrison asked in 2006. “If so, when was it last used and what kind of hat was it?”
The first raffles really involved hats; a top hat covered by a scarf, to be precise. It was littered with pieces of paper with the names of the clubs, with a member of the FA committee delicately lifting a corner of the handkerchief to draw the ties. Bryon Butler’s story on the competition is the only source of information on this arcane ritual, as until the first radio coverage of the draw in December 1935 it was “prohibited and blocked against all unofficial entrants,” including the press. By then, the bag and ball arrangement was in place. In fact, the BBC asked then-FA Secretary Sir Stanley Rous to rattle the balls in the bag for dramatic effect.
David Barber, the FA historian, suggests that the top hat and kerchief found their demise in a modernization drive around 1914. However, phrases like “in the hat for the next round” will always have their roots in the actual routine of drawing.
Can you help?
“What football clubs have been sponsored by news organizations and have ever played a game against another team, also sponsored by a news organization?” reflects Rich Cunningham. “Or has there ever been a kind of old media versus new? Newspaper against TV or similar?
“The 16 FA Cup fourth round qualifiers were resolved in 90 minutes. Has this happened before? “Asks Mitchell Sandler.
“Can you find out why the exciting 1962 European Cup final was not televised in the UK?” asks Michael Potts. “I seem to remember something about a strike. Is it the only European Cup final that cannot be seen live in the UK? “
“A few years ago I remember seeing a video of a game where a fan ran across the field from near the goal and kicked the ball,” writes Eddy Reynolds. “It may have been at Old Trafford in the 1970s at the Stretford End. Does anyone know anything else?
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism