Dec 14

UFWC Own Goals and Oddities Part 2

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Rounding off UFWC Goals Week, our feast of football footage from the Unofficial Football World Championships, here’s Part 2 of our selection of UFWC own goals and oddities:

Questionable refereeing

1966 England vs West Germany

The shot with which put England in front in extra time in the World Cup Final was clearly not over the line. Nonetheless, England were the better team and deserved the win anyway, especially as the Germans had equalised in the final seconds of normal time following an equally incorrect decision to give a foul against Jack Charlton. (0.45)

1973 Holland vs Belgium

Everyone remembers Holland in the 1974 World Cup – Johan Cruyff, Total Football, and the general perception that they were the best team in the tournament. Less well known is the fact that they were remarkably lucky even to be there. In their penultimate qualifier, they had scored an 87th-minute winner against a very weak Norwegian team to stay top of the group on goal difference. It left them needing just a point at home to Belgium in the final game to qualify. They duly got a 0-0 draw, but only after Jan Verheyen’s late late goal for Belgium was incorrectly called offside. (1.16)

1992 Argentina vs Australia

Hard to know what is more ridiculous here – the dive by Gabriel Batistuta, or the fact that the referee actually awarded him a penalty for it. (0.11)

Strange goals

1958 West Germany vs Czechoslovakia

It was a man’s game in those days – thus Hans Schafer could barge the Czech goalkeeper into the net with the ball in his hands, and the goal was deemed fair. (1.29)

1978 Italy vs France

A distinct touch of pinball about Paolo Rossi’s goal in this World Cup group match. (0.07)

2010 Holland vs Brazil

Another World Cup match – this time Wesley Sneijder’s intended cross goes all the way into the net, and it sets Holland on their way to a famous win. (0.10)

2012 North Korea vs India

Games like this are what the UFWC is all about. The fact that these are not players of the Messi/ Ronaldo calibre is painfully illustrated by the pitiful Indian defending (or lack of it) as Pak Nam-Chol puts the North Koreans 3-0 up. (0.25)

And finally… (hall of fame)

1879 England vs Scotland

Of course, the UFWC doubtless provided just as many spectacular goals in its early days as it has done in more modern times, but in the absence of TV cameras, we will never be able to see those moments for ourselves. Perhaps the best of all was the goal with which Charlie Bambridge sparked the greatest UFWC comeback of all time. Scotland had held the UFWC ever since 1874, and few expected England to dispossess them of the title here. If there were a few English optimists, even they must have been doubting their side at half-time – the Scots were 4-1 up. Then, Bambridge ran virtually the entire length of the pitch to score a goal described at the time as one of the greatest ever seen. England went on to score thrice more, and win 5-4.

And finally… (hall of shame)

2000 Holland vs Italy

Holland’s dream of contesting the Euro 2000 final on home turf died against Italy, in an epic of penalty misery. The Dutch missed twice from the spot in regular play, and three more times in the ensuing shoot-out. Jaap Stam’s effort here was astonishingly bad. (1.13)

So that’s it for UFWC Goals Week, but if you’ve missed any previous posts check back here for lots more classic footage.

New to the Unofficial Football World Championships? Try our UFWC Beginner’s Guide.

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