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Top 10 Outrageous World Cup Moments

#10 David Beckham vs Argentina

The 1998 World Cup knockout stages saw England matched with Argentina. Both teams traded blows and went into halftime two-a-piece. Tension was high. A place in the World Cup quarterfinals was on the line.

At the start of the second half, a Diego Simeone challenge on Beckham resulted in a free kick. Before the England team could set themselves up for an attacking move, the poster boy for England’s Golden Generation had taken matters into his own hand.

# 9 Rivaldo vs Turkey

Rivaldo would have more commonly been featured within a Top 10 Unforgettable World Cup Goals or World Footballer of the Year vote, but in our list, the former 1999 Ballon d’Or winner has come in at number 9 of our Top 10 Outrageous World Cup Moments for his Oscar winning performance at the 2002 World Cup.

The first Ballon d’Or winner on our list. Though not the last. This particular moment, doing nothing to enhance soccer players’ reputation as

#8 Lampard vs Germany

Despite England being outplayed throughout the match, at 2-1 the Germans were pegged back after the ‘Three Lions’ had scored through Matthew Upson and were pushing for an equaliser. This leads us on to our eighth most outrageous World Cup moment.

That disallowed Frank Lampard goal.

#7 Luis Suárez vs Ghana

In 2010, the world had taken notice of the Ghanaian national football team after a series of impressive results and booking a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

In the quarter-final match against Uruguay with the match tied at 1-1 after goals from Sulley Muntari and Diego Forlan, the match headed into overtime. With a spot in the semi-finals at stake, Liverpool striker Luis Suárez prevented a last-minute Ghana goal with this hands. With Suárez sent off, Asamoah Gyan's missed the last-minute penalty and Ghana were eliminated from the World Cup after losing 4-2 in penalties.

#6 Frank Rijkaard vs Germany

When West Germany met Holland in the San Siro at Italia 90, the match against two adversaries was bound to get a bit gobby…

With both side featuring stars such as Jürgen Klinsmann and Marco van Basten the world watched on. After 22 minutes however, the world watched as Frank Rijkaard and Rudi Völler were both sent off after an incident where Rijkaard spat on the German striker.

The Germans saw the game out with a narrow 2-1 victory, but Frank Rijkaard spitting at Rudi Völler will be remembered as one the most outrageous World Cup moments.

#5 Nigel De Jong vs Spain

During the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and Holland, Nigel de Jong enters our Top 10 Outrageous World Cup Moments at number 5.

The game should be remembered for Andres Iniesta’s wonderfully taken winning goal to claim Spain’s first World Cup trophy, but most remember the ill tempered game for it’s 14 yellow cards, a sending off, and a Kung Fu kick to the chest of Xabi Alonso.

#4 Luis Suárez vs Italy

Luis Suárez went into the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming off a magnificent season in the English Premier League in which he claimed the top scorer, helped Liverpool qualify for the UEFA Champions League, and narrowly missed out on the Premier League title.

Though, Suárez makes our Top 10 list for the second time after he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the win-or-go-home final group stage.

#3 Toni Schumacher vs France

The year is 1982, the much-fancied West German side face an in-form France side containing future UEFA head, Michel Platini. Both sides had laboured into the semi-finals. France with a few scrappy victories that showed their position as outsiders, West Germany seemingly intent on throwing away their pre-tournament position as favourites.

During the match, when Platini spotted some lax West German defending and threaded a perfect ball over the top onto the substitute, Patrick Battiston. And the rest would go down in history as one of the most outrageous moments in World Cup history.

#2 Mwepa Ilunga vs Brazil

At first look, this is worthy of the number 1 spot. Here’s a player seemingly unaware of some of the basic rules of soccer yet he’s playing in the world cup finals. However many years later, Mwepa Ilunga put the record straight saying it was a protest against poor wages and management from Zaire’s Football Association.

#1 Zinedine Zidane vs Italy

A moment so iconic it was commemorated in a 5 metre high bronze statue. In recent years it’s difficult to think of a moment that garnered more outrage. The French team at their captain, who so memorably carried the team through their game against Brazil. The Italians at this moment of violence. Or even the millions watching at home who saw a seemingly random act of outrage committed. Arguably this moment turned the game in Italy’s favour. And for that reason, it’s our number 1 outrageous moment.

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