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Top 10 Most Unusual Sports

If you think the usual fare of soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey, and football are the only games around the world of sports, this list of Top 10 Most Unusual Sports will help you change your line of thought! In these games, participants are not required to use the standard sports equipment and neither are the games carried out in run-of-the-mill sports arenas. Even though these may stand nowhere near mainstream sports in terms of popularity and fan following, they do have a certain charm of their own.

Warning: Some of these do have the ‘Do Not Try This At Home’ tag!

Cheese Rolling

For all you food lovers out there, here’s a game that, in spite of its association with cheese, will actually help you lose weight! This sport is more of a tradition that began in England over 200 years ago. On the day of Spring Bank each year, a wheel of delicious cheese is rolled down Cooper’s Hill in Gloucester and participants have to run down the hill to chase it. The first person to get to the bottom of the hill is declared the winner. Even Jack and Jill, from the famous nursery rhyme, injured themselves on their way downhill so you can imagine the kind of battering and bruising that is likely to be part of this sport too.

Wife Carrying

If you thought that the only time a husband carries his wife is over the threshold of their new home, you may want to reconsider after reading this. This sport of Finnish origin is as exciting as its name – Eukonkanto. The game involves husbands carrying their wives over their shoulders. The wives wrap their legs around the husbands’ neck and their hands around the husbands’ torso and hang upside down. The tricky part is that this isn’t a simply race, and the husband completes it only after crossing a number of hurdles and obstacles. And if you’re wondering what the winning team earns – it’s the wife’s weight in beer, definitely enough motivation for husbands everywhere!

Dog Surfing

All you animal lovers are going to adore this sport! Animals aren’t just cute, cuddly, huggable pets that we have as companions. No! They are capable of doing unimaginable stunts, for example, dog surfing. The Dog Surfing Competition initially started in San Diego, but due to its eminence, has now become a famous sport all over southern California. One can actually witness the amazing stunts of dogs riding the waters and taking on the best surfers, one wave at a time!

Unicycle Polo

We all know the usual game of Polo that involves mallets and balls. But Unicycle Polo – now that is something you definitely wouldn’t want to miss. The participants follow similar rules of the Polo game, however, the only difference is that all participants are playing while balancing on (and some crashing and falling off) unicycles!

Blind Soccer

The game of soccer is challenging enough, but the joys of the game are known to cross barriers of language and race! With blind soccer, the visually impaired can also participate and enjoy the game with the same amount of passion and enthusiasm. The key to knowing the ball’s position lies in the ball itself. The soccer ball is filled with pebbles, so that it makes a sound while rolling around and visually impaired players can judge its exact location accordingly. All the participating players are legally blind, even the goalkeeper!

Quidditch

Adopted from the famous Harry Potter franchise, the game of Quidditch is quite similar to the one played by the wizards at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, barring the magical powers of flying on brooms of course! The International Quidditch Association was founded at Middlebury College in Vermont and within a few years has expanded to include a number of teams from almost every continent in the world.

Extreme Ironing

The participants of this game proudly call themselves ‘ironists,’ owing to the fact that the main task in this sport is to iron clothes. So where is the extreme factor? Well, these so called ironists go to the most extreme locations and positions to do their ironing. Some hang off cliffs while they iron, some do it atop a moving vehicle, some even do it underwater, while others prefer to iron their clothes while waterskiing. The sport requires that the participants click a picture of themselves in the act of ironing. Here’s a sport that doesn’t just give the participants an adrenaline rush, but also gives them creaseless garments for the awards ceremony!

Ferret Legging

Scottish Games – Ferret Legging from Matthew Brackney on Vimeo.

 

This somewhat sadistic sport includes quite a good deal of self-inflicted pain. This game is played by participants fastening the ankles of their pants and releasing two ferrets in their pants. The audience then waits and sees which of these courageous participants can endure the biting and scratching until they finally give-in. The record for this sport was set way back is 1981 when a participant, Reg Mellor, endured having the ferrets in his pants for five hours and thirty minutes. No one has been able to break this record since. Now who would want to try this?

Street Luge

This sport is otherwise a simple race down a race track, except for the simple modification that participants lie on their backs on skateboards big enough to hold the entire human body and then leave the rest to gravity. The main focus of concern is the safety of the luge and the smoothness of the race path. The one to reach the finish line first is obviously the winner!

World Gurning Contest

If the ones on this list were not weird enough allow us to round things up with the World Gurning Contest, a contest for participants who can pull off the ugliest face! The meaning of the word ‘Gurning’ is to pull off an ugly face and this contest was started way back in 1297 at the Egremont Crab Fair, UK. Eyes popping, tongue twirling, cheeks bloating, nose wrinkling – you can see all of this and more at the World Gurning Contest.

While some of these sports seem funny and entertaining, some are precarious and life threatening as well which calls for some stringent safety precautions. The entertainment factor is usually the highest though, so if you’re tired of the usual, any of the sports on this list of Top 10 Unusual Sports should get your spirits soaring!
 

Chile Fans - 2014 World Cup

Chilean Football Fans Storm Into Maracana

On Wednesday, June 18, Chile played Spain at the Maracana Stadium. A group of ticketless Chile supporters decided to find a way into the stadium by going through the Media Center underneath the stands.

 

In the process, they broke down a temporary wall and pushed their way through journalists and TV crew.

 

Although security was slow to react, they were eventually able to detain a large portion of the group.

 

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The 10 Greatest Sports Icons In History

In the world of sports, every generation will get to witness several stars. Some of these stars succeed and fulfill their destinies while others may fail in their journey. In this melee of stars that come and go, there are those who leave a mark in the world that simply doesn’t fade with time. While some can come to achieve great things, a few outstanding elements raise others above and beyond the rest. This list of Top 10 Sports Icons is a tribute to such superstars of the sports world – heroes who will never fade over time.
 
Pele
 
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The Brazilian is an icon not only in the football world, but in the sports world in general. Every sportsman worth his trade respects Pele for all that he has achieved. A phenomenon, Pele is known not only for his amazing skills in soccer, but also respected for his humility and composure. Among other accomplishments, his time with the New York Cosmos in the 70s is probably the biggest boost the game received in America! As a global icon, Pele has played his part in several charitable efforts as well, making him more than just a sports sensation. Even decades after retiring from the game of football he gave so many memories to, Pele remains a part of the world of sports and will remain so for a long time to come.
 
Muhammad Ali
 
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Cassius Clay, or more commonly known as Muhammad Ali, this man’s punches are louder than anything the boxing arena has ever seen. So what if he called himself “The World’s Greatest”? His feats in the ring, and sometimes off it, proved that the world could call him that one day anyways! His controversial comments and daring beliefs outside the ring matched his boxing prowess inside of it and for these reasons and many more, Muhammad Ali finds a permanent place in the Boxing Hall of Fame, and of course, in the hearts of his admirers across multiple generations.
 
Michael Jordan
 
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The towering figure of Michael Jordan flying towards the basketball hoop is an image that surpasses many other memories in the world of sports. His Airness is probably the only athlete to have an impact on his sport that created a ripple effect across other sports too. Today, he heads the Charlotte Hornets and no matter how many basketball superstars tread the basketball arena after him, few will ever come close to the enigma that MJ has proven to be. While fans scramble to get their hands on their favorite Jordan brand sneakers, here’s a man who will remain, as the NBA website proclaims, the greatest basketball player of all time!
 
Tiger Woods
 
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In recent times, Tiger Woods has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but that doesn’t take away from what he has accomplished in the realm of golf. Tiger Woods singlehandedly revamped the image of golf, and for years, has ruled the best courses in the world through grit, focus, and determination. The first African American to make such a huge name for himself in the sport, Woods is probably the greatest influence the sport has ever had.
 
Jackie Robinson
 
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April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball and even his No.42 retired with him. These are not the only two elements that speak to the man’s greatness. During a time when being African American was enough to keep you out of sports in America, Jackie Robinson used his skills and strong personality to break through the color barrier, opening up the gates to many more colored players after him. He remains a sports icon even today, not only for his contribution to the game, but also his influence he had on the sports world around him.
 
Wilt Chamberlain
 
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The NBA may have seen amazing players come and go in all its time, but the man who got it all started though was Wilt Chamberlain. This is the guy who set all the records while hundreds of players after him made it their life’s dream to try and break them. Did you know he was the only NBA player to score a mind-numbing 100 points in a single game? Only Kobe Bryant’s 81 points in a single game comes close, but even that is 19 points short of the record! Averaging 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds per game, Chamberlain was a man playing among boys.
 
Jim Thorpe
 
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While most sports icons, even the ones on this list, are known for their dedication to a single sport, Jim Thorpe’s skills, talents and determination just could not be limited to a single one. A proud Native American, Thorpe was a phenomenal sportsman who made a name for himself across a string of different sports, including professional football, basketball and baseball. He even won two gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1912.
 
Vince Lombardi
 
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If there’s one man’s numbers every coach in the NFL would like to replicate, they would be the ones attained by Vince Lombardi. The man did not know what a losing season was throughout his career as a coach in the NFL and this is only one of the reasons the Super Bowl trophy is named after him! When he wrapped up his amazing coaching career with the Green Bay Packers, he had five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowl wins to his name.
 
Babe Ruth
 
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George Herman “Babe” Ruth is the player who made baseball a popular sport in the 20s. “The Bambino” remains one of the most prolific players the game of baseball has ever produced. It’s been almost a century since Babe Ruth hit those loud 714 home runs and winning seven World Series championships, and yet, he still remains a well-known name in the world of sports today. Need we say more?
 
Wayne Gretzky
 
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They don’t call Wayne Gretzky “The Great one” for nothing! Arguably the most influential hockey player to ever step on a rink in the NHL, Gretzky has a string of records to his name. These include 15 playoff records and 40 regular season records, he remains the only player in history to record more than 200 points in a single season, and he managed to do that a whopping four times! Teams across the NHL have retired his No.99 jersey and even that doesn’t seem to be enough tribute to the man who remains one of the most iconic hockey players of all time.
 
This list of Top 10 Sports Icons teaches us the true meaning of excellence in the sports world and beyond. The records these players have set may be broken along the way, but the memories they have given us will remain with us forever.
 

 

USA - 2014 World Cup

USA Stuns Ghana

The match started off with one of the quickest goals in World Cup history (5th it turns out) at the 31 second mark by Clint Dempsey. The US had a great chance to make it 2-0 in the 19th minute, but the Ghana defense was able to keep the ball comfortably out of the net.

 

USA’s Jozy Altidore was lost due to a hamstring injury in the 22nd minute and then Dempsey suffered a broken nose in the 33rd minute, but he was able to return.

 

Ghana started to turn things around in the second half as they began to press hard for the equalizer. Their effort was rewarded in the 82nd minute when Andre Ayew took a backheel pass from Asamoah Gyan and made a superb left-footed strike to tie the match at 1.

 

The celebration was short-lived though, as only 4 minutes late, John Brooks powered home a header off a corner kick to reclaim the lead for the US.

 

USA avenges their losses to Ghana from the two previous World Cups where the losses resulted in elimination on both occasions.

 

Top 10 NBA Careers Ruined By Injury

Injuries are an unavoidable reality in the sports world, yet some injuries tend to change the course of promising careers. The NBA is undoubtedly the greatest men’s professional basketball league in the world and this list brings together the Top 10 NBA Careers ruined by injury.
 
Maurice Stokes
 
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Maurice Stokes was an NBA player during the 1950s. He played for the Cincinnati/Rochester Royals, and during one of his games, Stokes landed on his head – sending him into a coma. Later he suffered paralysis due to the brain injury that was a form of post traumatic encephalopathy. The devastating incident took his life in 1970. At the young age of 37, this player’s life and career ended tragically.
 
Larry Johnson
 
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As a part of the Charlotte Hornets and the New York Knicks, this professional NBA player contributed to the game with full force on the court. However, after he suffered a terrible back injury that reduced his ability to be physical during the game, Johnson later on became more of a perimeter player and helped his team instead of being the up front and primary driving force that he once was. He barely played 10 seasons before retiring due to his back injuries.
 
Yao Ming
 
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This Chinese professional played for the Houston Rockets. He was well known for being one of the best centers in the game and standing tall at 2.29m (7’6″), he was the tallest player whenever he was on the court. Yao Ming was at the brink of achieving success when he developed osteomyelitis in his big toe. This kept him away from games in his fourth season. An additional injury, a broken bone in his foot, also contributed to him being sidelined during year. To add to his misfortune, Ming later suffered a broken knee and a micro-fracture in his left foot a year later. It was due to this that his career came to an end even before he could taste success.
 
Larry Bird
 
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Playing for the Boston Celtics, Larry Bird was destined to become an all-time great. The 12-time NBA All-Star was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for three consecutive seasons from 1984 to 1986. His chronic back problems led to premature retirement in 1992. Bird is presently serving as a team president in the Indiana Pacers.
 
Chris Webber
 
Chris Webber was one of the players who had an extraordinary flair for dunking and passing. An unfortunate knee injury in 2003 caused the talented player to opt for early retirement in 2008. Webber had to undergo micro-fracture surgery for an injured knee and after the surgery, Webber’s swiftness and movement on the court was limited and he didn’t have the same agility as before, resulting in the untimely and unfortunate end of his career.
 
Penny Hardaway
 
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Penny Hardaway was an eccentric point guard in his days in the NBA. He started his professional career in 1993 with the Phoenix Suns, but his most dynamic years were as a member of the Orlando Magic. In 1998, his career suffered an untimely end due to a knee injury.
 
Kevin Johnson
 
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Currently the mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson is the first African American to serve the office. Johnson was a man on fire when he played on the court, but his NBA career went downhill after he was affected with a hernia. The condition slowed him down and delayed his progress. If not for this, people say that Johnson, along with Barkley, would have definitely made a couple of title runs in the West.
 
Grant Hill
 
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Having played for four different teams, the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers during his tenure in the NBA, Grant Hill was considered one of the best players out there. His initial six seasons with the Pistons were smooth and catapulted his fame to great heights. The next twelve seasons though were plagued by injury, causing Hill to retire in 2013, though it was a popular opinion that if it wasn’t for those injuries, Hill would have had a far more brilliant career.
 
Shaun Livingston
 
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Shaun Livingston is a 24-year old whose injuries have plagued him to the extent that he actually lost out on almost half of his games in the first three years of his career. In 2004, Livingston chose to enter the 2004 NBA draft over attending college. In 2007, he suffered a gruesome knee injury that affected the entire area around his knee. He took over 2 years to recover from the injury. Luckily for him, he battled back and eventually found himself on a championship winning Golden State Warriors team in 2015 – but not nearly as spectacular as he could’ve been without the injury.
 
And how can you not love that ‘fro?
 
Jay Williams
 
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Injuries, apparently, do not just happen on the court. Jay Williams was a Duke University Blue Devils player who played professionally for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. Williams had a near-death motorcycle accident that tore three ligaments in his knee. Williams underwent therapy to revive his leg, but was constantly nagged by the injury that in turn affected his playing. His contract was later bought out by the Bulls for $3 million. If it weren’t for the injury, Williams could’ve had an impressive career for himself.
 
These players on the list gave their best to the game while they were on the court, but for some, their injuries minimized their impact while for others, the injuries were just too much to overcome.
 

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Chile - 2014 World Cup

Chile Eliminates Spain

In stunning fashion, Spain will be one of the first teams eliminated at the 2014 World Cup (along with Australia).

 

Alexis Sanchez provided the set up for Eduardo Vargas as he scored Chile’s first goal of the day in the 20th minute. Chile added another goal before halftime to add salt to Spain’s wound. A routine freekick by Chile was inexplicable punched by Iker Casillas directly to a Chilean player in the box. Charles Aranguiz was perfectly positioned and just chipped a shot into an open net while Casillas was rendered helpless to stop it.

 

Spain tried to regroup in the second half, but they seemed to lack the type of energy, determination and desire needed to come back from such a deficit.

 

With this 2-0 loss, Spain becomes the fifth reigning World Cup holder to be eliminated in the group stages. It happened to Italy twice (1950, 2010), Brazil in 1966 and France in 2002.

 

 

Upsets - 2014 World Cup

Top 10 Biggest Upsets In The World Cup (Part 2)

Here’s the remaining Top 5 in our list. If you missed Part 1, click HERE!

 

5. East Germany defeats West Germany at the 1974 World Cup

 

This match is still regarded as one of the most politically charged matches ever played in the World Cup. Germany was still divided between East Germany and West Germany and the match at Volksparkstadion was going to be intense. East Germany did not have much reputation in the world of football, whereas West Germany had made a name for themselves and were considered as one of the favorites to win the 1974 World Cup. East Germany surprised everyone on that day and they managed to score the lone goal of the game in the 77th minute. West Germany failed to equalize and went on to lose the game. West Germany had the last laugh, eventually moving on to win the 1974 World Cup.

 

4. Algeria defeats West Germany in the 1982 World Cup

 

Algeria was participating in the World Cup for the very first time and West Germany was the reigning European champion at that time. Everybody expected West Germany to just roll over the inexperienced Algerian team. However, Algeria stunned everyone when they took the lead in the 54th minute. West Germany eventually tied it up in the 66th minute, but Algeria shocked the world again when they scored another goal off a one-timer. This goal from Algeria turned out to be the match winner and the reigning European champions were defeated by the first timers at the World Cup.

 

3. Cameroon defeats Argentina at the 1990 World Cup

 

Argentina had previously won the World Cup in 1986 and were expected to remain at the top of the tournament at the 1990 World Cup. The team from Cameroon did not have any big stars in their lineup and Argentina was expected to win without much effort. This was just the second World Cup for the team from Africa and this was the very first match in the 1990 World Cup. The football world was stunned when Cameroon managed to take the lead in the 67th minute with an incredible header. They managed to hold onto this lead even though they were down to only 10 players after the 54th minute of the game. Cameroon finished well in the tournament and managed to reach the quarter-finals, the furthest they’ve finished in their history at the World Cup.

 

2. USA defeats England at the 1950 World Cup

 

England, in the 1950s, were considered to be the best football team in the world. England was tipped to be the favorites along with Brazil and Uruguay to win the 1950 World Cup. United States, on the other hand, did not even have a full-fledged professional team. England was widely expected to beat the United States team with ease, however, the first and only goal of the match was scored by USA in the 37th minute. USA managed to hold them off until time expired. This defeat proved to be a big loss for England who could not manage to enter into the final round. USA also did not win another match in a World Cup until 1994.

 

1. Uruguay defeats Brazil in the 1950 World Cup

 

Brazil was hosting the 1950 World Cup and this was the final match of tournament. Approximately 200,000 people were watching this game live at the the Maracanã Stadium. Brazil started the tournament as favorites, were playing on home soil, and they only needed a draw to win the World Cup, whereas Uruguay needed to win to lift the World Cup. The Brazilians started the match by continuously attacking and they were rewarded when they scored the first goal in the 47th minute. But Uruguay responded with a goal in the 66th minute. In the 79th minute, Uruguay scored the last goal of the game and held on to win the match and the World Cup title.

This match is widely known as Maracanazo, which roughly means “The Maracana Blow”.

 

 

 

Croatia - 2014 World Cup

Croatia Routs Cameroon

This was going to be a tough match for Cameroon from the start, and it didn’t take long for Croatia to get on the board. Ivica Olić received a pass from Ivan Perisic and neatly placed it into the back of the net to put Croatia up 1-0.

 

Cameroon certainly didn’t make things easy on themselves as Alex Song decided it was a good idea to elbow a Croatian player in the back in the 40th minute. He received a red card for the act and put Cameroon down to 10 men.

 

The Cameroon keeper, Charles Itandje, made two mistakes which lead to Croatia’s second goal. Firstly, a poor kick giftwrapped the ball Ivan Perisic on the left side with only clear space between him and the goal. Secondly, Itandje anticipated a cross to the middle, but Perisic instead tucked the ball into the open space left behind by the keeper.

 

Mario Mandzukic scored the last two goals of the match. In the 61st minute, he sent home a powerful header off a corner kick and in the 73rd minute, a juicy rebound bounced right to him which he calmly just tapped in to make it a 4-0 game.

 

 

Netherlands - 2014 World Cup

Netherlands Wins Exciting Match Against Austrailia

Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the 20th minute. It started when he took a pass in the midfield, shook off a challenge in the process, ran the ball upfield all by himself and put a shot into the lower right corner past the keeper.

 

That goal was very short lived as right off the ensuing kickoff, a cross to Tim Cahill was perfectly struck in mid-air over the outstretched hands of Jasper Cillessen, off the crossbar and into the net. Brilliant efforts on both sides.

 

The score remained even until the 54th minute when Australia’s Mile Jedinak took advantage of a penalty kick. Australia couldn’t hold the lead for long though as Robin van Persie was able to even the score again in the 58th minute. He received a nifty little pass behind Australian defenders while staying onside and sent a laser of a shot into the top left corner.

 

A giveaway to the Aussies gave them a golden opportunity to take the lead, but couldn’t capitalize. Instead, the Dutch turned back the other way and Memphis Depay put a great amount of curl on the ball and found the back of the net, just out of reach of Mathew Ryan’s hands.

 

Tim Cahill and Robin van Persie both received yellow cards during the match and will miss their next game.

 

 

Upsets - 2014 World Cup

Top 10 Biggest Upsets In The World Cup (Part 1)

The World Cup comes once every four years and it brings out the best in all the teams. Most of the time, it’s the powerhouse teams who prevail, but there are always opportunities where the underdogs have surprised the world with shocking wins. Here are our top 10 biggest upsets in World Cup history.

 

10. USA defeats Portugal at the 2002 World Cup

 

USA finished last in the 1998 World Cup. Therefore, nobody expected them to cause any trouble with Portugal in 2002. The Portugal team was loaded with stars and they were expected to easily win over the United States. However, Team USA had other plans. USA scored first in the game with a goal from John O’Brien in the fourth minute. This lead was increased to 3 goals to nil by the 36th minute, with another goal from Brian McBride. Portugal was not just a spectator as they scored one goal in each of the two halves, but that was not enough, with USA winning the game 3 to 2.

 

9. South Korea defeats Italy at the 2002 World Cup

 

Even though South Korea was hosting the World Cup in 2002, nobody expected them to win against Italy. Italy scored first in the game and they managed to maintain the lead for quite some time, but South Korea scored in the 88th minute to tie the game at 1-1. In the extra time, South Korea stunned the world by scoring the golden goal and the Italians lost the match. South Korea went on to reach the quarter-finals, the furthest the country has ever advanced in World Cup history.

 

8. Northern Ireland defeats Spain at the 1982 World Cup

 

This was the last match for Spain in the group stage and they were easily expected to win against Northern Ireland. Spain had already qualified and they did not need a win to move to the next round whereas Northern Ireland needed to win to move to the next round. Spain were the favorites as they were not only the better team on paper, but they were also hosting the World Cup that year. However, Gerry Armstrong from Northern Ireland had other plans and he scored the lone goal of the game and Northern Ireland managed to beat Spain, 1-0.

 

7. Bulgaria defeats Germany at the 1994 World Cup

 

Germany was expected to win this game and though the Bulgarians were not expected to give up easily, nobody expected them to defeat the powerhouse of football at that time. Germany scored first in the game when they were awarded a penalty. However, Bulgaria managed to equalize the score later in the game with a beautiful free kick. Three minutes later, they extended the lead with a perfect header and then played out the rest of the game to beat Germany.

 

6. Senegal beats France in the 2002 World Cup

 

France had just won the World Cup in 1998 for the first time. Inspired by the maverick Zinedine Zidane, France was expected to put up a great show in the 2002 World Cup. However, Zidane suffered an injury before the World Cup even started and had to sit out for the first few matches. This proved to be crucial as they played Senegal in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup. France was stunned when Papa Bouba Diop of Senegal scored in the 30th minute to take the lead. France made some amazing attempts, but could not score a goal for the remainder of the game. They also failed to move beyond the first round. Senegal finished 7th in their one and only appearance in the World Cup tournament.

 

 

Move on to Part 2 HERE!

 

 

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