The ‘Hand of God goal’ is a phrase used to mark one of the most controversial goals in the history of football, achieved by Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time. The goal came in the 51st minute of Argentina’s quarter-final match against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, leveling the game between the two rival teams at 1–1. Maradona scored a goal from his hand to defeat goalkeeper Peter Shilton and provided one of the most memorable moments of the tournament.
Argentina won the game 2-1, courtesy of Diego Maradona’s ‘Goal of the Century’, which became a part of the history books. Argentina won the World Cup that year and Maradona was declared the winner of the Golden Ball.
Maradona has said that he scored the great first goal “a little with the head and a little by the hand of God”. It was around this time that the phrase was coined.
The general consensus now is that a ‘Hand of God goal’ will never be allowed using the VAR technique once the target is viewed from all angles.
How did the “Hand of God goal” happen?
This is one of the most famous goal scorers in the history of football, one of the most famous players of all time. Diego Maradona and the 1986 World Cup Quarter Final vs England. A phenomenon that Maradona later called “The Hand of God”, a term that became famous around the world.
The incident happened in the second half, just as Argentina were starting to put pressure on the game. Maradona’s teammate Jorge Valdano attempted to take down a pair of English defenders. However, defender Steve Hodge cleared it towards England’s goal.
English goalkeeper Peter Shilton was run out and Maradona went up to face him. The difference was in the height of Shilton, who was 20 cm higher than the height of Maradona, who raised his hand towards his head. That fist hit the first ball, which went straight into England’s net.
Before the goal, Tunisian referee Ali Benesur spoke to his lineman, who verified it. In a 2005 interview, Maradona admitted that he scored with his hand, although he did not express grief over the incident.
After the Major in 1986, the nickname “Hand of God” would be used for a number of other controversial handball situations. Maradona would use it again in a match against the Soviet Union in 1990, but it did not result in a goal. In the qualification match for the 2010 World Cup, France received the “New Hand of God” from Théry Henri, who would be followed in the tournament by Luis Suárez. Uruguay would save a goal against Ghana, receive a red card and advance Uruguay to the next round.
About Diego Maradona
Diego Armando Maradona Franco, a former Argentine professional footballer, was born on 30 October 1960 in the city of Lanas, Argentina. Maradona is widely regarded as one of the best footballers of all time, having been named by FIFA as one of the best players of the 20th century. He has given new meaning to the position of the attacking midfielder, also known as the second striker. Maradona was born to poor parents and grew up in the town of Villa Fiorito, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. When he was eight years old, Maradona was playing for local club Estrella Rosa when he was spotted by a talent scout. His innate skill set quickly elevated him to captain of the Argentine juniors’ youth squad, Los Cebolitas (The Little Onions) in Buenos Aires.
Maradona showed early signs of football prowess at the age of eight by joining the boys’ team Las Cebolitas (“The Little Onions”), which won 136 consecutive games and a national title. He joined Argentina Juniors at the age of 14 and made his first-team debut in 1976, 10 days before his 16th birthday. He made his national team debut four months later, making him the youngest Argentine to do so. Despite being dropped from the 1978 World Cup winning team due to concerns that he was still too young, he led the national under-20 team to Junior World Cup victory the following year.
In 1981, Maradona joined Boca Juniors and immediately helped them win the title. After that, he toured Europe, first with FC Barcelona (where he won the Spanish Cup in 1983) and then with SSC Napoli (1984–91), where he found remarkable success, pushing the usually poor Naples club to the pinnacle of Italian. been delivered. Football. The team won the league title and cup with Maradona in 1987, and the league title again in 1990. His time with Napoli came to an end when Maradona was caught in Argentina for possession of cocaine and handed a 15-month suspension from football. He then went on to play for Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys in Spain and Argentina respectively. He returned to Boca Juniors in 1995 and played his last game on 25 October 1997.
In 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994, Maradona was a member of the Argentina national team, which won the World Cup in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994. In Mexico in 1986, he dominated the tournament. He scored two of the most famous goals in World Cup history in a 2–1 quarterfinal win over England. The first goal he scored was from his hand (the referee mistook the ball to hit his head), now known as the “Hand of God” goal. The second came when Maradona took possession of the ball in midfield and passed the goalkeeper over the English defenders before putting the ball into the net. He was once again suspended after testing positive for the substance ephedrine at the 1994 World Cup. In 1987 and 1989, Maradona was a member of the South American Championship squads.
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