Written by Rory Nicklin • Published 5th July 2018 • 3 minute read
Ahh, sport. Fan’s follow it religiously, world leaders use it politically and Maradona uses it to party like its 1986 all over again. It gives us a whirlwind of emotions from pure ecstasy to complete and utter misery. Even the great Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “life without sport, is no life at all.’ Well, not quite, but you get the picture.
Here we take a look at the top five weird and wonderful moments in sport…
Zidane’s final farewell 2006
It was never supposed to end that way. The stage was set for Zizu at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Zidane navigated his country to the final where they came up against Italy. The Frenchman scored a penalty to put France one-nil up, but the Italians drew level and shut up shop, hoping to head for penalties. Frustrated, and perhaps ticked off by Marco Materazzi, Zidane planted his head into Materazzi’s chest and was promptly shown a straight red card. His iconic, final moment in football saw him walk past the World Cup down the tunnel before the Italians went onto win the final in dramatic circumstances via a penalty shootout. Luckily for Zidane, he has since rebuilt his reputation in football- successfully leading Real Madrid to three successive Champions League Final triumphs.
The Three-Day Tennis Match- Wimbledon 2010
11 hours, five minutes, played across three days. That’s the time it took Nicolas Mahut and John Isner to play their first-round match of tennis at Wimbledon in 2010. It is, by some distance, the longest game in tennis ever, with the match finishing 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68. Both players also went on to serve more than 100 winners, but it was John Isner who would go on to win the match, before ultimately falling at the next hurdle.
Paul the Octopus- 2010
Cast your mind back to the start of the decade and you may remember Paul, the football oracle with eight tentacles who became a viral sensation for correctly predicting matches at the 2010 World Cup. Housed at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, which is a city on the river Emscher in the Ruhr Area, Paul correctly guessed 12 out of 14 matches he predicted, including the final itself.
Leicester City title winners- May 2016
You couldn’t have written it, unless, of course, you were one of the producers of the movie trilogy Goal! That was fiction, but fortunately, Leicester City’s title-winning season wasn’t and Leicester City Premier League Champions 2015/2016 will forever be etched in the history books. At 5000/1 outsiders Leicester City were a team many favoured to go down. Claudio Ranieri aka as the Tinkerman was at the helm and Gary Lineker was so sure they wouldn’t win the league that he was prepared to present Match of the Day in his pants if they did. But, wins kept coming, belief grew and soon the whole nation were behind the Foxes. Dreams then turned into reality after Tottenham drew against Chelsea and the whole nation had a Vardy party. We may never see anything quite like it again, in fact, I doubt we will, but boy are we glad that we witnessed it.
Brothers in arms- 2016
No, we’re not talking about the fifth album by the Dire Straits that features the hit song ‘Money for Nothing.’ We’re talking about the time the Brownlee brothers crossed the finish line in arms after Jonny Brownlee started suffering from heat exhaustion and almost collapsed. The pair were taking part in a World Triathlon Series race in Cozumel, Mexico. Jonny needed to win the race to win the World Series but pushed himself to the brink of collapse before brother Alistair, who would have won the race had he not stopped, came to his aid and carried him across the line.
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