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Saturday, July 08, 2006

WC2006: We've got goals....

In preparation for this weekend's final, TDH would like to present loyal readers with a little food for thought. Today's victuals come in the form of some of the greatest goals in World Cup history. And, thanks to YouTube, we've got video.

Diego Maradona, 1986
What can you say? People in Argentina walk around with t-shirts that have nothing on them except a schematic of this amazing run. No one needs to see a name to know what it is. The commentary from Victor Hugo Morales is almost as famous.

Michael Owen, 1998
As close as England has come to a direct riposte to Maradona's feat. (No, not that feat - by the way, did anyone else see Crespo going for the ball with his fist in the early minutes of the quarterfinal?) But still, not bad, considering Owen was seven years younger when he pulled his off.

Jared Borgetti, 2002
For TDH, the greatest pure header in the videotaped World Cup era. FIFA makes it number two, with a nice jump from Pele at number one, but TDH has to disagree. The angle of the play and the way Borgetti strikes the ball are simply superhuman.

Esteban Cambiasso (with Maxi Rodriguez, Sorin, Mascherano, Riquelme, Saviola, Crespo and Ayala), 2006
Can there ever have been another goal like it? This was the goal that would have had the Wengers and Rijkaards of the world salivating. Some people make it 25 touches, some 26, some 27, starting with Maxi's slide tackle to win the ball. Whatever - it was a work of art. TDH chooses this version because the English commentator (name him!) sees the goal coming and immediately appreciates its value.

Anyone going to watch Kiki Ron pout about not getting the Silver Ball for 90 minutes tomorrow?


Blogger DLP said...


This comment is not about football but about Victor Hugo Morales, mentioned here. Great Uruguayan-Argentine sports journalist, excellent person, a man of great culture and at the same time modest and simple, a charming guy. He is also a journalist and host of the TV program Desayuno (Breakfast) at the state-owned Canal 7 that shut down his program as of last friday, because he didn't say what the government wants the channel's journalists to say. The channel's new motto "The public channel" is a lie. Victor Hugo, as well as earlier Marcela Pacheco were silenced, as was Pepe Eliaschev in Radio Nacional.

I'm sorry to post about a subject other than sports but looking for his name in blogger I realized how well-known Victor Hugo Morales is in other countries. Four years ago he was fired from Radio Continental and the audience protested so much that they had to hire him again, something unlikely to happen now with Canal 7.

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