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World Cup's Most Shocking Moments Ever

These World Cup events astonished the planet.

The World Cup is undoubtedly the most transcendent sporting event on the planet, and because of its importance, it is capable of shocking the world when impressive things happen.

Throughout almost 100 years of history, the World Cup has witnessed events that have astonished the world, and here we take a look at some of them.

Mussolini’s Blackshirts (1938)

In the 1938 World Cup, the Italian team was booed by the French people, as wartime was already being felt in Europe.

The anti-facsist protests provoked Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who decided to have his players wear a black uniform as a sign of rebellion.

Italy defeated France in the quarterfinals and went on to win the championship, beating Hungary in the final.

Luis Suarez's hand ball (2010)

In soccer, as in life, sometimes you have to do what is necessary to survive.

Uruguay was facing Ghana in the 2010 semifinal, and in the closing moments, the Africans took a shot at goal, clearly a goal to be scored.

Attacker Luis Suárez stopped the ball with his hands to keep Uruguay alive and was sent off with a red card.

Ghana attacker Asamoah Gyan missed his spot kick, and then Uruguay qualified in a penalty shootout.

Mineirazo (2014)

The 2014 World Cup was held in Brazil, and the hosts were one step away from reaching the final.

What the Brazilians didn't count on was that Germany would be a real steamroller in the semifinals, winning with a shocking score of 7-1.

This defeat was more humiliating than the 1950 "Maracanazo" itself.

Zinedine Zidane Headbutt (2006)

In the most important match, after an epic run to the final, the legendary Zinedine Zidane did something no one would have imagined.

It was extra time in the final against Italy and Zidane got out of control after being provoked by defender Marco Materazzi. "Zizou" headbutted him and was sent off in the last game of his life.

Luis Suarez Bites Giorgio Chiellini (2014)

In a hard-fought match between Uruguay and Italy in 2014, Luis Suarez committed one of the most unusual aggressions ever seen.

The Uruguayan striker bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Dracula's style. This cost him a nine-match suspension and four months off the field.

The death of Andres Escobar (1994)

With Valderrama, Asprilla, and Cordoba in the team, there were huge expectations for Colombia ahead of the 1994 World Cup. Unfortunately, the opposite happened.

In the first round, Colombia was eliminated after losing 2-1 to the United States in a match where defender Andres Escobar committed an own goal.

Ten days after the match, Escobar was found dead in his country, one of the most tragic events in the game’s history.

Maradona's Hand of God (1986)

One of the most remembered and mythical moments in the history of the World Cup. In the 1986 quarterfinals, Diego Maradona not only scored the greatest goal of all time, but also scored with his hand.

After beating England, Argentina won the World Cup for the second time after defeating Germany in the final.