August 23, 2005

God Cheated in the 1986 World Cup: On his television show, Diego Maradona proudly defended scoring the infamous "Hand of God" goal with his fist, claiming it as payback for the Falklands War. In the quarterfinal match, Argentina defeated England 2-1, going on to win the World Cup. For years Maradona credited God with the handball.

posted by rcade to soccer at 07:31 AM - 12 comments

Only Argentines believe this was anything less than a total cheat. However, those Argentines that are aware of the hand-ball revel in the fact that it was a successful cheat. (They can't lose!) I don't think anyone was fooled in actuality - except the ref. Loved those "Look, no hands" shirts the English fans were wearing in the 2002 WC.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:17 AM on August 23

Don't forget the second goal scored in that match. Now that surely was influenced by god.

posted by BigCalm at 09:05 AM on August 23

Pele was better...

posted by StarFucker at 10:45 AM on August 23 every way.

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:01 PM on August 23

Let me put it this way. I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire.

posted by squealy at 01:22 PM on August 23

Maradona is a cheating bastard, no matter how good he was. BigCalm...that second goal was certainly influenced. I'm curious if ol' Diego found the wonders of the coca leaf before that run.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 01:42 PM on August 23

Maybe he was so good because he thought the touchlines were all coca leaf derivative.

posted by trox at 02:06 PM on August 23

So you think he pulled a Fowler?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 02:21 PM on August 23

This is old news. Maradona admitted the 'hand of a little god' (a play on his name Diego) many years back. In keeping with the Look No Hands shirts, once I saw an English t-shirt with his picture and the line 'The Hand of a Little Sod'. I guess you had to be there.

posted by owlhouse at 10:00 PM on August 23

I wasn't there...

posted by StarFucker at 10:05 PM on August 23

ay dios mio!

posted by celo17fan at 09:32 PM on August 27

ay dios mio!

posted by celo17fan at 09:32 PM on August 27

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