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The own goal is the ultimate moment of soccer self-destruction. Few footballing sights are as breathtaking as that split second of lunacy in which a gangling central defender dives full-lengthed to head the ball and past his apoplectic keeper. Then comes the realisation, from the player ( a pathetic, tragic figure lying face down in the turf), his team mates (all their hard work blown away in one crazy moment), the opposition (polite celebration and a ruffle of hair for the wretched scorer), and the fans (silence from one set, uproarious mocking and laughter from the other). As a dramatic moment, the own goal knocks anything Shakespeare managed to come up with into a feather bard's hat. Perhaps the most famous own goal in British footballing history was scored by calamitous leeds united goal keeper Gary Sprake in a 1967 league match against liverpool at Anfield. Just before half-time on a cold december afternoon, sprake gathered the ball infront of the kop and shaped to throw it out to leeds full back Willie Bell. But, with Liverpool's Ian Callaghan moving to close Bell down Sprake seemed to half-change his mind. He didn't release the ball, instead swinging all the way around and flinging it into his own net. Liverpools KOP couldn't have had a better view of Sprake's moment of madness. At half-time the anfield DJ played Des O'connor's hit record Careless hands over the PA. When the players returned to the pitch the KOP regaled Sprake with a rendition of "you need hands....." and did so every subsequent time he returned to Anfield. Unfortunately for Sprake, that was not his only high-profile error,. In 1970, he inexplicably dropped the ball into his own net while playing for Crystal Palace at Selhurts park. Then, in the 1970 FA cup final against Chelsea Sprake famously dived lamely over Peter Houseman's weak shot, which duly ended up in the back of the net. Television footage of the aftermath of the goal showed Sprake's team-mate Jackie Charlton saying something to the stricken Keeper. It wasn't entirely clear what Charlton said but it certainly begane with an F.

THE FIRST OWN GOAL IN A WORLD CUP

was scored by Ernst Loertscher of Switzerland in a match against Germany on June 9, 1938, of the 1803 goals scored in the 17 world cup finals tournaments played between 1930 and 2002, only 24 have ever been own goals. And surely the very best of the has to be by the USA's Jeff Agoos in Korea in 200. Having missed the previous two world cups, central defender Agoos was making his long-awaited championship debut at the age of 34. The USA were playing portugal in Suwon and the americans were as ranked as outsiders can get. Amazingly, in one of the most entertaining games of the tournament the USA raced to a 3-0 within little over an hour. There tally included a deflected own goal from portugals Jorge Costa, But at 3-0 Figo and company finally began to play, pulling one goal back and heavily pressuring the USA's defence. Then on 71mins, came the world cups debutant Agoos' spectacular entry into the tournaments history books. Meeting a left-wing cross from portugals Pauketam he sliced a stunning and unstoppable volley past keeper Brad Friedel. Later in the Tournament he gave a penalty away to South Korea and was injured in his third match, against nigeria, almost certainly his last ever world cup appearance.

Footballs fans don't forget own goals. Infact, they cherish them, sometimes to the extent of buying videa compilations of them fronted by Nick Hancock. Very few will forget Nicos Dabizas' spectacular diving header into his own net against Spurs, or Frank Sinclair of Leicester, 40-yard screamer past Ian Walker at Middlesborough's riverside, both in 2002. By that stage, Sinclair was already something of an own goal expert, having scored last-gap consecutive own goals in two matches in 1999.


But perhaps we have become desensitised to the own goal. Perhaps now we take the most blatant examples of footballing ineptitude for granted. What we really need is an own goal story that shakes football to it's very foundations. What we really need is for one team to score, i don't know, say maybe 149 own goals. In one match. On purpose.

Thursday, October 31st 2002 was a typically busy day in British football, Crozier quit his position at the F.A. Yorath rsigned as manager of Wednesday and Larsson gave Celtic a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in the UEFA cup and an unamed player became the first ever English player to test positives for drugs. This however, proved to be small stories when compared to the footballing events which took place on a very same day on the indian ocean island of Madagascar. In Toamasina, a port city that ships the islands vanila,cocoa and clove exports to Europe, local sidea AS Adema lined up against Stade Olympique L'Emyrne (soE) in the final match of the islands league championship. Football was about to eat itself. The match was a dead game at the end of the four-team round-robin tournament staged to decided the league title. SOE reigning league champions, has stood neck and neck with Adema, until they were held to a controversial 2-2 draw by DSA in the penultimate game of the series. Soe were furious with referee Benjamina Razafinstsalama had awarded DSA a very late and highly dubious penalty against them in the game that ultimately knocked them out of the title race. The match had been played at Adema's Tosmasina, and SOE claimed referee had shown loyalty to the local team. Adema, having won their penultimate match, went into the final game as newly crowned champions. With the title decided and nothing to lose. Soe went into the match highly aggrieved and keen to protest the alleged refereeing bias. The ref blew his whistle, SOE kicked off. And deliberately kicked the ball into their own net. 1-0. The ball was respotted, SOE centred and again scored an own goal. 2-0. With there coach orchestrating proceedings from the dugout, SOE continued to fire shots into their own net from every kick of. SOE goalkeeper Mamisoa Razafindrakoto, the captain of the Malagasy national team, 'the scorpions', stood aside his team-mates and repeatedly knocked the ball past him. Adema's bemused players stood around open-mouthed, the ref struggled to keep a tally of the score and the stadium began to empty as irate supporters besieged ticket boots demanding refunds. At the final whistle, SOE had scored a mighty 149 own goals with no reply. The results was far and away a world record in 'high scores' in top class football. It's hard to say whether 149goals and 49 hattricks or whether the goals were shared around with 11 SOE players scoring four hattricks each. Just days after the 149-0 farce. Madagascars sports minister dissolved the shamed malagasy football federation (FMF). But by the end of the month it had been reconsitituted with the FMF handling out bans to SOE's coach and four of the players. The coach was supended from football and banned from all stadiums for three years. The 149-0 scoreline was slightly sullied by that fact that it was a deliberate attempt by SOE to self-destruct. But only slightly sullied, becacause, even with the opposition standing impassively in their own half and with the goalkeeper apparently reclining against his post while reading and newspaper and smoking a pipe, netting 149times in 90mins is still a mighty impressive achievement. Scoring an own goal every 36.2 seconds, these boys didn't hang about. What is most remarkable is that at no point during the 90mins did the team think that perhaps they have proved there points. Not ten, or 50, or 100 goals. They just kept on re-spotting the ball and whacking it into the back of their own net. Tireless and determined, while the opposition took to there their rears, SOE continued to beaver away in order to self-inflict the biggest defeat in footballing history on themselves. And, upon hearing the final whistle, you can't help but think they must have been gutted not to have reached 150.

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This is only a small bit of the article that i have written out but i suggest you buy 4-4-2 and read it
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He he!!! Thats funny :)

Reyes goal for Middlesbrough was a cracker right into the corner.

We always liked Kieth Curle of Wolves as he always missed pens agaisnt us and scored own goals. I still remember the chants of "Curle is an Albion Fan!" :)
 

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Balis-of-Steel said:
He he!!! Thats funny :)

Reyes goal for Middlesbrough was a cracker right into the corner.

We always liked Kieth Curle of Wolves as he always missed pens agaisnt us and scored own goals. I still remember the chants of "Curle is an Albion Fan!" :)

Wasa peach :). Let's hope he scores a few more.. :)
 
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