In case you missed the goal of the World Cup playoffs. Here it is. Antar Yahia’s screamer in Sudan.
Relive the goal. Relive the celebrations. Be in no doubt: This is for 1982. This is for the players with the peppery hair and tears in their eyes. This is for the players who were robbed.
Ireland may get their revenge vicariously through Algeria. The Desert Foxes will show Monsieur Henry and his merry band of collaborators no mercy.
The opening match of the 2002 World Cup in May 2002 in Seoul, South Korea. Defending champions France against World Cup first timers Senegal. France had a uninspiring run to the World Cup (world champions don’t qualify). Senegal has a young team–standouts: Papa Bouba Diop, Kalilou Fadiga, El Hadji Diouf. France threatens first. David Trezeguet hits the bar. Then that goal. Watch for yourself.
* Senegal finished second and France last in their group. In the round of 16 Senegal beat Sweden 2-1, then lose 0-1 to Turkey in the quarterfinals (after extra time). Most of its players moved to the English Premier League (most notably El Hadji Diouf to Liverpool), but the team declined soon after. Oh, and France they’re in the World Cup after Thierry Henry used his hands.
Ireland was robbed. Pure and simple. My 8-year-old daughters watched the Henry hand ball with gaping eyes. One proffered: “Just like I do in basketball!” Her sister then deadpanned: “And there was an offside on the pass.” Children have an amazing way of stating the truth, don’t they?
In his Hall of Shame acceptance speech, Thierry Henry said: “I will be honest, it was a hand ball. But I’m not the ref,” Henry said. “I played it. The ref allowed it. That’s a question you should ask him.”
F C Barcelona striker, Thierry Henry, in New York City to play in basketball player Steve Nash‘s annual charity soccer game in New York City’s Chinatown, told reporters in New York he might join the MLS’ Red Bulls in about three years:
“Could I play for New York Red Bulls at some point? It could be possible in 2011 … One never knows, but the truth is that it is an option that could be likely. I want to stay with Barcelona for two more seasons and then I will leave.”
The video, above, is a report by the tabloid New York Post on the charity game (the PR for the game is quite good). where some of Europe’s best footballers kicked the ball around with top NBA players on a small municipal field.