THE HAND OF GOD
When we hear the phrase "The Hand of God" I only remember one thing. 1986. Lets see how old was I then. I was 10. No DSTV , No Nothing. I remember the passion and love I had for football. Every Saturday with my uncle we used to tune the radio and hear the English scores.Then we had the Match and Shoot Magazine posters and handouts that we used to fill in. Shoot was about R1.50 I think and MATCH was about 4 bucks. I also remember how upset I used to be when on the MATCH cover they used to say FREE THIS,AND FREE THAT, But we never got any.
Anyways 1986 was the World Cup in Mexico and all we knew was England. Ray Wilkons, Hoddle, Lineker, Robson, Butcher ,Shilton and the likes. England had beaten Paraguay en route to the quarter finals, and it was 3-0, Linekar scoring a brace. I was excited. But it was Argentina and Diego Maradona in the quarter final. In the most Cruelest of fashions England went 1-0 down. Maradona on the ball, turns, Fenwick gets a clearance, Peter Shilton was claiming that he was fouled. Maradona rose, punched the ball into the English net. I rememebr the look on Bobby Robson. As an English Fan, we were robbed blatantly and the goal stood. Maradona then later scored the goal of the World Cup and probably the greatest goal ever, gliding and slicing through an English defence with a solo effort that buried England. Even though Lineker pegged one back again the Curse and LUCK of the English began.
And Diego Maradona will forever be remembered as a LEGEND and the HAND OF GOD.
UNCLE BHAI GORA COULDNT RESIST AND HIS MUGG OF THE WEEK is someone taht has tried to emulate what maradona did and failed. Messi did it and got away with it.
UBG is definately one that doesnt like LEGENDS to be shamed and by Scholes trying that in context of the game and in desperation got UBGS vote as the MUGG of the week.UBG was in MEXICO at the time having a Tortilla in the town. If he was the referee there Maradona wouldnt have got away with the hand of God. But Scholes for trying such a feat with no success and getting himself red carded and a European Suspension is Uncle Bai Gora Mugg of the week.
TRANSFER RUMOURS-from some sports site...supplied by Cisse....
Michael Owen could be next out of the door at Newcastle as he looks set to reject a new contract at St James' Park that would mean him taking a £1m-a-year pay cut. (Sunday Mirror)
Manchester United or Tottenham could be ready to bid for Owen, depending on the outcome of the Dimitar Berbatov saga. (Sunday Mirror)
With less than 48 hours left before the transfer window closes, who do you want your club to sign?
Owen, 29, would be available for as little as £2m as Newcastle hope to cash in now instead of losing him on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Mail on Sunday)
Berbatov is set to seal a £28m switch to Old Trafford by the end of the transfer window at midnight on Monday. (The People)
Spurs have asked that Hull target Frazier Campbell, 20, be included in a £30m deal for the Bulgarian striker. (News of the World)
Midfielder Lassana Diarra, 23, will sign for Tottenham in a £12m deal if Portsmouth fail to offload a number of other players after manager Harry Redknapp was told he has to slash the club's wage bill. (The People)
Robinho's move from Real Madrid to Chelsea still appears to be on after the 24-year-old was left out of Real's squad to play Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. (The People)
The Brazilian forward will also hold a press conference on Sunday, when he will apparently discuss his future. (Various)
Blackburn manager Paul Ince is lining up a move for Uruguayan striker Alvaro Recoba, who is a free agent after his Inter Milan contract expired. (Sunday Times)
Everton have made a £500,000 bid to bring former Celtic and Manchester United striker Henrik Larsson, 36, to Goodison Park. (Sunday Mirror)
But West Ham have emerged as favourites to sign the Swedish striker for £1m. (News of the World).
Everton have also made a last ditch attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho and has offered a club record £18m for the 21-year-old. (News of the World)
Stoke are also closing in on the signing of Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant for about £4m. (News of the World)
Blackburn are planning to bring Espanyol's 27-year-old Spanish winger Valdo to Ewood Park after losing ground in the race to sign Pennant. (News of the World)
West Ham have targeted Arsenal defender Johan Djourou as a replacement for Anton Ferdinand and are willing to pay £8m for the 21-year-old. (Sunday Mirror)
Arsenal have reportedly made enquires about taking Real Madrid's German defender Christoph Metzelder, 27, on loan for the season. (The People)
West Brom are planning a late £4m bid for Portsmouth striker David Nugent. (News of the World)
Stoke have launched a £5m bid to sign highly-rated Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley and have also offered Ipswich Town £2m for striker Jon Walters. (Sunday Mirror)
Potters boss Tony Pulis is also set to bid £1.75m for Sunderland defender Danny Higginbotham. (Sunday Mirror)
Alexei Smertin and Collins John have been told they can leave Fulham on free transfers. (News of the World)
Fulham and Reading have been told they need to bid £2m to prise Tom Soares away from Crystal Palace. (Sunday Mirror)
Serie A newcomers Lecce have opened talks with Celtic about signing Massimo Donati from the Glasgow club. (News of the World)
Cardiff manager Dave Jones will be at Celtic Park on Sunday in the hope of signing striker Chris Killen for £500,000. (News of the World)
Rangers have approached 30 English Premier League and Championship clubs in an attempt to offload five unwanted players. (News of the World)
Charlie Adam and Brahim Hemdani have joined Daniel Cousin, Jean-Claude Darcheville and Alan Gow in being surplus to requirements at Ibrox. (News of the World)
Plymouth have beaten Hibernian to the signature of Blackburn striker Paul Gallagher on loan. (News of the World)
West Ham are ready to replace manager Alan Curbishley with Croatia boss Slaven Bilic, despite guiding the club to their best start to a season in nine years. (News of the World)
Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson, who had been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton, is set to sign a new £50,000-a-week contract at Eastlands. (Various)
Cristiano Ronaldo has said he will be ready to return to action on 27 September, two weeks earlier than previously thought. (The People)
Liverpool's American owners are facing a new threat after being told they have to pay back their £350m loan within six months, rather than the 18 they were hoping for. (News of the World)
The club's future is also in danger after George Gillett and Tom Hicks failed to get the necessary funding in place for their new 73,000-seater stadium, which has been delayed by up to a year. (Sunday Express)
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has hit back at claims that he unsettled Gareth Barry behind Martin O'Neill's back and said he was in constant communication with the Aston Villa manager. (Various)
Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has blamed his side's poor start to the season on wantaway striker Dimitar Berbatov. (The People)
Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has compared midfielder Deco to France great Zinedine Zidane. (Various)
Referee Mike McCurry has called for the use of video evidence and a right of reply for officials in Scotland. (Sunday Mail)
Referees prevented Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc and Dundee United counterpart Lukasz Zaluska being arrested for breach of the peace last season. (News of the World)
AND FINALLY Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand is learning Hebrew as he goes to Israel on holiday every year and is considering settling there when he retires. (The People)
BERBATOV SIGNS FOR UTD
awaited switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester United, insisting it is "a dream come true"...
Berbatov officially joined United yesterday in a £30.75million deal which sees Fraizer Campbell head to Spurs on a season-long loan.The Bulgarian striker had been pushing for the move for several months, as he was desperate to leave White Hart Lane and return to the Champions League stage.The 27-year-old is thrilled to have finally arrived at Old Trafford and hopes to enjoy a long and successful spell with the reigning champions of Europe."Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me," Berbatov told United's official website. "I look forward to playing my part in helping this club win more honours in the years to come."As the transfer window dragged toward its close, Sir Alex Ferguson intimated that he was doubtful the deal would go through given the fractious relationship between United and Tottenham.Hence, the United boss is pleased by Berbatov's arrival and is confident he will perfectly complement Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez up front.Ferguson said: "His style and ability will give the team a different dimension and I’m sure he will be a popular player with the fans."Kieran Quentin
Simple question.What will this do for the MANCS? Should the Abu's start panicking?
Robinho has signed for Manchester City Can you Believe it? What a thing. Who would have thought?
I see the guys have already started leaving comments. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.
THIS NEW CITY OWNER IS 10 TIMES RICHER THAN ROMAN.
He says He will make City the biggest Club in Europe and is likly to table a offer of 135 million for Penaltino. Also he wants Fabregas & Torres