December 13, 1990 |
John Harkes, a midfielder for the U.S. national team, scored his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday as his team beat Derby County 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the English League Cup. Harkes, who last week signed a $185,000, 2 1/2-year contract, scored in the 32nd minute of the fourth round replay, beating former England national team goalkeeper Peter Shilton with a 30-yard shot.
July 12, 1994 |
On Wednesday, goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli will play his 116th and most important game for Sweden, a World Cup semifinal against Brazil at the Rose Bowl. That will give him the record for most national team appearances by a Swedish player and leave him only nine games shy of the world record. The record is held by England's Peter Shilton, with 125 caps, followed by Pat Jennings of Northern Ireland with 119. Both players have retired from international competition.
November 17, 1986 |
Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in this year's World Cup soccer tournament in Mexico, said that he used his hand to score a vital goal against England, according to a British press report Sunday. In what London's Sunday Express described as an exclusive interview with Maradona at Naples, Italy, Maradona was quoted as saying that he punched the ball past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton as they both tried to reach it during a quarterfinal match in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium.
August 24, 2005 |
Diego Maradona acknowledged that he struck the ball with his hand in the famous "Hand of God" goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals. Speaking on his local television talk show Monday night, Maradona called one of soccer's most controversial goals "something that just came out of me. It was a bit of mischief." Maradona punched the ball into the net, and officials allowed the goal to stand despite protests by the English team.
June 29, 1998 |
It's a bit late, but maybe it's the thought that counts, not the timing. Diego Maradona has reportedly apologized for his infamous "Hand of God" handball goal against England. For years, the legality of the first goal he scored for Argentina against England in the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup has been debated.
July 3, 1990
Here is a capsule look at the English and West German soccer teams, which will play in the second World Cup semifinal game Wednesday at Turin. ENGLAND--A controversial top seed in Group F, the English have lived up to the FIFA's pre-tournament ranking. The offense, led by striker Gary Lineker, John Barnes, Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley, has been inconsistent.