It is really one step from love to hate. Yes, and do not want to understand the mistakes, it's easier to appoint a "scapegoat". Let's talk about the most hated football players.
David Beckham. We can safely say that the football player's career was successful. Meanwhile, Beckham's life was a difficult period when the whole nation hated him. In 1998, the teams of England and Argentina met in the 1/8 finals. Relations between the countries were already difficult due to the conflict in the Falkland Islands. That game could be remembered for the bursting star of 18-year-old English striker Michael Owen. But she went down in history thanks to David Beckham. He managed to get a red card at the most crucial moment, reducing his team's chances of winning.
It all happened at the 47th minute. The 23-year-old Manchester United footballer was considered the main rising star of world football at that championship. He was adored by millions of English fans. When Beckham received a rough stab in the back from the Argentinean Simeone, he could not resist. It should be noted that the opponent provoked David throughout the match. This time, Beckham fell and kicked his opponent while lying down, hitting his calf muscle. Simeone immediately fell to the ground, depicting torment. Since the referee was only a couple of meters away from what was happening, Beckham was immediately sent off from the field. England was left outnumbered, and her advantage faded. As a result, the match ended with a penalty shootout, in which the South American team turned out to be luckier.
The culprit of the defeat by British journalists was instantly named. A talented player, the hope of the nation and just a handsome man turned into an outcast overnight. And no one remembered the names of those players who did not convert the penalty. The tabloids supported the baiting of the deleted player. In a few days, the seventh issue of “Manchester United” has gone from an idol to an arrogant loser. Beckham remembered all his mistakes, both on and off the pitch. The footballer received a bunch of threatening letters, fans wrote to him that such behavior was simply unworthy of a real man. Fortunately, Beckham was able to get through that difficult period and continue his stellar career with dignity.
Jesper Olsen. The Danish national team of the mid-80s went down in history as "Danish dynamite". That Scandinavian team played sparkling and light attacking football. Many believed that Denmark should be one of the discoveries of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. One of the team's hopes was midfielder Jesper Olsen, who also scores a lot for his Manchester United. The footballer really confirmed the advances given to him. Thanks to him, Denmark won three victories in the group and easily left the group. In the 1/8 finals, she was to meet with Spain, which no one saw the favorite in the match. The game began with attacks from the Danes. No matter how the Spaniards fought back, they conceded a goal. Olsen scored from the penalty spot, and his goal became the third in the tournament. The complete dominance of the Danes and the score in their favor - what more could you want? The break was approaching ... Jesper Olsen on his left flank received a pass from the goalkeeper and gave the ball back to the border of the penalty area. But the footballer did not notice the Spaniard Butrageno there. No wonder they nicknamed "Vulture" for the ability to pick up balls after the opponent's mistakes. The Spaniard shot past the goalkeeper without handling the ball after Olsen's pass. The Danes got a goal in the dressing room. This had an extremely negative impact on them. In the second half, Denmark was unrecognizable, her game fell apart. Spain perked up and scored four more times. Butrageno did poker in that match. They say that after the match he thanked Olsen for a wonderful pass.
Upon returning home, Danish journalists and fans literally tore to pieces Olsen. That kickback ruined his career. The language even has the phrase rigtigJesperOlsen ("the real Jesper Olsen"). She in Danish means extreme dullness. Today, young people no longer even remember who they were talking about, but the phrase remained in common use. That bullying affected the footballer. After the World Cup, he ceased to be included in the main squad of Manchester, and Olsen rode at Euro 88 as a reserve player for the team. Soon he was no longer called up to the national team. Attempts to play in France failed. In 1992 Denmark sensationally became the European Champion. But Olsen ended his career that year. The former footballer settled in Austria, away from his country, where he became an outcast. They say that Olsen does not want to see or hear about football.
Zheng Zhi. The slogan on his poster speaks volumes about the attitude towards this Chinese footballer. This picture can be seen in many sports bars in the Middle Kingdom. An unknown fan says: “You killed my heart, sentenced him to death. When I saw the defeat of the Chinese national team 10 years ago, I wanted to die. When I saw the defeat 5 years ago, I lost hope. Even if all the players of the national team died, it won't affect me. Because my dream no longer exists. " What was the reason for such hatred for the national team central midfielder? In 2005, there was a match between the national teams of China and Hong Kong. To get to the 2006 World Cup, the team from the Middle Kingdom needed a victory with a difference of 8 goals. China was able to win 7-0, and Zheng Zhi, who played in Charlton, England, missed a penalty in that game. A talented football player overnight destroyed the hopes of millions of fans, becoming hated in his homeland.
Fabio Grosso. The Italian defender boasts that the whole continent hates him. And this mainland is Australia. In 2006, her national team met in the 1/8 finals of the World Cup with the Italians. The tense match passed without goals scored and rolled into extra time. But in the last added minute of the main hour, Italy's left-back Fabio Grosso burst into the penalty area, where he collapsed against the defender. There was a clear simulation. Grosso himself ran into the Australian player and fell in the process. But the Italian's excellent acting skills took effect - the referee awarded a penalty. Totti's accurate shot pushed the European team further, and Australia, killed by injustice, went home. It is not hard to guess who was named responsible for that defeat. Fortunately for Grosso, his career spans far from Australia. However, the power of hatred probably had a result. The career of the promising young defender never became stellar.
Peter Bonetti. After a disappointing defeat by the British in the 1966 World Cup final, the Germans were eager to take revenge. And in 1970 they succeeded, because the rivals met already at the ¼ stage of the World Championship final. The FRG team was led by the legendary Franz Beckenbauer. It was he who scored the decisive goal. But the goal went down in history thanks to the mistake of the English goalkeeper Peter Bonetti. The ball flew into his hands, but slipped and dived into the corner of the goal. Until then, Bonetti was considered impenetrable and even received the nickname "Cat" for his dexterity. And that match was the worst in his career.
It is not surprising that it was the goalkeeper who was accused of losing to historical rivals. At the same time, not only the fans and journalists, but also teammates fell upon him. After that match, Bonetti did not play for the national team anymore. After 40 years, another Englishman, Robert Green, conceded a similar goal. Then in the newspaper "The Telegraph" Bonetti wrote: "It's been 40 years since I conceded the same goal. But that moment is still in my head." The goalkeeper played only 7 matches for the national team, of which only 1 was lost.
Thierry Henry. This incident happened quite recently. Thierry Henry, the Arsenal legend, was noted for his fraud. And it happened in 2010. Then the French national team competed with Ireland for the right to play in the World Cup. In extra time of the match, a free kick was served, Henry took the ball near the post. But so that he would not slip out of the field, the cunning Frenchman played along with his hand. Then Henri shot along the goal and Gallas scored the ball. This act caused a storm of indignation among the fans. Of course, the Irish were the most violent. They argue that such an experienced and titled footballer should have acted honestly and asked the referee not to score a goal. That trick brought France to the World Cup, but ruined the footballer's reputation.
Edmondo Fabbri. Players do not always fight for money or results. In the 1966 World Cup, the North Korean team played not only for victory, but also for their lives. And this is not an exaggeration. After that, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the mysterious Asian team beat Italy 1-0. This was as unexpected as the US victory over England in 1950. The Italian press made the coach Edmondo Fabbri the culprit for that defeat, his reputation was irretrievably lost. The underestimation of the opponent even entered the football annals. It is said that even before the match, Fabbri sent his assistant to review the Korea team. He reported that they were just clowns. Until now, Italians joke evilly about that offensive defeat, saying that the clown lost to the team of clowns.
Serginho. It is especially easy to be hated in Brazil, but this heavy burden usually falls on coaches. In 1982, at the World Cup, the ball wizards played magic again. But all efforts were brought to naught by the overall striker Serginho Shulapa. In the match against Italy, Brazil lost 3-2 and failed to make it to the semifinals. Serginho did well against average teams, but Italy's well-trained defense didn't give him a chance. And this is despite the fact that the creative midfielder of Brazil in the person of Socrates, Zico, Falcao, Eder and Cerezo constantly created moments for the striker with their filigree passes. After the defeat and departure from the World Cup, it was Serginho who was appointed the main loser. In Brazil, the football player was literally hated.
Luis Suarez. This Uruguayan footballer was noted for hatred towards him not only throughout Africa, but also in general of the entire black population. First of all, it is worth noting his act in 2010. Then in the ¼ final match against the Ghana national team, the extra time of the match was coming to an end. The score was 1-1. At the last, 120 minutes, Suarez hit the ball from the goal line with his hand. The striker was sent off, and a penalty was awarded to the goal of Uruguay. Ghanaian Gyan hit the crossbar, and the South American team won the post-match duel. At home, Suarez became a hero, but Africa hated him. After all, as never before, a team from this continent got close to the first semi-final in history. Suarez in the African press was dubbed the enemy of the development of football, he was hated by the entire population of the Black Continent.
Not so long ago, the stream of hatred against Suarez has grown even more. Indeed, in the England Championship match, he indulged in racist remarks about the black defender of “Manchester United” Patrice Evra. The punishment was a record multi-match suspension. So Suarez better not come to Africa, where he is so hated.
Diego Maradona. This football player is loved and hated by millions. He owns the best goal in the history of the World Cup, and the most controversial. Most surprisingly, both of them were scored in the same match. In 1986, Argentina faced off against England in the ¼ final match. At the beginning of the second half, Maradona scored a hand goal against the goalkeeper. However, the referee did not see this, considering that there was a heading. After 4 minutes, Maradona scored the “goal of the century”, bringing victory to his team in the end. At the post-match press conference, the player stated that the held ball was partially scored by the hand of God. Maradona later called that goal revenge for his country's defeat in the Falklands War. In England, the "Hand of God" was christened "The Hand of the Devil". Even before the match, team captains Peter Shilton and Diego Maradona shook hands, but soon everything will change, and a wave of hatred will fall on the Argentinean.
Roberto Baggio. And this footballer was both loved and hated. At the 1994 World Cup, it was Baggio who led his team to the final. The Italians played inexpressively, but there was a real magician in its composition. Baggio scored 5 of 6 team goals in the playoffs. In the final against Brazil, no goals were scored, a penalty shootout took place. Despite the fact that the Italians did not score three 11-meters, Baggio made the decisive mistake. The temperamental Italians could not forgive the player for that mistake. The past merits were also forgotten, no one even remembered that if even Baggio had been hammered, Brazil had to beat the decisive blow. As a result, the player became an unloved person in his own country. Nevertheless, over time, Baggio regained the respect of the Italians with his play.
Barbosa. Uruguayan Alcides Gijja loves to talk about how he scored the decisive goal against the Brazilians at their home World Cup in 1950. The old footballer cannot hide the joy of those memories. And Brazil's goalkeeper Barbosa still lives with a sense of bitterness and regret. At that world championship, the yellow-greens acted as not only the hosts, but also the main favorites. In the final group, Sweden was defeated 7-1 and Spain 6-1. But the decisive defeat was the defeat from Uruguay. Gidzha unexpectedly hit from afar, and Barbosa "yawned". Thus, the dreams of the "magicians of the ball" about winning the title were not destined to come true. Since then, the goalkeeper position in Brazil is considered the most responsible, and there has never been a reliable player in this place. Not long before his death, Barbosa himself said: "For murder in my country they have been imprisoned for 30 years, and I have been forced to pay for something to which I have little to do, for half a century already."
Zvonimir Boban. This footballer found himself at the center of the interethnic conflict between Serbs and Croats. At that time, the latter fought for their independence from Yugoslavia. During one of the matches, a scuffle broke out near the field. A Yugoslav police officer started beating a Dynamo Zagreb fan. Boban kicked, which would have been the envy of a professional karate fighter, and beat off his admirer from the law enforcement officer. A terrible scuffle arose, in which Boban himself miraculously remained to live. But since then, all Serbia fiercely hates the Croat, who dared to offend their police officer.
Alexander Filimonov. I found my own antihero in our area. It was Alexander Filimonov. The retreat to the 2000 European Championship turned out to be very strange for Russia. After a series of defeats, the national team suddenly perked up. Having won a number of victories, including over the World Champions, the French on their field, Russia intervened in the struggle for the coveted ticket. The decisive match took place in Moscow, and Ukraine became the rivals. The match promised to be very principled, especially since the hosts won 3-2 in an enchanting duel in Kiev. The Russians had the initiative throughout the match, scoring a goal. But on the 88th minute there was an episode that put an end to the dreams of fans to see their team at Euro. Andriy Shevchenko forced Alexander Filimonov to surrender with a blow from the sideline from an ultra-long distance. The ball flew along a difficult trajectory, the goalkeeper began to back away and eventually threw the ball into his own net. In the remaining time, the Russians could not score there. The whole country was shocked by this incident, blaming the goalkeeper for the failure. Filimonov's career plummeted. After “Spartak” he still managed to play for Kiev “Dynamo”, but even there he proved by his mistakes that it was not for nothing that his surname became a household name.Filimonov received his portion of popular hatred, and the unfortunate gates were cut into pieces by the order of the stadium management.