It’s a thought that goes through a football fan’s mind with regularity.
“What if” a certain player hadn’t made a certain transfer?
“What if” a big international match had gone the other way?
“What if” a young footballer hadn’t passed away in his prime?
So much of football—so much of sports—is decided, and subsequently defined, by single moments that would have altered the narrative entirely, crowned different champions, derailed dynasties and prevented heartbreak in other circumstances.
Following are 10 such items—10 “What ifs” that would have left a rather different mark on football, for better or worse.