Harald Schumacher & the 10 Most Violent World Cup Incidents

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Harald Schumacher & the 10 Most Violent World Cup Incidents
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is just weeks away, and football's top international sides are now in the midst of preparations for the summer tournament in Brazil.

Previous World Cups have brought some of the best football ever seen. But, for every glorious moment, there have been downsides—with some individuals and teams so desperate for success that they got carried away and made some ugly challenges.

One of the most notable examples of reckless violence is the case of West Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher flying into France's Patrick Battiston in the 1982 semi-final, an event that left the defender comatose.

Schumacher's challenge was, sadly, no anomaly, and B/R has compiled a countdown of the Top 10 most violent incidents in World Cup history. Selections were made on the balance between damage caused, recklessness and intent to do physical harm.

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