The Top 10 Funniest Moments in World Cup History
The World Cup can provide a spectrum of emotions. Comedy doesn't always spring to mind, but there has been a rich seam of rib tickling incidents ever since Jules Rimet set fire to his own hat to mark the official start of the inaugural 1930 tournament.
Here's looking at a few funny moments down the years...
1978: Peru's Goalkeeper Gets Booked!
Peruvian goalkeeper Ramon Quiroga was not nicknamed "El Loco" for nothing.
Earning himself a reputation for doing some crazy things, he proved it to the world in the 1978 World Cup.
In the match against Poland, he rushed off his line several times to tackle their players or clear the ball. In one incident, he raced into the Polish half, fouled one of their players, and earned himself a yellow card.
You'd be lucky to see anything like that happen again in today's game.
1978: Scotland Aim High!
Scotland's official World Cup song set the bar for expectations and raised the hopes of Ally's all Scots. The chorus in "Army" claims Scotland will win the World Cup and are the greatest football team.
They had some decent players in Kenny Dalglish and Joe Jordan, but seriously...The song was funny enough, but Scotland went to the 1978 World Cup, lost 1-3 to Peru, and drew 1-1 with Iran.
Despite beating Holland 3-2 in their final group match, they were out. Och no laddy...
1994: John Aldridge Bursts Out!
Aldridge loses the plot Confusion over an Ireland substitution led to one of the funniest outbursts you're likely to see in a game.
John Aldridge, prevented from coming onto the pitch despite the player he was replacing having already come off, exploded with rage and spewed profanities at the official...all in front of the cameras and the millions of people watching the game live!
Even Ireland's manager, Jack Charlton, got involved in a shoving match with the official. If only Aldridge could have played more often, just for comic potty-mouthed value!
1982: Kuwait Refuse To play!
The Kuwaiti defence hears a whistle as the French attack.
They commit the cardinal sin of stopping as Giresse slips through to score. An amazing impasse follows as the team refuses to carry on, under orders from the sheikhs in the crowd who control Kuwaiti football. If OPEC met in a public park it would look a bit like this.
Sadly, common sense prevailed and the game continued with Sheikh in the crowd.
Now there's an idea for a competition...
1990: Massing's Massive Tackle!
Claudio Caniggia of Argentina won the ball in his own half and began a run towards the Cameroon goal at breakneck speed.
He skipped past the first challenge, evaded the tackle of the second defender, but then came up against the towering Benjamin Massing. So committed was Massing in tackling, Caniggia would have been lucky if he didn't end up in the crowd.
Massing's tackle was strong to say the least. He lost a boot in the process, and in no effort to go for the ball, the ref had little choice but to send the big man off.
1994: Diana Ross's Legendary Free Kick!
It's USA 1994, and Diana Ross is performing at the opening ceremony .
Everyone is excited beyond their wildest dreams as the first game is about to begin. All Ross has to do, after singing her song, is take a penalty. The goalkeeper will let her score and the goal will fall apart, signifying the games are ready to begin. Except for one little problem...
Ross kicks like a girl and fluffs her penalty, completely missing the goal. The goal still fell apart, though, and the goalie still dived.
1962: Chile and Italy
In the words of BBC TV presenter David Coleman, "Good evening. The game you are about to see is the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game."
Except he forgot to include the word "funniest" into that description for the Chile-Italy match. Some of the craziest tackles you'll ever see, including left-hooks and kung-fu kicks, took place in this game!
So serious did the violence get that the referee had to get the help of police and the army onto the pitch to help calm matters.
1974: Zaire's Ultimate Defending Tactics!
A wall is formed by the Zaire players on the edge of their box. They are ready to defend a free-kick that's in a dangerous position. Brazil are still deciding on who is going to take it.
The ref puts the whistle to his lips and blows, signaling to the Brazilians to take it when they're ready .
No one told Ilungu Mwepu though. He rushes from the wall and blasts the ball up field. He thinks he's the hero who has outwitted the mighty Brazil.
With a shake of his head, the ref blows the whistle again, books Mwepu, and orders a retake.
You would have thought he would have learned the rules before participating in the biggest football tournament. Hilarious.
2006: Graham Poll Books a Player. Thrice!
A cracking game between Australia and Croatia which ended 2-2 and saw the Aussies qualify for the second round was overshadowed by the mother of all refereeing blunders.
English ref Graham Poll showed Croatia's Josip Simunic three yellow cards and a red in the 90 minutes.
He booked him twice in the game, not realizing his mistake and issued him a third yellow in the final minute before following up with a red card. Embarrassing for Poll, hilarious for us.
1990: Rijkaard spits on Voller!
A foul by Dutchman Frank Rijkaard on West Germany's Rudi Voller led to a yellow card, which then led to a yellow card given to Voller, which then led to second yellows issued to both players moments later, which then led to the jerry curled, mustachioed Rijkaard spitting into the perm of the mustachioed Voller! Funny few minutes to see two grown professional footballers acting like schoolboys on the playground.
Truly deserves to top the list!