FIFA World Cup 2010: Top Five Strangest Incidents
As we lay South Africa 2010 to rest, here are the Top Five Strange Incidents and Phenomena that were as much a part of the World Cup experience as the soccer.
No. 5: Larissa Riquelme—More Famous Than Her Team
Paraguay’s solid defense, team ethic, and three goals in five games hardly set the 2010 World Cup alight, but one of its fans certainly grabbed the tournament’s attention.
Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme ensured that she would emerge more famous than any of her country’s soccer players by vowing to run naked through the streets of Asuncion if the team won the World Cup.
Her campaign of self-publicity continued when she stuffed her considerable assets (and a mobile phone) into a candy-striped vest top and was frequently photographed celebrating her team’s goals.
What a shame Paraguay didn’t score more often.
No. 4: Someone Attempts To Steal World Cup Trophy
To get your hands on the World Cup usually acquires years of training and hard work to become a professional soccer player good enough to play for one the few countries that actually has a chance of winning it.
Or connive your way to becoming head of FIFA.
This guy obviously decided that both those options were beyond him so he went for the old-fashioned "run on the pitch and try and grab it" alternative.
But one member of the South African security team is too quick and alert for him and lays him out cold with one punch.
No. 3: An Octopus Outshines the Experts
Paul the Octopus ended the World Cup with a 100 percent success rate, having correctly predicted the results of seven of Germany's games as well as Spain’s victory in the final.
While most people refer to the eight-limbed cephalopod as a psychic, it is more likely that he just knows more about soccer than the dim-witted ex-pros that most television stations fancifully call a “panel of experts."
No. 2: Players and Cameras
Some World Cup stars decided to get up close and too personal with the television cameras recording their every move at the World Cup.
Wayne Rooney sarcastically berated the jeering England fans straight to camera as he left the pitch following his team’s dreary 0-0 draw with Algeria.
Cristiano Ronaldo summed up his frustrating tournament after Portugal’s defeat to Spain by staring a camera in the eye and spitting.
While Argentina’s Gabriel Heinze ran into a camera that had gotten too close to him as he celebrated a goal against Mexico, and so decided to hit back.
No. 1: Empty Streets of Sao Paolo
Ever wanted to drive through Sao Paolo unencumbered by traffic?
Do it during a Brazil World Cup game.