'10 and '66 make 1066, the Battle of Hastings, fought between the Normans (France) and the Anglo-Saxons, who were Germans that conquered England and settled there 500 years earlier. So this whole football thing could be considered as Germany v Germany, or France v Germany!
Yep, it's that pesky crossbar-to-line goal decision. The incident at the 2010 World Cup between England and Germany has been called various names such as 'Revenge for Wembley' or
'Shades of '66'; and rightfully so.
The whole incident was a completely perfect inside-out reversal of Wembley. Here's why:
1966 - The decision went in England's favour.
2010 - The decision went in Germany's favour.
1966 - The ball bounced off the underside of the crossbar, but didn't fully cross the goal-line.
2010 - The ball bounced off the underside of the crossbar, but crossed the goal-line in its entirety.
1966 - The goal was given, but was actually not a legitimate goal.
2010 - The goal was not given, but was actually a legitimate goal.
1966 - Football organisations were very open to new ideas to develop the game further and positively.
2010 - Peddling an idea widely disliked by the Presidents is immediately rejected without comment.
Et Voila! A reversal aided by karma, over 40 years in the making.
Initially 2-0 down in just over half an hour, England pulled a goal back through Matthew Upson, who co-operated with John Terry in allowing Miroslav Klose an easy lead for Germany earlier. Then Lampard took a sweet strike which had just enough dip to hit the crossbar on the underside and spin the ball entirely past the goalline (the camera never lies). However, the ball bounced out and the linesman disallowed the goal thinking it had hit the crossbar and bounced in front of the goalline instead.
Obviously, FIFA being the spineless snails that they are hid away in their shells from questions about goalline technology by refusing to comment. They secretly knew they had shied away from new technology in football for too long by seeing that goal disallowed.
As one of the BBC commentary team put it:
'Thanks very much Sepp Blatter. I hope he's squirming in his seat.''
That was the Vox Populi di Anglia right there.
It's annoying that it was England's game which finally grabbed a valuable slice of FIFA's attention after so many similar goals have preceded it. OK, it didn't encourage a reversal of the decision in the end, but it definitely got the ball rolling [no pun intended] on improving how international games are officiated. Now we have two people behind the goal in addition to linesmen. Woo-hoo! That's right, put two people on the other side of the goal-line where they'll possibly have a worse view of a goal than the linesman.
Anybody can see the net ripple, but the net doesn't have to ripple for it to be a goal!
I'm not going to sit here protesting that England should have won easily and then gone onto win the tournament but the decision influenced the outcome of the game. The momentum was swinging back in England's favour until the goal was disallowed. They weren't very good that day against the Germans/Turkish-Germans/Spanish-Germans/Polish-Germans and hadn't been amazing during the group stages either.
Still, taking it as an isolated football game, the decision was absolutely ridiculous. You don't have to be a FIFA-accredited linesman (or even a non-German) to recognise that the goal was legitimate. In fact, I don't think that linesman was FIFA-accredited at all...*cue X-Files theme song*