Spain have been thrown into turmoil on the eve of the World Cup after head coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked.
Right here, FP takes a take a look at a number of the dramas which have unfolded at earlier tournaments.
Republic of Eire, 2002
Roy Keane headed for the 2002 finals in South Korea and Japan as one of many largest names in world soccer, however the Republic of Eire and Manchester United skipper departed earlier than a ball had been kicked in anger after a spectacular bust-up with supervisor Mick McCarthy. Keane’s dissatisfaction with Eire’s preparations escalated into an incendiary row in Saipan and an irretrievable breakdown in his relationship with McCarthy, who went on to information the Republic to inside touching distance of the quarter-finals whereas his star participant walked his canine at house with the nation divided over which ones was in the fitting.
Diego Maradona, who had led Argentina to glory in 1986, was despatched house from the finals in the USA eight years later after he failed a medicine check. The then 33-year-old, who had beforehand served a 15-month FIFA suspension after testing optimistic for cocaine, was withdrawn from the squad by the Argentina Soccer Affiliation after it was revealed a urine pattern taken following a 2-1 win over Nigeria had contained traces of 5 variants of the banned performance-enhancing stimulant ephedrine. Maradona, whose wide-eyed celebration after he had scored in a Four-Zero victory in opposition to Greece had raised eyebrows, claimed he had taken remedy to deal with chilly and allergy signs, however to no avail.
England captain Bobby Moore discovered himself on the centre of one of many World Cup’s largest conspiracy theories when he was arrested after being accused of stealing a £600 bracelet from a resort store in Bogota, Colombia, on the eve of the 1970 finals in Mexico. A bemused Moore was held for 4 days, however was by no means charged and was launched following the intervention of Prime Minister Harold Wilson to guide the reigning champions of their finally unsuccessful defence. It has since been claimed that the true thief was a girl.
There was uproar when the identify of Ronaldo didn’t seem on the Brazil teamsheet forward of the 1998 ultimate in opposition to hosts France, and a fair larger fuss was sparked when the then 21-year-old was reinstated. Nevertheless, the large debate happened after the sport following a subdued show by the Inter Milan striker in a Three-Zero defeat. It later transpired that he had suffered convulsions earlier within the day and had been dominated out by supervisor Mario Zagallo earlier than the participant had arrived on the Stade de France with medical clearance and insisted he ought to play.
France boss Raymond Domenech discovered himself on the centre of a participant revolt on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after striker Nicolas Anelka had been despatched house. The France Soccer Federation pulled Anelka out of the event after he had rowed with Domenech at half-time throughout a 2-Zero defeat by Mexico, and his team-mates refused to coach in entrance of a whole lot of followers at an open session. Domenech was left to learn out a press release on behalf of the squad, which finally departed on the earliest alternative having collected only a single level from three group matches.
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