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Diego Maradona 'Hand of God' Goal Recap

Argentina Training & Press Conference - 2010 FIFA World Cup
Argentina's head coach Diego Maradona speaks to the media during a press conference at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Getty Images)more pics » More on Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona was once one of the soccer players on the planet, and his 'Hand of God' goal against England in 1986 helped solidify his place on the map -- as a great player and controversial player. It also made the rivalry between the two teams even bigger.

Diego Madrona scored the Hand of God goal in 1986. (Getty)
Here's what went down: In the second half of the '86 World Cup, Madrona beat the English goalie Peter Shilton to the ball after an English player miscued the ball, sending it into the penalty area. Madrona clipped the ball with the outside of his fist, sending it sailing into the goal. The ref allowed the goal because he hadn't seen that it was actually a hand ball. Cue controversy.

Video replay showed that it was indeed a hand ball, but the goal stuck anyway and the footage was blasted all over the world. In a press conference, Madrona coined the phrase "Hand of God" goal by calling the score "un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios (a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God)."

Now Madrona is the coach for the Argentine team, and the guys just won their first World Cup game today against Nigeria.

See the Hand of God goal here:
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  • Diego Maradona in Argentina v Nigeria: Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Diego Maradona in Argentina v Nigeria: Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Diego Maradona in Argentina v Nigeria: Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Diego Maradona in Argentina v Nigeria: Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Diego Maradona in Argentina v Nigeria: Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Diego Maradona in Argentina v Nigeria: Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Diego Maradona in Argentina v Nigeria: Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Diego Maradona in Argentina v Nigeria: Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup



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