What are the most dire substitutions in football history? | Football

“During the Red Star v Maccabi Haifa match, Milan Pavkov entered the field in the 78th minute and scored an own goal in the 90th minute. Surely we have never seen a more catastrophic substitution before? tweet @terunoumi89.

Pavkov’s ill-fated own goal settled a Champions League play-off, which was heading into extra time with an aggregate score of 4-4.

Incredible scenes last night when Milan Pavkov’s own goal in the last minute ensured that Maccabi Haifa qualified for the Champions League group stage at the expense of Red Star Belgrade! ?#UCL pic.twitter.com/n13KNVhSkH

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 24, 2022

Of course, the sporting catastrophe is in the eye of the beholder, so we’ll leave it to you to decide whether the following examples are better or worse.

“I imagine it can’t be much worse than what happened to Marco Etcheverry,” writes Jörg Michner. “Imagine the situation: your country, Bolivia, is playing its first World Cup since 1950, facing Germany in the opening match of USA 94. Despite being the star of your country, you start on the bench after suffering a knee injury months before. Finally, in the 79th minute, you are substituted with your team down 1-0. Four minutes and two touches later, the ever lovable Lothar Matthäus knocks you down with a waved arm and, after play is stopped, you give him a harmless, possibly deserved but unnecessarily petulant kick. The referee has none of that and he sends you off… Bolivia ended up losing, Etcheverry was suspended for his last two group games and never played in the World Cup again. Oh.”

Fast forward to 2013, and St Johnstone’s Rory Fallon was sent off 35 seconds after coming on, for an elbow on Aberdeen’s Michael Hector. Go back to 2002 and ‘ouch’ was the key word in 2002’s Battle of Bramall Lane, when a pair of understudies played unforgettable supporting roles.

George Santos and Patrick Suffo were substituted for Sheffield United in the 64th minute, both sent off in the 65th minute and the match being suspended shortly after has to count. https://t.co/nWnMWpx8BJ

– country friend (@country_dude_) August 31, 2022

Next, we have the curious case of the ineligible player. “Manny Omoyinmi came on as a substitute for West Ham during the last eight minutes of extra time in the Worthington Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa in the 1999-2000 season,” begins Alun Thomas. “West Ham won on penalties after a 2-2 draw. However, the match was ordered to be replayed as Omoyinmi had played in the competition for Gillingham earlier in the season and was therefore ineligible. West Ham lost the replay 3-1.”

Earlier this year, Didier Deschamps bowled over Jonathan Clauss in the 79th minute to try and get France across the line in their Nations League tie against Croatia. Four minutes later, the defender clumsily brought down Andrej Kramaric in the box, and the striker converted the penalty to give Croatia an equaliser.

In September 1992, Andy Comyn made an even quicker impact on the Baseball Ground:

Not shown in full here, but Andy Comyn came on as a substitute for Derby after this free kick was awarded, making it an own goal after about 5 seconds of ‘ball in play’. Crazy Game – Derby 3 Bristol City 4https://t.co/rIkROufsqz

—Andrew McGill (@AndrewRMcGill) August 31, 2022

And finally, Jim Hearson has a new take on an old favorite.

The introduction of Ali Dia as a substitute was quite catastrophic for Graeme Souness’s reputation.

—Jim Hearson (@JimHearson) August 31, 2022

Players who beat teams during a season

“After six games, Erling Haaland is single-handedly ahead of 14 Premier League teams in goals scored.” Shaun Forster writes. “When was the last time a player finished the season with more goals than an entire team?”

It has happened in seven Premier League seasons, most recently in 2020-21. The most notable is probably 2017-18, when Mohamed Salah topped Three teams in his first season at Liverpool.

  • 2002-03 Ruud van Nistelrooy 25, Thierry Henry 24, James Beattie 23, Sunderland 21

  • 2005-06 Thierry Henry 27, Sunderland 26

  • 2007-08 Cristiano Ronaldo 31, Fernando Torres 24, Emmanuel Adebayor 24, Derby County 20

  • 2013-14 Luis Suarez 31, Norwich City 28

  • 2016-17 Harry Kane 29, Middlesbrough 27

  • 2017-18 Mo Salah 32, West Bromwich Albion 31, Harry Kane 30, Swansea City 28, Huddersfield Town 28

  • 2020-21 Harry Kane 23, Mo Salah 22, Sheffield United 20

We’ll be honest with you, we don’t have the will or the time to go through the entire history of English top flight football, hence the convenient 1992 cut-off. But I’d be remiss not to mention Everton legend Dixie Dean, who scored a record 60 goals in the 1927-28 league season. Goals were easier to come by in those days, so he didn’t beat any team: the lowest scorers were Blackburn and Portsmouth with 66.

James Beattie on his way to overcoming Sunderland in 2002-03.
James Beattie on his way to overcoming Sunderland in 2002-03. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA


“What is the earliest reference to a football club achieving ‘the great escape’ by avoiding relegation from a seemingly doomed position?” Ralph Burns asks. “Presumably, this expression was first used after the movie of the same name was released in June 1963.”

We don’t know if it’s the first time, but Stewart Beard found a reference from May 1965. “In the Essex & Thurrock Gazette, the headline proclaimed ‘The Season of the Great Escape,’” he writes. “Grays Athletic of the Athenian League First Division had survived the last day, winning 5-2 at Walton & Hersham, having lived ‘from September to April with the threat of relegation hanging over them’”.

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“I was recently watching the third test between India and the West Indies,” Manas Phadke wrote in 2011. “I was quite surprised to see Billy Doctrove (who is a referee) sitting in a grandstand named after him in a Liverpool shirt and kissing the crest for the cameras. Are there any other umpires in international cricket (past or present) who have publicly pledged their allegiance to a football club?

Roy Proctor was present with some answers. “The most obvious cricket umpire to have a publicly recognized football affiliation is the incomparable Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, who in an article for The Guardian in 2008 proclaimed: ‘I’ve supported Barnsley for 70 years, so there’s no way I I miss this. afternoon.’ The afternoon in question was an FA Cup quarter-final match between Tykes and Chelsea, a match which was won by Barnsley. Another referee was Ian Gould, a goalkeeper who played in goal for Slough Town and Arsenal, earning him the nickname ‘Gunner’. In July 2009, Gould became chairman of Burnham FC of the Southern Football League. And while I’m not sure which team he supports, legendary West Indies referee Steve Bucknor, like Gould, was a goalkeeper and played for Jamaica at the collegiate level. He then he went on to referee and took charge of a World Cup qualifier.”

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“Bournemouth have sacked Scott Parker after four games of the Premier League season. Is that the quickest firing of a manager who was promoted last season? Michael Booth asks.

The City of York played last week at Maidenhead’s York Road course. Any other examples of teams playing away from home with their names? Does Windsor go to Windsor Park? Does Spain go to Parque España? #ycfc

— George Davidson (@MrHenryGee) September 6, 2022

“What is the first instance of surname+ball to describe a coach’s football philosophy?” Daniel Marcus reflects. “I thought it was ‘Sarriball’ but a friend pointed out that for a while Stoke played ‘Pulisball’. Is there any previous example?

When Werder beat Dortmund in stoppage time on August 20 after losing 2-0 in the 88th minute, it was noted that this was the first such change in Bundesliga history, and “the first in 13 years”, or something like that, in major European leagues. What was the previous?

— Yes, that’s a Twitr (@yesthatsatwitr) August 31, 2022

“While we rightly like to berate our American cousins ​​for the word ‘football,’ we all know that our nation’s greatest embarrassment is that it is, in fact, a British word,” begins Ethan Mackintosh. “To that end, I was wondering if there were ever any clubs in the UK that were officially called football clubs at any point in their history. Just writing ‘football clubs’ feels like a criminal offence, I’m so sorry.”

Conor Coventry made his debut for West Ham vs. Man City in the first game of the season. The last time a player with a “league club surname” played in the PL was perhaps Reece Oxford (?), incidentally also for West Ham. Are there other players in the PL era with club surnames?

— this is advice (@thisis advice) September 6, 2022

Have two managers ever changed clubs? Tom Solan asks.

@ElKnowledge_GU Has anyone scored more goals in the English top flight in a calendar month than Erling Haaland in August, with 9?

— Francesco Lopez (@FrankLopezCoach) September 2, 2022

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