Hilderaldo Bellini is the World Cup icon whose trophy celebration has influenced everyone from Jordan Henderson at Liverpool to Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid

23 May

Whatever the sport, this lot changed the game and here, talkSPORT.com looks at those pioneering men and women every week. Here, it is Brazil captain Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini, whose iconic celebration offered something different. It’s trophy season – at least it should be – with May and June usually the time of year when fans […]

Roy Keane vs Mick McCarthy: Clinton Morrison’s insider account of famous Republic of Ireland World Cup bust-up

23 May

“Roy was steaming, he was ready to blow, I couldn’t believe it.” Listen back to Clinton Morrison’s brilliant recollection of the infamous ‘Saipan incident’ which rocked Irish football in the build-up to the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. On this day, May 23, in 2002, Roy Keane was sensationally sent home from […]

When Martin O’Neill absolutely destroyed Real Madrid and Juventus legend Fabio Cannavaro and Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira at World Cup 2014

24 Apr

Martin O’Neill has never been one to mince his words and that much was clear for all ITV viewers to see when the veteran manager was on punditry duty for the TV channel during World Cup 2014. The ex-Republic of Ireland boss became the butt of the joke following a discussion about defending during France’s […]

Brazil vs France in the 2006 World Cup saw Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaka line up against Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira

23 Apr

Has there ever been a more delightful sight in the World Cup? As England headed home, Brazil and France were fighting it out for a place in the 2006 semi-final and so in Frankfurt, 11 of the best footballers in the world lined up. Germany, Italy and Portugal were waiting in the last four and […]

Tony Cascarino, Jack Charlton and the Pope – Funny story about when Republic of Ireland team met His Holiness at 1990 World Cup

22 Mar

‘Tony Cascarino, Jack Charlton and the Pope’ sounds like the start of some elaborate, and probably offensive, joke. And it sort of was, as former Republic of Ireland manager Charlton poked fun at the player who was at fault for his side’s World Cup exit at Italia ’90. With the government telling us to work […]

New Nigeria 2020 kit: Nike release STUNNING design as follow-up to World Cup shirt that smashed sales records

6 Feb

Nike have revealed the follow-up to Nigeria’s stunning 2018 World Cup kit, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The American sportswear giants’ previous ‘Naija’ shirt, created for the African nation’s World Cup campaign in Russia, took the world by storm. Its bold green, white and black design was hugely popular with both football fans and streetwear […]

World Anti-Doping Agency hand Russia four-year ban from international sports, including Tokyo Olympics and 2022 World Cup

9 Dec

Russia has been banned from all major international sporting events for four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The punishment, which can be appealed within 21 days, means Russia cannot feature at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics, or the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Russia athletes will be allowed to compete at any competitions, however, as […]

England legend Sir Geoff Hurst jokes VAR would have ‘been indecisive like it is today’ in 1966 World Cup final at Wembley

14 Nov

Sir Geoff Hurst has joked VAR would have been unable to determine if his second goal in the 1966 World Cup final should have stood. The former England striker scored a memorable hat-trick to seal a 4-2 win over West Germany to secure what remains to be the Three Lions’ only World Cup triumph. However, […]