Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Holland vs Portugal 2006: History for the wrong reasons

During the World Cup in 2006 a dirty, ill-tempered quarterfinal was played between Holland and Portugal with a madman referee that ended with a record 16 yellow and 4 red cards.

Both teams finished the game with nine men: Deco and Costinha were dismissed for Portugal, while Khalid Boulahrouz and Gio van Bronkhorst were ejected for Holland.

Russian referee Valentin Ivanov, in what I think was one of the worst refereeing performances ever, set the tone by booking players early on for late tackles that he could have given free-kicks for.

It was unwatchable, here are the fouls:



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This match was very entertaining. I had a lot of fun watching it back then.

6/19/2007 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was one of the most entertaining games I have ever seen.. for the wrong reasons, perhaps, but it was great viewing.

Also, the blame placed on the referee is a little unfair. He may have been over-zealous at times - but that in no way justifies players on both sides acting like a bunch of drunk schoolchildren.

6/20/2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Agreed, ultimately its the players responsibility to behave. The referee contributed to the chaos. My article attributed too much blame on him.

6/21/2007 4:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Portugal fan and I might be biased but my opinion is that the Dutch were going to do whatever was necessary to win and the Portugese reciprocated. It all really started when Ronaldo was kicked in the thigh outrageously by Netherlander. A case of sour orange juice from their match in the previous Euro comp.

9/12/2007 5:36 PM  

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