Definition of Hand of God Goal

It's one of the most famous goals in the history of football from one of the most famous players. Diego Maradona and the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup against England. An incident that Maradona would later describe as "The Hand of God", which would become a phrase known worldwide.

Diego Maradona - Hand of God - Illustration.The incident occured in the second half, when Argentina were beginning to exert their pressure on the match. Maradona's teammate, Jorge Valdano, tried to take on a couple of English defenders. However, it was cleared towards England's goal by defender Steve Hodge.

The English goalkeeper, Peter Shilton charged out and Maradona jumped up to challenge him. The difference was that Shilton was 20 centimeters taller than Maradona, who raised a fist near his head. That fist hit the ball first and it bounced right into England's net.

Tunisian referee Ali Bennaceur gave the goal before consulting with his linesman, who also confirmed it. Maradona admitted he scored the goal with his hand in an interview in 2005, though does not express regrets about what happened.

The phrase "Hand of God" would go on to be used with many more controversial handball incidents after the big one in 1986. Maradona would use it again in a 1990 match against the Soviet Union, though without a goal being scored on account of it. France also benefited from a "New Hand of God" from Theirry Henry in a qualifying match for the 2010 World Cup, which would be followed in the actual tournament by Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan would stop a goal from Ghana, resulting in him being sent off and Uruguay progressing to the next round.


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What is the meaning of the 'Hand of God Goal' in the game of soccer?

The 'Hand of God Goal' is a term used to describe one of the most controversial goals in the history of the game, scored by one of the biggest football stars of all time, Diego Armando Maradona.

>The goal happened in the 51st minute of the quarterfinal match between Argentina and England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and it tied the game between the two rivaling nations to a score of 1-1. Maradona scored a goal with the help of his hand to beat goalie Peter Shilton and produced one of the most stunning moments in tournament history.

Argentina won the game 2-1 thanks to another goal for the history books by Diego Maradona, which became known as 'Goal of the Century'. Argentina ended up winning the World Cup that year and Maradona won the Golden Ball.

Maradona went on record saying that he scored the famous first goal 'a little with his head and a little with the hand of God'. This is when the term was coined.


After looking at the goal from all available angles, the consensus today is that the 'Hand of God Goal' would never be allowed with the use of the VAR technology.


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