As we all know football is a very passionate game and sometimes it can lead to emotions boiling over onto the pitch. Whilst these ugly confrontations are not what the game is about they can sure be funny sometimes, here is a collection of the top five:
5. Luis Fabiano vs Carlos Diogo
After recently being linked with Manchester United let’s hope Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t trying to sign Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano based on his fighting ability. His embarrassing fight with Real Zaragoza defender Carlos Diogo makes him look more like Ricky Gervais than Ricky Hatton. He certainly wouldn’t want the likes of John Terry, Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel to see this should he make the move to the Premiership in the summer.
4. Lee Bowyer vs Kieron Dyer
As if things weren’t going bad enough for Newcastle in this game against Aston Villa, 3-0 down and already down to ten men, Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer thought they would try and make things better by getting into a fight with each other. Bowyer looks a man possessed as he’s dragged away by his team mates and looks like if hadn’t been for the red card from the ref he wouldn’t have stopped!
3. Adriano vs Marco Caneira
If you want to the see the definition of a knockout then look no further than Adriano’s original double punch on Valencia defender Marco Caneira. The look on the Brazilian striker’s face is priceless after he gets a slap in the face from Caneira and his retaliation leaves him right on the floor. Clearly the standing ovation Adriano received whilst walking down the tunnel after both men had been red carded wasn’t for his performance but for his punch.
2. Inter Milan vs Valencia
Two years after Adriano and Caneira’s fight at the San Siro both squads thought they would get in the action after Valencia knocked Inter out of the Champions League. Here we see Valencia’s Carlos Marchena and Inter’s Nicolas Burdisso get into a scuffle before David Navarro cowardly sucker punches Burdisso, before being chased into his team’s dressing room. The punch broke the Argentine’s nose and Navarro was handed a six-month ban as a result.
1. Zinedine Zidane vs Marco Materazzi
Probably the most famous on the pitch fight of them all, French legend Zinedine Zidane ended his career in disgrace after he headbutted Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final following an exchange of words between the pair. The incident overshadowed Italy’s win and is what most people remember about the 2006 World Cup. To this day Zidane still doesn’t regret his actions saying he would “rather die than apologize to Materazzi for his headbutting him in the final”.
Any memorable fights that you think should be on the list?