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Feb 25 17 1:14 AM

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In honour of the recent unfortunate tale of Mr Wayne Shaw, a thread for the stupidest decisions in football. As mistakes are usually made by people this is probably the best place for it. Carried over we have:
And to add to that last one I'll throw in a slightly similar one - just swap out "Scotland" for "India" - at least Scotland made it a few times after. Concentrate on the Olympic Tournament... those officials needed a boot or something...
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Feb 25 17 7:17 PM

Of course some of these are hindsight based, but pretty much any decision regarding not taking the World Cup seriously in its early days looks pretty clownish from today's view. Similarly, any example of serious cheating (e.g. age cheating or drugs) looks idiotic but only after they have been caught.

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Feb 26 17 9:48 AM

-The abolition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

-The invention of the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

-1970 World Cup final, Italy vs. Brazil. Italy's coach excluded the 1969 Golden Ball Gianni Rivera from the starting line-up without reason. Rivera had been decisive in the semifinal scoring the victory goal to West Germany and was in a very good form. He was employed just for the last 6 minutes. Brazil were unstoppable, won 4-1 and would have never lost that World Cup, but that remains an absurdity without a valid explanation.

-2002 summer. Ronaldo asked Inter's president to sack the Argentinian coach Héctor Cúper, as he had a very bad relationship with him. What did the president do? He sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid and saved Cúper. Judge if that was an intelligent decision...

-2002 summer. Inter sold Clarence Seedorf to AC Milan in exchange for a certain Francesco Coco...

-2001 summer. Inter sold Andrea Pirlo to AC Milan in exchange for a certain Andrés Guglielminpietro...

-1996 summer. Inter's board sold Roberto Carlos to Real Madrid declaring: "Dear fans, don't worry: we have Alessandro Pistone, who is better than the Brazilian"...

-Manchester United gave Paul Pogba to Juventus for free and then signed him back for £ 89.3 million...

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Feb 26 17 1:20 PM

Zidane's decision to react to Materazzi's provocation. Although that was not a conscious decision, I suppose.

Similarly Suarez's decision to bite Chiellini.

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Feb 27 17 8:20 PM

Luca wrote:
-Manchester United gave Paul Pogba to Juventus for free and then signed him back for £ 89.3 million...
smiley: rollWill never not be funny (until he produces a season's worth of Zlatan-like performances and somehow justifies the trouble they went through).

For those other player signing/selling stories, Blackburn Rovers in the 1990's had a famous one. The response from the chairman when asked to buy a promising young player from France: "Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?"

Of course he may have a point, in their coaching careers Sherwood clearly has the edge over Zidane... when it comes to choosing sensible clothing for an active role on the touchline.

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Mar 1 17 12:15 PM

And what about those clubs who send one of their players on loan to another club, and then that player scores the decisive goals which knock his belonging club out from the Champions League? That's what happened to Real Madrid in 2014/15, when they lent Álvaro Morata to Juventus. In the semifinal the Spanish forward scored two goals for Juve and Real were eliminated! A similar situation involved also Atlético Madrid's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was decisive in the elimination of his belonging club (Chelsea) from the Champions League three or four seasons ago...
Before lending a player to another club, you have always to establish a clause according to which the player on loan must never play against his belonging club!

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Mar 1 17 9:48 PM

Whoever thought that signing a player named Rafael Scheidt to a Scottish club was a good idea.

Bayern's decision to substitute off Lothar Matthaus when 1-0 up in the 1999 Champions' League final.

Morocco's decision not to retain the services of Blagoje Vidinic as coach - he went to Zaire, and promptly qualified them for the 1974 WC, eliminating Morocco on the way.

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Mar 2 17 8:55 AM

Dick Advocaat who brought in Paul Bosvelt for Arjen Robben against Czechia at Euro 2004. Holland were 2-1 up at the moment and eventually lost 3-2.

Also KNVB's decision excluding professionals to play for Holland until 1954 which resulted in dramatic results in the 1949-54 era.

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Mar 3 17 9:04 AM

Kaizeler wrote:
Real Madrid are quite good in that regard, remember also the case of Fernando Morientes who was loaned to Monaco.
Good point. Real Madrid win just because they have a lot of money, but the list of their nonsenses in the transfer market is long and impressive. I remember the 2009/10 season, when Inter Milan and Bayern Munich reached the Champions League final and Real Madrid were eliminated in the round of 16. Four of the finalists (Esteban Cambiasso, Walter Samuel and Wesley Sneijder of Inter and Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich) had been bluntly discarded by Real...
In 2014 they sold Ángel Di María and replaced him with James Rodríguez: a crime!!
I repeat: they win because they are super rich, but they are a bunch of incompetents.


Fast Midfielder wrote:

Also KNVB's decision excluding professionals to play for Holland until 1954 which resulted in dramatic results in the 1949-54 era.
Also Sweden did the same error in the 1950s, refusing to call up all the footballers playing abroad. In the earliest 1950s, almost all their best footballers played in Italy and some of them are still considered legends here. But they were not called up for the 1950 and 1954 World Cups. One of the best Italian journalists, Gianni Brera, always stated that if Sweden had called up champions like Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl, Nils Liedholm and Nacka Skoglund for Switzerland '54, they could have won the World Cup.

nfm24 wrote:
Zidane's decision to react to Materazzi's provocation. Although that was not a conscious decision, I suppose.
Similarly Suarez's decision to bite Chiellini.
This can be the input for another topic: "Dirtiest Provocations In Football", where a lot of Italian defenders hold the first places of the hit parade, I fear...

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