The 10 Famous Red Cards Incidents In Fifa World Cup History

FIFA World Cup is the grandest and most prestigious stage of all events. Yet sometimes, the greatest stage has witnessed some of the most controversial moments of the game. From world-class goals to controversial moments, the flagship competition has seen it all. And what’s more controversial than getting a red card for the most important money? From Diego Maradona to Zinedine Zidane, here are 10 Famous Red Cards incidents In Fifa World Cup.

Famous Red Cards incidents In Fifa World Cup

Football is a game of high intensity. Sometimes emotions often get the better of even the best of players in crucial matches. We have seen established and ell composed players lose their cool and get sent off in the heat of the battle. Here are 10 Famous Red Cards incidents, that happened In Fifa World Cup.

10). Josip Simunic Vs Australia, 2006

One of the Bizarre events that took place at the 2006 world cup came during a meeting between Croatia Vs Australia. Croatia’s Josep Simunic was shown a yellow card thrice in a match. The incident came in the In a deciding Group F tie between Australia and Croatia.

Simunic got his first yellow card in the 61st minute for a foul on Harry Kewell. He got his second yellow card in the 90th minute but surprisingly the referee did not give him a mandatory red card after the second yellow. After the final whistle, Simunic pushed the referee. As a result, a third yellow card was flashed at him along with a red card at last.

9). Claudio Marchisio Vs Uruguay, 2014

In the 2014 World cup, Italy needed a win or at least 1 point against Uruguay in order to qualify for the knockout stages. However, Italy fans saw Claudio Marchisio sent off in a group stage clash at the 2014 World Cup.

Marchisio was sent off in the 59th minute for a studs-up challenge. With one man down Italy fell at a disadvantage. Uruguay ultimately scored in the 81st minute and knocked Italy out of the World Cup.

8). Battle of Nuremberg

Not just a player but this whole match was famous for multiple bookings and clashes. Portugal vs Netherland clash is firmly known as the Battle of Nuremberg. This 2006 World Cup Round of 16 ties will be remembered for a record number of bookings in a single world cup match.

The referee had shown a World Cup record of four red cards and 16 yellow cards in this fiercely contested game between the two teams. Costinha and Deco received red cards from the Portugal camp. Khalid Boulahrouz and Giovanni van Bronckhorst were sent off from the Dutch side. Last, Portugal won the tie, courtesy of a Maniche strike.

7). Thierry Henry Vs Uruguay, 2002

That time, The Arsenal striker was sent off in the 25th minute of a group match. The match was against Uruguay vs France in the 2002 world cup. France needed a win in order to proceed to the next round.

As the Les Bleus suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Senegal in their first game.  Unfortunately, Henry received a red card leads France towards a goalless draw which virtually knocked them out of the World Cup.

6). John Heitinga Vs Spain, World Cup Final 2010

World Cup Final, Match went into extra time, moments away from the penalties, But fate had a different opinion. During Netherland vs Spain, The Dutch midfielder, John Heitinga was booked twice at the 2010 World Cup final. John Heitinga got himself the first yellow in the 59th Minute.

11 minutes away from the extra time ending, He then got himself the second yellow In the 109th minute which reduced the Netherlands to 10-men. Just seven minutes later, Andres Iniesta scored the World Cup-winning goal to create history and break Dutch hearts.

5). Wayne Rooney Vs Portugal, 2006

England vs Portugal got really heated during their clash. That time Manchester United Dynamic duo, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo came face to face. Manchester United star was given a direct red card in England’s 2006 World Cup quarterfinal tie against Portugal. After he was guilty of stamping on Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho’s foot.

That’s not all. The incident that caught the limelight was not that. After Rooney’s stamping, his club teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo was seen vehemently protesting and demanding a red card. After Rooney was sent off, Ronaldo was caught winking on the camera which infuriated the England fans.

4). Luis Suarez Vs Ghana, 2010

Uruguay and Red cards go hand in hand. Either they get themself or pushed the opposition players to get one. In 2010, Uruguay needed the win to go further in the 2010 world cup. Suarez grabbed the limelight for all the wrong reasons in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal between Uruguay and Ghana.

In the final seconds of extra time, the former Barcelona and Liverpool forward used his hand to stop a Ghanaian attempt on the goal line. He was immediately given the red card. Unfortunately, Asamoah Gyan failed to convert the resulting penalty which would have sent the African side to the semifinal but instead Uruguay won the tie in the penalty shootout.

3). David Beckham Vs Argentina, 1998

At that time, A star of the United, Leading England attack, David Beckham started the match with the aim to win and send England to the quarterfinals. Although, the biggest moments in David Beckham’s career came in the round of 16 matches against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup but not in a good way.

David Beckham got himself the red card in the most crucial stage of the match. The match was tied 2-2 when Beckham was fouled by Diego Simeone and in retaliation, the English star kicked the Argentine. He was immediately sent off. England lost the tie 4-3 on penalties.

2). Diego Maradona Vs. Brazil, 1982

Diego Maradona was booked in the 85th minute against arch-rivals Brazil in the second round of the 1982 World Cup clash. The match was crucial for the defending champions in order to remain in the tournament.

However, Brazil was leading 3-1 when the unfortunate event happened. Maradona received a red card for kicking Brazil’s Joao Batista in his groin to make things worse for Argentina. La Albiceleste was ousted from the second round.

1). Zinedine Zidane Vs Italy, World Cup Final 2006

Guiding his team all the way to the final, Playing his final games, Zinedine was in the queue to write the fairy tale ending of his legendary career. However, Sometimes fate didn’t go along with your plans. Hence, the most famous and most dramatic Red Cards incidents happened in the final of the 2006 World Cup.

 Zinedine Zidane had almost single-handedly taken France to the final of the World Cup only to head-butt Marco Materazzi to the ground and earn a red card. France went on to lose the match on penalties.

The stunned audience later came to know that Materazzi had provoked Zidane with offensive comments about his sister. The Frenchman was praised for his performances in France despite this incident and his reputation has also remained unscathed. 


World Cup is by far the most celebrated and prestigious event. However, Football is demanding support, and sometimes in heat moments, it gets the worst for players. Hence players get themself red cards which eventually cost their teams. Here are the 10 Famous Red Cards incidents that happened During Fifa World Cup:

  1. Zinedine Zidane vs Italy, World Cup Final 2006
  2. Diego Maradona Vs. Brazil, 1982
  3. David Beckham Vs Argentina, 1998
  4. Luis Suarez Vs Ghana, 2010
  5. Wayne Rooney Vs Portugal, 2006
  6. John Heitinga Vs Spain, World Cup Final 2010
  7. Thierry Henry Vs Uruguay, 2002
  8. Battle of Nuremberg
  9. Claudio Marchisio Vs Uruguay, 2014
  10. Josip Simunic Vs Australia, 2006