World Cup Heroes And Villains
put together a definitive list
Heroes And Villains,
Motson shares his knowledge as
broadcasting legend and all-
round football expert in a fascinating
DVD that has been released exclusively
by 4DVD just in time for the Christmas
stocking of any footie fanatic...
WITH ENGLAND QUALIFYING FOR THE 2010 WORLD CUP, attention has turned
to "the beautiful game". John Motson's World
Cup Heroes And Villains makes a timely appearance on DVD this winter
as England's fans count down the days to the biggest sporting event of
Actions speak louder than words. And that's true of British broadcasting legend
and all-round football expert John Motson as he guides you through a celebration
of the greatest goals and golden moments as well as all the traumas and
tribulations that can torment a nation!
With one of the most recognisable voices in sport, John has for over forty years
described thousands of goals and many magic moments, heartbreaking decisions,
triumphs and disasters. He brings his reputation for statistic-filled commentaries
to this compilation of his World Cup Heroes And Villains, throwing in
a few shocks and surprises from nine World Cup Finals along with some of the
greatest moments in football.
John looks at the worst sending-offs by referees, loony fans, silly celebrations
and the biggest tantrums. John Motson's World Cup Heroes And Villains
has nine exciting sections that will make your heart soar as you watch the World
Cup's most talented players in action or make you sigh in disbelief at moments
Geoff Hurst fired his third and final goal for England under manager Alf Ramsey
in the famous World Cup Final on 30 July 1966 when eleven Englishmen
became immortal. John speaks from Wembley Stadium, looking at England's finest
from 1966 through Gazza until today. But will we ever again see the likes of
the 1966 team?
John's first World Cup Final as a commentator in 1974, with Yugoslavia against
Zaire, saw the first goalkeeper substitution in a World Cup with Zaire's Tubilando.
The result was still 9-0 to Yugoslavia, equalling the record set at the 1954
World Cup when Hungary beat South Korea. Sadly, Zaire has never been back.
John Motson's hero Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Germany's Paul Breitner are
among those singled out for brilliant goal-scoring, along with Diego Maradona's
magic. Playing for Argentina at Azteca Stadium, Mexico, in 1986, his second
goal against England was one of the best in the quarter final. However, he will
forever be associated with "the hand of God".
The great Pele and the brilliance of Brazil are highlighted along with Dutch
masters Cruyff and Bergkamp. England's Trevor Brooking, Gary Lineker, David
Platt, David Beckman and David Seaman merit mention, along with Cristiano Ronaldo,
the World Cup's all-time top goal scorer.
Goal scoring brings adulation and elation, with the sheer joy expressed in impressive
cartwheels or even dancing. Penalties can be vital and we look at Lothar Matthaus
in the 1990 West Germany vs Yugoslavia match; Roberto Baggio, the most expensive
player in the world in the 1990 Italy vs Czechoslovakia match; and Johan Neskens'
penalty for Holland in the 1974 World Cup Final.
The sights of football include the most tattooed team in the World Cup and the
startling blond-haired Romanian team. And the surprises when in 1966 at Ayresome
Park, North Korea actually beat Italy. North Korea, incidentally, has qualified
for the 2010 World Cup.
There are times in football when moments of madness crush the hopes and dreams
of a nation. The DVD also features: "The Battle of Santiago", the fight that
broke out at the Chile vs Italy 1962 game; Zidane head-butting Materazzi in
Berlin at the World Cup 2006 between Italy and France; Aldo's touchline tantrum;
Valderama's bad hair days and Wayne Rooney's sending off.
Own goals are always tragic, such as Argoos in the USA vs Portugal 2002, but
some of the players can be so certain it's in the bag that they get a bit carried
away. Scotland has seen virtually every campaign involving them become a nightmare.
John Motson's football knowledge is encyclopaedically good and he is every football
anorak's ideal mate down the pub. He even creates a world of Mottys at one point,
clearly yearning to be able to talk football with someone like himself.
Goals and a plethora of other incidents, accidents, bloopers and screamers come
thick and fast. Nothing we haven't seen before, but well worth a second, third
and fourth look. An ideal Christmas gift for any football crazy youngster
or dyed-in-the-wool oldster!
Join in World Cup fever and brush up your
knowledge of the highs and lows of the World Cup: John Motson's World Cup
Heroes And Villains is a must-have for all football fans and is released
exclusively by 4DVD on Monday, 23 November (2009). RRP: £19.99 | Running Time:
87 Minutes Approx | Catalogue No: C4DVD10306.
Section 1: Greatest Goals | Section 2: Red Mist, Red Cards and Referees | Section
3: Close Encounters | Section 4: Dodgy Defenders | Section 5: Keeper Classics
and Clangers | Section 6: The Beautiful Game; Shocks and Surprises | Section
7: Controversies and Conspiracies | Section 8: World Cup Crazy | Section 9:
Heroes; The Beautiful Game; Fantastic Finals | Extra Time: Facts & Figures |
Wembley Way | Quick Quiz.
"John Motson's World Cup Heroes And Villains… well worth a second, third
and fourth look" Peter Brownlow, MotorBar
"John Motson's World Cup Heroes And Villains… will make your heart soar
as you watch the World Cup's most talented players in action or make you sigh
in disbelief at moments of madness" Maggie Woods, MotorBar