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30 Most Damaging Tackles In Soccer History

Darren - August 24, 2019
Soccer

30 Most Damaging Tackles In Soccer History

Darren - August 24, 2019

6. Ian Wright on Peter Schmeichel

Ian Wright is one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history. Peter Schmeichel is one of the best goalkeepers to ever play in the UK. So the two of these men were always set to be on a collision course. One Arsene Wenger’s home debut against Manchester United, Wright delivered one of the most notorious moments in the modern history of the two team’s rivalry.

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Wright was running through on goal when Schmeichel came out of his goal to close him down. As the Danish keeper came towards him, Wright decided to jump in with two feet, narrowly missing his opponent’s head. Sir Alex Ferguson was outraged in the manager’s box and no wonder. This could have been so much worse than it was.

5. Michael Brown on Sean Davis

Former Fulham midfielder Michael Brown insisted that he ‘wasn’t that type of player,’ despite obviously being that type of player. He slid into a vicious two-footed tackle against Portsmouth’s Sean Davis back in 2006 and was sent off for the disgraceful action. Davis would accuse him after the match of trying to break his leg. Brown strongly denied it.

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It’s fairly clear though that if he wasn’t trying to break his leg, he definitely didn’t care about the risk of it. On another day, Davis could have been looking for a new ankle. Brown had a reputation for being a so-called ‘hard man’ throughout his career. He was sent off just ten minutes into his debut for Manchester City as a 17-year-old. That set the tone of his career.

4. Commins Menapi on Riki Van Steeden

The Solomon Islands are hardly known as footballing powerhouses, but they did produce Commins Menapi. He was responsible for one of the worst tackles in the history of the game, so that’s got to count for something right. In 2006 he was playing in the New Zealand Cup final for Waitakere United against Auckland City when he did exactly what you just saw above.

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This one was so bad that Menapi should have seen two red cards. The ball was on the ground, but Menapi was in the air as he flew into Riki Van Steeden, breaking the unfortunate player’s leg. He was hit with a 6-match ban for the incident. Sadly, he’d die four years later at the age of 40.

3. Ben Thatcher on Pedro Mendes

It might be hard to imagine but there was a Manchester City before their oil-rich Abu Dhabi investors took over and this is what it looked like. Ben Thatcher was playing against Portsmouth in 2006 when for some reason he decided to commit GBH on Pedro Mendes. Instead of shouldering him or sliding in like a normal person, he shoulder charged Mendes, sending him sprawling.

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Mendes was left unconscious and would require oxygen. He was brought to the hospital where he suffered seizures during the night before he was released the next day. The FA suspended Thatcher for eight games and a further fifteen game suspended ban for two years. The craziest thing is that referee Dermot Gallagher only booked Thatcher.

2. Felix Musasa on Bhuti Ngubali

You know things are bad when you end up in court for a tackle that you committed on the football pitch. That’s exactly what happened to the Mpumalanga Black Ace captain Felix Musasa. Musasa was playing in the South African league against the Carara Kicks when he let loose with one of the worst leg breaks we’ve ever seen.

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Musasa drove into a high challenge on Bhuti Ngubali, shattering his unfortunate victim’s leg in two places. Obviously, he was sent off because he turned his opponent’s leg into jelly. That’s as nasty a break as we’ve ever seen. Musasa was fined R100,000 and slammed with a four-month suspension. You just can’t be doing that.

1. Roy Keane on Alf-Inge Haaland

Could anything else take the top stop? This was one of the most infamous tackles in the entire history of football. When Roy Keane suffered a serious injury against Leeds, he remembered Alf-Inge Haaland shouting abuse at him to get up. The incident stood long in the Manchester United captain’s memory and he was determined to get revenge on the Norway international.

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Four years later the pair clashed again. In 2001, Keane flew into a challenge with the now-Manchester City midfielder smashing Haaland’s already injured knee. He was immediately sent off. The image above of him standing over Haaland is now notorious. Keane’s admission in his autobiography that it was deliberate saw him fined and slammed with a five-game ban.

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