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Dogs of the football world cup

Submitted by on May 25, 2010 – 3:48 PMNo Comment
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With the 2010 football world cup already breathing down our neck :), I thought that it would be worth a post to recall that in the 1960s, two consecutive football world cups (1962 Chile, 1966 England) starred not only international football players, but also…dogs.

The Chile 1962 World Cup quarterfinal between England and Brazil was just a few minutes old when play was stopped by a “canine pitch invasion”. Somehow a stray dog was on the field of play and was proving difficult to catch. In the end, England striker Jimmy Greaves dropped on to all fours and slowly inched towards the dog before – gently but firmly – wrestling it to the ground and handing it over to the officials. Video below:

You may also notice that Greaves can be seen shaking his hands after passing the dog to officials. That’s because the dog apparently – what’s the polite term? – urinated all over Greaves during their little wrestling match. So Greaves played the rest of the World Cup quarterfinal smelling of dog wee.

Four years later England was hosting the world cup, as part of the hype leading up to the tournament, the World Cup trophy was displayed at various locations around the country. When the British stamp dealer Stanley Gibbons displayed it at a stamp exhibition, on the afternoon of Sunday 20th March, just four months before the world cup was scheduled to kick-off, it was stolen. The thief ignored rare stamps with a value of £3 million to steal the trophy which was worth £3,000 at most. The trophy was found just seven days later wrapped in newspaper at the bottom of a suburban garden hedge in Beulah Hill, South Norwood, South London, by Pickles while taking a walk with his owner David Corbett. When England won the trophy, as a reward, Pickles was invited to the celebration banquet and was allowed to lick the plates clean.
Pickles

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