The most infamous piece of cheating and the most famous piece of individual footballing genius in footballing history came of age this summer – it’s now 21 years and a couple of months since Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal, coupled with that extraordinary slalom through half of England, dumped England out of the 1986 World Cup in the quarter-finals in Mexico City.
For some reason, Aston Villa have chosen to mark the occasion by – and you’ll like this – staging a rematch, in which ‘the two sides from the 1986 World Cup will line up against each other once again,’ in a one-off showpiece. Just how identical the lineups will be remains to be seen – Argentina’s right-back that day, José Luis Cuciuffo died in 2004 – but at the very least it’ll be a chance for the people of Birmingham to check out Maradona’s new-look face.
The match will take place on the 14th October at 4pm. For more details, including the ticket hotline, see this post on Aston Villa’s official website.