1. The study of reflexology became an unusual topic of the 2002 world cup after it became apparent that a brief impact on the shin can cause excruciating pain in the face. Rivaldo’s infamous dive lead to the sending off of Turkish midfielder Hakan Ünsal late into injury time in a group stage match.
2. Club team friendships were booted firmly into row Z at Germany 2006, after Cristiano Ronaldo’s flamboyant protests lead to the sending off of his Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney. As the Englishman walked down the tunnel, Ronaldo was spotted giving a not so subtle wink to the Portuguese bench.
3. At the ripe old age of 38, Roger Milla became one of the first African players to break onto the international stage – lighting up Italia ‘90 by scoring 4 goals and reaching the quarter finals. But it was his trademark corner flag dance that captured the hearts of football fans around the world and pioneered the unusual celebrations we all know and love today.
4. To many he is the archetypal football villain. Doesn’t like Garlic, casts no shadow, shows no reflection, not a fan of The Sun and probably scared of stakes. Count Suárez struck again in Brazil 2014 – biting Giorgio Chiellini in the 79th minute of a frustrating encounter. Not even so much as a yellow card was shown in punishment.