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  • Rich Thomaselli | August 11, 2016 5:00 PM ET

    WATCH: The Two Greatest Soccer Goals In Argentine History

    WATCH: The Two Greatest Soccer Goals In Argentine History

    PHOTO: Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona (Courtesy SkySports)

    You want to see passionate soccer, or futbol as it’s called in South America? Let Aerolineas Argentinas take you to Argentina.

    This is one of the most hard-core fan bases ever, and with good reason. Argentina has won two World Cups, arguably one of the most, if not the most, prestigious sporting events in the world. The month-long tournament takes place every four years and the Argentines were champions in 1978 and 1986.

    It was the 1986 tournament, however, that proved to be most memorable.

    Argentina met England in the quarterfinals of the tournament en route to the championship, and its legendary star, Diego Maradona, scored both goals in a 2-1 victory. This came only months after Great Britain had defeated Argentina in a far more literal battle – the dispute over a chain of islands off the coast of Argentina the resulted in the Falkland Islands War.

    Both goals were miraculous … in their own way.

    The first has come to be known as the “Hand of God” goal. Maradona himself coined the phrase to describe the goal while deftly avoiding what the English players and many around the world though happened on the controversial score – instead of using his head, Maradona illegally used his hand to punch the ball in.

    Nonetheless, the goal lives on in Argentine lore.

    The second goal is legitimately one of the greatest goals in soccer history – in fact, it has been called the “Goal of the Century.”

    Watch as Maradona befuddles almost the entire English team.

    Today, the great Lionel Messi captains the Argentine national team. Book a flight on Aerolineas Argentina today to see futbol at its most passionate.


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Rich Thomaselli Argentina Beats to Your Rhythm

Rich Thomaselli Rich Thomaselli is a longtime journalist with 27 years experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media. He is a nine-time individual award-winning writer and was also a staff writer at several publications that earned national recognition as well, including Advertising Age winning a ‘Best in Business’ designation from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He previously covered the travel sector for Ad Age, among other beats, from 2001-2013. Rich is married with two children. He will be based in New York. You can reach him at and contact him on Twitter @RichTravelPulse.
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