A-Z of World Cup Superstars – I is for Bode Illgner

by Dexy Longshot

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
 

I get high, I get high, I get high, when I touch ya!!!

For those unfamiliar with Austin’s semi rave classic, I move swiftly onto higghh!! or I

Not to many too shout about to say the truth but I’ll start with I’tys, get it!

Iaquinta was Italy’s main striker in the last World Cup, playing in 5 of their 7 matches although he only scored 1 goal against Ghana in the opening match. This just goes to prove that a team without a brilliant striker can win the World cup with decent organisation and tactics, especially if they have an Italian coach (In Fabio we trust). Another player in that squad was Filippo “Pippo” Inzaghi although he only managed 1 game. The AC Milan legend has been around for years now but can still cut the mustard. He was at the 98, 02 & 06 finals despite being injured for almost 2 years before the Germany tournament. Fergie once said of him “Pippo Inzaghi was born in an offside position” His bruv ain’t bad either.

Victoriano Santos Iriarte deserves respect for being nicknamed “El Canario” which means The Canary for you twitchers out there. The outside left won the first ever World Cup in 1930 with Uruguay, scoring 2 goals in 4 games including 1 in the 3-2 win over the Argies, yay! Go El Canario! Bil Oddie is a noted fan.

I could say Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden but the big nosed Swede has done pretty much f’all in the big tournaments, very over-rated in my book but gets a mention due to the lack of I’s.

My main man for the I top spot goes to no-nonsense West German robot Bode Illgner. The former Real Madrid No1 was quality and kept a clean sheet for Beckanbauers team in the Italia 90 final. It helped that he had a brilliant defence in front of him mind a fluky semi. He managed 54 caps for his country and would have probably doubled that but surprisingly retired at just 27. For me, the only thing I can really remember him for is keeping out Stuart Pearce’s 3rd spot kick, git!

J’s in a few days.

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