A Brief History Of Own Goals In The World Cup

  • Rick Chandler

Ernie Brandts of The Netherlands is my hero, and you want to know why? He’s the only man in the history of the World Cup to have scored a goal for each team in the same match.

It happened in 1978, and it has to be the greatest own goal statistic of all time. And since the first goal of the 2014 World Cup was of of the OG variety, it’s time to take a look a soccer’s — and one of sports’ — oddest and most exotic occurrences.

Only country to have scored two own goals in the same World Cup? Bulgaria, 1966. They have three all-time, tied with Spain and Mexico for most ever. And think of this: Trinidad & Tobago is the only country to have scored more World Cup own goals than regular goals. (One, and zero). That is so fantastic that I can’t even describe my joy.

Yep, it’s A Brief History of World Cup Own Goals.

June 12, 2014: Brazil’s Marcelo deflects the ball into his own net in the first half, officially scoring the first goal of the ’14 World Cup for Croatia. Brazil later tied it, and it’s 1-all at the half. According to Darren Rovell, that was the 37th own goal in World Cup history, 73 percent of which have come in the first round.

June 5, 2002: In the same game, Jorge Costa of Portugal scored for the United States, and Jeff Agoos of the United States scored for Portugal.

June 10, 1998: Tom Boyd of Scotland scored for Brazil, and in a later game, Youssef Chippo of Morocco scored for Norway: just the second time two own goals were scored on the same day in different games.

June 21, 1978: As the above-mentioned Brandts was scoring an own goal in Netherlands’ match with Italy, Berti Vogts of West Germany was scoring an own goal for Austria — the two matches occurring simultaneously. It’s still the only time two own goals happened in the same hour in different World Cup games.

July 16, 1930: Manuel Rosas of Mexico becomes the first player to score an own goal in the World Cup (vs. Chile).