Bogota bracelets, scorpion spades and dodgy barnets! A short historical past of England vs Colombia because the Lionesses are about to write down the subsequent chapter within the World Cup quarter-final

What might be written within the subsequent chapter of the Anglo-Colombian soccer story nobody can say for positive.

England’s Lionesses will tackle Colombia within the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday within the last episode between the 2 nations.

The historical past between these two nations has been so sophisticated, controversial and admittedly cuckoo that something can occur when Sarina Wiegman’s staff goes up towards Colombia in Sydney.

From conspiracy to tragedy, haircuts to scorpions, David Beckham to Kirsty MacColl, it’s a rare story greater than half a century within the making.

Mail Sport takes a glance again at a number of the most necessary chapters in England and Colombia historical past.

Sarina Wiegman will lead her Lionesses towards Colombia in Saturday’s World Cup recreation



It was 1970 and the month of May when the England gamers traveled to Bogota for his or her first assembly with Colombia.

Captain Bobby Moore led the staff to a 4-0 win and made headlines. Not for packing a brace, however for allegedly packing a bracelet he allegedly stole from a jewellery retailer within the Hotel Tequendama, the place the world champions have been staying.

Shop assistant Clara Padilla claimed that Moore pocketed the £625 gold piece when he and Bobby Charlton had walked in to discover a current for Charlton’s spouse, Norma.

England captain Bobby Moore was famously accused of stealing a bracelet in Bogota

Colombian brokers requested Moore to signal a “declaration of innocence.” He did, solely to find that they meant to maintain him in custody. The retailer’s proprietor, Danilo Rojas, ranted: ‘He is perhaps the best footballer in the world, the most attractive, distinguished and most esteemed of all, a friend of Her British Majesty. That doesn’t imply he’s not a kleptomaniac.’

After a lot politicking between the nations – even British Prime Minister Harold Wilson intervened – Moore was launched. He arrived simply in time to play for England of their 1970 World Cup opener towards Romania in Mexico. It led to claims of a conspiracy to upset the English earlier than defending their title, and thus started the Anglo-Colombian Affair.



England and Colombia then met in May 1988. It ended 1–1 at Wembley, with Gary Lineker scoring and Andres Escobar equalizing.

Six years later, Escobar scored once more on the 1994 World Cup – an personal purpose in a 2–1 loss to the USA that might value Colombia their place within the event and Escobar his life. Ten days later, he was shot lifeless by three assailants in Medellin.

Andres Escobar scored towards England six years earlier than being killed off for a mistake he made throughout Colombia’s run at USA 94

He was 27 and killed for making a mistake in a soccer recreation. Many nations contributed to charity in his title, with England enjoying their half by inviting Colombia to a pleasant at Wembley in September 1995.



We’ll depart it to Jamie Redknapp to clarify what occurred throughout that pleasant in 1995.

“I made my international debut,” Redknapp tells Mail Sport. ‘We were tied 0-0 when I was involved, albeit accidentally, in a showboating competition. I shot the ball towards goal and instead of catching it, Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita saved it with a scorpion kick.’

A loopy second from the showboater with a tracksuit and fluffy hair.

A basic little bit of Rene Higuita’s showmanship that lit up a boring mid-Nineteen Nineties pleasant recreation

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Speaking of her, England and Colombia met for the fourth time in June 1998 when David Beckham’s free kick flew over the wall into the purpose, his first purpose for his nation. Fortunately, the ball evaded Carlos Valderrama’s blond frizzy mop when England knocked Colombia out on the 1998 World Cup.

Kirsty MacColl then wrote a tune for her 2000 album Tropical Brainstorm referred to as England 2 Colombia 0 about watching the sport in a pub in Belsize Park with a person who turned out to be married with youngsters.

David Beckham introduced his arrival on the world stage with this free kick in France 98



Fast ahead to 2005 and a fifth assembly, this time with Michael Owen scoring a hat-trick in a 3-2 win in New Jersey, with simply 22 minutes between his first and third as Peter Crouch made a memorable England debut.

Michael Owen scores one in every of his three objectives towards Colombia in a recreation in New Jersey



Colombians within the Premier League have had combined outcomes. Radamel Falcao? flop. One of the nice Colombian gamers has by no means proven curiosity in Manchester United or Chelsea. Tino Asprilla? Now there was a participant who fell to English folklore for all the fitting causes.

Asprilla obtained a heat welcome to Newcastle in February 1996, touchdown in a snowstorm. Fortunately, carrying a fur coat in preparation, he turned a memorable member of Kevin Keegan’s forged of entertainers, scoring a well-known hat-trick towards Barcelona in Toon’s first Champions League match at St James’ Park in September 1997.

Ever the eccentric, he went on to promote his personal model of condoms. “Score a nice goal for your partner,” it says on the corporate’s social media at this time.

Tino Apsrilla’s spell at Newcastle is fondly remembered in the course of the Magpies’ heyday within the Nineteen Nineties



Finally. For the primary time, England received a penalty shootout at a World Cup. It was July 2018 in Moscow when a 1-1 draw led to the dreaded penalty kicks.

England received 4-3, Eric Dier scored the decisive penalty and the next day’s again web page of the Daily Mail learn: Souvenir Edition: England win on penalties.

Eric Dier put down the ghosts of England’s World Cup shootouts in the course of the 2018 last with this winner

The solely time our Lionesses have confronted these historic opponents was on the 2015 World Cup, when Karen Carney and Fara Williams scored in a 2-1 group stage victory.

Should this newest encounter go a great distance, how we’d love one other shootout celebration like 2018 to tackle the subsequent chapter of this burgeoning rivalry.


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