World Cup 2014: Photographer Mark Leech on Diego Maradona's infamous Hand of God

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 June 2014

Mark Leech on a certain goal scored by Diego Maradona against England 28 years ago

A photo of a footballer using his hand to control a ball above the reach of a goalkeeper
Diego Maradona scores against England for Argentina in Mexico City on June 22 1986© L'Equipe Archive / Offside Sports Photography
“The famous hand of god goal – this is the sort of picture sports photographers dream of capturing, an iconic moment in sporting history.

None of the English photographers got this picture. There was no evidence of this in the English press the following day.

It was taken by a Frenchman from L’Equipe. This was the one you would’ve wanted to get.

I blame Shilton for being too slow off his line. Maybe he thought Maradona was only 5’7 so he would never get it.

He was as sly as a fox with that touch of the hand. He scored two unforgettable goals in four minutes that day.

The 1986 World Cup final [against Germany, also in the exhibition] was one of the best and most dramatic ever.

Love him or hate him, it was Maradona’s tournament.”





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