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Ha, and even then if there are no fans about to take the position?
Sometimes, fact is stranger than fiction and that is certainly the case in our list of weird football facts.
Starting with something most football fans will already know, but which is still one of the most surprising things to have happened in world football.
Denmark had failed to qualify for the 1992 European Championships in Sweden, but were given a place in the competition ten days before the start after war-torn Yugoslavia were disqualified.
Star player Michael Laudrup rated his country’s chances so low that he stayed on holiday instead of joining up with the squad.
This is a decision he probably regretted as Denmark fought their way through to the final, where they beat the reigning world champions Germany 2-0 to lift the trophy.
There have been some strange contract stipulations over the years, from Dennis Bergkamp not being forced to fly on a plane to Stig Bjornebye being banned from skiing whilst at Liverpool.
However, there’s one stipulation which beats the rest with regards levels of bizarre.
When Swedish international Stefan Schwarz joined Sunderland for £4 million in 1999, the club inserted a ‘space clause’ into his contract. This basically meant that if Schwarz travelled to space, his contract would be made invalid and immediately terminated.
West Ham United defender Alvin Martin netted a hat-trick against Newcastle United in 1986, with each of his goals coming against a different goalkeeper.
A defender scoring three goals in a match is rare, but a different keeper picking each one out of the net is a once in a lifetime occurrence.
Martin scored the first of his three goals against regular Newcastle keeper Martin Thomas, who then had to go off injured at half time.
Midfielder Chris Hedworth took his place, as there were no substitute goalkeepers back in those days, and he conceded the second of Martin’s goals. Not only that, but Hedworth was injured attempting to save it.
He was replaced by Peter Beardsley, who was then beaten as Martin completed his hat-trick.
In October 1998, witchcraft was blamed when a match in the Congo ended in tragedy.
All eleven players for Bena Tshadi were reportedly killed when lightning struck the ground during their match against local rivals Basangana.
Apparently, the opposition players came away from the incident unscathed but another thirty people were injured.
Due to the civil war which raged in the DRC at the time of this incident, many of the details are unknown.
When Paul Peschisolido joined Stoke City from Birmingham City for £400,000 in 1994, it wasn’t just any other transfer.
The reason for this being strange was that Peschisolido was sold by his wife-to-be Karren Brady, who was Managing Director of Birmingham at the time.
Peschisolido didn’t seem to hold a grudge and Brady became his wife the following year.
In 1979, a Scottish Cup tie between Falkirk and Inverness Thistle had to be postponed a whopping twenty-nine times due to bad weather.
Due to be played on January 6th, the game eventually took place 47 days later, on February 22nd.
Falkirk scored four goals in the first half on their way to winning the tie and booking themselves a place in the next round, where they would be beaten by Dundee just three days later.
Arsenal were the first, and only, team to appear in the first ever live televised match on 16th September 1937.
The Arsenal first team played against their reserves at Highbury in a specially arranged practice match, which was shown live by the BBC.
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