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Soccer Shenanigans - Affair derailed 1998 team

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moderator1, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    This may be on the soccer thread already, I thought it deserved its own discussion:


    Wow. Soccer diehards may have been clued in on this. I had no idea.
  2. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    For some reason, I thought this was old news and common knowledge. I was an intern for the Kansas City Wizards from 1997-1999. During one game, a group of Wizards fans were chanting, "Hey! Harkes! Why aren't you in France?" So I walked over to the group and asked a guy why they were chanting that. He said, "Harkes knows what he did." I asked again, and he said, "He nailed Eric Wynalda's wife."

    After the game, back in the pressbox, I mentioned what the guy said to a couple other guys who did stats. They said they knew already and acted like everyone knew.

    From that day, I always wished Wynalda would have kicked Harkes' ass.

    Also, didn't the 1982 French team have something similar happen? A player was kicked off for banging Madame Platini?
  3. derwood

    derwood Active Member

    Common knowledge within US soccer community. Yes on Madame Platini.
  4. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    As Grant Wahl noted on his twitter feed last night, nice job of photo selection by SI.com.

  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Soccer is officially a real sport.
  6. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    What a relief seeing Sampson unburden himself and state once again in no uncertain terms 12 years later, "See? It wasn't my coaching."
  7. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    I know Man United got Cantona on the cheap from Leeds just after they won the title because Eric the King was making the Leeds' chairman's (or somebody high up's) wife his queen.
  8. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    See, there is scoring in soccer. ;D
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Wynalda has denied this publicly and privately. Harkes wrote a book called "Captain For Life and Other Temporary Assignments" in which this explanation somehow eluded mention. Yet another one to keep in mind when you're writing a story saying so-and-so denies what he's being accused of.

    Now, since the Saints are in the Super Bowl, I think it's high time we find out if Joe Horn really is the father of Willie Roaf's baby.
  10. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Jason Kidd, Jim Jackson and Toni Braxton have no comment.
  11. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Didn't he confirm it in the article? Wynalda, I mean. I'll have go to back and reread
  12. andyouare?

    andyouare? Guest

    Uh, huh. ;)

    This also explains Sampson's 3-6-1 formation and playing Mike frickin' Burns on the right side of midfield instead of Hejduk (who almost scored).

    I'm also sure team chemistry wasn't hurt when Sampson brought in those "Americans" playing in Germany at the last minute and dumped a couple of longtime US players just before the Cup.

    Damn you John Harkes!
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