TV preview - The Hand Of God: 30 Years On

England's nemesis Diego Maradona in action in his beloved Argentina shirt.
England's nemesis Diego Maradona in action in his beloved Argentina shirt.
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This new documentary marks the 30th anniversary of Diego Maradona’s notorious “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.

Featuring contributions from England players who featured in the match including Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle, Kenny Sansom, Terry Butcher, Steve Hodge and Peter Shilton, past whom Maradona punched the ball into the net, the programme reflects on the match itself in front of 114,000 fans in the Azteca Stadium, England’s performance at the tournament, and the game’s political dimension, four years after the Falklands War.

Going into the World Cup, English football was in the doldrums, with clubs banned from Europe after Heysel and the game tainted by hooliganism. But with players like Lineker, Hoddle, Bryan Robson and John Barnes in the squad, the England camp felt positive.

When Lineker scored a hat-trick against Portugal to secure their passage out of the group stages it led some to believe England could win the World Cup for the first time in 20 years. That bubble was burst by Argentina, and their captain Maradona. Argentina marched on to the final, beating West Germany 3-2.

The Hand Of God: 30 Years On, ITV4, Wednesday, 10.15pm

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