Two attempts were made to kidnap Toni Schumacher’s children after the 1982 World Cup for that horror tackle

November 3, 2022


Harald Anton Schumacher, better known as Toni Schumacher, is perhaps the most hated goalkeeper to have ever lived, his horror tackle on French defender Patrick Battiston in the 1982 World Cup semi-final causing international outrage – not least because he escaped without even conceding a free kick.

When Michel Platini picked up the ball near the halfway line of the tie, turned and played an enticing ball over Germany’s defence, Schumacher came hurtling out of his goal, eager to intercept the ball before Battiston got on the end of it.