Football NewsSoccer’s wildest stories: Sacked for scoring a World Cup winner
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In a stunning turn of events during the 2002 World Cup, South Korea’s Ahn Jung-hwan became a national hero with his controversial extra-time goal that knocked Italy out of the tournament. However, his club side, Perugia, did not take kindly to his heroics and promptly sacked him for his role in the Azzurri’s elimination.

The World Cup that year was full of surprises, with South Korea and Turkey emerging as dark horses in the competition. Despite their impressive performances, both teams fell just short of the final, with South Korea losing to Germany in the semi-finals and Turkey to Brazil.

Ahn’s dismissal from Perugia sparked a storm of controversy and allegations, with The Guardian describing the club’s actions as bitter. The decision to sack the forward for his World Cup heroics left many fans shocked and outraged.

This shocking twist in Ahn Jung-hwan’s career highlights the unpredictable nature of football and the deep emotions it can evoke. As fans reflect on the events of the 2002 World Cup, they are reminded of the highs and lows that come with the beautiful game.