Soccer - The Most Popular Sport

It’s true. No matter where you go in this world and no matter how times change, the most popular sport in the world is football. Even in the direst poverty, give a few boys a football to kick around and in no time, they’ll be playing a soccer tournament. There are several types of football, but soccer is the one that has followers from Brazil to Belgium, from Ireland to Iran. The game has a magical allure. Soccer champions are heroes. However, things can go horribly wrong sometimes. Some soccer players have suffered the most horrible injuries on the pitch. Yet they’ve lived to tell the tale. It must be traumatic to suffer an injury on the football pitch, perhaps before thousands of spectators. But soccer warriors are a tough breed. They don’t stay down for long.

Some Serious Soccer Injuries

Soccer players are totally dedicated to their game. Their concentration is absolute. So it must come as a shock to be grappling with your opponent one minute and writhing in agony the next. Sometimes in full public view. Here are some of the most serious soccer injuries in the past.

  • Ewald Lienen, a former German midfielder, had his leg ripped open on the soccer pitch during a match in 1981. On the 14th August 1981, while playing for his team Arminia Bielefeld against Werder Bremen, he suffered this terrible injury. His thigh was slit open by the studs of Werder Bremen player Norbert Siegmann. Lienen’s leg needed 23 stitches. Amazingly, he was back playing in just 17 days.
  • Henrik Larsson, a Swedish player, suffered a career-threatening double fracture to his left leg when he was playing for Celtic in 1999. This happened during a UEFA cup tie. However, he made an amazing recovery and subsequently scored no less than 53 goals during the football season 2000-2001. This won him the European Golden Shoe award.
  • In 2006, Manchester United player Alan Smith broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in a match against Liverpool. The injury left lasting damage although it didn’t end his football career. He converted from a striker and right-winger to a holding midfielder. It wasn’t the end for him.
  • David Busst, former defender of Coventry city, suffered what many consider to be the worst injury in the history of soccer. Colliding with Manchester United’s Denis Irwin and Brian McClair, he sustained intensive compound fractures to the tibia and fibula of his right leg. It took almost ten minutes to clean up the blood from the pitch. This accident caused David Busst to have 26 surgeries and he also suffered several infections. Busst was forced to retire from professional football after this.
  • Petr Cech, Chelsea goalkeeper, suffered a head injury during a 2006 match against Reading. His injury showed that goalkeeping is a very high-risk activity. He sustained Luc Nilis, an Aston Villa striker, wasn’t so lucky. The Belgian player suffered a double compound fracture on his right shin. This happened after crashing into Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright. The injury was so serious that doctors feared possible amputation. Although the amputation wasn't necessary in the end, it was the end of the football career of Luc Nilis. This happened during the 2000-2001 football season.
  • a concussion when a player’s knee clashed with his head. He was in danger from a blood clot and had immediate surgery for a fractured skull. Amazingly, Petr Cech made a complete recovery and was back playing football in three months.
  • Patrick Battiston, the French defender, was knocked unconscious when he clashed with Harold Schumacher, the west German goalkeeper. He suffered some lasting damage, including a cracked vertebra and damaged teeth. However, he made a good recovery from the injury after intensive treatment and therapy lasting five months. This event occurred during the World Cup semi-final in 1982. The French consider this event to be the Tragedy of Seville, where this semi-final took place.
  • French striker Djibril Cisse suffered a broken leg in a Liverpool versus Blackburn Rovers match in 2004. His boots got caught in the turf and he suffered a painful landing. Both the tibia and fibula bones of his left leg were fractured. He took about seven months to recover from this injury. Unfortunately, this player suffered yet another harrowing injury during World Cup pre-tournament warm-ups in 2006. This time, his right leg was injured. Recovery again took seven months.

The influence of Injuries and suspensions on betting outcomes

Besides that, it is a terrible thing when a player suffers a major injury. This also has a huge effect on sportsbetting, which most betting people don’t even think about. But if you think of it, it is only logical that the outcome of a match gets heavily influenced if a key player is missing. To learn more about injuries and suspensions check out the guide on

The Development of Sports Medicine

As we’ve seen, some of the injuries sustained on the soccer pitch have been beyond horrific. Some have ended promising sports careers. Yet in many cases, the players have made a good recovery. This is due to the development of a branch of medicine known as sports medicine. That’s the area of medicine involving the fitness management of athletes and sports competitors. Sportspeople generally work on their fitness routine under the care and guidance of qualified medical personnel. Sports medicine is also involved in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. As sports medicine has developed and advanced in recent years, it’s hardly surprising that many soccer players have bounced back from the most debilitating injuries. Many have made a full recovery and have even played again. That’s great news for the players and for their fans too.