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The Iconic Day Nicolas Anelka Wore Goalie Gloves For No Reason

The Iconic Day Nicolas Anelka Wore Goalie Gloves For No Reason

Nicolas Anelka famously wore goalkeeper gloves during a match against England and no one still knows why he did it.

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The Frenchman played in a friendly for France against the Three Lions and scored two goals that won Les Bleus the game.

You can watch the entire match below.

No one knows why the striker chose to wear the gloves and it has left people scratching their heads for almost twenty years, the match being played in 1999.

Howard Wilkinson was temporary England manager for the game because Glen Hoddle had been dismissed for inappropriate comments about disabled people eight days earlier.

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France were on an 16-game unbeaten run when the two sides faced off - it wasn't a good time for Wilkinson to stake a claim for the job, his side losing 2-0 on home turf.

FIFA had wrote on their website in 2012: "Had L'Enfant Terrible wanted to set a trend in a city preparing for that month's London Fashion Week by bizarrely wearing goalkeeping gloves, he failed. Anelka did, however, certainly look the part in footballing terms."

He's not the first outfield player to whack on a pair of goalie gloves - of course, players put them on and go in goal if their team's number one has been sent off - but he might be the first to wear a pair for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

Magical goalkeeper gloves - why did Anelka ever stop wearing them?

Topics: Football News, England, World Cup, France

Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a journalist and sports writer at SPORTbible. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. He is a football, snooker, and basketball enthusiast and has been published in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Set Pieces, Planet Football and the Morning Star. He’s the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost.

 

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