Racing's cat curse to blame for goalkeeper gaffe

Kick-off in Diego Maradona's first ever game as coach of the Argentine Seleccion is growing ever nearer, but in the meantime here's a little treat for you... the best, sorry worst, goalkeeping error of the season by former Boca glove-man Pablo Migliore.

Maybe I'm being a little harsh, because there is a darker side to Racing's struggles at the Cilindro, their home stadium in Buenos Aires.

Racing have occasionally blamed a curse on the stadium, in particular the goal where the blooper took place, for their poor fortunes. 

 Migliore: Expecting the call from Tottenham any day now 

Apparently, at the end of the 1970s, fans of Racing's arch-enemies Independiente broke into the stadium and buried seven cats there. Alfio Basile, former coach of Racing (and the guy who Maradona has replaced as national team coach), was very superstitious when he played for the club and ordered the goal be dug up – he thought there were frogs, not cats, buried there.

They found nothing, until a couple of years later when the remains of a cat were found. The other six have never been recovered.

Racing lost 2-0, and now Basile is out of a job.


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