World Cup 2014 countdown: Graham Poll books the same player three times

Counting down the 100 greatest moments in the history of the World Cup
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The World Cup in Brazil is coming into view and everyone is hoping this summer's carnival can take its place among some of the great tournaments of the past.

That won't be easy though, as this series will testify. In the run-up to the tournament, we're counting down the 100 greatest World Cup moments.

Check out our latest instalment below, and for any you missed, see the gallery at the end of the article.

Graham Poll books the same player three times

When David Beckham et al failed to show England in a positive light at the 2006 World Cup, that responsibility fell to, er, Graham Poll.

With some top notch decision making, England's 'best' referee would prove to the world the English weren't entirely clueless when it came to the beautiful game.

But things went wrong when he booked Josip Simunic during the match between Croatia and Australia not once, not twice, but thrice before sending him off.

Poll looked like an idiot and the 'World Cup circus' that was 2006 had found its clown.