World Cup 2014 countdown: The United States trainer who knocked himself out with chloroform in 1930

Counting down the 100 greatest moments in the history of the World Cup

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.

The United States trainer who knocked himself out with chloroform in 1930

During the 1930 World Cup semi-final between the United States and Argentina, the north Americans were taking a kicking in more ways than one.

They would go on to lose the match 6-1, but it was also a ferocious match with numerous poor challenges flying in.

One particularly bad tackle required USA trainer Jack Coll to enter the pitch to give some treatment. As he trotted onto the grass he dropped his medical bag, and in doing so, broke a container of chloroform.

The fumes knocked him out, and as a result it was he, rather than the player he went to treat, that needed carrying off the pitch.

 

 

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