What is a “hat-trick”?

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 (Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona. Getty images. -“2ominutos”)

I was walking in the street when I had a first look to the free newspaper “20minutos”. There was a picture of Messi and the English expression “hat-trick”. I wondered what the meaning of this was and surfed the internet and picked out Wikipedia. And I read this:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“A hat-trick or hat trick in sport is the achievement of a positive feat three times during a game, or other achievements based on threes. The term was first used in 1858 in cricket to describe HH Stephenson’s feat of taking three wickets in three balls. A collection was held for Stephenson, and he was presented with a hat bought with the proceeds.[1] The term was used in print for the first time in 1878.[2]” (…)

“Football (Association football)

See also: FIFA World Cup hat-tricks

A hat-trick occurs in association football when a player scores three goals in a single game. In common with other official record-keeping rules, goals in a penalty shootout are excluded from the tally.[3]

Players achieving hat-tricks are usually rewarded by being given the match ball to keep. The fastest time to score a hat-trick is 90 seconds, a record set by Tommy Ross playing for Ross County against Nairn County on November 28 1964.[4] The only hat trick scored in the FIFA World Cup Final was by Geoff Hurst, playing for England in the 1966 final.[5] A “perfect” or “golden” hat-trick is said to have been scored if the player scores with the left foot, right foot and head.[6]”· (…)


The information in italics above is an extract from Wikipedia


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