England were playing football against Colombia in 1995 when something incredible happened. It was a friendly match, trundling along without much excitement in front of a threadbare Wembley crowd of about 20,000 spectators.

Jamie Redknapp, a midfield player, attempted to launch a long ball into the Colombian box but the flight of the ball was jejune and malnourished and it sailed towards the fuzzy-haired and flamboyant figure of Rene Higuita in the Colombian goal. It was so easy for Higuita to reach out and catch the ball but the eccentric goalkeeper dived forward and, with his back arched like a scorpion’s tail pre-sting, flicked up both of his heels with exquisite timing to clear the ball.

This was an outrageous and hugely entertaining stunt and Wembley gasped with delight! What did God think when Higuita did this stunning party piece? Perhaps the Lord said to the angels – “Finally someone has done the scorpion kick!”


What brings you joy?

What makes you glad to be alive?

Do you think God has made a ‘bobbydazzler’ world?

How did Higuita honour the cultural mandate?

How would Plato respond to the scorpion kick?

Mark Roques

Mark Roques

For eleven years Mark taught Philosophy and Religious Studies at Prior Park College, Bath. As Director of RealityBites since 2005, he has developed a rich range of resources for teachers and is a popular speaker at educational conferences in the UK, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Mark is the author of three books, including the Religious Education textbook The Good, The Bad and The Misled, and his innovative approach has led him to appear on television (Channel 4) and radio.