29
Sep

Robbie Keane scores stunning chip vs NY Red Bulls

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The LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane reached deep into his bag of tricks on Sunday to score an incredible chip against NY Red Bulls. Watch as the 34-year-old striker freezes defender Roy Miller and chips it over Luis Robles in one fluid, sexy motion:

If I had a dollar every time Keane wowed MLS with one of his spectacular goals, well, I probably wouldn’t be managing this blog still.

Like, remember Keane’s chip vs Chivas? That was only a month ago. And now he’s done it again!

As Taylor Twellman said, “Stop it!”

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28
Sep

Yoann Court scores belting volley for Troyes

Out of all the great goals we saw this weekend - and there were many - Yoann Court’s for Ligue 2 side Troyes may have been the most impressive. This volley is the sort of goal you dream and tell your grandchildren about. The perfect hit.

It was the first goal of the season for the former France youth international, and he made sure it was a memorable one!

H/T Reddit

28
Sep

Roma’s Mattia Destro scores from near midfield

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Here’s your long-range golazo of the week, courtesy of AS Roma’s Mattia Destro:

Destro was hotly linked with a move away from last season’s Serie A runners-up, but Roma will be happy they kept him. This highlight reel goal put them up 2-0 on Hellas Verona as Roma kept up its perfect start to the new campaign.

H/T Bleacher Report

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23
Sep

Liverpool and Birmingham Ladies trade long-range goals in ridiculous finish

imageUh oh. We’ve got two goals from 40+ yards out in the same crazy Women’s Super League match for you, but be warned: there is some seriously awful goalkeeping involved here.

In a game with huge WSL title implications, the Liverpool Ladies were up 1-0 on hosts Birmingham City Ladies when the fun began in the 87th minute.

That’s when Birmingham’s Hannah Keryakoplis took advantage of a colossal giveaway from Reds keeper Libby Stout to score a dramatic, late equalizer with a pinpoint shot from 40 yards out. Overjoyed, the entire team ran out to celebrate at the midfield line, including City goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer. The goal had, for the moment, put the hosts back in second place, two points ahead of Liverpool and just one back of leaders Chelsea with two games to play.

Alas, the Birmingham players - including Spencer, of all people -  were still running back to their positions when Liverpool skipper Fara Williams took the quick kick-off and scored from midfield to retake the lead. 2-1. Game over. Liverpool re-take second place. Ouch!

Watch the disaster unfold starting at the 1:18 mark:

H/T SBNation

14
Sep

Blas Perez unintentionally scores wonder goal

FC Dallas striker Blas Perez was the Man of the Match in a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, scoring both goals. But he really should’ve been named “Magician of the Match,” because Perez’s first goal was scored from a truly impossible angle:

Yeah, there’s no way he meant to do that.

Or did he?

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12
Sep

Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen steals teammate’s thunder with diving header in training

Sometimes, the planets align and something truly serendipitous happens … right when you least expect it.

Take this clip from Ajax training, where Anwar El Ghazi is taped accepting the club’s award for August’s goal of the month.

What happens in the background is a classic case of thunder-stealing. For those unfamiliar:

Yep, that’s Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen flying through the air to nail a sublime diving header. A keeper! Perhaps he was just trying to throw his hat into the ring for September’s goal of the month award.

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"You mad, bro?"

(h/t Pies, Image: Getty)

7
Sep

Georgia player scores wonderful goal vs Ireland

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Ireland beat Georgia (the country, not the U.S. state) 2-1 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday, but it was the losing side who provided the highlight of the match.

With Ireland up 1-0 at the time, Georgia’s Tornike Okriashvili scored a wonderful goal that brought Ireland goalkeeper David Forde to his knees, literally.

The Genk midfielder brilliantly spun away from a defender before his knuckling, long-range effort bent over the helpless Forde and into the top corner.

Here’s another angle:

Too bad they don’t hand out extra points for style.

H/T Pies

6
Sep

Neymar shows his good and bad side vs. Colombia

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Neymar returned to the Brazilian national team on Saturday against none other than Colombia, the side that ended his World Cup campaign, to the horror of an entire nation. 

Exacting revenge on Los Cafeteros, the Barcelona playmaker proved to be the same difference maker we’ve become accustomed to seeing and scored the only goal of the friendly, a lovely free kick in the 83rd minute:

However, Neymar also provided one of the low-lights of the affair.

As we all know, not only is Neymar a great footballer, but also a good actor. He showed off his skills once again by rolling over one or two too many times after a pretty routine foul:

C’mon, Neymar.

We love ya, kid, but please ease up on the theatrics.

GIF via Pies

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31
Aug

Sparta Prague’s David Lafata scores twisting scissor kick goal against his old club

It’s hard enough to accurately connect with the ball in a scissor kick, let alone put it on frame.

But Sparta Prague star David Lafata did just that and more, putting the ball in the back of the net with his own interpretation on the difficult technique with a twisting, turning version.

Take a look:

Sparta Prague were battling FK Baumit Jablonec, which happens to be Lafata’s old club.

Lafata wound up doubling Sparta’s lead, giving his new team a 2-0 victory, but more importantly, giving us something to ooh and aww at.

H/T Reddit

26
Aug

Hulk scores on scintillating solo run as Zenit reach UCL group stage

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Hulk doesn’t need to smash to be a menace on the field. Sometimes, a little solo run past three hapless defenders will do just fine, as was the case Tuesday against Standard Liege.

The robust Brazilian striker scored two goals to send Zenit into their third straight Champions League group stage. The first was a penalty kick, and the second was, well, just watch: