26
Mar

Torino’s Ciro Immobile scores volley of the year

Who isn’t a fan of volleys?

Oh, you aren’t? Well, then this video is not for you:

Torino striker Ciro Immobile scored an improbable goal against Roma on Tuesday that will have you questioning gravity and physics and all that nonsense. It also proves not to judge a player by his last name.

Immobile one-timed a high-arching pass from midfield and smashed it perfectly past Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis for the golazo, which brought back memories Antonio Di Natale’s masterpiece a year ago:

Since that epicness, all volleys have been judged against “the Di Natale.” But after Tuesday, we may have to make “the Immobile” the new high-water mark, even if it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

23
Mar

Loaned-out Man United forward scores superb volley

Manchester United disappointment Bebe has been anything but on his loan to Portuguese side Paços de Ferreira. He scored a breathtaking goal — one of several this season — that may give David Moyes something to think about as he tinkers with his roster for next season.

The talented 23-year-old Portuguese back-heel flicked the ball over his head and volleyed home against FC Arouca for a golazo that will surely be added to Bebe’s highlight reel.

H/T r/soccer

22
Mar

Beckhamesque! Wayne Rooney scores from halfway line

imageImages: Reuters

Wayne Rooney makes $500,000 a week for Manchester United, which would normally infuriate every single one of us. But on this weekend, he’s worth every penny of that sum. Why do we say that?

Because look at this goal, that’s why:

Simply stunning.

Rooney’s half-volley rocket from about the halfway line gave United an early, thunderous 1-0 lead over West Ham, and David Moyes a rare reason to jump up off his bench in ecstasy. On the other side, poor Hammers keeper Adrian could only tumble to the ground helplessly as the ball swerved up and over him.

Good thing David Beckham was sitting down. The United legend was in attendance with his sons, clearly impressed by what he just witnessed:

imageImage via: @geniusfootball

Beckham, of course, knows a thing or two about scoring long-range golazos. He smashed one in from a similar spot as Rooney seventeen and a half years ago, against Wimbledon:

So, whose is better?

Sky Sports (h/t BBC Sport) asked Rooney himself if his goal was better than Beckham’s, to which the Rooney replied: “Of course, yeah!”

"It was just instinct," Rooney added. "I turned, had a quick look and saw the keeper off the line. I’ve tried it many times and thankfully it went in."

12
Mar

Ecuador Under-16 international scores solo goal for the ages

Wait, it’s already time for “The Next Neymar?”

Fabian Tello, a youth international for Ecuador’s Under-16 side, has made his case to become the next dribbling sensation by taking almost the entire Paraguayan team to school en route to one of the greatest solo goals you’ll see. After getting the ball played to him on the left wing, Tello juked his way around six different defenders (beating two of them twice!) before rounding the goalkeeper as well (you know, just for good measure) and drilling home the goal. Scintillating stuff!

And again, Tello is not even 16. You may want to remember his name.

H/T SBNation

2
Mar

Messi does a ‘Messi’

Coming off a loss that saw Barcelona drop out of first place, Lionel Messi quickly turned the page with a stunning free kick against Almeria:

Remember when Messi didn’t win the Ballon d’Or?

Next time you feel down or that life is unfair, just remember this: we have at least ten more years of Messi. Ten more years of his free kicks. We are so spoiled.

25
Feb

50-yard rainbow shot somehow goes in!

The goal is from Friday night, but we would be amiss not to show it to you anyways.

Rogelio Chavez scored a goal on one of the most speculative efforts we’ve ever seen, lobbing it over Queretaro’s Edgar Hernandez with a rainbow shot from the halfway line. It looked like the ball had a better chance of landing on the moon than in the back of the net at first, but that’s exactly what happened. You could say he struck a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. (I’ll see myself out). The miracle goal was Chavez’s second of the day and made it 3-1 to Cruz Azul, as the Liga MX leaders remained undefeated on the season.

Let this be a friendly reminder to all goalkeepers out there: always expect the unexpected.

H/T Dirty Tackle

24
Feb

Pair of late free-kick golazos electrify Serie A

A pair of Serie A matches ended in similar fashion Monday night, with both away sides stealing a point on late free-kick goals that will make your mouth water.
Fiorentina midfielder and Chile international Matias Fernandez scored perhaps the goal of the round in the 85th minute to salvage a 2-2 draw at Parma. The goal kept La Viola alive in the hunt for a Champions League spot, remaining six points behind third-placed Napoli, who were also affected by a late set piece golazo.

Almost exactly two hours later, Genoa’s Emanuele Calaiò scored in the 84th minute to earn a late point against the Partenopei. The kicker? Calaiò is currently on loan at Genoa from — yup, you guessed it — Napoli!

Calaiò thus actually hurt his parent club’s chances at an automatic Champions League spot for next season. With the draw, Napoli fell to six points behind Roma for second place.

Afterward, Calaiò apologized to the home fans:

"I’m sorry to have scored a goal against Napoli itself. I had important spells there,” Calaio said. ”When the manager gives me the opportunity I try to give my all for this shirt, our fans deserve it. I dedicate the goal to my family and my son.

It’s the third goal in my career I’ve scored from a free kick, I’m sorry to have scored at the San Paolo, but that’s my job and I hope to score in the next games too.”

16
Feb

Marco Fabian scores wonder goal for Cruz Azul

Marco Fabian is a bad man!

The 24-year-old Mexico international scored a stunning goal in the dying seconds of stoppage time to lift Cruz Azul to a 1-0 win over Puebla in Liga MX on Saturday.

The goal itself was outstanding, but Fabian’s first touch may have been even better. Silky-smooth.

15
Feb

Messi, Neymar all warmed up for Manchester City

Manchester City, consider this your final warning.

Lionel Messi and Neymar polished their shooting boots ahead of Tuesday’s highly anticipated UEFA Champions League duel (live, FOX Sports 1, 2 p.m. ET), putting on a show in Barcelona’s 6-0 stomping of Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Messi scored two goals on Saturday, the first of which was a sublime lob over Rayo’s keeper. It was Messi’s 336th career goal for Barcelona in all competitions, a new Spanish record for most goals scored by a player for one club. He later added his 337th.

By the way, Messi is still only 26. Yeah.

Merely 324 goals behind Messi on Barca’s all-time scoring list lies Neymar, who returned to the pitch for the first time since injuring his ankle last month. To make sure he hadn’t lost his touch the past several weeks, Neymar unleashed from long distance in the 89th minute, resulting in this:

City: beware.

14
Feb

Mario Balotelli scores stunning golazo, acts unimpressed

Mario Balotelli scored a ridiculous winner late in Milan’s match against Bologna on Friday. In fact, it may have been the greatest goal Super Mario ever scored. But as we’ve become used to seeing, Balotelli was too cool to celebrate, preferring to simply put his hands on his hips and stare at the ground like nothing happened.

We don’t hate it — actually, it’s rather swagtastic — but it’s just not the reaction you would expect after such an amazing strike.

Thankfully, if you’re looking for more passion, there’s always legendary Milan play-by-play man Tiziano Crudeli. He didn’t disappoint Friday:

GRANDISSIMO Balotelli!