21
Oct

Taking a look at a record-setting day in the UEFA Champions League

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Let us ask you guys one question: Do you like goals?

You do?

Then you were probably doing cartwheels while watching the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

FORTY goals were scored in all, a new record for a single day with eight matches on the agenda — 44 were scored in Oct. 1997, but there were 12 games under the old format — and we put all of them in one video for your viewing pleasure here.

You’re welcome.

It wasn’t the only record set on Tuesday.

Shakhtar Donetsk put in seven goals on their own against BATE Borisov — as did Bayern Munich at Roma — and were already up 6-0 by halftime, the largest lead ever in a Champions League match at the half.

The 7-0 final score also marked the biggest away win in the competition’s history:

Of those seven goals, Luiz Adriano scored FIVE, making him only the second player — equaling Barcelona’s Lionel Messi total versus Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 — ever to score that many in one Champions League match. Being in the company of Messi is never a bad thing!

The Brazilian also scored four in one half, the first time that has been achieved, and did so in just 17 minutes, another record.

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Wednesday, you have a lot to live up to!

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20
Oct

Paderborn’s Marvin Ducksch hits incredible volley goal

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Newly-promoted Paderborn continue to stir up the Bundesliga with good results and even better goals in their debut season.

Last month, Moritz Stoppelkamp broke a league record with a goal from 80 yards (!) out, and, on Sunday, Marvin Ducksch put away this tidy finish to help Paderborn to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt:


Tipped by most experts to finish in last place before the season, Paderborn have instead lost just two of their first eight games — and those defeats were to first-placed Bayern and second-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach — to put them securely in the top half of the table. With a few more golazos, the surprise team of the season might even stay there.

18
Oct

Wesley Sneijder scores pair of golazos in Galatasaray win

imageBitter rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were deadlocked at 0-0 in the final minutes of Saturday’s Super Lig bout when Wesley Sneijder decided to TURN UP.

In the 88th minute, the Dutch international decided to let it fly from a good 25 yards and buried his screamer into the top corner for the Galatasaray lead:

And because it worked out so well the first time, Sneijder unleashed another worldie just two minutes later to make it 2-0:

Hey defense, how about someone steps up on that guy?

Fenerbahce pegged one back in injury time, but it was too little too late (and too much Sneijder) to prevent Galatasaray’s win.

H/T 101GG

18
Oct

Xabi Alonso’s first goal for Bayern was genius

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Xabi Alonso has been dazzling for Bayern Munich this season, bossing the midfield almost immediately since coming over from Real Madrid. He leads the Bundesliga in touches per game and broke the all-time records for most in one game with 204 touches against Cologne. He was similarly dominant on Saturday:

The one thing he hadn’t done yet was score, but that changed Saturday. Alonso opened his Bayern account in brilliant fashion, duping the Werder Bremen wall with a low free kick after two dummy runs by his teammates.

The goal put Bayern up 2-0 on struggling Werder. They would eventually win out 6-0.

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15
Oct

Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez scores cheeky winner vs. Canada

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There’s almost nothing better than watching James Rodriguez play for the Colombian national team. No slight to Real Madrid, but something just seems to click whenever he puts on the yellow shirt. Something extra special.

On Tuesday night, James was at it again, deciding Colombia’s friendly match against Canada with this perfectly taken quick free kick in the 74th minute:

13
Oct

Isco scores delicious chip during Spain’s practice

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Remember Isco?

You know, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder whom Real Madrid bought for $38 million two summers ago only to become the world’s most expensive bench-warmer?

Yeah, that guy apparently still knows how to play football, judging from this video from a recent Spain practice:

We wouldn’t be surprised if this tape shows up “anonymously” at Carlo Ancelotti’s doorstep today.

H/T 101GG

8
Oct

Radamel Falcao has a parrot who cheers him on for every goal

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Parrots are fun. Or annoying. It all depends how talkative — or not — your parrot is.

For instance, I grew up with a parrot. In over 12 years of training, our green little family monster managed to learn all of one word: “Hello.” Fascinating. Needless to say, we’ve given up on good old, ‘Freddy.’

Radamel Falcao has a parrot, too, and he’s way more of a chatter-box. In fact, ‘Coco’ cheers after every goal his owner scores, squawking “gol de Falca” and “golazo” over and over again.

Thanks to Colombian television, here is some footage to go with this important news story:

H/T WAATP

6
Oct

Fiorentina score pair of screamers against struggling Inter Milan

imageInter Milan had ambitious goals for the new season, but their poor form continued this weekend with a loss at Fiorentina.

Khouma Babacar started the fireworks in the seventh minute with this audacious long-range strike:

And because it is so fun to score on Inter right now, La Viola teammate Juan Cuadrado added a second golazo just 12 minutes later:

Inter would concede a third, less spectacular goal in the second half to drop their second match in a row. They currently sit in 10th place in Serie A, already ten points behind first-place Juventus.

Fiorentina, meanwhile, jumped Inter in the tables for 9th, putting an end to their own slow start.

H/T Reddit

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5
Oct

Clint Dempsey’s nifty backheel pass leads to Sounders goal

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Marco Pappa chipped in a lovely goal during the Seattle Sounders’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids, but it was teammate Clint Dempsey’s cheeky set-up that was the real highlight on the play.

Backheel assists are special enough, but Deuce’s was extra special. A Zidane Turn - Backheel pass hybrid. Brilliant stuff.