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

22
Feb

Hamburg player serves up wicked knuckleball goal

Hamburg haven’t had many reasons to smile this season — they sit in 16th in the Bundesliga — but were given several in their 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund today.

In particular, this insane knuckling shot from Hakan Calhanoglu in stoppage time put the icing on the very tasty cake.

Jurgen Klopp’s reaction says it all. Even he can’t be mad at that.

H/T SB Nation Soccer

1
May

If David Alaba is not the best left back in the world right now, he’s surely well on his way. His gorgeous pass to Arjen Robben set up Bayern Munich’s first goal of the night against Barcelona at Camp Nou. Of course, it also helps that the ball landed at the feet of Robben, another man on a long list of Bayern’s world class players.

Robben’s goal was just the start of the German club’s crushing performance in Barca’s stadium. The 3-0 scoreline silenced tens of thousands of fans and sent them home bitterly disappointed as their side went out with a whimper, losing 7-0 across both legs.

But don’t forget, Barcelona is team full of world class players too, even without Lionel Messi. Look at Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas — they’re still one of the best teams in the world. This two-legged affair was more about Bayern being an absolute dominant force than it was Barca failing to even get on the score sheet.

However, any way you slice it, this is going to sting for a while in Spain.

If you want to witness the demolition, be sure to check out the match report with full highlights. If you’re a Barca fan, you may just want to look away:

27
Apr

We’re not sure what’s better here: Lionel Messi’s magical goal, or Ray Hudson’s over-the-top call.

When Messi entered the match in the 59th minute, Barcelona was behind 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao. The little genius sparked a comeback when he scored the goal seen above to equalize. Then he assisted on Alexis Sanchez’s goal two short minutes later.

But Barcelona would blow it late, as they gave up an equalizer in the 90th minute, drawing 2-2 against Athletic Bilbao.

Barca’s title celebrations will have to wait just a little longer.

26
Apr

Jozy Altidore has been tearing it up in the Eredivisie.

The USA international has now scored 30 goals in all competitions this season for AZ Alkmaar. His performance on Friday, scoring two goals and notching an assist, helped AZ defeat Heerenveen 4-0.

It also moved his club closer to survival, as they could clinch safety if Roda can’t win their match tomorrow.

30
Mar

Thierry Henry scored his first goal of the 2013 MLS season on Saturday. He volleyed in the game-winner in the 81st minute for the New York Red Bulls, helping his club pick up their first victory of the year.

Henry has a knack for making difficult finishes look so easy you’re tempted to go out and try it in the backyard. Warning: you WILL embarrass yourself.

It’s not nearly as simple as the great Henry makes it look.