19
Apr

One-legged soccer player inspires World Cup commercial

imageImage via Coca-Cola

Get ready to choke back the tears, because this is one heck of a story.

Nico Calabria was born with only one leg, but the rare disability hasn’t stopped him from achieving greatness in the sport that he loves. Playing soccer with a prosthetic leg at first before opting to use forearm crutches, Nico has competed — and even excelled at — varsity high school soccer, playing against boys who have both their legs.

Now 19, Nico has become one of the best players on the United States National Amputee Soccer Team and an inspiration to millions. When he was 13, Nico also became the first person to ever summit Mt. Kilimanjaro on crutches, raising more than $100,000 for charity in the process.

Inspired by Nico’s amazing journey, sports drink makers Powerade have now featured him as part of their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign, and the ad is perfect. Watch:

For more on Nico’s story, check out Coca-Cola’s profile on him.

H/T Huff Post

15
Apr

Man City’s Emyr Huws strikes stunning long-distance goal for Birmingham

Man City’s Emyr Huws was taking a corner kick for his loan club Birmingham City when the ball was headed back out to him far up the sideline.

After getting away from one Middlesbrough defender, Huws had all the time in the world to figure out his next move.

With nobody else in any hurry to close him down, Huws could:

A) Send it back into the mixer, hoping a teammate could meet his cross for a header
B) Safely pass it to a teammate
C) Unleash a speculative effort from a good 30+ yards out.

Huws went with Option C.

11
Apr

Benjamin Aguero Maradona is already living up to his name

Things that most five-year-old kids are learning to do:

1) Tie their shoes

2) Share toys

3) Count to 10

4) Draw fridge art

5) Ride a tricycle

But not if your father is Sergio Aguero and your grandfather is Diego Maradona. No, instead, at age five you are learning to score golazos.

It’s probably too early to tell, but young Benjamin might have a future doing this soccer thing. Let the bidding begin!

(H/T SB Nation)

8
Apr

Fourth division player scores Diego Maradona-esque solo goal

You probably haven’t heard of Quique Cubas, but you don’t need to know him to appreciate this amazing goal.

Cubas, a player for regional side Arosa S.C., made five opponents (including the goalkeeper) look absolutely silly en route to one of the best solo efforts since Diego Maradona’s spectacular goal versus England in the 1986 World Cup.

H/T 101GG

28
Mar

Seydou Keita scores fastest goal in La Liga history


Other than recording a Vine video, 7.6 seconds is enough time to do… barely anything. Usain Bolt can’t sprint 100 meters in that time, nor can competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut eat even a single hot dog that fast (it takes him nine seconds).

However, that’s all the time Valencia’s Seydou Keita needed to score the fastest goal in La Liga history against Almeria.

Incredibly, Almeria was the side kicking off on Thursday night, but Keita profited from a truly terribly back-pass to the goalkeeper and pounced for the goal. With the strike, Keita beat out previous record-holder Joseba Llorente, who scored in 7.8 seconds for Valladolid in January 2008.

Not only was Keita’s goal the quickest ever in the Primera Division, it was also his first for the club. However, it wasn’t a perfect evening for the Mali international. Almeria woke up after the blitz attack and came back to earn a 2-2 draw.

26
Mar

Defender needs two attempts to score epic own goal

One day, Nautico defender Izaldo will tell his grandchildren about this and have a laugh. Maybe. It could take a while.

Facing off against Santa Cruz in the Brazilian Pernambucano 1 last weekend, Izaldo scored one of the most hilarious own goals of all time. Not necessarily because it was a spectacular shot, but because he needed two separate attempts to do so!

First, the defender shanked an attempted clearance straight off the crossbar and back into play, to the relief of his teammates. But did that discourage Izaldo from getting on the score-sheet? Oh no, not Izaldo. 

Demonstrating the determination and persistence of an ant, Izaldo went right back at it and pounced on the very next chance, heading it safely into the back of his own net.

If at first you don’t succeed…

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.

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."

16
Mar

Golazos! Jordan Pro League is bringing the heat lately

It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing Champions League or Jordan’s Pro League. If you score on an over-the-back heel flick from a good twenty yards out, you’re getting on the Blog! On Saturday, Al-Wihdat forward Motaz Salhani did just that, turning in one of the most outrageous and oddest (or is it luckiest?) goals you’ll ever see against Al-Ramtha.

But wait: there’s more from the Kingdom! That’s right, the JPL has graciously given us a two-for-one ‘Golazo Special’ over the past seven days.

Last Sunday, Al Ramtha were on the right side of a ridiculous goal when right-back Suleiman Al-Salman scored an absolute cracker from his own side of the field against Al Arabi:

Forget the Premier League! We all might need to start watching the Jordan Pro League regularly.