Who says the FOX Soccer Blog must strictly be 100% soccer-based?
Well, common sense, that’s who. But still, you have to check out this incredible save by Calgary Flames goaltender Reto Berra of the NHL.
This past Wednesday (so we’re a bit late, sue us), Berra pulled off one of the most stunning saves of the year, stopping a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets defender Jack Johnson with a bicycle kick, or as some hockey folks apparently call it “going around the world with the pads.”
Impressive stuff, hockey. But can you top René Higuita’s memorable scorpion kick save?
Guess this one just missed the cutoff date for FIFA’s Goal of the Year nominations!
UE Alcudia keeper Tolo Barcelo scored a last-minute goal against Real Mallorca’s reserves on Sunday to save his side a 1-1 draw. And if that wasn’t impressive and shocking enough, he did it via a perfectly-executed bicycle kick! Showing off a technique that not even Zlatan Ibrahimovic could scoff at, Barcelo may have found himself a new position on the field!
Now this is fun. Here’s to hoping the sort of merrymaking Manchester City’s U-17 squad engages in continues to catch on.
Ten players on each side (that’s 20 total if our journalism-school math is sound) take turns heading the ball down the line. The payoff? A deft headed touch into a trash can and absolute bedlam shortly thereafter.
According to the video’s description, this is a record-breaking effort which could explain the excitement. We’re curious who the bookkeeper is for these records, though.
Perhaps a 22-man challenger will emerge to take the crown? We’ll keep our fingers crossed!
(Photo: Getty Images)
Oranjeboom! Robin van Persie became the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer by scoring a hat-trick in the 8-1 annihilation of Hungary in Friday’s World Cup qualifier. Those three goals gave him 41 in an Oranje shirt,so who better to celebrate with than the man whose record you’ve just equaled?
Van Persie leapt into the awaiting arms of the Netherlands’ assistant manager Patrick Kluivert when he drew level with the former Dutch striker’s record of 40 goals with a great header from Arjen Robben’s cross to give his side a 4-0 lead.
Van Persie then went one better when he latched on to Robben’s cushioned header for his third. This time RVP decided to celebrate with his teammates and leave PK to look on in admiration.
If your wedding day is supposed to give you the jitters — or even worse, cold feet — then Daniel Cutting is about as calm as Hindu cow.
Watch as this groom opts to make his march toward matrimony while juggling a soccer ball.
Consider all the factors stacked against him: He’s in a cramped church aisle; he has his family, friends, and the eyes of God all upon him; and oh, he’s about to pledge his life to another. And he absolutely nails it.
What a display! He even takes it up a notch by shaking hands with some of the attendees. Bonus points if he spotted his soon-to-be father-in-law.
With an entrance like this, it makes us wonder what he did for the proposal.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is one of the premier faces in football. So, is it that unreasonable to see him living in a house shaped like a football?
A concept designed by architect Luis de Garrido with Messi in mind has this idea well on its way to fruition.
Messi’s work life revolves around soccer, and it appears his home life might as well. A birds-eye view gives the first look at the numerous football-inspired designs, with an overall look of a football pitch.
The house itself comes in the shape of a football, and appears to be two stories. Our favorite subtle nod to Messi’s profession? The front entrance and the ball forming the shape of a “10,” the Argentine magician’s number.
Casa de Messi is still in the design phase, but it would be interesting to see how this would look up close and personal.
(h/t 101GreatGoals). Images and video courtesy of 101 Great Goals.
Talk about a sneak attack.
Over the weekend, German fourth-tier side Rot-Weiss Essen pulled off this inventive free kick against Wattenscheid 09.
With a free kick just outside of the top of the box, six Essen players huddle over the ball, seemingly debating who will take the kick. Then, all chaos breaks loose. Or so it appears.
Two players make a run at the ball, stopping before they run into each other. Their teammates turn in frustration, evidently upset and embarrassed at the squandered chance.
In the midst of the confusion, Benedikt Koep (lucky No. 13!) sneaks in to bend a left-footed curler past the Wattenscheid keeper.
Huzzah! What a goal! The good news for Essen is the goal knotted the score at 2-2, which wound up being the final result. The bad news for Essen is that there’s no way this sort of trickery will ever work again.
Or so we assume.
Youtube is more than just cat videos and dash-cam craziness. Every now and then a gem of ingenuity will be unearthed. Case in point: The above video of a flipbook highlighting Lionel Messi’s skills.
Watching it by itself would be entertaining enough, but the creator didn’t stop there. The effervescent Ray Hudson’s commentary (among others) is laid into the video.
(h/t 101 Great Goals)
If you’re afraid of heights or suffer from vertigo, the video above probably isn’t for you.
But if you love interesting stadiums or malls with sweet roofs, you’re in for a treat.
That’s a CGI clip of Serbian team FK Vozdovac Belgrade’s new rooftop stadium. Now, rooftop stadiums aren’t unheard of, but this artificial pitch sits atop an entire shopping center!
Imagine being able to go catch a football match, then heading downstairs to buy some new clothes and scoop an Orange Julius.
At first we thought parking on matchday might be an issue. But then we remembered that parking at the mall is always a nightmare, so what’s the issue?
Your move, Mall of America Field.
(h/t Who Ate All the Pies)