Sparta Prague’s David Lafata scores twisting scissor kick goal against his old club

It’s hard enough to accurately connect with the ball in a scissor kick, let alone put it on frame.

But Sparta Prague star David Lafata did just that and more, putting the ball in the back of the net with his own interpretation on the difficult technique with a twisting, turning version.

Take a look:

Sparta Prague were battling FK Baumit Jablonec, which happens to be Lafata’s old club.

Lafata wound up doubling Sparta’s lead, giving his new team a 2-0 victory, but more importantly, giving us something to ooh and aww at.

H/T Reddit


Must-see to believe: Bicycle kick save in ice hockey

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?


Goalkeeper scores last-gasp bicycle kick!

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!

H/T 101GG


Instant redemption: Belgian player misses penalty, then nets golazo

When thinking of good things that come from Belgium, typically foodstuffs come to mind; chocolate, waffles, beer and so on.

After seeing this creative goal, from Hoogstraten midfielder Glenn van der Linden, that list might need to be amended to include golazos.

Van der Linden lined up his penalty against Mouscron-Péruwelz goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja, but saw his effort denied.

Fortunately for van der Linden, the ball caromed right back to him, but he appeared to miss on his second effort, sending the ball skyward.

Still thinking on his feet, the man in white wouldn’t be denied and stroked a gorgeous bicycle-kick volley to finally beat the keeper.

While Hoogstraten might win the prize for “Coolest Goal of the Game,” their opponents came away with the real prize: a 2-1 victory.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)


Griezmann scores wonder goal against boyhood club Lyon


Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann used to live for Olympique Lyonnais, and on the day before his Champions League playoff encounter against his boyhood club, was understandably overcome with emotion:

"The moment I stepped on the Stade de Gerland pitch, I felt a lot of emotions," Griezmann said after Monday’s practice. "I even pointed out the spots in the stands where I used to sit. I can’t wait until I put my boots on tomorrow. But there’s no feeling of revenge: I just want to play."

Griezmann, who as a little boy used to come to the Stade de Gerland with his father for every Champions League game, didn’t merely “show up” to play Tuesday. In fact, he may have scored the finest goal of this year’s UCL season — and the real competition hasn’t even begun yet — with a sensational scissor kick goal that would make Wayne Rooney blush.

Griezmann was also involved in Sociedad’s second breathtaking goal of the match, which gave the La Liga side a decisive advantage heading into the return leg:

While Griezmann can be happy with his Man of the Match performance, sending his boyhood club to the brink of Champions League elimination probably made for some awkward post-game handshakes.


Morten Nordstrand’s overhead kick vs FC Copenhagen

If you haven’t seen Morten Nordstrand’s epic bicycle kick goal for FC Nordsjaelland yet, you better watch this video on repeat for a while, just to make sure you take it all in.

It doesn’t get much better than this, folks. The long cross, the awkward angle Nordstrand had to take, the spin of the body - it all made for an even higher degree of difficulty, which will surely get some bonus points from the judges.


MLS player scores bicycle kick goal…on the ground!

Montreal Impact defender Hassoun Camara is smarter than all of us.

When going up for a bicycle kick attempt, you can only be sure of this: If you miss, you’ll realize that landing straight on your back and tailbone hurts like hell. Like really, really bad. Plus it looks pretty embarrassing.

Camara didn’t need to worry about all that. He was already sitting on the ground when he went for the bicycle kick, looking graceful as ever, too, as he scored! One of the more fun goals you’ll ever see.

The defender seems to have a certain knack for this kind of stuff. Though it was only Camara’s second goal of the season, both of them have been bicycle kicks, which is kind of outrageous.

-Thomas Hautmann (@HautmannOnFOX)