25
Aug

Di Natale scores filthy lob as part of five-goal show in Coppa Italia

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Udinese forward Antonio Di Natale almost retired at the end of last season, which would’ve robbed us of an incredible show in the Coppa Italia on Sunday.

Di Natale scored four of the five goals in Udinese’s 5-1 win over Serie B side Ternana, none better than his fourth, an audacios lob in the 75th minute.

Skip to the 2:30 mark to watch:

H/T Pies

25
Aug

La Liga minnows SD Eibar win top-flight debut on wonder goal

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SD Eibar made its La Liga debut this weekend and promptly celebrated their first three points thanks to a 1-0 home win over Real Sociedad. The club from the tiny Basque town of Eibar, which boasts a population of just over 27,000, also made sure the winning goal was a memorable one.

Midfielder Javi Lara buried a beautiful free kick from an impossible angle to etch himself forever in club lore:

The underdog of all underdogs, Eibar is the smallest club to ever to compete in La Liga and had to raise $2.3 million in capital just to keep its place in the league after earning promotion from the Segunda Divison.

Their home ground, Ipurua Stadium, holds just 5,900 spectators (there are plans to raise the capacity to a whopping 6,700). And now they’re playing the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, whose own arenas could hold three Eibars. The entire town. Three times.

We here at the Blog sincerely hope the magical ride continues for as long as possible. What a great story.

Image provided by Getty

GIF via Reddit

24
Aug

Athletic Bilbao keeper’s last-gasp equalizer disallowed for mystery foul

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You’ve got to feel for Gorka Iraizoz.

The Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper did what few of his contemporaries have done before him — score a goal from a set piece. Even better, Iraizoz’s textbook header off the 95th-minute free kick had given his side an unlikely late equalizer against Malaga.

If it wasn’t for that heartless referee Antonio Mateu, that is.

The match official called the goal back for a mystery foul, crushing Iraizoz’s dreams to finally etch his name into the La Liga scoring charts and Athletic Bilbao lore.

Here, see if you can spot a foul. We’ll wait:

H/T Pies.

Image provided by Reuters.

23
Aug

Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi scores fastest goal in Bundesliga history

imageBayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi scored the fastest goal in the Bundesliga’s 52-year history, needing just nine seconds to bury one past Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller in the match of the day:

Bellarabi silenced the sold-out Signal Iduna crowd, slotting home after taking Sebastian Boenisch’s pass and dancing past new Dortmund signing Mathias Ginter.

Nine seconds. Simply amazing.

Image: Getty Images

19
Aug

Colorado’s Dillon Serna scores cracking volley vs DC United

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Take a bow, Dillon Serna.

The Colorado Rapids youngster is one of the hottest up-and-coming talents in Major League Soccer, and he showed us why on Sunday.

With his side tied 1-1 at DC United, Serna scored this stunning goal from 35 yards out for a 2-1 lead, then celebrated with a textbook back flip to boot:

That’ll do, Dillon. That’ll do.

Actually no it didn’t because the Rapids still lost, but don’t let that little fact ruin the moment. What a hit!

H/T Reddit

18
Aug

Bielefeld’s Fabian Klos hits wonder volley in German Cup

Sometimes, the greatest goals of the year come from the unlikeliest of sources, such as Sunday’s German Cup first-round match between Arminia Bielefeld (third division) and FC Sandhausen (2. Bundesliga).

With the underdogs ahead in the second half, Fabian Klos ripped a marvelous volley straight off a corner kick to give Bielefeld a 2-0 lead and a place in the next round. For Sandhausen, there was just no coming back from a golazo of these epic proportions.

Want to see it a few more times? Your wish is our command:

17
Aug

Pirlo tricks Singapore wall to score cheeky free kick goal

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Andrea Pirlo has us all hot and bothered over here in the United States after telling reporters recently he is considering a move to Major League Soccer once his contract expires with Juventus in 2016.

As if we aren’t already crushing enough over the man with that beard, the Italy midfielder scored this lovely free kick goal in a friendly vs Singapore on Saturday:

Stop it, Andrea. Just stop it!

H/T Reddit

17
Aug

Graphic artist’s wonderful Premier League goal illustrations

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Do yourselves a favor and follow Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks) on Twitter.

In a time when the Premier League has announced a crackdown on goal Vines and GIFs, This graphic artist is offering a new way to sidestep copyright infringement with his numerous and timely illustrations.

16
Aug

WATCH: Mainz player scores from 60 yards in final seconds to force PK shootout

There’s a lot of excitement in the air as the Premier League kicks off anew on Saturday, but we’ve probably already seen the most exciting match of the weekend, and it was in the First Round of the German Cup.

Mainz 05 and third-division club Chemnitzer FC offered fans an incredible football spectacle featuring ten goals and a penalty shootout. The highlight came on the very last play in extra time, when Mainz’s Johannes Geis scored from 60 yards to force an unlikely penalty shootout.

Just two minutes earlier, Chemnitz though they had scored the winner over the Bundesliga side, but Geis took advantage of a terrible goal kick by Philipp Pentke to extend the nerve-wracking affair. Pentke, however, would redeem himself in the shootout and seal the upset for Chemnitz.

Watch the full highlights here:

7
Aug

Demba Ba scores possibly the worst goal ever

Former Premier League striker Demba Ba now plies his trade at Besiktas, and on Wednesday he scored his first goal for the Turkish champions in a 3-1 win over Feyenoord. Of course, he did so in typical Demba Ba fashion, with the grace of a gazelle.

Watch:Off his toe, off his behind, and in. Just like he drew it up.

We shouldn’t be too hard on Ba, though. He scored twice more in the second half for his hat trick, sealing Besiktas a place in the Champions League Play-off round.