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.

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

23
Mar

Loaned-out Man United forward scores superb volley

Manchester United disappointment Bebe has been anything but on his loan to Portuguese side Paços de Ferreira. He scored a breathtaking goal — one of several this season — that may give David Moyes something to think about as he tinkers with his roster for next season.

The talented 23-year-old Portuguese back-heel flicked the ball over his head and volleyed home against FC Arouca for a golazo that will surely be added to Bebe’s highlight reel.

H/T r/soccer

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."

12
Mar

Ecuador Under-16 international scores solo goal for the ages

Wait, it’s already time for “The Next Neymar?”

Fabian Tello, a youth international for Ecuador’s Under-16 side, has made his case to become the next dribbling sensation by taking almost the entire Paraguayan team to school en route to one of the greatest solo goals you’ll see. After getting the ball played to him on the left wing, Tello juked his way around six different defenders (beating two of them twice!) before rounding the goalkeeper as well (you know, just for good measure) and drilling home the goal. Scintillating stuff!

And again, Tello is not even 16. You may want to remember his name.

H/T SBNation

8
Mar

This week in ‘Amazing Zlatan Moments’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been wow-ing us all season long, that’s nothing new. Seemingly every weekend he provides us with a goal worthy of the yearly highlight reel.

But did you know Ligue 1’s top scorer — 23 goals and counting — also leads the league in assists this season with 12? Yeah, he can do it all.

Proving that his brilliance knows no bounds, Zlatan showed off his other skill set with a lovely back-heel pass to Ezequiel Lavezzi during PSG’s 3-0 win over Bastia on Saturday.

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

24
Feb

Pair of late free-kick golazos electrify Serie A

A pair of Serie A matches ended in similar fashion Monday night, with both away sides stealing a point on late free-kick goals that will make your mouth water.
Fiorentina midfielder and Chile international Matias Fernandez scored perhaps the goal of the round in the 85th minute to salvage a 2-2 draw at Parma. The goal kept La Viola alive in the hunt for a Champions League spot, remaining six points behind third-placed Napoli, who were also affected by a late set piece golazo.

Almost exactly two hours later, Genoa’s Emanuele Calaiò scored in the 84th minute to earn a late point against the Partenopei. The kicker? Calaiò is currently on loan at Genoa from — yup, you guessed it — Napoli!

Calaiò thus actually hurt his parent club’s chances at an automatic Champions League spot for next season. With the draw, Napoli fell to six points behind Roma for second place.

Afterward, Calaiò apologized to the home fans:

"I’m sorry to have scored a goal against Napoli itself. I had important spells there,” Calaio said. ”When the manager gives me the opportunity I try to give my all for this shirt, our fans deserve it. I dedicate the goal to my family and my son.

It’s the third goal in my career I’ve scored from a free kick, I’m sorry to have scored at the San Paolo, but that’s my job and I hope to score in the next games too.”

12
Feb

This is how you score on a slide tackle from 75 yards out

Just like they drew it up!

In an Italian fourth division match between Vigor Lamezia and Tuttocuoio 1957, Lamezia’s Domenico Zampaglione scored the only goal of the game via — get this — a slide tackle from deep in his own half. This easily beats the record for “longest unintentional slide tackle goal ever,” previously held by Karlsruhe’s Sebastian Langkamp in 2009.

It needs to be mentioned: this is only the second-craziest video to come out of Italy this week. The nuttiest can be found here.

H/T Dirty Tackle

22
Dec

Late submissions for Goal and Miss (guess who) of the Year

imagePhoto: Getty

Somebody tell Santa Claus we’ve got a couple last-minute additions to his naughty and nice lists.

FC Groningen striker Michael de Leeuw may not be a household name, but he should fall in the good graces of Santa (assuming he’s a fan of the football) after scoring a ridiculous goal against NEC.

De Leeuw was making a run into the box when he suddenly had to readjust his body in order to reach a cross. De Leeuw spun in the air like a performer in The Nutcracker, and simultaneously back-heeled the ball into the net. This is just stupid:


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Meanwhile, over in Italy, Roma cruised to a 4-0 win over Catania, but the can’t-miss (no pun intended) highlight of the game came courtesy of Gervinho, who may have produced the worst miss of his career. And ya’ll know that’s saying something.

See for yourself:

Gervinho did get on the score sheet earlier, and has enjoyed a much better form in Italy than he ever showed at Arsenal. But still, that miss has to land you on the naughty list, right?

(Video H/T 101GG)