20
Jul

Swiss League opener yields best own goal you’ll see all year

While most leagues in Europe are just now getting back in the groove with preseason friendlies, over in Switzerland the 2014/15 season got already back underway on Saturday, and it didn’t take long for Milan Gajic of Young Boys Bern to score perhaps the goal of the season.

Unfortunately, he put it in his own net!

Gajic put St. Gallen ahead, 2-1, with this incredible half-volley from outside the box that thundered past his goalkeeper and into the top corner:

It might well be Gajic’s greatest goal he’ll ever score, but this is hardly the way he wanted to kick-start his season.

Young Boys did go on the equalize late in the game to at least secure a point in their opener.

H/T 101GG

1
Jun

Jermaine Defoe is still killing it for Toronto FC

Even if you’ve only paid marginal attention to Major League Soccer this season, you’ve probably heard of Jermaine Defoe’s stellar first campaign in Toronto.

Since his high-profile switch from Tottenham Hotspur, Defoe has lit up the league with six goals in seven starts, his last two coming in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Columbus. To bag his brace, Defoe provisionally tied the score at 2-2 with this magnificent left-footed screamer:

Who needs a first touch when you can just volley it?

27
May

GIF: Romelu Lukaku is heating up for the World Cup

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Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku already looks in World Cup form.

The Everton striker (on loan from Chelsea) scored a hat trick against Luxembourg in the Red Devils’ first tune-up game, with his third being particularly impressive. Watch as he splits two defenders like a banana:

Okay, so we are only talking about Luxembourg here. But thanks to plays like that, Belgium’s Group H opponents are sure to have nightmares of the bullish striker in the weeks to come.

25
May

Erik Hurtado makes defenders look silly

imageBreaking ankles is a move generally reserved for the basketball court, but Vancouver Whitecaps forward Erik Hurtado did so on the soccer pitch Saturday night.

In a 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders, Hurtado briefly made it 1-1 on a superf finish from a tight angle, but not before twisting both Osvaldo Alonso and Djimi Traore into pretzels. Watch the goal below:

Ouch.

25
May

GIF: Rotherham scores belting equalizer in dramatic playoff final

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Promotion to the Championship was on the line for League One clubs Rotherham and Leyton Orient on Sunday, and the high stakes evidently brought out the best of Rotherham’s Alex Revell.

With Leyton holding a 2-0 lead early in the second half, the striker notched two goals in five minutes to get Rotherham level. His second was an absolute firecracker:

GIF via @bubbaprog

The only thing better than that sweet strike? His manager’s priceless reaction:

Steve Evans is probably still running and fist-pumping somewhere.

Revell’s brace sent the playoff final into extra time, and after thirty more minutes of drama, Rotherham won 4-3 in penalties to clinch back-to-back promotions and return to England’s second division for the first time since the 2004/05 season.

10
May

Preston’s Joe Garner scores unbelievable goal in playoff game

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Can it still be a “goal of the season” if it’s technically scored in the postseason?

It better, because Preston North End’s Joe Garner just unleashed one in the League One promotion playoffs!

With Preston down 1-0 to Rotherham in the first leg of their playoff tie, Garner produced a series of three exquisite touches that resulted in THIS:

Wait, here’s another angle. My goodness!

H/T 101GG

8
May

Scoring from that angle should definitely be illegal

Somebody arrest Fernando Guerrero, because the goal he scored for Independiente del Valle over the weekend is definitely not legal.

The Ecuadorian striker scored from a nearly impossible angle. You have to watch it to believe it. And then maybe watch it again:

If breaking the laws of soccer is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

(H/T SB Nation)

4
May

Ronaldo scores Zlatan-esque monster goal for Real Madrid

Here’s your weekly Cristiano Ronaldo highlight that makes you forget to breathe for a moment. What a goal!

Ronaldo gave Real Madrid an injury time equalizer against Valencia with this ridiculous backheel kick, but unfortunately, time ran out on Real as they were looking to make up more ground in the title race.

In a righteous world, this goal should just automatically give Real Madrid the title. What’s that, Atletico? You have more points than Real? Sorry, overruled. Ronaldo’d.

27
Apr

GIF: Ronaldo’s brace against Osasuna is typical Ronaldo

Nothing this guy does surprises us anymore. Still, you HAVE to see the two goals Cristiano Ronaldo scored against Osasuna on Saturday.

Think he’s back to 100%, just in time for Bayern Munich on Tuesday?

We’ll go with our gut here and say, yes. Yes he is.

(GIFs via Pies)

26
Apr

Miralem Pjanic leaves half of Milan in his wake en route to solo golazo

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Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic turned in a late candidate for goal of the season Friday night, scoring on a scintillating solo run against AC Milan.

With the score at 0-0 in the first half, the Bosnian star took matters in his own hands, splitting the entire Rossoneri defense as if they were merely cones on the practice pitch:

Milan’s defenders then proceeded to search for their dignity for the rest of the match, which they would lose 2-0.

GIF via balls.ie