26
Aug

Hulk scores on scintillating solo run as Zenit reach UCL group stage

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Hulk doesn’t need to smash to be a menace on the field. Sometimes, a little solo run past three hapless defenders will do just fine, as was the case Tuesday against Standard Liege.

The robust Brazilian striker scored two goals to send Zenit into their third straight Champions League group stage. The first was a penalty kick, and the second was, well, just watch:

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

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

17
Aug

Bright Dike marks his return by scoring … with his shoe

Toronto FC forward Bright Dike deserves a bit of luck. He missed out on a chance to play for Nigeria at the World Cup after tearing his Achilles in February. He struggled for much of this season to work his way back into the frame after that substantial knock.

Dike finally capped his latest comeback with a 12-minute cameo in the 4-1 defeat against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night. It marked an important milestone for the 27-year-old forward as he attempts to return to his best.

It appears his first task on the road back is simple: He needs to remember to tie his cleats a bit tighter. Dike tried to open his account moments after his arrival, but the importance of his tame shot dropped by the wayside once his boot flew past the prone Jon Kempin.

The humor of the 25-yard journey from foot to goal prompted jeers from The Cauldron. Dike isn’t back on the scoresheet just yet, but he will hope his first foray will lead to many more goals in the future. 

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.

12
Aug

Swedish 7th division player scores 21 goals in regional match, breaks record

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(Image: Facebook.com/KongoUnited)

Sometimes athletes like to pad their stats, and a game in the Stockholm’s regional seventh division is an extreme example of a perfect opportunity to do just that. 

Kongo United’s Yanick Djouzi Manzizila is now the new holder of a Swedish football record for the most goals scored in a game that had stood for the last 60 years. 

Manzizila had a a stellar game against opponents Balrog Botkyrka Södertälje IK, knocking in 21 goals. (The previous Swedish scoring record was 18 goals, set in 1954)

Unsurprisingly, Kongo United trounced the other team with a final score of 30-0.

The runaway victory didn’t come as a surprise to the goal scorer.

“I had scored 12 goals against them before, so I knew there was a chance to score goals,” Manzizila told Aftonbladet.

The team is sitting pretty at the top of the standings in the division with a goal difference of 86-8.

(h/t Who Ate All The Pies)

10
Aug

England’s Beth Mead hits screamer in Under-20 Women’s World Cup

A month ago, we were watching what we thought were the final phases of the “World Cup of Goals.”

Instead, it looks like it’s far from over. The ladies at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup have picked up right where the men in Brazil left off - scoring worldies left and right.

First, France’s Claire Lavogez defied physics with a hit that rainbowed over the keeper to finish off a beautiful team move. And now, England’s Beth Mead goes on and does this:

You might want to start watching this tournament!

7
Aug

Work of art! France Under-20 women score beautiful team goal

Maybe you watched the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night, or maybe you tuned in to the Under-20 Women’s World Cup bout between France and Costa Rica instead. If you missed the latter, then you also missed the best goal of the day.

Check out this beautiful team goal from France that ends with Claire Lavogez’s nifty lob of the Ticos keeper, going off the crossbar and in:

With goals like that, the Under-20 Women’s World Cup is sure to pick up a few more viewers, we hope!

H/T SBNation

2
Aug

Hulk scores cracking goal in season opener

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Uh oh. Hulk is back smashing things again.

Probably still angry over Brazil’s embarrassing end to their World Cup campaign last month, the Zenit attacker took all his frustration out on poor Arsenal Tula on Matchday 1 of the new Russian Premier League campaign.

Watch:

Lord have mercy! Goalkeeper Aleksandr Filimonov might actually be glad he didn’t get in the way of that one. He easily could’ve lost a hand or worse.

Zenit won their season opener on the road, 4-0.