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

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

19
Aug

Neymar steals the show in Luis Suarez’s first Barca match

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So, uh, Neymar is back, you guys.

The Brazil star painted a sad figure at the World Cup this summer after breaking a bone in his back vs Colombia and missing the Selecao’s infamous last two contests. 

Just about six weeks later, Neymar returned to the pitch in Barcelona’s 6-0 friendly win over Club Leon, and boy did he show up.

First, he converted Andres Iniesta’s pass with a lovely chip over goalkeeper Will Yarbrough, before scoring on a cheeky little back-heel finish just before the halftime whistle. The fact Luis Suarez made his Barcelona “debut” was reduced to a footnote on the night.

Enjoy:

H/T Reddit

Photo: Reuters

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

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:

12
Aug

Atlanta Silverbacks player scores absolute golazo in NASL

Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder Junior Burgos hit a 40-yard free kick over the weekend that even Cristiano Ronaldo himself would be impressed by.

The 25-year-old Salvadoran scored this stunner against the New York Cosmos in the NASL, and it’s worth a few watches:

This one will live on Burgos’ highlight reel for the rest of his career.

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!