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!

9
Aug

Bastia open up their Ligue 1 season with a long-range golazo

Christopher Maboulou made quite the splash in his debut for Bastia in France’s top flight of football. Say hello to the club’s new midfielder: 

A long-range looping strike isn’t a bad way to make a first impression at your club.

Another angle shows just how off-guard the goalkeeper was. But then again, who expects anyone to shoot from there? Take a bow, Christopher.

UPDATE: Maboulou also ended up scoring the game-tying goal to salvage a point for Bastia. Not a bad day’s work.

(Vine: SB Nation, GIF: Reddit Soccer)

9
Aug

Colin Healy scores sublime bicycle kick for Cork City

While many European leagues are just starting up, the League of Ireland is well into the second half of the season, and Cork City is trying to make a run at Dundalk FC for the league title.

With just two minutes remaining, the club had a chance to cut into Dundalk’s lead in the table if they could just manage to score the game-winning goal.

Enter, Colin Healy:

If you’re going to keep your club in the title race, might as well do it in style, right?

(H/T Reddit Soccer)

7
Aug

#TBT: Landon Donovan’s classic goal vs Algeria

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Good thing Landon Donovan picked a Thursday to announce his impending retirement. This gives us the perfect excuse for possibly the greatest Throwback Thursday post to date.

Get ready for some goosebumps. Here is Donovan’s classic winner vs Algeria that sealed the USA’s progress into the 2010 World Cup knockout stage, and the world’s reaction to it:

#ThanksLD!