21
Jul

Monaco’s Dimitar Berbatov scores wonder volley in pre-season

For most players, the pre-season is a time to shake off the rust from the summer break, and to ease back into the everyday grind that is professional soccer. It’s not uncommon for our favorite stars to require a few weeks before they show their full fitness and ability again.

Dimitar Berbatov is not most players.

No, “The Continental” already looks to be in mid-season form with French side AS Monaco, scoring this breathtaking, acrobatic volley in a test against Colombian side Atletico Junior on Sunday:

Who needs James Rodriguez when you have Berba, right?

Image provide by Reuters.

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.

7
May

Band together: Japanese team scores brilliant free kick

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A cheeky set-piece routine is one of our favorite things here at the FOX Soccer Blog, because there’s always a 50/50 chance it fails miserably. And we love seeing others fail. Japanese second-division side Kyoto Sanga FC, however, were right on the money with their unconventional free kick.

In a game against Yokohama, five of Kyoto’s players lined up and produced a series of dummies before one eventually blasted it top shelf into the net:

Not so ‘dummy’ now, is it!?

As we mentioned, not all innovative free kick routines work out quite as well. Here are a couple of our favorite fails:

The “Let’s both hit it at the same time” free kick

The “I’ll fall to the ground and head it to you” free kick:

H/T 101GG

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

20
Apr

Too easy! Berbatov’s dream lob sends Monaco into Champions League

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Dimitar Berbatov wants you to know he’s still the smoothest striker in the game.

On Sunday, the former Fulham and Man United man produced one of the most effortless goals humanly possible to give Monaco a 1-0 win over Nice, which clinched them a spot in next year’s Champions League.

No big deal.