Harder than it looks?
You’ve got to feel for Gorka Iraizoz.
The Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper did what few of his contemporaries have done before him — score a goal from a set piece. Even better, Iraizoz’s textbook header off the 95th-minute free kick had given his side an unlikely late equalizer against Malaga.
If it wasn’t for that heartless referee Antonio Mateu, that is.
The match official called the goal back for a mystery foul, crushing Iraizoz’s dreams to finally etch his name into the La Liga scoring charts and Athletic Bilbao lore.
Here, see if you can spot a foul. We’ll wait:
Image provided by Reuters.
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!
Botev Plovdiv manager Velislav Vutsov got a little excited when his team scored the first goal in their Bulgarian league match against defending champion Ludogorets:
Is that Fred Flinstone?
Unfortunately, Vutsov would not do any more running. Ludogorets came back to win, 3-1.
Sharing your last name with an international superstar is tough.
To share it with “The Biebs,” well, that just might be the single hardest thing in the world, especially nowadays.
Alas, such is the fate that has befallen young Christopher Bieber, a soccer player for German fourth division club Würzburger Kickers. But rather than getting down on his luck for undoubtedly being the butt of every joke in Würzburg, the German Bieber has taken some important steps to distance himself from the pop idol.
He’s got his own cool nickname - “Bibo!” - for one, and, rather than performing songs about love and trying to act like a badass, the footballing Bieber is just straight-up badass.
How else can you explain this goal? A diving header… while lying down!
Baby, baby, baby (oooooh)! Eat your heart out, Robin van Persie. That is the greatest “diving” header goal we’ve ever seen.
Not even Orlando Bloom could hate on those skills.
Fernando Torres is already in his mid-season form. Unfortunately, that’s “Torres’ form,” and not anybody else’s.
How do you mess this up? HOW?!
At least Jose Mourinho will be happy to know that if he needs his team to miss a sitter, Torres is still his guy.
Gotta stay loose
This summer has produced yet another arms race between the elite clubs in Europe. Real Madrid signed James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, Barcelona scooped up Luis Suarez, and Chelsea reloaded with the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.
Bayern Munich? They’ve been rather quiet, but for good reason.
The German champions did their best business back in January, when it was announced that Robert Lewandowski would join them on a free transfer. You’d be forgiven to have forgotten about him, since he couldn’t star at the World Cup and all.
But on Monday against third-division side Duisburg, in his first test as a Bayern player, the Polish goal machine announced his arrival with an impressive goal:
GIF via Pies
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.