22
Jul

GIF: Lewandowski scores in first test as Bayern player

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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

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.

18
Jun

Trendsetter? ‘Persieing’ is actually a thing now

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After Robin van Persie’s flying golazo against Spain last Friday, the Dutch striker belly-flopped on the pitch.

Now everyone is doing it.

Well at least van Persie’s 93-year-old grandfather.

Okay, the Dutch Embassy staff too.

Actually, there are dozens of pictures of people doing it. There’s even hashtag for it, #persieing. Explore it at your own risk. 

(h/t Who Ate All The Pies)

(Image: Getty)

31
May

Marco Pappa scores free kick golazo in Sounders win

imageHe loves it when you call him Big Pappa. (Image: USA Today)

Looks like we’ve found our goal of the weekend, folks.

It comes courtesy of Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa and in the form of a delicious free kick special. Watch how Pappa’s left-footed curler dips over the wall and leaves Real Salt Lake keeper Jeff Attinella with no chance:

Mmmmm, mmmm good!

Pappa’s goal briefly made it 2-0 for the Sounders, who went on to win 4-0 and bumped their lead atop the Western Conference to five points over second-placed RSL.

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.

2
Mar

Messi does a ‘Messi’

Coming off a loss that saw Barcelona drop out of first place, Lionel Messi quickly turned the page with a stunning free kick against Almeria:

Remember when Messi didn’t win the Ballon d’Or?

Next time you feel down or that life is unfair, just remember this: we have at least ten more years of Messi. Ten more years of his free kicks. We are so spoiled.

20
Feb

Jonathan Soriano, Ricardo Quaresma score ridiculous golazos

Austria’s Salzburg delivered athe most stunning Europa League result on Thursday night, defeating Dutch champions Ajax 3-0 in Amsterdam. One of Salzburg’s many heroes on their historic night: Jonathan Soriano.

The 28-year-old Spanish striker scored a spectacular goal from the halfway line which caught Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen off guard. As a result, Soriano’s thunderous boom puts Salzburg in the driver’s seat in their two-legged Round of 32 affair.

Not to be outdone, Porto’s Ricardo Quaresma — once touted as Portugal’s next prodigy — reminded everyone why he earned stints (albeit very short stays) with Inter Milan and Chelsea through his mediocre career.

The former Barcelona flameout whipped a curling strike in off the far post from 20 yards out after beating Eintracht Frankfurt right back Sebastian Jung on the wing.

The goal was not enough, as Eintracht Frankfurt came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Porto. Quaresma’s curler, though, was truly mesmerizing:

15
Feb

Messi, Neymar all warmed up for Manchester City

Manchester City, consider this your final warning.

Lionel Messi and Neymar polished their shooting boots ahead of Tuesday’s highly anticipated UEFA Champions League duel (live, FOX Sports 1, 2 p.m. ET), putting on a show in Barcelona’s 6-0 stomping of Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Messi scored two goals on Saturday, the first of which was a sublime lob over Rayo’s keeper. It was Messi’s 336th career goal for Barcelona in all competitions, a new Spanish record for most goals scored by a player for one club. He later added his 337th.

By the way, Messi is still only 26. Yeah.

Merely 324 goals behind Messi on Barca’s all-time scoring list lies Neymar, who returned to the pitch for the first time since injuring his ankle last month. To make sure he hadn’t lost his touch the past several weeks, Neymar unleashed from long distance in the 89th minute, resulting in this:

City: beware.

8
Feb

Bored Zlatan practices scoring with his knee

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored more golazos in the past 12 months than most players — mortals — achieve in their lifetime. Or in their dreams. So when it comes to practice, you can understand if Zlatan gets bored pretty easily during shooting drills. Like, what’s the challenge? There isn’t one. Unless you dare to Zlatan, and try to score with different body parts.

Still, not even that seems to be a problem for Zlatan. Ibra is clearly just as lethal with his kneecaps as with his feet.

Man, we’re sure going to miss him in Brazil.

28
Jan

New angle of “Goal of the Century” discovered

We can all thank the power of the Internet for a rare, new look at one of the most memorable goals ever scored. Though the video above was first posted onto YouTube in April, it hasn’t made the rounds in the blogosphere until now (and shame on all of us for that).

Diego Maradona’s second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup — no, not this one — was voted the “Goal of the Century” back in 2002 by FIFA.com voters. This never-before-seen (well, posted online) angle of the goal, originating from Argentinian television, was shot from behind the net of England’s Peter Shilton.

Finally, we get an idea of the nightmares that Shilton must have been battling all his life. It’s also shot in super slow motion, so you can really appreciate the embarrassment Maradona caused to, in order: Peter Beardsley, Peter Reid, Terry Butcher (twice) and Terry Fenwick.