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

5
Dec

Brighton U-21 executes beautiful back-heel, drilling opponent in face

Sometimes a headline tells you all you need to know. This really is one of those instances.

Just sit back, watch and enjoy as Brighton U-21 player Glen Rea flicks a back-heel that accidentally(?) finds the grill of Millwall player Kris Twardek.

(H/T Pies)

31
Oct

Man City’s U-17 squad completes amazing soccer stunt

Now this is fun. Here’s to hoping the sort of merrymaking Manchester City’s U-17 squad engages in continues to catch on.

Ten players on each side (that’s 20 total if our journalism-school math is sound) take turns heading the ball down the line. The payoff? A deft headed touch into a trash can and absolute bedlam shortly thereafter.

According to the video’s description, this is a record-breaking effort which could explain the excitement. We’re curious who the bookkeeper is for these records, though.

Perhaps a 22-man challenger will emerge to take the crown? We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

(h/t 101GreatGoals)

28
Aug

President Barack Obama shows off his impressive soccer moves

Juggling a global financial crisis, a possible insertion in Syria (and not to mention being a father and husband) can’t be an easy task for anyone. But juggling a soccer ball? All in a day’s work for the POTUS.

Barack Obama dropped by a high school in New York and crashed the practice of the girls and boys soccer teams. The Commander-in-Chief deftly takes a first touch for a quick juggle before greeting the entire boys team.

When’s the last time a guy in slacks and dress shoes moseyed onto a high school practice field and elicited that kind of awesome reaction? Truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and a reminder to youngsters to stay in school:

President Obama meeting the boys team at Tully Junior-Senior High School (Getty Images: Jewel Samad)

And of course, President Obama drops by to meet the Tully Junior-Senior High School girls soccer team (Getty Images: Jewel Samad)

And just for kicks, President Obama takes aim and shows off his footie skills (Getty Images: Jewel Samad)

(h/t SBNation)

24
Apr

You don’t see this every day.

BK Häcken goalkeeper Christoffer Kallqvist, instead of kicking the ball safely up-field, decided to be cheeky and nutmeg onrushing striker Marcus Ekenberg. Luckily for Kallqvist it worked, thus avoiding a place in endless blooper reels. Even Ekenberg had to go over to the keeper afterwards and give him his due. Gutsy!

28
Feb

By now, you’ve all probably seen Angel Di Maria’s dribble dummy that made Carles Puyol do the splits to help Real Madrid advance to the Copa del Rey finals past rival Barcelona.

The Spanish defender has rarely been embarrassed in such an open and public manner. In fact, the last time Puyol suffered a silly spill took place during Denilson’s time with Real Betis.

With that in mind, we gotta ask, how skinned Puyol better: Denilson or Di Maria? Check out this video and cast your vote here.