West Ham United took a 2-1 lead against Crystal Palace into the intermission after a Dimitri Payet free kick that rendered Wayne Hennessey completely useless. Payet’s been on fire of late; he had an even more sick free kick earlier this week against Russia.
Cesc Fàbregas equalized for Chelsea in stoppage time with as perfect a free kick as could be executed in the situation.
The Copa Libertadores remains the best soccer competition you’re not watching, and Boca Juniors made it a thriller tonight in Bolivia as Federico Carrizo hammered home a Stephen Curry-range free kick in the 95th minute to save a draw against the home side.
It’s not surprising that, deep down in England’s fifth division and without a David Beckham-like free kick specialist to whip one into the top corner, a team like Cheltenham Town would resort to trickeration to fool the goalkeeper on this set play. It’s just as unsurprising, then, what ultimately came of it:
There’s only one rational explanation for the insane swerve and dip Penang’s Mohd Faiz Subri puts on this ball that allows it to fly every which way, completely bamboozling the keeper, before hitting the side of the net from a distance and angle where it should be nigh-impossible to score from: magic.
Southampton took an early 1-0 lead on West Brom with a fifth-minute free kick from James Ward-Prowse that Boaz Myhill found absolutely unstoppable.
Really good soccer teens at East Fukuoka.
It’s no surprise that Real Madrid is managing things just fine today against Real Betis, but this free kick goal by James Rodríguez is anything but pedestrian.
Schalke 04 up-and-comer Johannes Geis gave the supporters in Gelsenkirchen something to anticipate for the forthcoming season as he drilled a perfect free kick into the corner of the net during today’s friendly against Dutch side Twente. Schalke just signed Geis to a four-year contract, and if he can deliver a few…
Genoa and Torino are still fighting out the last few games of the Serie A season with hopes of a European league qualification still on the line. Omar El Kaddouri’s free kick to equalize for Torino today was certainly worthy of any international competition, as he placed it so perfectly Genoa keeper Mattia Perin just…
Hulk is one of the best free kick takers on the planet, and the Brazilian striker extended Zenit St. Petersburg’s lead—and his own in the Russian Premier League scoring race—with this unstoppable strike against Rostov.
Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid up 1-0 on Eibar today with this knuckler of a free kick that left the keeper totally, in Ray Hudson’s words, “bamboozled.” His whole call is, as usual, a gem:
West Ham's Aaron Cresswell put his side up early on Stoke with this marvelous free kick that left the announcers giddy:
Why are Notts County lining up that free kick like that? Seems kind of weird. Huh, it looks like Laura Basset's going to run right into her teammates. Wait, now her teammate jumped out at her and they're arguing. They better cut it out and get back to...ooooh, I see what you did there! Clever!
James Milner helped Manchester City avoid an embarrassing home loss to lowly Hull City with this gorgeous stoppage-time free kick goal. To be fair, even a draw is shocking; Etihad Stadium spent most of the match silent as supporters watched their team fart around and be dominated by the bottom-three side.
Remember that absurd, failed free kick that Germany attempted against Algeria in the World Cup? In case not, we've embedded video of it below. In the 88th minute of a 0-0 game—Germany would eventually win 2-1 in a dramatic extra time period on Mesut Özil's 120th minute goal—Germany won a free kick about 30 yards away…
It's tough to imagine a more perfect free kick goal than the one Gareth Bale scored today against Espanyol. We've covered numerous amazing set pieces launched by Cristiano Ronaldo, but Bale's providing evidence that he's the strongest man for the job at Real Madrid.