Hey, remember Andrey Arshavin, the diminutive Russian who once scored all four goals in Arsenal’s classic 4-4 draw with Liverpool, and then didn’t really do anything for the next three years? Yeah, that guy. Well, he now plays for FC Kairat in the Kazakhstan Premier League, and yesterday against FC Taraz he scored…
Former Colombian keeper Rene Higuita pioneered the goal-saving scorpion kick two decades ago, but now the youths—in this case, Grêmio U-14 defender Thomas Luciano—are furthering its evolution into a goal-scoring weapon.
Oh my god look at this first touch from Christen Press. She doesn’t just expertly control a cross whipped into her, but no-look uses the outside of her foot (her heel?!) to gently drop the ball just a few feet in beside her to wheel around and smash home. It should be illegal to be this skilled and composed around the…
I can’t possibly write it better than Ray Hudson can scream it, so:
This comes from a Japanese Football League match between the Kashima Antlers and Sanfrecce Hiroshima and it is a missile. On a designed play, the Antlers punched a corner kick to Daigo Nishi, a lone defender outside the box and he connected on a dazzling volley. No one saw it coming, or going, and it popped the back…
Just when it looked like Switzerland and Ecuador were content to see off a fairly boring, poorly played draw, the Swiss rode a barnstorming counter in literally the last few seconds of the match to win 2-1.
If the staccato finesse of Arsenal is not your cup of tea, wet your whistle on the brutality of Gareth Bale.
Listening to the bass-heavy "thoom" of this blast from today's Red Bull Salzburg-Ajax match is just as satisfying as watching the ball fly over half the field, hang just over the Ajax keeper's fingers, and nestle softly into the back of the net.
The YouTube title of this video tells you all you really need to know: "Soccer best tackle ever !"
Mario Balotelli dug deep in his bag, pulled out his driver, and damn-near tore the cover off the ball to score from 40 yards or so in today's AC Milan vs. Bologna match. He might not be as visible on a shitty AC Milan squad, but he's still capable of jaw-dropping moments of brilliance like this.
It's not every day a center back pings a perfect long ball over the back four for an assist, but then again it's not every day that a striker's first-time, high-arching shot actually finds the back of the net. Did I mention that he wasn't even looking?
Uh, yeah. Messi Back.
This is one of those moves
Falcao Mikkel Hansen has probably practiced on the playground(?) courts for years before finally unleashing in game. I wonder what the goalie's thinking.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing soccer right now. He is scoring a lot. The first came from an unfathomable flick of the foot, almost aiming back where the cross came from in order to blast in the ball with the outside of his right.
Note: Luis Suarez does not "lob" the keeper here when he scores here from eons away on the half volley. This is a flat out smash of a shot. And it was just the first. Suarez scored again in the 29th and 35th minutes, for a first half hat trick against Norwich. Plus, he added a screamer of a free kick in the second…
Here's a collection of some of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's most stunning goals from over the years. Though the stank face impulse will be strong, try to keep your eyes open for the whole video, they only get better.
This, from Mexico's Raúl Jiménez, came in the 85th minute, four minutes after Panama had just equalized and bummed all of Mexico out. Jimenez brought them all back to life with a bicycle kick laser that left Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo rooted to his spot. Look at him. Either it's going wide or, aw crap it's good.
From the Argentinean Futsal League, here's one of the goofier goals from one of the goofier sports on the planet. Magnificent.
We all know about Mesut Özil by now. The 24-year-old playmaker is the truth. From the moment he first took the pitch for Arsenal last month, he's been setting up goals for his teammates, even though he's been unable to find the net himself since moving from Real Madrid. But that finally changed today in the eighth…
RB Leipzig deployed some ingenious early game strategy in a match against VfB Stuttgart II this past Saturday. At the start of the match, Leipzig bum rushed six extra players into Stuttgart's side of the field, a brilliant move which resulted in the goal you see above. I don't know who Leipzig's coach is, but from…