Joe Cole, who in his younger days scored a number of famous goals for Chelsea and the English national team, showed a small spark of the wonder years last night in St. Petersburg with a bicycle kick that helped pace his current Tampa Bay Rowdies squad to a 3-0 win.
This goal—Antoine Griezmann’s second on the day and the only two of the match that has sent tournament hosts France into the Euro 2016 final—is all about two touches. The first is that lightning-quick little stab of Paul Pogba’s right foot that allows him to burst into space while leaving Shkodran Mustafi for dead and…
The league: the U.S.’s National Premier Soccer League. The team: FC Wichita. The opponent: the Shreveport Rafters. The player: goalkeeper Mark Weir. The announcer’s perfectly apt call: “Mark Weir just scored a freakin’ goal!”
If you want to see what a perfectly struck shot from distance looks like, Radja Nainggolan’s deep jackhammer goal he just scored for Belgium against Wales is it:
The Viking warriors that make up the Iceland national team are in the fight of their lives right now, trying to take down England as huge underdogs. England went up early with a Wayne Rooney penalty, but Iceland leveled almost immediately through Ragnar Sigurdsson, before Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s cool strike above gave…
Germany’s dominance looks to continue as Jérôme Boateng hammered home a 25-yard volley to put the reigning world champions up 1-0 early on Slovakia. Maybe it’s not as flashy as Shaqiri, but impressive nonetheless.
Xherdan Shaqiri may fly below the radar at times as a Stoke City midfielder, but “The Alpine Messi” performed his magic late in today’s Euro 2016 matchup against Poland as he delivered an astounding golazo that brought his Switzerland side level.
It took until the final minute of the final group stage match, but Iceland, the smallest country in the tournament, scored the winning goal against Austria to win a place in the Euro 2016 knockout rounds:
This. Goal. Is. Disgusting. Microphone-chucker Cristiano Ronaldo, desperate to deliver Portugal from the group stage of the Euros, kicked in this stupid-good one-time backheel to bring his team back level against Hungary.
The USMNT is currently floundering against the mighty Argentines, who scored an easy dinker after the U.S. defense capitulated en masse, then followed it up with this gorgeous Messi screamer past a flapping Brad Guzan.
You can’t say it wasn’t deserved. Late on in a England-Wales match that was somehow still tied at one goal apiece despite the Three Lions creating more and better chances, England got the winner thanks to a brilliant Dele Alli flick and some nifty Daniel Sturridge footwork before he fired the ball into the net.
Venezuela and Mexico are both going to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa America, but the winner gets to avoid Argentina, so both teams have plenty to play for. The Venezuelans struck first and took a 1-0 lead thanks to José Velázquez going all upside down and smashing it past José Corona.
Wales are up 1-0 on Slovakia early in their first match of Euro 2016, thanks to this marvelous free kick goal by Gareth Bale. It’s not as good as Messi’s last night, but it’s close.
France at times looked a little tense during their Euro 2016-opening match against Romania, as they created chances at will but couldn’t keep their composure enough to convert them into goals. Late on, they were tied at 1-1, looking for someone to save the day. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that it was Dimitri Payet…
We’re all familiar with the heat-check guy in basketball. That is a guy, usually a yappy wing player tasked with the sole responsibility of getting buckets from off the bench, who exhibits such outsized confidence in his jumper that, when he gets it going with a few consecutive Js, he’s prone to throw up all manner of…
Colombia was comfortably hammering Paraguay into the dirt until Victor Ayala picked this one up and smoked it past David Ospina to cut Paraguay’s deficit to 2-1.
Safe to say Greece’s Ioannis Maniatis will never top this jaw-dropping 60-yard bomb he hit today in a friendly against Australia. Not a bad way to peak.
Overshadowed in the international selection controversy sparked by Eric Cantona’s comments and Karim Benzema’s fanning of the flames was Cantona’s lamentation that Hatem Ben Arfa wasn’t called up for the France team for the Euros. As understandable as the Ben Arfa snub is, it’s still sad. Because Ben Arfa has been…
Reigning king of the free kick Dimitri Payet showed off his craft again today in a friendly against Cameroon, delivering France the victory with this screamer.