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.
As inarguably great as Gonzalo Higuaín has been for the better part of a decade now, he tends to be overlooked when it comes time to rhapsodize about the great pure strikers in the world. But after the season he just put together at Napoli, scoring 36 goals in 35 matches and thus breaking Serie A’s single-season…
It was only a year ago when Eden Hazard, the pearl of the Chelsea juggernaut that cruised to the title, was skipping and shimmying his way past Premier League defenses with the rakish spirit and effortless grace of one of those dancing tough guys in West Side Story. This year, for both Hazard and his team, has been…
Eden Hazard was the best player on the Premier League title-winning team last season, and he just scored a goal that clinched the Premier League title ... for Leicester City.
Check out this ridiculous run right here, and remember that Saúl Ñíguez is a central midfielder not at all known for his dribbling ability, and marvel at his awkward grace as he skates by Bayern Munich’s whole defense and scores:
That Javi Gómez, of third division Spanish club UD Socuéllamos, managed to score with this insane, volleyed overhead kick is crazy enough. But that he even thought to shoot there, when probably no one in the world save maybe Zlatan Ibrahimović would’ve considered it, makes it all the more spectacular and ridiculous.
Warren Byrne plays for South Shields in the tenth division of English soccer. He scored a goal yesterday against Tow Law Town that belongs amongst FIFA’s Puskás Award nominees:
Boy, do these dudes in France’s lower tiers know how to score wondergoals. After last week’s backheel-to-overhead kick golazo, we now have Jordan Blondel upping the stakes by sizing up a long ball from his own half, and while backpedaling towards goal, kicking the ball in with his heel. From outside the box. On the…
It’s quite a morning for stunning goals by French legends, as Franck Ribéry scored his second goal of the Bundesliga season on an incredible overhead kick off the rebound from Frankfurt keeper Lucas Hradecky.
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.
Seriously. You shouldn’t be able to score from this far out:
Pulling off this bicycle kick, as Nice youngster Paulin Puel did this weekend against Monaco in a U19 game, would be impressive enough. But what really puts this one over the top is that backheel flick that sets him up. Put together, and you have a legit stunner.
This right here is a real beauty. Nathaniel Clyne hit a perfect cross to Jamie Vardy, who did a little bit of magic to backheel it past a spinning Manuel Neuer without even looking at the damn goal.
Today’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Cameroon and South Africa went berserk early in the second half as Bafana Bafana midfielder Hlompho Kekana took a shot on goal from his own side of the pitch and scored, giving his team a 2-1 lead.
Nobody in Madrid much likes Colombian superstar James Rodríguez. His teammates don’t like him, his coach doesn’t like him, the fans don’t like him, the president doesn’t like him, even the local cops don’t like him. At a career crossroad of sorts, with his talent unquestioned but his dedication and professionalism…
A lot to enjoy here: 1) the shot by Wimbledon’s Jake Reeves itself, coming off an expertly controlled bounding ball and a wallop of a kick that sends the it way up into the air before it dips and swerves into the goal; 2) Reeves’s cocky little strut that he starts right after the ball comes off his foot and doesn’t…
Cesc Fàbregas equalized for Chelsea in stoppage time with as perfect a free kick as could be executed in the situation.
Chelsea fell behind at home once again this morning, though it’s hard to blame them for this Manuel Lanzini screamer from outside the box. The Blues haven’t much but pride to play for at this point, and strikes like this from the Argentine aren’t helping.
Here is Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho easing down the Manchester United flank, floating into the box, then coolly flipping the ball over keeper David De Gea with about as much difficulty and exertion as you or I would jog out to the grocery store to pick up a carton of chocolate milk: