Mario Balotelli has always been kind of a headcase. Of late, his nuttiness has unfortunately overshadowed his undeniable abilities. But now, after commemorating his second start with his new club Nice with his second two-goal match, it’s beginning to look like maybe Balo is more crazy good than just plain crazy.
Meet Jefinho, the blind soccer five-a-side player who’s been called the “Paralympic Pelé.” In the semifinals of a Paralympics against China, Jefinho demonstrated how he earned such a lofty moniker by dusting the entire Chinese defense before cracking in a shot from distance—twice.
Great goals come in all shapes and sizes. A particularly satisfying kind of wondergoal is the one where the players tip-tap the ball between each other, snaking their way through the entire defense with technique and quickness rather than brute physicality, and only sliding the ball over the goal line when every…
Arsenal fell behind Southampton early thanks to a Petr Čech own goal, but Laurent Koscielny erased the deficit with an overhead kick off a series of headers from a corner delivery. ¡Golazo!
Look how sad these Argentine superstars are. You’d be bummed too if Venezuela’s Juanpi had embarrassed you with this golazo.
Normally, the uniformly terrible music soccer highlight makers afflict upon their videos detracts from the action on display. However, this metal track accompanying a video of Dmytro Ulyanov’s scorpion kick golazo in the Ukrainian first division really gets the feeling of badassery conveyed by Ulyanov’s cheeky finish.…
Thanks to some poor camera work, the video above doesn’t totally encapsulate the flat-out non-human feat of athleticism that created Thamesmead Town’s crazy-looking goal in the F.A. Cup.
Behold Lionel Messi’s perfect overhead-kick assist from today’s friendly against Sampdoria in all its glory:
Yes, it’s just a friendly against Premier League champions (still insane to say that) Leicester City. But despite playing only three players from what will be Barcelona’s best line-up when the season kicks off for real, the Spanish squad is showing that they are in fact still incredible. In case there was any doubt.
Javier Aquino has made 35 appearances without a goal for El Tri, but this beauty from last night’s match against Club América will make you wonder how that’s even possible.
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.