Just look at this strike from soon-to-be Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann during his Stuttgart days. Overhead kicks are usually spectacular enough on their own, but look at the build-up play to this one. A pinpoint 40-yard cross-field ball which is casually volleyed into the area for Jurg to do the business with the overhead.
This thunderbolt from Jon Harley was the ex-Chelsea man’s only goal during his stint at Fulham. Not that any Fulham fan would hold that against him. The 40-yard strike secured three points for the Cottagers against Aston Villa. Harley is currently at Championship side Burnley.
Brazil’s Marcio scores with a very cheeky backheel flick at the near post for Brazil in a friendly match against Sweden in 1983.
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As we have featured Jorge Ribeiro’s Yeboah-esque strike for Boavista this week, it only seems right to remind ourselves of the original. So here is Tony Yeboah – a man signed by Leeds United seemingly with a brief to score spectacular goals which bounced in off the crossbar. Here he is against Wimbledon…
This beautiful strike from Boavista’s Jorge Ribeiro never gave the keeper a chance. Ribeiro, brother of Maniche, gave the ball a fair whack from getting on for 40 yards. The ball bounced in off the underside of the crossbar in what a generation of youngsters grew up calling a ‘Yeboah’.
Mikael Neilson, formerly of IFK GÃ¶teborg, must have wondered what he had to do to earn the same sort of sponsorship money as Roberto Carlos. This superb free-kick against PSV Eindhoven swerved as much as anything the Brazilian could serve up.
Warning – this video may contain traces of Clive Tyldesley.
This excellent goal from Brazilian midfielder – and Chelsea target – Diego deservedly won the match for Werder Bremen against Rangers, but the Scottish giants went through 2-1 on aggregate. This means we can enjoy Diego’s strike all the more! He controls a clearance on his chest, takes two defenders out of the game with a Gazza-style flick over their heads, and then fires home a pinpoint left-foot shot on the half-volley. A round of applause, please.
Stick with this video while it sets the scene for Scott Oakes to strut his stuff. Picking the ball up in his own half, Oakes runs and runs, and then he runs a bit more before unleashing a brilliant strike. A truly outstanding solo wonder goal.
If you thought dodos were extinct, think again. Here is video evidence that they are not only alive and well, but also capable of scoring sweet volleys. This particular Dodo is a Fluminense player and he scored a wonder goal against Arsenal (no, not that Arsenal but Argentina’s Arsenal de Sarandi) this week. Full marks for technique and accuracy – there was no stopping this effort.
This goal from the final match of the 1984 season has everything: aggression, determination, speed, skill. The move starts as a slide tackle. Beardsley win the ball, turns on a halfpenny and finishes with a deft chip.
Coventry City’s Ernie Hunt proves that football creativity didn’t arrive in English football when Dennis Bergkamp stepped foot in the country. This goal from October 1970 was made in England. Willie Carr flicks the ball up between his heels for Hunt to volley past Everton keeper Andy Rankin. Toffees boss Harry Catterick dismissed the goal as “Like something out of a circus.”
The Argentinian league might have its fair share of problems but it is producing some sexy goals at the moment. This strike from Miguel Mea Vitali is up there with Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort against Porstmouth in the Oscar nominations for Crispest Free Kick of the Season.
A backheeled nutmeg (even if it was unintentional) to beat two defenders, followed by a strong run and clinical finish? Yes, it’s easy to see why so many people are raving about Lyon’s young striker, Kazim Benzema. A note of caution: the defending in the French top flight is considerably more forgiving than in the [...]
Direct running, a few jinky turns and an exquisite chip makes for a fantastic goal from the Argentinian league scored by Santiago Salcedo of Newell’s Old Boys.
No hint of a backliftâ€¦ and then WALLOP! The Scottish goalie was as shocked as I was when I first saw a video of this goal. What do Portuguese players have for breakfast that allows them to strike a ball with such ferocity?
No, not that Pele. This one is only 20 and he plays for Inter Milan as a holding midfielder. He is also a Portugal Under-21 international. On Tuesday night he scored this beauty against Scotland. If he keeps scoring goals like this, he will soon be the Pele.
It’s not just the placement of the backheel, it’s the casual elegance of the flick. A simply beautiful goal, from a player who appreciated more than most the aesthetics of the beautiful game.
This goal for Serie D outfit Venafro might not have come on the world stage as some of his father’s best efforts, but Diego’s bastard offspring still knows how to find the net. The Argentinian legend initially disputed the paternity of his Italian-born son but the DNA evidence shows he is, and this video makes it conclusive!
Gerd MÃ¼ller is arguably the most underrated player in football history. You hear all the time about Cruyff, Pele, Maradona, Best, Van Basten etc. but for some reason The Bomber never gets a look-in. Perhaps that’s because he’s German, or because he wasn’t a graceful player. (Effective, yes; graceful, hell no – check out the [...]
Bressan scored this peach for Fiorentina against Barcelona in the Champions League back in 1999. The scrappy play preceding the goal makes it even more of a bolt from the blue. One second the ball is bobbling around and the next Bressan has thrown himself at it and bagged a 25-yard scissor kick in the process. Nice.
Has a ball ever been struck more sweetly? Perhaps not. Big Al’s greatest goal in a black-and-white shirt (and there are a few to choose from). More wonder goals
Sunday Oliseh is currently earning his keep as a BBC pundit for the African Cup of Nations. Ten years ago he was very much in his prime as a player. This beauty from the 1998 World Cup was the goal that eliminated Spain from the competition.
Here is Olympiakos striker Lomana LuaLua with exactly the sort of chest control and 25-yard volley that will have Newcastle fans thinking: “Hmm, he never did that for us.” This was the opening goal in a 4-0 rout against arch-rivals Panathinaikos in the Greek Cup.
Hmm, that reminds me, I must take Sulley Muntari out of my Premier League fantasy football team. Via 101GreatGoals More African football