Random Great Goals: Norwich Scrapper Youssef Safri Clangs 40-Yarder In Off Newcastle’s Crossbar, 2005 (Video)

Chris Wright

30th, January 2015


By Chris Wright

Soccer - FA Barclays Premiership - Norwich City v Manchester United - Carrow Road

It all ended under a bit of a cloud when he ditched the club’s team photo shoot and joined Southampton, but there was a time when Norwich City fans used to gleefully chant “Moroccan All Over The World”, boasting that midfield scrapper Youssef Safri was “better than Juninho” during the heady days of 2004/05.

Safri had to earn his corn with the Carrow Road faithful though, with the aforementioned chant only bestowed upon him after he scored a truly magnificent ripper against Newcastle, sending a 40-yard scorcher clanging in off Shay Given’s crossbar – the opening goal in a dramatic 2-1 victory for the Canaries…

Patrick Kluivert went on to equalise for Newcastle in the 89th minute before Dean Ashton popped up in injury time to head home a late winner for Norwich – Thomas Helveg (hands up, we’d completely forgotten he’d ever played for Norwich) picking up his second assist of the night in the process.

Good times…at least until Norwich were relegated three weeks later, ending the league season with a 6-0 tonking from Fulham on the final day.

More random great goals on Pies…

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Lothar Matthaus (Bayern Munich) vs Bayer Leverkusen
Ian Wright (Arsenal) vs Swindon
Roberto Cabanas (New York Cosmos) vs Tulsa Roughnecks
Steve Bull (England) vs Czechoslovakia
Thierry Henry (Arsenal) vs SC Wiez
Muzzy Izzet (Leicester) vs Grimsby
Darren Barnard (Barnsley) vs Huddersfield
Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors) vs Corinthians
Hugo Almeida (Porto) vs Inter Milan
Paulo Wanchope (Costa Rica) vs Uruguay

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  1. Toad says:

    This is one of the best goals in premier league history, and often doesn’t get the plaudits it deserves. Unbelievable strike from an incredible distance against what was a top class keeper at the time.

  2. ToonArmyTX says:

    I remember watching this one. ONe of those times where you just sort of say fair play and then stand up and applaud even though it went against you. Definitely one of the most astonishing strikes I can recall ever seeing. Like the Bergkamp goal, one of the goals against Newcastle that I absolutely love watching.

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