Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a ferocious free-kick that makes Roberto Carlos strikes look like apologetic scuffs. Playing mid-week against Universidad de Chile, Sao Paolo's Rafael Toloi ran-up to the ball and smacked it as if he had caught it in bed with his wife. The ensuing abuse of physics [.
TweetFrom Marco Van Basten, to Paul Gascoigne and Davor Suker, In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu picks
out five great goals which have lit up the Euros. Of course there have been many fantastic strikes
throughout the history of the Euro from Henrik Larson's unbelievably photogenic diving header
against Bulgaria, Zinedine Zidane's superb freekick against Spain [.
Barcelona kept the pressure up on Real Madrid after Lionel Messi's superb freekick sealed a 2-1 win
against Atletico Madrid whilst Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning back-heel goal gave Real Madrid a
narrow 1-0 lead against Rayo Vallecano. Meanwhile, Ronaldo's fabulously improvised strike settled
an otherwise utterly forgettable match between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano with neither [.
Manchester United were comfortable winners against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup tonight, finishing the game with a deserved 3-0 victory.
There was some controversy surrounding United's second goal though. Juan Mata scored a lovely freekick, with Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial blocking the view of the goalkeeper, from an offside position.
David de Gea put in another good shift against one of the top teams in Manchester United's 3-3
draw with Chelsea.
The Spanish keeper's every move is heavily scrutinised by the press but he has been rightly
praised for his brilliant save from a Juan Mata freekick which saved a point for United in the
DC United have maintained their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference after a scrappy 1-0
win at the Philadelphia Union in the MLS. It was the hosts though who had the better of the early
stages. A fine solo effort from Michael Farfan flew just wide of DC keeper Bill Hamid's left hand
post. And Philadelphia continued to press in the first half.
Chandler Hoffman's first professional goal may go down as one of the most exciting of his young
life, as the rookie striker slotted home a 12-yard shot to give the Philadelphia Union a 2-1 win
over FC Schalke 04.
Schalke played a strong lineup consisting of many of their starters, including Raul and star
striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
00:36 - Seattle takes a corner at 6:52 into the game. The corner is headed deep into the box
toward Fredy Montero, who manages to kick it on target, but Union rookie right back Raymon Gaddis
cleared it off of the line.
00:58 - The ball is sent to the right side of the Union 18, then crossed into the six.
This article titled "Euro 2012: Russia v Czech Republic â€“ live!" was written by Paul Doyle,
for guardian.co.uk on Friday 8th June 2012 20.36 UTC
Full-time: A richly entertaining game ruined only by the wonky shooting of
Kerzakhov. Russian were brilliant with the ball, yet strangely prone to lapses of interest, which
could cost them against better opposition.
Having waited 118 years for a second all-Edinburgh Final, the Scottish Cup final ended up being
a disappointment for neutrals, and especially Hibernian fans, as Heart of Midlothian ran out
comfortable 5-1 winners, for their eight victory in the competition, their third Cup win in
fourteen years. It was a game overshadowed by controversy, especially concerning the decision at
the start of the second half, which saw Hearts awarded a penalty and Hibernian reduced to ten
Andy Carroll started the last two Liverpool games, and they were important games in some respect.
Liverpool ended a four game win-less streak with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers. The
Reds followed that up with a come-from-behind FA Cup victory over Everton, thus maintaining their
hoodoo spell over the blue of Merseyside.
Euro 2012 kicked off with a bang as the opening game served up something for everyone. Two goals
from comedy goalkeeping errors, a controversial sending off, a cast-iron sending off, a saved
penalty and an inspired substitution gave more memorable moments than most opening games put
SOMERVILLE, Mass. When Katie Schoepfer was substituted out of the game in the 70th minute of
Saturday night's 3-2 Breakers victory over the Western New York Flash, the sellout crowd at Dilboy
Stadium erupted in applause. With the help of Schoepfer and her first career hat trick, the
Breakers solidified their place as the top team in WPSL Elite and extended their unbeaten streak to
00:20 - Chase Harrison and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar collide inside of the Philadelphia Union 18.
Huntelaar was accidentally hit in the face by Harrison, who was attempting to punch a cross out of
his area. The Dutch striker was diagnosed with a concussion and his face had already begun to swell
"Did you cheer, did you cheer, did you cheer when Beckham scored?" we would sing to opposition
fans following David Beckham's transformation from villain to hero in the eyes of England fans.
After his sending off in the World Cup 1998 he was given an awful time in this country, with
effigies of him being hung in London, his face at the centre of cut out dart boards in the tabloids
and vile abuse from the stands.
And at the heart of it, of course, is Bild. Bless them.
There are rumblings of some rumbling between Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben at halftime of the
Bayern v Real Champions League semifinal earlier in the week, escalating to the point of Franck
punching Arjen in the face.
TweetColombian midfielder Dorlan Pablo sent pulses racing with an amazing 40 yard freekick during
Atletico Nacional's Copa Libertadores group stage win against Penarol. Normally in situations like
this the man standing over the freekick is expected to feed the ball into the so called 'mixer'
where, hopefully, an alert striker will pounce.
TweetThe In The Stands Goal of The Week goes to Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla whose stunning
freekick helped his side earn a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. The goal was made all the more dramatic
due to the fact that it was virtually the very last kick of the game and dramatically brought to an
Fresh hopes for a new start, coupled with memories of postseason success last year at Dallas, may
have inspired confidence with the kickoff to our seventeenth season. But such hopes were quickly
dashed as the season starts with a road loss that suggests little has changed since last year.
Goals from Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry lifted the New York Red Bulls over the Los Angeles
Galaxy Wednesday night in a 2-1 win, but it wasn't enough to see the team into the final of the
Desert Diamond Cup, as the Galaxy marched to the title game by virtue of goal difference.
Nothing is certain but death and taxes... and not losing to Spurs. They may score from the half
way line in the last minute, plain for all to see, but it won't be given. They may be 3-0 up at
half-time, but we'll score five in the second half. They may believe they have a freekick after one
of our players blatantly handballs it, but the ref will play advantage and we will score a goal
The USA remain atop their group in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying after drawing 1-1 with Guatemala
in Guatemala City. Clint Dempsey opened the scoring for the United States in the 40th minute.
Guatemala's Marco Pappa equalized in the 83rd minute from a freekick just outside the arc. The US
now leads Jamaica at the top of Group A by goal difference.
Wisconsin teams captured two of the three titles at the National Indoor Soccer Championships
last weekend at Soccer City in Palatine, Ill.
Madison-based Chichitas won their third Women's Open championship in four years Sunday, slipping
past Illinois' Schwaben AC 2-1 in a rematch of the 2011 final, while Milwaukee's HLAS thumped
California's FreeKick FC 5-1 to claim the Coed Open crown a year after losing in the final.
"Super" Mario Balotelli is always an accident waiting to happen. I thought that he had matured
quite a bit this season. Unfortunately the talented Italian is still a ticking timebomb on the
football pitch. Much of his goalscoring genius stems from that right-brain thinking which also
courts disaster by the busloads.
Well that's that, then. It's sad to have lost a record that's stood for such a long time but it's
hard to offer much sense of hard feeling aside from the softness of the freekick leading to the
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