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Arsenal’s Giroud baffled by awards snub – With video highlights

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that he remains shocked that he was overlooked for Premier League Goal of the Month award for January. The Frenchman scored an amazing acrobatic goal, described as a scorpiongoal, where he manages to beat the keeper despite the ball being played into him awkwardly.

Arsenal: Olivier Giroud’s Incredible Scorpion Volley Against Crystal Palace Recreated In Lego (Video)

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It may have been pipped to the January 'Goal of the Month' award by Andy Carroll's exocet overhead kick, but Olivier Giroud's equally audacious scorpion volley (also against Crystal Palace) has been immortalised in an altogether more meaningful way.

Thanks to Weevil888, Giroud's partially inspired, partially fluked back-heel has taken its place in the grand pantheon of icon footballing moments re-rendered in Lego.

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Will an MLS Goalkeeper Ever Duplicate the 'Scorpion' Kick?

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The legendary Columbian goalkeeper, Rene Higuita, perfected the 'Scorpion Kick.'

As the ball approached the goal in the air, Higuita would get his body ready and perfectly time his action to flex his torso and bring his legs back together in the air to boot the ball out away from the goal.

Snapshot: The Mario Balotelli ‘Power Flex’ Subbuteo Figure

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By Chris Wright

As with Rene Higuita and his famous scorpion kick, Mario Balotelli's hulked-up power flex at Euro 2012 has been immortalised in the medium of Subbuteo...

It's a little niche, but we sincerely hope the next in the series is Nigel Quashie falling flat on his face while attempting a step-over for Portsmouth while trying to show the jeering Forest fans what they were missing in 2001.

Spurs 5-0 Newcastle: Disco Benny, & The Return of the VDV Conundrum

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Casual lobotomy is one of my less typical weekend pursuits, but I'm willing to hazard that were one to pluck out the respective brains of BAE and Scott Parker, the two would be as dissimilar as medically possible. At one point in the second half yesterday I'm fairly sure Benny executed a scorpion kick, seemingly just to pass the time.

Artur Boruc’s Friday Rage List

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AAAAHHHHHHHH I AM ARTUR BORUC AND THIS IS A LIST OF THINGS THAT MADE ME ANGRY THIS WEEK:

1. AHHHHHHHHHH -- THROW THE GRAPES IN MY MOUTH NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. MRS. DROGBA COOKING FOR IVORY COAST FANS -- WHEN I DRESS LIKE A WOMAN AND COOK FOR FANS THEY SAY IT'S "WEIRD" AND REFUSE TO EAT THE RUST MUFFINS I MAKE FOR THEM BUT WHEN DIDIER DROGBA'S MOTHER DOES IT EVERYONE THINKS IT'S GREAT!

Ronaldinho pulls off bicycle kick in training, tells teammates it’s normal

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Though Ronaldinho hasn't been paid in months, a new deal has been reached to ensure he gets what he's owed, he's still training with Flamengo and still focused on getting results for the club. And as Flamengo head into the second leg of their Copa Libertadores tie trailing Real Potosi (who share a ground with Nacional Potosi, of recent scorpion kick fame) 2-1, Ronaldinho was uncharacteristically serious in training on Tuesday.

Fantastic 20 yard Scorpion Kick Goal

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Colombian keeper Rene Hiquita invented it, but it seems Senor Erlan Mealla has perfected it, watch how his 20 yard Scorpion Kick gives Nacional Potosi a 1-0 win in the Bolivian league.

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Probably The Best Own Goal of the Century

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This is probably the best goal of the century, scored by Sun Hei's Festus Biase during his sides 3-2 win over Citizen aa in Hong Kong, watch how his attempted block turned into the greatest ever scorpion kick since Colombian keeper Rene Hiquita's Scorpion kick v England many moons ago.

Best Own Goal Ever! Festus Baise Scorpion Kick Sun Hei SC vs Citizen Hong Kong

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Nigerian defender Festus Baise scored a scorpion kick and perhaps the greatest ever own goal during Sun Hei SC's 3-2 defeat to Citizen AA in the Hong Kong first division. Is this the finest ever goal you will see? That is, the finest ever OWN goal you will see? Poor Festus Baise. The nippy Nigerian's [.

The best own goal ever: Festus Baise (Sun Hei v Citizen AA)

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This outrageous scorpion kick own goal comes from Hong Kong. Sun Hei's Nigerian defender Festus Baise attempts to deal with a ball into the box from opponents Citizen AA. It doesn't look like the most threatening cross in the world, but that's before Baise makes his intervention. With the ball cut back behind him, the [.

Clint Dempsey Scorpion Kick

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Dempsey nearly scored off a scorpion kick versus Canada in the Gold Cup.

Wednesday's Upside: One Game Down

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Their Words "Howard was absolute magic. I almost clapped." Canada coach Stephen Hart. Other Sources Like '94, USA's victory puts Detroit in soccer spotlight - from The Detroit Free-Press's Jo-Ann Barnas: And the U.S. team didn't disappoint, defeating Canada, 2-0, in front of 28,209 fans. Three thoughts on US-Canada - from SI.

Just in Case You Need More Evidence of Clint Dempsey's Awesomeness

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If anything is remembered in soccer history from last night's match between the United States and Canada it won't be because it was both National Team's Gold Cup opener or the first win in America's march to reclaiming CONCACAF's title, or even Jozy Altidore finally finding the net after MONTHS.

No, it will be for this little bit of audacity from the man from Nacogdoches, Texas, Clint Dempsey and his attempted scorpion kick of a deflected cross.

Gold Cup 2011: USSN USA Player Ratings vs. Canada

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Player ratings for the United States for their win over Canada last night.

(GK) Tim Howard: 8
If not for Howard's brilliance late in the game you wonder if this would have been a different result. For all of the hard work the USA put in this game they still needed Howard to ensure three points.

Great Mustaches in Football History

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In honor of Ryan Cochrane's new lip monster...

...it's time to review some of the great mustaches in football history. Feel free to suggest others.
Carlos ValderramaHis look just wouldn't be right without it, the 'stache completes him.

Thierry HenryHe like to get handsy with it.

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Wayne Rooney’s Manchester Derby Super Shinner Immortalised By Subbuteo (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Presenting, the latest in the Subbuteo Art series: Wayne Rooney's perfectly executed Super Shinobi in the Manchester Derby from yesteryear...

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Mario Balotelli Hulks Up At Euro 2012
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Another Colombian Perfects The Scorpion Kick

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Colombian keeper Rene Higuita made the scorpion kick famous in 1995 against England.

And now it seems another Columbian 32 year old Mauricio Molina has perfected Higuita's now world famous scorpion kick, scored eight minutes into Seoul FC's 6-0 win against Busan in the Korean top-flight on Sunday.

OTP’s request granted: Manchester City star Mario Balotelli made into a Subbuteo figure

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Well they say if you don't ask, you don't get. At the weekend we marvelled at the creation of a Rene Higuita scorpion-kicking Subbuteo figure, and allowed ourselves to dream of other fantasy football figurines. Top of the list was a pec-pulsating Mario Balotelli a homage to his memorable goal celebration after melting a [.

OTP’s request granted: Manchester City star Mario Balotelli made into a Subbuteo figure

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Well they say if you don't ask, you don't get. At the weekend we marvelled at the creation of a Rene Higuita scorpion-kicking Subbuteo figure, and allowed ourselves to dream of other fantasy football figurines. Top of the list was a pec-pulsating Mario Balotelli a homage to his memorable goal celebration after melting a [.

Rene Higuita Re-Enacts ‘Scorpion Kick’ On Arabic TV (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Hirsute Colombian jester Rene Higuita has been up to his old trick again, re-enacting his infamous 'scorpion kick' save against England all those years ago for an Arabic television channel...

We'll forgive him as he's 45-years old these days, but that wasn't a patch on the original busted out to foil Jamie Redknapp on his top, top triffic international debut back in 1995.

Rene Higuita can still pull off a scorpion kick (sort of)

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It's been 17 years since Rene Higuita executed his audacious scorpion kick to block a weak shot from Jamie Redknapp in a friendly between England and Colombia at Wembley. Since then, it's become one of the most iconic in the sport's history and has been attempted by goalkeepers and attackers alike, some more successful than others.

Shakhtar’s Dentinho Attempts ‘Scorpion’ Pass, FAILS Spectacularly (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Take note children: Unless you happen to go by the name of Rene Higuita, 'scorpion' passes are the kind of frivolous, show-boaty nonsense that you've simply got to get 100% right lest you run the distinct risk of ending up looking like a complete and utter gimmer.

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Erlan Mealla’s Bolivian wondergoal If you knew who Erlan...

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Erlan Mealla's Bolivian wondergoal

If you knew who Erlan Mealla was before seeing this, well, I simply don't believe you. The words "must see" have lost their meaning over the years, but this is must see for anyone that can appreciate a tremendous goal. It comes from the Bolivian Campeonato Clausura, and Erlan, a 23-year-old Nacional Potosi striker, scored a 20-yard scorpion kick that ended up being the match-winner against their opponents who go by "The Strongest" No, really.

Confidently named Bolivians defeated by awesome 20-yard scorpion kick

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The Bolivian Campeonato Clausura kicked off this weekend, with hilariously named "The Strongest" paying a visit to Nacional Potosi. The visitors failed to live up to their overly confident name, however, succumbing 1-0 to a pretty incredible 20-yard scorpion kick by 23-year-old Nacional striker Erlan Mealla.

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Festus Baise own Goal Video December 2011- Scorpion Kick- Sun Hei vs Citizen- Hong Kong

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Festus Baise own Goal Video December 2011- Scorpion Kick- Sun Hei vs Citizen- Hong Kong is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter We've had some fantastic weird goals scored this season ( remember Jone Samuelsen and co?

Arsenal 3-0 Bolton: van Persie shows the way

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Video highlights and reaction

So, that was a bit better, eh? The corner remains unturned, our backness on the track has yet to be determined, but we needed a performance and a result to at least start the confidence trickling back and we got that.

The only things worth talking about from the first half were a fantastic Szczesny save in the early minutes (that's quite a nice habit he's developing, even if you do wish we wouldn't allow the chances), a van Persie free kick curled just wide, and a Gervinho shot which whistled not far over the bar.

North American Soccer League

San Antonio Scorpions Logo Down to 3; What’s Your Favorite?

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The San Antonio Scorpions have been conducting contest to name the team and now to create a logo for the team. Over 300 entries were turned in for a logo. A panel of judges have narrowed that number down to three and now you have the chance to vote. Voting is open from today, Feb, 15 through the 28.

NASL’s San Antonio Team will be called Scorpions FC

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An image displayed at today's press conference shows what STAR Soccer Stadium could look like if the public funds $8 million dollars of the costs.

The battle for San Antonio stepped up one more notch on Monday when owner Gordon Hartman announced the winning name for his NASL Team that will take the field in 2012.

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Zimbabwe FA suspends 67 players following match-fixing scandal

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Thanks to Robert Mugabe's unique approach to democracy and socioeconomic policy, the Zimbabwe national football team doesn't get a whole lot of action outside of Africa and Asia. The Warriors are about to get a lot less action, as the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has suspended 67 players following a match-fixing scandal.

DTotD: Marcelinho offers cash reward for tooth knocked out during match

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During last weekend's Campeonato Pernambucano fifth-round match between Sport and Nautico, Sport's Marcelinho Paraiba collided with Siloe and had a tooth fly out of his head as a result. So after Sport won the match 4-3, Marcelinho asked club officials to try and find the tooth. When they couldn't, he offered a R$1,000 ($572.

The 2011 Free Beer Movement "Person of the Year" is...

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Was there really any doubt that Clint Dempsey wasn't going to run away with this award?
As some of our commentors pointed out during the voting, it seemed a bit one-sided. Not just because of their own qualifications, but the over-whelming case that could be made for Sir Deuce.
With nearly 40 goals for Fulham in the English Premier League and counting Clint Dempsey has made the biggest splash of any American aboard, ever.

El Matador!

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Now this is the type of player I really like. "El Matador", namely Edinson Cavani. Cavani finished 4th in the last World Cup with Uruguay where his role was less important than that of Forlan and Suarez since he was mostly used as a winger. However, it was an excellent experience for a player his age since Cavani is only 23 years old.