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FA Youth Cup: MK Dons Under-18s Prospect Tommy Hope Scores Amazing Zidane-Style Volley To Seal Dramatic Win Over Cardiff (Video)

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MK Dons Under-18s pinched themselves a late, late 1-0 win over Cardiff City in the third round of FA Youth Cup at Stadium:MK on Tuesday evening.

The decisive goal came in the 87th minute when a loose clearance dropped to MK left-back Tommy Hope quite a distance beyond the far post.

Ronaldinho Nonchalantly Scores From Inside Own Half During Brazilian Exhibition Match (Video)

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While not officially retired from professional football, Ronaldinho is mainly keeping his eye in these days by playing futsal and taking part in endless exhibition matches.

On Sunday afternoon, the 37-year-old Brazilian icon turned out in a benefit match at the Pacaembu Stadium in Sao Paulo, where he once again delighted the punters with an effervescent cavalcade of skills and finesse.

Brass Neck: Veteran Brazil Winger Denilson Lights Up Friendly Game With Cheeky Improvised Dribble (Video)

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A player who famously never quite lived up to his 1998 billing as the world's most expensive player when he signed for Real Betis, Denilson was still a fantastic player.

Now 40, the 2002 World Cup winner is still a wizard with the ball, as shown by some dazzling skills during a recent star-studded Brazilian friendly game.

Europa League: Branislav Ivanovic Scores Magnificent Overhead Kick For Zenit St Petersburg (Video)

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While former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva was scoring an impudent back-heel for Lazio, another ex-Premier League stalwart, Branislav Ivanovic, was netting a glorious overhead kick on an entertaining night of Europa League football.

Ivanovic won three Premier Leagues, three FA Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League in an incredibly successful 10 years with Chelsea.

Arsenal: Mesut Ozil Turns It On With One Goal And Two Assists In 5-0 Drubbing Of Huddersfield (Photos & Video)

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A player who divides opinion arguably more than any other, Mesut Ozil has found himself in quite a fine run of form with Arsenal in recent weeks.

Looking sharper and hungrier this season, the languid German produced another fine creative display in the Gunners' 5-0 drubbing of new-boys Huddersfield at the Emirates on Wednesday night, scoring one and providing a couple of assists.

Brazil: Roberto Carlos Admits His Famous ‘Banana’ Freekick Against France In 1997 Was A Wind-Assisted Fluke

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Like arriving at the stark realisation that the middle-aged man doling out Kinder Eggs and cuddles in the back of his boarded up Transit van probably wasn't the Easter Bunny after all, Roberto Carlos has delivered a thundering hammer blow to Pies' already faltering grasp of all we assume to be true.

Heaven Is Five Uninterrupted Minutes Of Diego Maradona Scoring Loads Of Fantastic Goals (Video)

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Hey, you kids ever heard of Diego Maradona? Back in the 1970s and 80s, he was kind of like Lionel Messi if Lionel Messi had a predilection for acting the giddy goat and gorging himself senseless on Class A narcotics.

Undoubtedly more spontaneous and playful than Messi, the man they callThe Golden Child was the best footballer in the world and arguably the most naturally gifted player ever to take to a pitch in anger.

Juventus Fans Vote Alessandro Del Piero’s ‘Impossible Volley’ Against Fiorentina In 1994 As Greatest Goal In Club’s 120-Year History (Video)

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As part of their ongoing 120th anniversary celebrations, Juventus tasked their fans with voting for what they believe to be the greatest goal ever scored in the Bianconeri shirt.

The winner, by a country mile, was this little over-the-shoulder number, effortlessly tucked away by a 20-year-old Alessandro Del Piero in December of 1994 the last-minute winner in a 3-2 victory over Fiorentina.

International Friendly: Anthony Martial Provides Silky Smooth Assist For Alexandre Lacazette As France Draw 2-2 With Germany (Photo & Video)

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France and Germany played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Cologne on Tuesday evening, with the latter thereby extending their unbeaten streak to21 matches.

The opening goal came 33 minutes in when Anthony Martial went slithering through the German defence.

The Manchester United forward feinted past Nicklas Sule, put Kevin Trapp on his backside and then laid a luscious assist on a silver platter for Alexandre Lacazette to ram into the vacant net.

Dortmund: Raphael Guerreiro Formally Announces Return From Injury By Scoring Outlandish ‘Spinning’ Volley In Training (Video)

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Tuesday night saw Raphael Guerreiro make his first appearance of the season for Borussia Dortmund after surgery on a broken foot disrupted the entirety of his pre-season.

The Portuguese left-back emerged from the bench to play the last 30 minutes of a routine 5-0 demolition of third-tier Magdeburg in the second round of the DfB Pokal.

Champions League: RB Leipzig Winger Jean-Kevin Augustin Melts Two Porto Defenders With Outrageous Bit Of Dribbling Skill (Video)

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RB Leipzig gave Porto a 3-2 goosing in the Champions League last night, with all five goals coming in a blustering, action-packed first half.

Jean-Kevin Augustin was among the scorers for everybody's favourite Rasen Ballsport team, but it was the French winger's sublime footwork that really got everybody talking.

Can We All Take A Moment To Fully Appreciate Mamadou Sakho’s Baffling 91st-Minute Backheel Against Chelsea?

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On a weekend that saw Man City roll seven goals past Stoke, Kevin De Bruyne at his surgically-incisive best and Troy Deeney bulldoze over Arsenal's cojones, Pies' alternative highlight of the round came during stoppage time of Crystal Palace's somewhat unlikely 2-1 win over Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

World Cup Qualifying: Leon Goretzka Scores Audacious Back-Heel As Germany Sign Off With 5-1 Trouncing Of Azerbaijan (Video)

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Having already sealed their place at the World Cup, holders Germany put the finishing touch on their flawless Group C qualification campaign by signing off with a tenth win in ten outings a 5-1 demolition job of Azerbaijan.

Leon Goretzka opened the scoring in style with just eight minutes on the clock, the Schalke midfielder demonstrating excellent technique to squeeze a back-heel up and into the top corner from close range.

Champions League: Basel Speed Freak Dimitri Oberlin Scores Frighteningly Fast Breakaway Goal Against Benfica (Video)

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Basel well and truly did a number on Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and that number was five as in the 5-0 tonking the Swiss team metered out to their Portuguese guests at St Jakob-Park.

Dimitri Oberlin put in a man of the match shift with the pacy winger helping himself to two goals on the night, the first being an incredibly dynamic piece of breakaway play.

Lithuania: FC Stumbras Striker Kgaogelo Mapemba Finds Absolute Toppest Of All Top Corners With Impeccable 20-Yard Drive (Video)

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There's a good chance you missed the outcome of the tie between Lithuanian opponents FC Stumbras II and FK Pakruojis on Saturday evening, so allow us to fill you in.

Stumbras won 3-0 and 19-year-old South African striker Kgaogelo Mapemba scored an absolute ripper to top off the rout, finding the very toppest top corner from the edge of the box.

Serie A: Dries Mertens Scores Exquisitely Perfect Lob As Napoli Stick Four Past Lazio At Stadio Olimpico (Video)

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Table-topping Napoli continued their fine form with a 4-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday night, thanks largely to a whirlwind of second-half goals.

Trailing 1-0 from the 29th minute, the away side then raced into the lead with a flurry of goals after the break three in five minutes from Kalidou Koulibaly (54′), Jose Callejon (56′) and this absolute beauty from Dries Mertens (59′).

Greece: Petros Mantalos Scores Stunning Bicycle Kick For AEK Athens v Larissa (Video)

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AEK Athens remain top of the Greek top-flight after enjoying a comfortable 4-0 win at home to AE Larissa at the weekend.

The goal of the game came after just four minutes, with midfielder Petros Mantalos perfectly executing a tremendous bicycle kick which flew into the back of the net...

Quite a cracker from the Greek international.

Classic Moments: Mido And The Worst ‘Crossbar Challenge’ Attempt Ever Captured On Camera, 2009 (Video)

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To brand Mido's loan stint at Wigan in the latter half of the 2008/09 season as 'largely featureless' and 'eminently forgettable' is to do it a major disservice.

After all, the Egyptian striker scored on his debut (a penalty in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool) and then went on to ripple the net again against Arsenal (the consolation in a 4-1 hammering), eventually ending the six-month deal with a whopping two goals to his name in the space of 12 appearances before going AWOL.

World Cup Qualifiers: Cristiano Ronaldo Takes Roughly Two Minutes To Score Acrobatic Golazo As Portugal Trounce Faroe Islands (Video)

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Suspended on the domestic front, Cristiano Ronaldo proved that he hasn't let himself fall into disrepair these past few weeks by roaring his way to a hat-trick in Portugal's first World Cup qualifying fixture of the international break.

The Seleccao sauntered to a 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Porto, with Ronaldo taking just two minutes and eight seconds (from kick-off) to score a spectacular far-post scissor volley.

Brazil: Neymar, Dani Alves, Marcelo & Thiago Silva Enjoy Lively Game Of ‘Foot-Table-Head-Tennis-Ball’ In Dressing Room (Video)

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The Brazilian national team are currently congregated at the Beira Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, where the Selecao are limbering up for a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Friday evening.

After their morning session, several of the squad kept things ticking over by pairing off to take part in a little impromptu skill challenge in the dressing room.

Cack-Footed: Ousmane Dembele Rivals Paulinho For Skill And Trickery While ‘Freestyling’ At Barcelona Unveiling (Video)

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Just as Paulinho recently wowed the crowd with a stunning display of six kick-ups in a row, Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona's new club record signing, decided to seize the chance and show the Barcelona fans exactly what he's all aboutduring his grand unveiling.

Mere days after joining the Catalan club in a £96million deal, the 20-year-old French forward dazzled his audience with a quick burst of fleet-footed magic.

Mighty Wallop: Charlie Daniels Scores Roaring Half-Volley To Put Bournemouth Ahead Against Man City (Video)

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Just 13 minutes had elapsed when Charlie Daniels put Bournemouth ahead against Man City at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League's early kick-off.

With the ball bobbling loose on the left-hand edge of the City box, left-back Daniels sent it right back where it came from with a walloping half-volley that pinged in off the underside of the crossbar.

Diego Maradona Rolls Back Years To Score Impudent 20-Yard Freekick During Al-Fujairah Training Session (Video)

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There's every chance you may have missed the latest update, but Diego Maradona is currently under gainful employ out in the United Arab Emirates where he is head coach at Al-Fujairah SC.

Despite being a couple of months shy of his 57th birthday, Maradona has set about providing an example to his players, tucking away a lovely freekick during Tuesday morning's training session.

Chinese Super League: Ex-Southampton Striker Graziano Pellè Bags Beauty for Shandong Luneng (Video)

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Graziano Pellè netted an absolute stunner in the Chinese Super League on Saturday, courtesy of a beautiful volley in Shandong Luneng Taishan's 2-2 draw with Beijing Guoan.

The 32-year-old Pellè left Southampton for China last summer, duly becoming one of the highest-paid players in the world via a cool £13.

Dead Ball Specialist: Sinisa Mihajlovic, 48, Casually Scores Freekicks For Fun During Torino Training Session (Video)

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While there were aspects of his game (and personal beliefs) that were perhaps most politely described as 'dubious', Sinisa Mihajlovic was undeniably a grand player in his pomp.

A viciously tenacious defender, the ex-Sampdoria and Lazio star also boasted a mean line in set-piece dispatchery.

Paul Pogba And Romelu Lukaku Train And Play 5-A-Side Together In Los Angeles (Photos & Video)

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They may well be fully-fledged colleagues bythe end of the week, but for the time beingPaul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku simply remain mere good buds.

The pair are currently milling around together in Los Angeles as part of their concurrent off-season meandering, which looks entirely more strenuous than Pies' understandingof a summer holiday.

Paulo Dybala Scores ‘Impossible’ Freekick Against 18 Defenders And Two Goalkeepers In Hometown Charity Match (Video)

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With proper football on the back-burner for a few more weeks, Paulo Dybala returned home to Argentina on Saturday to take partin a light-hearted charity match in his hometown of Laguna Larga.

Twas during said game that Dybala was challenged with scoring an 'impossible' freekick as the entire opposing team (along with several stowaways from the crowd) filled the goalmouth in an attempt to block the Juventus forward's shot.

Retro Football: 10 Glorious Minutes Of Zinedine Zidane Dribbling, Swerving And Leaving Suckers In The Dust (Video)

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Largely because there's bugger all else going on this morning, we thought we'd provide you with a welcome break from the close-season monotony.

To that end, here is a 10-minute slab of Zinedine Zidane-flavoured goodness, highlighting the former Juventus and Real Madrid midfielder's masterful control and footwork.

Champions League: Besiktas Striker Cenk Tosun Pips Mario Mandzukic To Land ‘Goal Of The Tournament’ Award (Video)

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The votes have been tallied and the results are in: Mario Mandzukic's absolutely incredible overhead kick against Real Madrid has not been named as the best goal scored during the 2015/16 Champions League tournament.

That honour has instead gone to Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, whose similarly acrobatic effort against Benfica in the group stages took a whopping 41% of UEFA's online poll.

Rather Nifty: Watch Everton Midfielder Ross Barkley Take Freekicks In 360° Virtual Reality (Video)

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If you've ever wanted to watch Ross Barkley take a free-kick from every single conceivable angle, then now's your chance muchacho.

Thanks to some superb camera work from virtual reality pioneers Laduma,the following clip of Barkley knocking balls around is fully interactive alongevery axis.

Virtuoso: West Brom’s Jonny Evans Bamboozles Cesc Fabregas With Exquisite Piece Of Ball Control (Video)

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Chelsea cinched up thePremier League title with the very narrowest of victories over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday evening.

An 82nd-minute goal from Michy Batshuayi proved the difference, though all thegenuine flair and invention emanated from the Baggies' midfield.

Indeed, this was largely due to the presence of Jonny Evans, who at point made Cesc Fabregas look like a leaden-footed dumplingwith a flashof gossamer-light ball control.

Serie B: Trapani Goalkeeper Mirko Pigliacelli Sparks Counter-Attack With 80-Yard Cavalry Charge Down Field (Video)

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Fans of unorthodox, unnecessarily risky goalkeeping will no doubtenjoy this sublime little nugget lifted from Sunday's Serie B encounter between Frosinone and Trapani.

After going behind after just 11 minutes, relegation-threatened Trapani found themselves chasing the game for the majority of the afternoon.

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Iran Striker Mohammad Mokhtari Scores Absolutely Audacious Overhead Kick In Third-Place Play-Off (Video)

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Iran made history over the weekend bybecoming Asia's highest ever finishers at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup thanks to an emphatic 5-3 victory over Italy in the third-place play-off game.

Mohammad Mokhtari provided the undoubted highlight of the match, putting Iran 3-0 up with a truly outstanding overhead kick from the narrowest angle.

Galactico Gold: Guti Plays In Zidane With Exquisite Back-Heel Through Ball As Real Madrid Spank Sevilla, 2006 (Video)

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The year was 2006, and with mid-January temperatures ebbing down towards freezingand a light flurry of snow in the air conditionsdescribed by Elmundo Deportes as an "unpleasant night for a very attractive party" Real Madrid, in full 'Galactico' pomp, welcomed Sevilla to the Bernabeu.

It took the hosts just six minutes to open the scoringwhen Guti wafted into the 18-yard box to steer a low Zinedine Zidane cross past Andres Palop.

Energy FC: It’s Not Everyday You See A Bicycle Kick Goal With A ‘Flip Thrown-In’ Assist (Video)

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Having failed to score in his first three games for OKC Energy FC, forward Miguel Gonzalez opened his account with gusto against Sacramento Republic in the United Soccer League on Tuesday evening.

Indeed, Gonzalez's outrageous effort proved to be the only goal of the game and featured the ultra rare combination of a flip throw-in assist and an acrobatic bicycle kick finish.

FAIL: Mesut Ozil Pings Sumptuous Pass Out To Arsenal Substitute Warming Up On The Touchline (Video)

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As if to capture Arsenal's miserable defeat against Crystal Palace in microcosm, here's the moment Mesut Ozil took his time, looked up, surveyed the lay of the land in an instant and pinged a truly sumptuous trademark pass out to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left wing.

Unfortunately for the floaty light German midfielder, the Oxhadyet to come on as a substitute at that point.

‘Best Goal Of My Career’ – Gary Neville Scores Nonchalant Flicked Volley During Kick-About In Singapore (Video)

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Former Manchester United teammates Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs spent last week out in Singapore overseeing the launch of the latest addition to their 'Hotel Football' business venture.

As part of the launch event, both Neville and Giggs took part in the 'Cafe Football Cup Final' a glorified kick-about between two teams of local players.

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.

FAIL: Club America Midfielder Javier Guemez Attempts To Pull Off ‘Blanco Bounce’, Promptly Concedes Throw-In (Video)

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Having begun his career there before going on to make almost 400 appearances in blue and cream, Cuauhtemoc Blanco breathes rarefied air when it comes to Club America.

The grizzled veteran even returned to make one last commemorative appearance for America last season before finally bowing out of professional football at the age of 44.

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Real Madrid: Theo Hernandez Performs Six Laughably Crap Kick-Ups At Bernabeu Presentation (Video)

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Theo Hernandez has recently become the first player for over 17 years to directly cross the breach between Atletico and Real Madrid by joining the latter in a contentious £20million deal.

As is the done thing, the 19-year-old full-back was unveiled in front of the cameras and a modest cluster of fans at the Bernabeu, whom he was asked to entertain with a few choice tricks and flicks.