Wonder goals

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Mad Skills: Lionel Messi Scores Awesome Rabona On Pro Evolution Soccer

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By Ollie Irish

Arsene Wenger described Lionel Messi as a PlayStation character. And here is the unreal Leo, scoring a cracker on PES:

In all my PES years, I never scored with a rabona. Pfff.

The 10 Greatest Premier League Goals of the Decade No.5: Robin Van Persie, Arsenal v Charlton, 2006

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By Ollie Irish

I don't care which part of his leg it came off (lower shin? it doesn't matter), this unique goal simply had to be on this list. So many so-called wonder goals are no more than well-struck thumps from 25-30 yards out, but this was something I'd never seen before (though there are similarities to Gus Poyet's joyous, flying scissor-kick for Chelsea against Sunderland), something utterly creative and almost impossible to replicate.

The 10 Greatest Premier League Goals of the Decade No.6: Paul Scholes, Man Utd v Boro, 2000

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By Ollie Irish

This is the second wonder goal by The Ginger Ninja in this list (he also scored No.9 see link below), and what a stupendous, gobsmacker of a strike it is (apologies for crap video quality)...

Pick. That. Out.

As several YouTube commenters have pointed out, this must rank as one of the 'truest' strikes ever seen.

Lionel Messi scores 101 goals for Barcelona (with video of EVERY goal)

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By Ollie Irish

People complained that our 'Spot the Genius' competition was too easy

Lionel Messi last week became the youngest player in Barcelona's history to score 100 goals for the club. He then bagged his 101st goal, in the same game, namely Barca's 4-0 demolition of Sevilla.

Mathieu Flamini reminds Arsenal fans of his quality with wonder goal for Milan

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By Ollie Irish

As a Spurs fan, of course I always love it when former Arsenal players remind Gooners of their quality especially the ones, like Flamini, who were let go in their prime (before it, even).

So here's 'Flammers', or whatever nickname he was given by the Arsenal-supporting, espresso-sipping Justins who dwell in Islington ('Matty' is more likely), scoring a rather fine strike for Milan against lowly Novara a third division side in the Coppa Italia:

Nice.

The 10 Greatest Premier League Goals of the Decade: No.7 – Shaun Bartlett, Charlton v Leicester, 2001

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"Remember me?"

Reminiscent of Paolo di Canio's more esteemed volley from a narrow angle (which may or may not appear higher up this list), Bartlett's strike is just perfect the long, diagonal pass followed by the sweetest volley you'd ever wish to see. Anyone who has ever played football will know how difficult it is to hit a ball that's dropping out of the sky from 50 yards away this well.

The 10 Greatest Premier League Goals of the Decade: No.8 – Robert Pires, Aston Villa v Arsenal, 2002

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This goal sums up the casual brilliance of Pires. First there is the wrong-footing flick, reminiscent of Gazza's set-up for his goal against Scotland at Euro '96, followed by an impudent lobbed finish over the head of none other than Peter Schmeichel, a keeper who had foiled the Gunners in a Man Utd shirt on many occasions.

Wonder Goals Classic: Mark Hughes scores thunder volley for Wales v Spain, 1985

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Featuring the most fleeting glimpse of Sparky's incredibly naff trophy cabinet/sideboard...

"Boof. Stick that in your technical area, Arsene!"

See, Hughes could play a bit, with his famously strong ankles. Shame he's turned into one of the most colourless, dour managers around, and a bit of a wind-up merchant too.

Wednesday Wonder Goal: Marek Gancarczyk, Lechia Gdansk v Slask Wroclaw

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Poor defending by Lechia but you can't deny the quality of the finish by Slask's Gancarczyk. The game ended 1-1. [@ 101GreatGoals]...

Forgotten wonder goals: Gokhan Gonul, Diyarbakirspor v Fenerbahce

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Gokul's precise finish, made after an overlapping run down the right wing, was the perfect way to end to a brilliant counter attack. Even Roberto Carlos, who was a key player in the move and who might have shot...

LONG SHOOT! Kazumasa Uesato emulates David Beckham with wonder goal from inside own half

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LONG SHOOOOOOOOOT! Holy sushi, that is one brilliant finish, just as impressive as David Beckham's famous lob against Wimbledon, or Xabi Alonso's effort against Newcastle Utd. If you're interested, Uesato plays for Consadole Sapporoin the J-League's second tier. His goal...

LONG SHOOT! Kazumasa Uesato emulates David Beckham with wonder goal from inside own half

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LONG SHOOOOOOOOOT! Holy sushi, that is one brilliant finish, just as impressive as David Beckham's famous lob against Wimbledon, or Xabi Alonso's effort against Newcastle Utd. If you're interested, Uesato plays for Consadole Sapporoin the J-League's second tier. His goal...

Video: Diego scores first goal for Juventus on debut

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Diego showed wonderful poise in the penalty area to score on his Juventus debut, in the Italian team's Peace Cup match against Seongnam of Korea. This is the sort of ability he showed regularly in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen:...

Wonder goal of the day: Marcelinho Paraiba, Coritiba v Gremio

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Textbook counter-attack topped off with a sparkling finish. Shame about Paraiba's horror hair though....

Flashback: Southampton score one of the greatest team goals in football history

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Just a goal of absolute beauty and as fine an entry into Pies' canon of forgotten wonder goals as you could ever hope to see; King Keggy's involvement in it is key. And what a lovely Southampton kit that...

Gold Cup highlights: Stuart Holden spares USA blushes with wonder goal against Haiti

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The USA has never lost a group match in the history of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. That record was severely tested by Haiti this weekend, when only a brilliant Stuart Holden strike in injury time saved the pre-tournament favourites from...

Falcao scores genius indoor goal (with video evidence)

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Our chums at The Spoiler claimed that this beautiful goal was scored by the Falcao, i.e. the Art Garfunkel lookalike who played alongside Zico and Socrates in the Eighties. But unless my eyes deceive me, the Falcao who scored...

Wonder goal of the week: Cristiano Zanetti scores with ridonkulous volley (Juventus v Atalanta)

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Shame no one was there to see it Fantastic strike by Zanetti (who is no relation to Javier of Internazionale), but no Juventus fans saw it live -Â their league game at home against Atalanta on Sunday was played in front...

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo wins goal of the season at Man Utd award ceremony

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Another gong for C-Ron's trophy cabinet "In my opinion, I think it's a fantastic goal." Yes, Cristiano, it is a fantastic goal, but there's no need to spell it out. And it didn't win three points, you dunderhead -Â it helped...

Forgotten wonder goals: Jeann Pierre Njanka, Cameroon v Austria, France '98

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Njanka's FWG deserved to win this World Cup group game for Cameroon, but Toni Polster equalised for Austria in the 90th minute, the party pooper.

Football video: Jose Mourinho scores wonder goal in training

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Yes, that Jose Mourinho Crunching tackle... check. Mazy dribble... check. Cool finish with outside of boot... check. Crap goal celebration... check. My favourite footy video in ages... check mate. [Via 101greatgoals]...

Brazilian goalkeeper scores from his own penalty area

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Just look at Avia keeper Eduardo Martini frantically weighing up his options. He eventually settles on belting it as hard as he can, and I bet he is glad he did now. One of those bizarre kicks of the turf and a loop over the Parana keeper later, and Eduardo is a goalscoring hero.

Wonder goals: Marek Jankulovski's free-kick for Czech Republic v England

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David James, consider yourself bamboozled Like all England friendlies, last night's match against the Czech Republic, was depressing and pointless. At least Marek Jankulovski had the decency to light up proceedings with this moment of class. Thanks Marek....

Brazilian goalkeeper scores from his own penalty area

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Just look at Avia keeper Eduardo Martini frantically weighing up his options. He eventually settles on belting it as hard as he can, and I bet he is glad he did now. One of those bizarre kicks of the turf and a loop over the Parana keeper later, and Eduardo is a goalscoring hero.

Wonder goals: Marek Jankulovski's free-kick for Czech Republic v England

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David James, consider yourself bamboozled Like all England friendlies, last night's match against the Czech Republic, was depressing and pointless. At least Marek Jankulovski had the decency to light up proceedings with this moment of class. Thanks Marek....

Brazilian goalkeeper scores from his own penalty area

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Just look at Avia keeper Eduardo Martini frantically weighing up his options. He eventually settles on belting it as hard as he can, and I bet he is glad he did now. One of those bizarre kicks of the turf and a loop over the Parana keeper later, and Eduardo is a goalscoring hero.

The Rest

Schimdtgal Mesmerises Five Defenders Before Blasting Home

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Greuther Furth midfielder Heinrich Schimdtgal mesmerises five Karlsruhe defender's before blasting an un-stoppable shot past keeper Dirk Orlishausen in their 2-2 draw in the Bundesliga Second Tier.

America hearts Clint Dempsey’s wonder goal against Stoke

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No less a publication than the New York Times took note of Deuce's wonder goal against Stoke earlier this week (watch it here), a small but sure sign that there is a growing appetite for football/soccer in the States.

The NYTÂ ran a blog post yesterday titled "Spectacular Dempsey Goal Raises Eyebrows, and His Reputation".

Foot like a traction engine: Mahmood Abdulrahman, Bahrain

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Shazam! This goal won the match for Bahrain in their recent World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan. A strike fit to win any game, even one against Uzbekistan....

Forgotten wonder goals: Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian scores on Soccer AM

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And he was wearing rock and roll shoes! The Kasabian guitarist apparently once harboured ambitions of playing up front for Leicester City and on this evidence there is no reason why he couldn't leave his rock 'n' roll lifestyle behind...