Alright guys, I know I’ve been slacking. Between our fan mock draft and suddenly getting a job, WaB has suddenly taken a back seat. So now that things have slowed down for the weekend, it’s time to get back in the groove and what better way to do that then with the first Friday 5 since the end of January. Apparently we’ve both been slacking in that area.
Also, before we get started everyone needs to go to this website. A couple of my old roommates (one is periodic contributor here) decided to start a blog about movies. I may even give them a post or two before it’s all over. Go read it. Go bookmark it.
Anyway, back to today’s Friday 5. Yesterday my friend sent me a text and asked if I had seen the goal by Tottenham’s Danny Rose, which I had. He said something like it was “in-blooming-credible” which isn’t an expression I’d heard before, but then again, I’d never seen a goal quite like this before either. It got me thinking, “Is this the greatest goal ever scored?”
Naturally, it lent itself to a Friday 5. While I realize that making a list of the Top 5 soccer goals ever scored is kind of pointless, but indulge me anyway (and add your own nominees at the bottom).
First, I’ll go over some preference I have when it comes to scoring a great goal. First, I like them from distance. It’s nice when Diego Maradona beats England’s entire team, or when Michael Owen returns the favor some 12 years later, but give me a missile from 30 yards any day. Also, I prefer ones that give the keeper no chance. I don’t care if you did three backflips and two twists while shooting it, if it goes between the keeper’s legs it should have been stopped. That also counts for goals like this when it’s really just the keeper being out of position (and in this case, being a bumbling fool). Yeah, it’s cool looking, but come on. That has to be stopped. Finally, I like power. I want to see a keeper be afraid to stop it. I want to see it bust the net. I want to see this. 71 miles per hour.
So without further ado, here is the list.
5) Thierry Henry
I’m not sure there’s anything I can add to this one that the announcer didn’t say. This one is just jaw-dropping ability.
4) Roberto Carlos
Generally I prefer goals from the run of play. Free kicks are nice, but after a while, you’ve seen them all. Except this one. Roberto Carlos made a habit of scoring goals that didn’t seem possible, but this one impressed me the most.
3) Clarence Seedorf
This goal has become somewhat of a legend. I just love it. He annihilates this ball and puts so much spin on it that the keeper is left wondering what happened. It’s not like the goal I linked to above which is a looping shot over an out of position keeper, this one is a screamer.
2) Danny Rose
This was the goal I was talking about at the beginning of this post. It happened three days ago in a league match versus Arsenal. It was clocked at 70 miles per hour on the volley. It was also 10 minutes into Rose’s first ever Premier League game. Unfortunately it will all be downhill from here. Enjoy this video while it lasts, Youtube has been taking them down quickly.
1) Lilian Nalis
So what goal could be better than Danny Rose’s left-foot volley? Lilian Nalis left-foot volley. Like Rose, this was Nalis’ first ever EPL goal. If you don’t think this is incredibly hard, I challenge you to go outside and have your friend throw a soccer ball as high as he can and try to kick it out of the air with your left foot across your body while in full stride. Actually, I’ll just save you the time: You can’t do it. This is the greatest goal I’ve ever seen.
So what say you, WaB? Was that list acceptable?