FC Cincinnati, the darlings of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup after a historic run to the semifinals of the competition, have been narrowly defeated by Minnesota United in this year’s fourth round following a penalty shootout at Nippert Stadium.
After a “comprehensive examination” in Massachusetts General Hospital, it turns out Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius did indeed suffer a concussion during the May 26 Champions League final against Real Madrid. This report, however, isn’t going to clear our conscience on tearing Karius apart as a bad keeper, is it?
Freddy Adu scored his first goal for the Las Vegas Lights on his 29th birthday on Saturday. And despite helping his team to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, Adu was upstaged by some crazy antics by goalkeeper Ricardo Ferriño Treviño.
We here at The18 love great goals. We do our best to bring you, our dear readers, the best goals as they happen throughout the world. But we also know the appeal of watching some of the worst soccer goals in the world.
The beautiful game is at its best when the world’s finest athletes use skills honed over decades to score goals that make you leap out of your seat with glee (or sink into it in despair). But not every goal can be a Cristiano Ronaldo bicycle kick.
With Serie A coming to a close this past weekend, the name on everyone’s lips was that of Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon. Buffon played his last match for Juve on Saturday and is set join a new club this offseason. The latest speculation has him linked with a switch to Paris Saint-Germain, although it was not too long ago that another Italian keeper named Gianluigi was being linked with a move to Paris.
Gianluigi Buffon played his final match for Juventus on Saturday after 656 appearances with the Old Lady. The legendary goalkeeper, among the greatest to ever play the position, said farewell to the Bianconeri fans at Allianz Stadium in Turin, and the tears were flowing from fans, the players and, of course, Buffon himself.
Kicking a ball hard can be a useful skill in soccer. Instead of tiki-takaing your way down a field, you can simply hoof the ball to the other side of the pitch with one strong-legged kick. With that in mind, a goalkeeper being able to kick the ball farther than anyone would be valuable, just like hitting a home run or shooting a 3-pointer. So what’s the Guinness World Record for the longest drop kick? The answer may surprise you.