Controversy is the key ingredient for a well-seasoned, spicy football match. Flops, red cards and VAR are all ingredients for a debatable match. But the crème de la crème — as Thierry Henry’s hand would say — are controversial goals. Here are the top five most controversial goals ever scored.
On May 3, 1998, legendary goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar scored the first and only goal of his professional career. In recognition of those in net, this list of the five best goalkeeper goals has been made to celebrate goals scored from the most unlikely source. Before starting the list, let’s take a moment to appreciate a young Van der Sar scoring.
Now on to the good stuff.
No decade in the Bundesliga’s 57-year history has been as thoroughly dominated by one club as Bayern Munich’s reign over the last 10 years. Apart from Borussia Dortmund’s back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, the rest of the 2010s were steamrolled by Bayern.
Over this period, the club routinely landed players in the Bundesliga's top 10 scorers each season. The notable examples include Arjen Robben, Thomas Müller, Mario Gómez, Mario Mandžukić and Robert Lewandowski.
Goal #100: An acrobatic side volley that’s made to look effortless. Goal #99: A velvety first touch loaded with purpose, a graceful cut beyond a defender and a curled finish inside the far post.
And now there are 98 superior goals?! As Ray Hudson once said, “The insane becomes the routine with this man.”
The next 40 minutes of short films will make you forget all of the madness going on in the world. Over the past couple years, some great commercials and football shorts have been made. Here's a list of the best football short films to watch during isolation.
#1. The Last Game
Before clicking play on the video above, you obviously know what goal comes in at number one in this countdown. One could argue that Giovani dos Santos’ chip in the 2011 Gold Cup Final is still, to this day, setting the USMNT back further and further. We’ll never truly know the lasting repercussions of Tim Howard, Eric Lichaj, Michael Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra and Jermaine Jones being simultaneously ruined by Dos Santos, but I’ll tell you one thing, the United States still hasn’t recovered.
With almost all of European football on hold, fans sit dreaming of the Champions League instead of watching it. The 2019-20 edition of the tournament isn’t canceled yet, so the return of the competition is still possible. While everyone waits, here's a look back at the best 2019-20 Champions League goals.
The Best 2019-20 Champions League Goals
#5. Erling Haaland’s Rocket vs. PSG
Every angle of THAT Håland goal pic.twitter.com/C5GsIUpChj
When writing a match report, there’s nothing I dread more than spending the entirety of it praising a goalkeeper. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing but respect for the position, but the spectator in me wants to see the fulfilling act of a goal or four. There’s only so much joy to be found in a keeper clawing out an attempt before pulling off a miracle kick save to keep things at 0-0.
Several years ago, The18 looked at different members of the animal kingdom partaking in the beautiful game. Since then more have joined including underwater footballers. Let’s take a look at the new animals playing soccer.