Soccer, football – whatever you call it, the game is the most popular sport played in the world. Here is a collection of videos that show amazing shots on net from halfway down the field – not an easy feat in itself – and actually score. This is the equivalent and then some of scoring with a slapshot from centre ice or running a kickoff back for a touchdown from your own end.
10. Paul Robinson: (Tottenham) V Watford
Robinson, who is sometimes joked about for his weight but widely regarded as an England prospect, defines �Route One� football when he pops this one over opposite number Ben Foster. In one of those moments where everyone else in the ground is thinking �watch the bounce�. It was the defenders fault for ducking under the ball at the last moment but still the keeper should have been on his line. Wonder of the keeper watched the highlights of that game.you have to give some credit to Paulie Robinson; drop-kicking that far deserves some sort of medal.
9. Nayim (Real Zaragoza) V Arsenal
The 1995 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final, held at Parc des Princes in Paris, featured a matchup between Real Zaragoza of Spain and cup holders Arsenal of England. The game went into extra time and looked to be heading to a penalty shoot-out, but with seconds remaining midfielder Nayim scored this spectacular last-minute goal with a 40-yard lob over David Seaman winning the Cup for Zaragoza. David �Safe Hands� Seaman meanwhile reminds us all he can look a real lemon when he gets lobbed.
8. Xabi Alonso (Liverpool) V Newcastle
Xabier “Xabi” Alonso Olano is a Spanish footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. On 20 September 2006 Alonso scored what the BBC described as “an outrageous strike” from his own half in a 2�0 Premiership win against Newcastle. Andy Hunter of The Independent described it as “one of the most audacious goals in Anfield’s rich 115-year history”. Alonso rebutted claims that his 70 yard goal was all down to luck and stated that he took long range shots as part of his training routine. I�m no body language expert but I�m pretty sure Alonso�s glance right then deliberate swivel, before chipping luckless Geordie veteran Steve Harper, translates as: �No chance mate. I fancy giving this a punt.�
7. Rivaldo (Barcelona) V Atletico Madrid
This is genius, precision, but do you remember that World Cup when he grabbed his face and went down like a sack of spuds? Yeh, that�s why he is so low down. I�d have booted a ball at him too.
6. Xabi Alonso (Liverpool) V Luton
There�s no one in goal so there was no way this was making the top five but give Alonso his due, he�s got Steven Gerrard pegging it ahead on the left and he just doesn�t give him a second�s thought. Good lad. Gerrard throws a mini hissy fit till he realizes it�s going in; polite applause *double take* yes it�s going in, continue clapping. Dirk Kuyt on commentary too�what a joker!
5. Roberto Soldado (Osasuna) V Levante
Soldado shows us a full bag of tricks here. First he gives it twinkle toes to escape the affections of a defender who has obviously spilt curry sauce over his instructions: �Have him in your pocket�. Forced to literally shake off his overly-frisky marker the Osasuna man pings his shot with such velocity it actually lobs the keeper and still nestles in the bottom corner.
4. Roger Garcia (Espanyol) V Rayo Vallecano
Many long-suffering partners might catch this blinder out of the corner of their eye and say: �What�s all the fuss about. It�s easy look, you just pop it in.� Roger does make it look that simple. Moving at pace, watching the oncoming ball across his body and opening his foot to guide a high-speed bullet over a superhero-esque streak across the sky from the �oppo� keeper. Yup, child�s play that�no problem, eh.
3. Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) V Stoke City
Apparently the ball took just 02.63 seconds to hit the net after the Honduras international leathered it, but half the Potters missed it with their backs turned. The ratio of element of surprise/opportunism: pimp is therefore quite low. Alan Hansen blamed this on Rory Delap not putting his foot on the ball to get ready for the set piece. Imagine having Hansen round for Christmas? �Oh, great, ANOTHER present��
2. David Beckham (Manchester United) V Wimbledon
Beckham is a cheeky imp at this point, and no one yet knew him from Adam. It�s the fade on the ball, it�s the way he holds his arms to balance with his idiosyncratic strike, it�s the way he watches the ball in and holds the pose. They�re not golden but they do shine. Anyone who saw that free kick against Greece should write Neil Sullivan a thank you card.
1. Dejan Stankovic (Inter Milan) V Genoa
In cricket they say hit the ball back where it�s came from, show the bowler the maker�s name. But this isn�t cricket, it�s just a banging volley from earlier this year�and he hits it off balance, first time. This is not only a beautiful goal, but a brilliant display of athleticism, grace and some brash dumb luck throw in for good measure.
Source: UK News