Tottenham Target Pirlo's Belter & Other Brilliant Neglected Goals...
Andrea Pirlo (vs. Parma, 2010 – Seria A)
In the Euros last summer it was Balotelli who grabbed the headlines as Italy stormed to the final, but it was the grand old wizard of Italian football, Pirlo, who was orchestrating from deep and steering the ship. One of these players who just seem to get better was age; Pirlo is currently masterminding Juventus’ European revival after amazingly being released by Milan in 2011. It seems for A.C., the warning signs as to how much he still had to give were there after this stunning strike against Parma just months prior to his release.
Backheeled volleys from Chelsea hero Zola, and classic Gascoigne dribbling that'll bring a tear to Spurs fans eyes. More of the football world’s most neglected masterpieces, These all happened, and they're all amazing.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article chronicling many of footballs so-called ‘neglected masterpieces’. Great goals, that for various reasons, are not fully revered and are not given the credit that they truly deserved.
Usually it’s because a goal isn’t scored by the likes of Beckham, Barcelona, or Brazil; or because it’s been scored on a channel which doesn’t have the global dominance of someone like Sky. Over the years it seems to have come to pass that if it hasn’t happened in the Premier League, Champions League or major international tournament, with all the T.V. cameras and pundits there to capture it and praise it, then it might as well not have happened.
I started work on the original article with a few goals in mind which had given me the initial idea, soon after I started work however, it didn’t take long to discover I had a problem. The more research I did, the more goals I found, before I knew it I’d soon gotten to the point where I had far too many goals to fit into the one article. A solution was required; a follow up piece was needed!
Gianfranco Zola (vs. Norwich, 2002 - F.A. Cup)
The great Gianfranco Zola is arguably one of the most popular foreign imports to the Premier League ever (quite an achievement when you consider the popularity of many of the current Chelsea squad!). Football fans all over the country admired Zola because he played the game as it should be played, with maximum effort, a smile on his face and of course with his magical abilities. This staggering volleyed back-flick against Norwich in the F.A Cup has long gone criminally under the radar in comparison to some of his other gems that lit up the Premier League.
Paul Gascoigne (vs. Pescara, 1992 – Seria A)
When I was ten years old Italia ‘90 and Paul Gascoigne changed my life. During the summer of 1990 Gazza became my hero; he made me laugh, he made me cry and most importantly he made me want to go outside and play football like he could. We all of course know Paul's classic goals, but this amazing solo effort for Lazio against Pescara is perhaps his best ever. Classic Gascoigne-style dribbling, beating four players before slotting home with a cool finish. Pure class. Oh and yes, even after all these years he is still my hero. Get well soon Paul.
Roberto Baggio (vs. Juventus, 2001 – Seria A)
Aside from Gazza, there was another player who influenced me greatly during Italia ‘90. At the time I’d never seen anything like Roberto Baggio’s famous mazing dribble through the heart of the Czechoslovakian defence, it was the first real ‘wondergoal’ I can remember watching live as it happened. Years later, and at the twilight of his career, Baggio produced this glorious moment of skill against former employers Juventus. Eleven years after Italia ‘90 and at the age of 34, it was wonderful to see that the great man was still capable of making me marvel all over again.
Manuel Negrete (vs. Puebla, 1985 - Liga MX)
Upon seeing the name Manuel Negrete, some of you could be forgiven for thinking I would be discussing the Mexican's classic scissor kick in the 1986 Mexico World Cup. Well as it turns out Negrete actually scored an even better goal. This sensational chest control/flick over the defender/ head control, followed by a perfect overhead kick......all in one move!! Just staggering.
George Boyd (vs. Huddersfield, 2012 – The Championship)
George Boyd, Peterborough’s ‘White Pele’ as he was known to Posh fans, had long been linked with a host of bigger clubs. Finally, in January it seemed Boyd was eventually going to make his move. On the verge of a deadline day move to Nottingham Forest, at the eleventh hour, Forest bizarrely pulled the plug on the whole deal claiming the player had failed an eyesight test. Well, judging by this effort, as George spots the keeper of his line with a tremendous half-volley from the centre circle, there certainly ain’t anything wrong with his eyes!
Miroslav Stoch (vs. Genclerbirligi, 2012 - Turkish Super Lig)
This stunning long range volley from Fenerbahçe's Miroslav Stoch was voted the 2012 FIFA goal of the year but has seemingly gone completely unnoticed upon our shores. The young Slovakian Stoch joined Chelsea as a seventeen-year old, spending four years at Stamford Bridge without ever really making the breakthrough into the first team, well perhaps if you’d done this a bit more often Miroslav......
Fabrizio Miccoli (vs. Chievo, 2012 – Seria A)
There are ways of completing a hatrick, and then there is the Fabrizio Miccoli way of completing a hatrick. You're team are comfortably ahead, you've already scored two, how about a nice forty-yard volley to bag the match ball?? They say the perfect hatrick is one scored with the right foot, one with the left and one with the head; I'd say any that involve a goal like this is pretty perfect!
Taison (vs. Rosenborg, 2012 – Europa League)
There are many who believe that Marco van Basten's iconic volley in the 1988 Euro’s Final is the greatest goal of the modern game. If that’s true however, then this effort from Metalist Kharkiv's Taison cannot be too far behind. Although not from quite the same angle, it's almost identical and is arguably hit even harder. Sadly for Taison, his glorious goal was not scored in a major final, against a world class keeper, with the world watching. If it had, you'd probably see a lot more of it!
Clarence Seedorf (vs. Athletico Madrid, 1997 – La Liga)
There can be little doubt that Clarence Seedorf is truly one of the modern greats of European football. His career speaks for itself. A full twenty years spent playing that very top level of professional football for the some of the greatest clubs on the planet. During that time Seedorf has won four Champions Leagues and is the only man to have won the tournament with three different clubs. It is through these accomplishments that Clarence will be remembered rather than for his goal scoring, although after this forty-yard wonder goal in the Madrid derby, maybe it should be!