It takes confidence to pull off a skill move if you're a goalkeeper. You have to know, deep in your heart, that you are good enough to execute it successfully, because if you do not, you are entering a world of pain. Even the simple Cruyff turn can end in disaster with the slightest of mis-touches.
And that, friends, is what makes this video so impressive. The Zidane roulette is not an easy move to attempt, even for an attacking player in the field. For a goalie to do it, much less do it twice, inside his own box, well that just warms my cold, black heart.
There’s easy goals and then there is this abnormal, ghostly goal Chile scored in the 1973 World Cup Intercontinental Playoffs against the Soviet Union.
But why ghostly? Some context is required in order to understand how this came to pass. In the 1970s, the Cold War was in full swing. The USA and the Soviet Union were competing to achieve world hegemony in terms of political and economical influence.
One of the most important jobs a manager must accomplish in order to be successful is earning the respect of his or her players. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, including but not limited to leading by example through hard work, displaying superior soccer knowledge while gameplanning, showing players they are truly cared for or displaying actual soccer skills to impress players.
The ship has probably sailed on that last bit for England U-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd. Look what Everton youngster Ademola Lookman did to Boothroyd in training.
Soccer is the beautiful game and the most popular sport in the world. We know you like it because you’re reading about it right now. But there’s one thing missing from soccer that is ever present in most team sports: a clock counting down to the end of a match.
When this Maribor defender woke up this morning, he probably didn't know today would be his last day as a professional soccer player. He probably didn't think Roberto Firmino would nutmeg him so badly as to necessitate his rejecting society and living out his days in a cave, as a hermit.
But that's what Firmino did, so this poor man must now grow a giant beard and take a vow of silence.