This morning in between an educated chat with Raphael Honigstein and note taking for this week’s Serie A matches I came across a hashtag on twitter that made the video archive system inside my head ticking.

#favouritefootballgoals

Simple, right? Not quite. Whether you have watched this game for 25 years or 25 days you’ll have a few favourites and some will simply be because you were at that game or your favourite team or player scored. All of those reasons and more factor in for me so I decided to share mine with you. I’m sure there are some I forgot but here on a random Tuesday in April I present to you my favourite football goals. Baker’s Dozen style. Please feel free to share your favourites below. Enjoy.

13. Lothar Matthaus, West Germany vs Yugoslavia 1990.

12. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool vs West Ham, FA Cup final 2006.

11. Roberto Baggio, Italy vs Czechoslavakia 1990.

10a. 10b. Matt Le Tissier x 2, Southampton vs Newcastle 1993

9. Ryan Giggs, Manchester United vs Arsenal 1999.

8. Roberto Carlos, Brazil vs France 1997.

7. Marco Van Basten, Netherlands vs USSR, Euro 88 final.

6. David Platt, England vs Belgium 1990.

5. Dennis Bergkamp, Netherlands vs Argentina 1998.

4. Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal vs Newcastle 2002.

3. Dalian Atkinson, Aston Villa vs Wimbledon 1993.

2. Carlos Alberto, Brazil vs Italy 1970 World Cup Final.

1. Esteban Cambiasso, Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro 2006. (scored at the end I was sitting in five rows from the front).

Comments (21)

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ehbfgISDEU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39zYaMf0AS0

    first link is in english, second in HD.
    -from cannavaro’s sort of double interception to del piero’s finish, nothing will ever top that goal for me.
    -add the fact that the game was a semi-final to a world cup played in germany against germany AND in extra time.
    -PLUS italy had totti, gilardino, iaquinta AND del piero on the field at the same time makes it that much more fantastic.

  2. My favorite isn’t an old one, and isn’t particularly significant, but in that moment, when the ball went in….

    http://youtu.be/Awr0RObZDDU

    Chiek Tiote v Arsenal, 87th minute screamer to win the draw after coming back from four goals down at the half. My face partially resembled Chiek;s when I saw it went in.

  3. Alen Boksic, Lazio vs ?, Serie A, 199?.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuhmGXQK2mI&feature=related

    Ronaldinho, Barcelona vs Villarreal, La Liga, 200?.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZimqUQK8nos

    Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen, UCL FInal, 2002
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KnE2cl8ikA

  4. http://youtu.be/nXzXsdZJ5AQ

    Messi and Maradonna’s similar runs are in many people’s Top 10.

  5. The first Bergkamp goal included the best commentary I’ve ever heard.

  6. 1) Tony Yeboah – Legend and the best goal I have ever seen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBBnKu5bnCE

    2) Dwayne De Rosario – Free Kick Laser. And on Goalie Kevin Hartman to boot. The last replay of the end camera in live speed shows the bend and power of the shot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML7Kh_Na3Tg

  7. The Giovanni van Bronckhorst screamer against Uruguay, I just remembered the shock and awe I felt when I saw this strike.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwEZdDGWZKQ

  8. The #5 goal you had was my number 1. I will never forget it.

    I was in a bar across from a church where I had to go to my friend’s wedding to which I was late.

    Like ^%&* I was going to miss Holland Argentina.

  9. Zidane, 02 CL Final.

    Ronaldo vs Porto.

    Pretty on point though.

  10. Great goal, greatest celebration:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8vrqAhJ7Wk

  11. The second goal by Le Tiss might be the best that I have ever seen, just from the way it seems like, to me at least, that he’s just going to shoot from wherever he pleases and he doesn’t give a damn.

    But as for my favourites, well they tend to take on heavy bias towards my club, Rangers.

    1) Every single goal scored by the man himself, Super Ally:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G14PmF0FY5U

    2) This is way before my time, but this goal from Davie Cooper is nothing short of insane:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmECazR7jyA

    3) It’s not a Rangers goal actually, but Scott ‘Super Sub’ McDonald’s 2 goals for Motherwell over Celtic on the final day of the SPL season in 2005 to give Rangers the title on Helicopter Sunday. The only player who ever played for Celtic that I approve of because of this day:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p1zgov_-a8

  12. As a Juve fan massive bias for Del Piero’s goal vs Fiorentina:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzhfclTiruc

    plus his goal vs Real Madrid, where he makes Hierro and Salgado both take a seat.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6V7qJ-Sgxw&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL0CA5A86AFA77F3B4

    Owen’s goal vs Argentina was also brilliant especially when you consider he was 18!!!

  13. Stevie G’s goal at #12 is my all time fave others on my list in no particular order:

    Both of Robbie Fowler’s goals in the 4-3 classic w/ Newcastle, which cemented me as a Liverpool fan for life & him as my favourite player ever. Nothing special about them for sure, but his play that night & the passion & determination he exuded converted me as I mentioned. To the end…

    Stan Collymore’s winner in that match

    Ray Houghton’s goals for Ireland to beat England at Euro 88 & Italy at WC94 the greatest goals ever scored for Ireland

    Landycakes’ injury time goal for the US vs Algeria at WC2010 to win the group

    Ronaldo’s free kick vs Pompey. Still wondering how he made the ball move as he did

    Just to name a few

  14. Would have been so disappointed if you didn’t have bergkamp’s goal (#4) on here.

    Beauty!

  15. nothing can top this goal from Antonio Cassano for Bari against Inter Milan. It was only his second match in the team (he was 17) and take a look at the skill to control the ball, beat out Laurent Blanc and Christian Panucci and slot the ball home for a win!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rRX8GzJNEI

  16. All Fantastic choices. An Honourable mention to Weah’s goal against Lecce
    Also this wonder goal capped off the greatest hattrick I’ve ever seen:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjVMASe9gYI

  17. Roberto Carlos’ goal in the following video has always been one that’s stuck out to me since I first saw it simply for the “how the hell’d he do that” factor.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhVDFEW5348

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