Looking back at 2001-2002 English Premier League season, while living in Liverpool, many memorable moments come to mind. The low of Gerard Houllier leaving the club for a period due to heart issues to the high of John Arne Riise scoring the hardest hit free kick goal ever seen against Manchester United. The game that really sticks out is March 19, 2002, the night Houllier returned to Anfield, but a diminutive Finn stole the show as Jari Litmanen showed off all his technical ability in a 2-0 win over Roma. Watching Litmanen play was always a pleasure, his soccer IQ is not matched by many, his touch matched by even less. If he was born in a different country than Finland, his career might have taken a different path, but for those that have seen him, he has left a lasting memory. Approaching his 41st birthday, Litmanen is still scoring and passing, back in Finland for HJK. Longest intro ever, but enjoy this catchy Finnish tribute song to Jari with quite a few highlights from his days with Ajax.
Why is it that the best YouTube's always seem to be the ones that cause embarrassment? Well, the winner for this week will be no different as it involves a goalkeeper losing possession of the ball in the unlikeliest of ways. Thanks to Ryan S. for sending this in, and hopefully he will be wearing his new Soccer Banter t-shirt around the streets of Quincy, Mass. No one may be able to spell Real Sociedad goalkeeper's name, but Enaut Zubikarai will be remembered for a long time due to this mistake.
This Thursday in Kansas City, Major League Soccer will hold it's annual SuperDraft, which features the top college players in America along with a few foreign entries having the opportunity to be selected. The SuperDraft takes place in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention and, in recent years, many MLS Supporters Clubs have added entertainment and quite a bit of singing to offset Don Garber's voice. Below is a great clip by MLS that will surely give you goosebumps while watching.
Inigo Martinez could possibly become the most favorite player of Soccer Banter. First he wins YouTube of the week for scoring two goals from his own half, but a clip from him playing for Spain at the U21 level might possibly top both of those goals. This goal isn't from his own half or a goal to help his team win, but instead it's an own goal on David De Gea. Spain was winning 6-0 against Georgia on September 2, 2011 at the time of this goal. The way De Gea has been playing for Manchester United, it's no surprise that he is giving up own goals!! Enjoy the clip and let us know which one you like the best.