A goalkeeper nutmegs a forward. Yes, you read that correctly, but no words can describe how great it is to see Christoffer Kallqvist put the ball through Marcus Ekenberg's legs. Kallqvist, the starting goalkeeper for Hacken received a back pass in second half with score 0-0 against Mjallby and calmly nutmegs the onrushing Ekenberg before passing the ball to one of his teammates.
It's a month away, but that doesn't mean people aren't already thinking about. Sir Alex Ferguson v Jose Mourinho. Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford. Giggs and Scholes going for European glory one more time. Prior to the season, many might have picked this match to be taking place in late May in Wembley, but instead it will be played over two legs in February & March. On February 16th, Real Madrid and Manchester United will play in the Round of 16 in the Champions League at the Bernabeau Stadium.
As the outpouring of support for Newtown, Connecticut continues, one of it's own, Marcus Tracy, along with a few friends produced a music video to help in the healing process. Tracy, better known for his ability on the soccer field, wanted to put the town of Newtown in a positive light during a time of much negativity surrounding the Connecticut town. Tracy grew up in Newtown and later was named a NSCAA High School All-American while helping win a state championship at Newtown High School. Later, he starred at Wake Forest University, winning the 2007 Offensive MVP when Wake Forest won the National Championship and in 2008 being honored as the Hermann Trophy wiinner. After injuries had hindered his professional career in Denmark, he recently was signed by San Jose Earthquakes. Enjoy the video and support the town of Newtown.
Pele, Best, Muller, and Beckenbauer. All soccer legends, but for people of my generation we only know about them from hearing stories from our parents, reading their books, or seeing old white and black videos of them playing on muddy pitches. Lionel Messi. How lucky are we? We get to watch the best player in the world, who is still only 25 years old, play every week with Barcelona matches streamed to every part of the world. In 2012 he has once again proved how good he is, scoring 86 goals in the calendar year, to break the record of 85 held by Gerd Muller. If you missed one or all 86, here is your chance to enjoy 10 minutes of Messi's magic from 2012.
It's been far too long since the last YouTube of the Week was posted, so we felt it was fitting that the one chosen to end the drought is a bit of a blooper. The free kick that wasn't. Or the free kick fall that led to a goal on the other end. Or the free kick howler. Whatever you would prefer to call the blunder, Sam Corcoran of Chelmsford City, wishes there wasn't a camera inside Kingfield Stadium that night. Last Tuesday evening Hayes & Yeading Utd defeated Chelmsford City 3-0, in a Blue Square South match, which represents the sixth level of professional football in England. On a normal night, this match would barely make the next day's paper, but due to Corcoran's mishap, it's created quite a buzz. Enjoy the video, but keep a close eye on #6 in white on the free kick.
Welcome to America! Taylor O'Leary made quite an entrance to college soccer this past weekend. In only her second career match, she scored a tremendous goal for Central Connecticut State University in their 4-0 win over New Hampshire. She received a cross, then juggled the ball over the defender's head, and finished it off by volleying in, for her first goal. O'Leary, originally from Hertford, England, might not of made it on to Sky Sports, but please have someone explain to her about ESPN SportsCenter Top 10, as her goal was picked as #2 play of the day...damn baseball. To top it off, her coach, Mick D'Arcy, is one of our bloggers during the college soccer season.
Been some poor penalty kicks taken this summer, but fortunately for Graham Zusi, his miss in the US Open Cup Final has been mostly overlooked, since Sporting KC eventually won the shootout. For those that didn't see Zusi's penalty, he tried to pull a Pirlo from the Euro's, but instead chipped it over. This week's YouTube of the Week winner though can't be overshadowed, and in fact, could be the worst penalty kick EVER! The unlucky player is Jonathan Soriano of Red Bull Salzburg. Don't think he will be transferred to New York Red Bulls anytime soon.
No Words can do this video justice! Per Mertesacker, Bacary Sagna, and Lucas Podalski show off their dance moves while in Nigeria as part of Arsenal's preseason. The players were taught steps from the Malta Guinness Low Sugar workout by dancer Kaffy. The program has been designed in hopes to help Nigerians become more active. Surprisingly, Mertesacker doesn't injure himself and actually seems more agile than he ever does on the pitch.
Being Liverpool. Liverpool is currently enjoying a two-week tour of North America, and though their performance against Toronto FC this past weekend wasn't one for the highlight reel, it seems Fox Soccer might have a great program debuting this September. The YouTube of the Week, features a clip of “Being Liverpool” that Fox Soccer hopes will have the same impact that 24/7 did for boxing and Hard Knocks did for the NFL. The show features behind the scenes access of Liverpool Football Club that will be broken down into six episodes.
Been over a month since a "YouTube of the Week" has been posted, but we are back with a bang - two great goals from Major League Soccer last week. Vancouver Whitecaps rookie, Darren Mattocks, shows off some serious hops in scoring his second goal of the game in a 3-2 loss to Toronto FC. David Beckham's goal once again involved his magical right foot, this time from 35 yards out, in a 5-3 win over Portland. Which goal was better and how does ESPN Top 10 choose baseball home runs over these goals in Top 10 plays?