Category Archives: Great Goals

Great Goals: David Luiz – Fulham vs. CHELSEA (April 2013)

Half-an-hour into the west London derby at Craven Cottage and the game between Fulham and Chelsea needs something special to ignite proceedings. Step forward the often much-maligned David Luiz.

The Brazilian has plenty of power in his game. This goal was all about power. Eden Hazard plays the ball across the pitch to Luiz, who isn’t closed down by Fulham defenders. Therefore, the Brazilian decides to try his luck. He catches the strike simply perfectly. The ball flies into the top corner past a helpless Mark Schwarzer, who would become Luiz’s teammate a season later.

Chelsea won the game 3-0 and ended the season with a European trophy under the interim guidance of Rafa Benitez.

Great Goals: Cristiano Ronaldo – MANCHESTER UNITED vs. Portsmouth (January 2008)

The 2007-2008 season was all about Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese player has gone onto great and glorious things with Real Madrid but his legend was created in Manchester.

Against Portsmouth, he was at his absolute finest. He’d already scored early on to put the Red Devils’ infront. 12 minutes in, United won a free-kick which Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney stood over. There was only ever going to be one contender to take this and it wasn’t Rooney.

Ronaldo revolutionised the way a free-kick can be dispatched. He took a few strides back, then managed to get sensational power and pace onto the ball from 30-yards out and it flew into the net leaving David James looking bemused.

It was his 27th of his 42 goals in all competitions for the season and quite possibly, the very best.

Great Goals: Thierry Henry – ARSENAL vs. Tottenham Hotspur (November 2002)

Voted as Goal of the Season by viewers of ITV’s ‘The Premiership’ during the 2002-2003 season, this was Thierry Henry at his absolute best as Tottenham couldn’t live with him in the North London Derby.

Just over 15 minutes had been played when Henry controlled the ball inside his own half and turned past Matthew Etherington. The Frenchman started running away from Etherington and burst past the centre circle. He had options in Dennis Bergkamp and Sylvain Wiltord but Henry only had one thing on his mind and that was to score.

Drifting away from Stephen Carr and Ledley King, Henry found the space to shoot and beat Kasey Keller to complete one of the greatest solo goals we’ve seen in this classic rivalry. He promptly completed his long-distance run with a long-distance celebration back to his own half to celebrate with the Gunners’ supporters.

Arsenal won 3-0 in a period when they were the class of north London.

Great Goals: Jack Wilshere – ARSENAL vs. Norwich City (October 2013)

This will go down as one of the best team goals as Arsenal toyed with their opponents in a 4-1 victory.

The move begins with Jack Wilshere taking possession from inside his own half. The move continues at fast speed with Santi Cazorla driving at the frightened Norwich defenders. Cazorla, Wilshere and Olivier Giroud then combine with some incisive and clever one-touch play before Giroud plays Wilshere in. To complete the move, he provides the one-touch finish past John Ruddy. It was a joy to watch and winner of the BBC Goal of the Season Award for the 2013-2014 season.

Wilshere’s career has been dogged by injury but when fit; this is what he is capable of.

Great Goals: Eric Cantona – MANCHESTER UNITED vs. Sunderland (December 1996)

The 1996-1997 season would be Eric Cantona’s final campaign as a professional footballer. The Manchester United skipper was a genius on-the-pitch and against Sunderland, he showed why he had so many adoring fans.

United were already cruising to victory against the newly-promoted Black Cats when the Frenchman produced another sublime piece of quality. Receiving possession from just inside the halfway line, Cantona beats two defenders and sets off towards the Sunderland goal. He exchanges passes with Brian McClair before receiving possession back and going for the cheeky finish.

Spotting Lionel Perez off his line, the talismanic forward chips the ball over Perez and into the net off the post. He then just stands in an iconic celebration to take in the acclaim of the crowd of Old Trafford who received a pre-xmas gift of class and coolness.

Manchester United won the game 5-0 and whilst they won their fourth Premier League title in five seasons, Sunderland were relegated on the final day.

Great Goals: Peter Crouch – STOKE CITY vs. Manchester City (March 2012)

This move begins in the typical Stoke City style under the Tony Pulis reign at the club. Asmir Begovic takes a goal-kick which is hit long towards the attackers. The rest is all about supreme skill from a player who has often been underrated at this level.

Peter Crouch wins the initial header and plays a bit of head tennis with a teammate. He then launches a spectacular shot from the edge of the penalty area that flies into the net. England no.1 goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a token dive but is getting nowhere near it. It is a wonderful goal which helps Stoke to take a point off the eventual champions.

Crouch has now surpassed 100 goals in Premier League history. His goals have often been classic headers but this was an example that his game is not all about one aspect.

Great Goals: Cheick Tiote – NEWCASTLE UNITED vs. Arsenal (February 2011)

Newcastle United had it all to do at half-time of this match against Arsenal. They were trailing 4-0 and looked completely out of the contest. Yet, they pulled the score back to 4-3 with just moments left to play.

Joey Barton takes a free-kick which is cleared by Laurent Koscielny. The Frenchman’s header though only goes as far as Cheick Tiote. The Ivorian connects sublimely with the loose ball and volleys it into the back of Wojciech Szczesny’s net.

St James’ Park erupts in scenes of jubilation and disbelief. On the touchline, Alan Pardew’s passion is clear to see. Newcastle have just completed one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in English football.

Cheick Tiote tragically died on 5 June 2017 after suffering a heart attack whilst training at his club in China. He was just 30-years old. He will always leave this memory with Newcastle United supporters.

Great Goals: Paolo di Canio – WEST HAM UNITED vs. Wimbledon (March 2000)

The enigmatic Paolo di Canio is one of the league’s most charismatic players and also, one of the best players ever to have played for West Ham United. His array of skills, combined with the Italian flair and short temperament line meant life was never dull with di Canio around.

This goal against Wimbledon in March 2000 was simply breathtaking. I will even go as far to say it is my favourite all-time goal in the Premier League. Marc-Vivien Foe and Trevor Sinclair both played their part in the build-up. It is Sinclair who produces a delightful pass across the field and over defender Kenny Cunningham. Di Canio watches the entire sequence and incredibly, launches both his feet off the ground. He is in orbit when he connects with the ball and it flies past Neil Sullivan’s despairing dive.

West Ham won this London derby 2-1 and Wimbledon would be relegated two months later from the Premier League. However, they were beaten by a moment of striking excellence in this match from di Canio.

Great Goals: Robbie Keane – Arsenal vs. LIVERPOOL FC (December 2008)

Robbie Keane’s six-month sojourn at Liverpool FC isn’t fondly remembered by either player or supporters. The boyhood Reds’ fan was over the moon when he joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2008. However, he struggled for form and didn’t seem to fit into Rafa Benitez’s plans.

Keane would score just seven times in all competitions for Liverpool FC but this was his best moment against Arsenal. With Fernando Torres injured, the Irishman started a match which Benitez wasn’t in the stadium for. Arsenal were 1-0 up when Keane’s moment arrived. Daniel Agger thumped a ball over the top of the Arsenal backline and Keane caught them cold. He watched the ball drop out of the December skyline and caught it superbly to smash a shot past Manuel Almunia.

It was a goal that meant a lot to Keane and the draw ensured LFC finished Christmas 2008 as the number one side. He would only be at the club for another five weeks. A return ticket to Tottenham beckoned in February 2009.

Great Goals: Loic Remy – QPR vs. Wigan Athletic – (April 2013)

Both of these teams were in a real relegation scrap at this stage of the season. It was a game Wigan Athletic couldn’t afford to lose. It was a match QPR simply had to win. The home side were up against it for 70 minutes when Bobby Zamora’s high challenge on Jordi Gomez resulted in a red card.

QPR stayed in the game at 0-0 and when a Wigan set-piece broke down, they sprung on their opposition with a brilliant breakaway. Stephane Mbia ran and ran, before playing in Loic Remy. The Frenchman still had plenty to do but he unleashed a corker of a strike on the edge of the area past a helpless Joel Robles.

Wigan recovered to snatch a point in stoppage time but it would be tears for both when the season concluded. The pair were both relegated. However, Remy’s goal was a standout moment in a forgettable campaign at Loftus Road.

Great Goals: Danny Rose – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs. Arsenal (April 2010)

It is your Premier League debut and it happens to be against your local rivals. To add more spice to the mixture, it is a game your side probably has to win to still stand a realistic hope of qualifying for the Champions League. You must be full of nerves?  Not if you’re Danny Rose.

Nine minutes in and Tottenham win a corner. The ball is swept in and punched clear by Manuel Almunia, only into the path of Rose. The left-back connects sweetly with the dropping ball and launches a thunderous volley from 30-yards out that beats Almunia all-ends-up. There was disbelief even from Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. Rose was now in the history of this famous fixture.

Tottenham won 2-1 for their first league success against Arsenal since November 1999 and they would finish in the Premier League’s top four, helped heavily by this great impact from Rose.

 

Great Goals: Charlie Adam – Chelsea vs. STOKE CITY (April 2015)

Charlie Adam has always had the eye for the spectacular which goes back to his Premier League spell with Blackpool. However, his best goal was scored for his current club Stoke City against the champions from the 2014/2015 season, Chelsea.

The Blues were 1-0 up with half-time approaching when Eden Hazard was dispossessed. Jon Walters collected the ball and played it back to Adam. The Scot saw Thibaut Courtois off his goal-line and decided to try his luck from 66 yards out. He judged his effort brilliantly. Despite Courtois getting a hand to the strike, he couldn’t stop it going over him and into the back of the net. Everyone who witnessed it was stunned. It was awesome, apart from his celebration afterwards!

Stoke lost 2-1 but scored the goal of the match. Incredibly, it didn’t win Goal of the Season either but it was my favourite from the 2014/2015 campaign.