The world is spinning out of control this Tuesday as the masses find out about Festus Baise’s incredible own goal which we brought to you first thing on Monday morning.
While many are wondering if Baise’s was the greatest own goal ever, the fact is that Baise had plenty of competition in just the last twelve months alone. Accordingly, we’ve done the homework to compile the top 10 greatest own goals of 2011 in chronological order.
Have a flick through the candidates, and vote for your favourite f*ck-up at the bottom of this post.
1. John Pantsil (Fulham) v Liverpool (January 2011) -Â The only goal of the Premier League clash came six minutes after the break and it was an absolute horror show from Paintsil. Dempsey gave the ball away, Hangeland turned a Torres shot on to the post and then John Pantsil had at least three chances to clear before dribbling the ball into his own net.
2. Ali Turan at Antalyaspor training (January 2011) – It may have only been in a warm-up but how Ali Turan ended up walking the ball into his own goalmouth remains a mystery.
3. Armand Fajardo (Andorra U21) vs Wales U21 (March 2011) -Â As the Welsh looked to press down their right hand side, Andorran full-back Armand Fajardo attempted to mop up the danger by playing a backpass to keeper Oriol Oliva. Undoubtedly the defender made the right choice looking for his goalie, and there appeared to be little danger of anything going wrong. That was, however, until Oliva let Fajardo down big-time. Think Paul Robinson versus Croatia, without the divot.
4. Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) v Cologne (July 2011) – Jenkinson, bought from Charlton in June, managed to majestically screw up intercepting a ball over the top with a brilliantly bad howler. The defender ballsed-up a straight-forward clearance as he punted an almost-impossible shot over the head of Wojciech Szczssny and into the net.
5.Â Koji Nakata (Kashima Antlers) v Yokohama F.Marinos (October 2011) – Early on in the match YokohamaÂ keeperÂ Tetsuya Enomoto hoofed a long ball downfieldÂ towards strikerÂ Kazuma Watanabe. With defenderÂ NakataÂ in close attendance however, their seemed little chance ofÂ Watanabe collecting the ball and posing any goal threat.Â But thenÂ NakataÂ took his eyes off the ball. Moreover, he disastrously turned his back on the play.
6.Â Inigo Martinez (Spain U21) v Georgia U21 (September 2011) -Â A sensational effort. Spain were 6-0 up at the time and went on to win 7-2. David De Gea beaten all ends up.
7. Mateusz Pawlowicz (Okocimski Brzesko) vs Slask Wroclaw (September 2011)Â -Â The Polish Cup threw up aÂ world class own goal as PawlowiczÂ not only beat his own keeper with a ridiculous 25-yard lob, but the howler was committed after only 36 seconds of the contest.
8.Â Vassili Berezoutski (CSKA Moscow) v Lille (November 2011) -Â Four minutes into the second half, Vassili Berezoutski found himself caught slightly out of position as Moussa Sow homed in on goal. The 29-year-old Russian defender managed to get a foot on the ball and smacked in a fine effort in off the bar to give Lille the lead.
9. Manuel Lopez Mondragon (Queretaro) v Tigres (December 2011) – Besides the aesthetic brilliance of this clip, the importance of this goal should not be underestimated. It was the only goal of a two-legged clash between Queretaro and Tigres, sending the latter into the Mexico Apertura final.
10. Festus Baise (Sun Hei) v Citizen AA (December 2011) – The best own goal you will ever see?Â On 80 minutes Sun Hei launched an attack down the right, and when the cross came in Nigerian defender Festus Baise contorted his body to connect with the ball with a scorpion kick and the ball floated into the top corner. Incredible!