Before I go any further, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all 101ers a happy holiday season and a positive and healthy new year.
One footballer who was in dire need of some Christmas cheer at the weekend was Genclerbirligi’s Brazilian forward Kahe. The fabulously nicknamed Winds of Ankara swept into Istanbul on Saturday to face the might of powerhouse Galatasaray. But the minnows had more than their fair share of chances to win the game before sinking to 1-nil to a Kewell strike, and Kahe was undoubtedly guilty of some of the wastage.
Kahe’s balls-up arrived with two fluffs in two minutes. First, from a corner in the 56th minute, Kahe managed to hold his position on the edge of the six yard box to collect a through ball with not a defender in sight, but looking like he’d already had too much sherry the number nine horribly sliced his shot wide. Then, from a second corner just a minute later, it was a case of deja vu as Kahe again managed to break the Gala offside trap to arrive at the back post unmarked, though this time the striker screwed up by planted a header miles off target. (Kahe’s horror misses can be seen here.)
Turkey is also the location for our schmuck of the week winner.
Darius Vassell’s Ankaragucu played host to last season’s high-flyers, but this year’s huge under-achiever, Sivasspor on Saturday and the match turned out to be a thriller.
The visitors raced out into a 2-goal lead inside the opening 14 minutes as Sedat Bayrak and Ibrahim Sahin both netted early doors for Sivas. In difficult looking conditions the hosts then battled hard to get back into the game. Forward Metin Akan managed to pull one goal back on the hour mark and, after Ankaragucu cranked up the pressure at the death, Akan slid home a second in the 89th minute amid ecstatic celebrations from his teammates.
Unfortunately they celebrated too soon. Directly from the kick off Sivas went on the attack, and four touches after the restart Erman Kilic hurled a long punt upfield in an attempt to pick out his lone, and marked, striker. It should have been simple for Ankaragucu defender Baki Mercimek to simply head the ball clear. But instead the incredible happened.
Baki Mercimek’s appalling own goal should be seen from 1.45 of this video.
Onto the list, where its a superb collection to head into festive season with. Goal one is a simply outstanding goal that everyone should see, while goals 2 and 3 are efforts we expect that you may have already seen in the last week.
Position 4 is taken by an incredible rabona goal, goal 5 it a 30-yard howitzer, while goal 6 is a picture-perfect free-kick.
That leaves two goals from Spain at numbers 7 & 8, an overhead-kick at number 9, and a flying scissors-kick to close out the list.
As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!
1. Giuseppe Cozzolino (Como v Lecco, Dec. 13, 2009)
2. DaMarcus Beasley (Dundee United v Rangers, Dec. 15, 2009)
3. James Milner (Sunderland v Aston Villa, Dec. 15, 2009)
4. Angel di Maria (Benfica v AEK Athens, Dec. 17, 2009)
5. Alemao (Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix, Dec. 19, 2009) (40 seconds in)
6. Christian Fuchs (Hannover v Bochum, Dec. 19, 2009)
7. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid v Real Zaragoza, Dec. 19, 2009)
8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid v Real Zaragoza, Dec. 19, 2009)
9. Victor Moses (Crystal Palace v Barnsley, Dec. 19, 2009) (pictured)
10. Francesco Flachi (Brescia v Modena, Dec. 19, 2009)