Charmer Roberto Mancini may have lost his first match in England this weekend, but the Manchester City manager continues to make pundits weak at the knees throughout Blightly. The Italian, who has been consistently marked for his dapper dress sense and handsome looks ever since he arrived at Middle Eastlands, left onlookers purring at Goodison Park after he showed off the skill of the weekend to control a high ball on the touchline in his fancy shoes.
Mancini’s wonder-touch can be seen as part of this week’s MOTD 2 Good, 2 Bad.
From the sublime to the shocking, as once again a host of numpties embarrassed themselves in front of live audiences throughout Europe. Special mention has to be made for Standard Liege who, in being hammered 4-nil at home by arch-rivals Anderlecht in Belgium, managed to score not one, but two headed own goals in their drumming.
Valencia centre-back Alexis proved that not every defender needs to stick the ball in his own net to gift the opposition a goal, however Mamadou Sakho appeared to have missed that memo scoring the worst own goal of the week in PSG’s surprise Coupe de la Ligue cup exit at the hands of lower league Guingamp.
Lastly, we head to Holland for the downright nasty as we had a modern remake of Harald Schumacher vs Patrick Battiston when Vitesse keeper Piet Velthuizen executed a despicable flying kick onÂ NEC forward Bjorn Vleminckx, only for the number one to somehow escape with a booking.
Onto the list, where it’s another fabulous selection of eleven strikes from the last week in world football. This week’s selection, bar goals 5, 6, 9 and 11, could all be labelled as blinders from distance with strikers slapping shots into various top corners and from a variety of distances outside the box.
Goal 5 is also from distance but unlike the others it’s placement, not pace, which grabs the eye. Nifty footwork and a tidy finish lifted goal 6 into the list, while a picture-perfect free-kick filled spot 9.
Finally, a sensational volley at the near post completes the list at number 11.
As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!
1. Leon Best (Coventry v Portsmouth, Jan. 12, 2010)
2. Connor Clifford (Nottingham Forest youth v Chelsea youth, Jan. 12, 2010)
3. Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan v Novara, Jan. 13, 2010)
4. Tomasz Sokolowski (Viking Stavanger v Randaberg, Jan. 15, 2010)
5. Joaquin Larrivey (Cagliari v Livorno, Jan. 16, 2010)
6. Ashley Cole (Chelsea v Sunderland, Jan. 16, 2010)
7. Jose Sosa (Boca Juniors v Estudiantes, Jan. 16, 2010)
8. Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos v Panthrakikos, Jan. 17, 2010)
9. Cristian Llama (Sampdoria v Catania, Jan. 17, 2010)
10. Ronaldinho (AC Milan v Siena, Jan. 17, 2010)
11. Marco Borriello (AC Milan v Siena, Jan. 17, 2010)