Usually at this point in the week we like to kick off with a bit of a giggle, laughing at those unfortunate few who managed to cock up royally in the past seven days of world football. But this week we start with something a little different as we highlight two horrific refereeing decisions that we simply couldn’t let slide.
Chelsea’s most hated, Norwegian ref Tom Henning Ovrebo, was guilty of missing a bone-crunching tackle during the Slovakia-Czech Republic World Cup qualifier despite only being a yard away from the challenge with an unobstructed view. How Radoslav Zabavnik’s studs-up, shin-high foul on David Jarolim was not punished appropriately was a disgrace.
Then on Sunday in Holland, Ajax suffered from another awful decision as referee Bas Nijhuis waved away a stone-cold penalty despite again having the best view in the stadium to clearly see an infringement had occurred. With the Amsterdammers 6-up on NAC, Martin Jol threw on forward Marko Pantelic for the final few moments and the Serb striker was blatantly hacked down in the box as a defender crashed into his ankle. Another shocking call from a so-called professional official.
Refereeing blunders aside, there were also a collection of embarrassing bloopers from the playing side of things too.
For all of the brouhaha which has been spouted following the Manchester City-Arsenal match, one of the best/worse moments of the contest saw Emmanuel Adebayor find almost superhuman ability to jink his way past four Gunner defenders, including a sweet nutmeg on William Gallas, only for numbnuts Shaun Wright-Phillips to miss from four yards. What a donkey!
More slapstick comedy from Belgium. Neither Zulte-Waregem or KV Kortrijk profess to be of one European football leading lights, and its a good job too as the hosts conspired to give away a pathetic second of the night by literally falling over each other to fail. The visiting keeper hoofed a long ball all the way down-field where, under slight pressure from a Kortrijk forward, home keeper Sammy Bossut and defender Bart Buyusse looked to have the situation under control. But then the double brain-freeze happened and Christian Benteke was gifted a open net to score into.
For the winner of the schmuck of the week award though, we have to head to the Dutch second division. On Friday night FC Eindhoven were slaughtered 8-nil at home by visitors FC Dordrecht and amazingly the scoreline wasn’t the most cringe-worthy aspect of the game. That honour was reserved for home keeper Ruud Swinkels, who after doing this in the 22nd minute must have known it was going to be a long night.
Onto the list, where this week’s collection is simply superb.
The obvious outsider is goal 4, while the most random international goal of the past seven days can be found at position 1.
A couple of outstanding free-kicks are at numbers 3 & 8, while a stunning selection of long-range missiles can be located at numbers 6, 9 an 11.
That leaves the volleys at places 5 and 11, an overhead-kick at number 7 and a terrific solo special at goal 2.
As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!
1. Igor Gorbatenko (Andorra U21 v Russia U21, Sept. 8, 2009)
2. Sargis Hovsepyan (Armenia v Belgium, Sept. 9, 2009)
3. Sejad Salihovic (Bosnia v Turkey, Sept. 9, 2009)
4. Melanie Behringer (England v Germany, Sept. 10, 2009)
5. Robbie Fowler (Sydney FC v North Queensland Fury, Sept. 12, 2009)
6. Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez (Standard Liege v KV Mechelen, Sept. 12, 2009)
7. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham v Manchester United, Sept. 12, 2009)
8. Jan Vertonghen (Ajax v NAC, Sept. 13, 2009)
9. Giandomenico Mesto (Genoa v Napoli, Sept. 13, 2009)
10. Felipe (Deportivo La Coruna v Malaga, Sept. 13, 2009)
11. Nemanja Vucicevic (Hapoel Beer-Sheva v Hapoel Tel Aviv, Sept. 13, 2009)
Many thanks to reader Juk from calling to our attention a wonderful strike from the Finnish league on Sunday as Jussi Kujala scored an incredible free-kick. The footage can be seen here.