The schmuck of the week award was a fiercely fought contest over the last seven days as a series of so-called strikers did their best to prove that they are anything but.
English football fans will have no doubt seen or heard about Bobby Zamora’s atrocious miss for Fulham against Manchester City. At 0-0 shortly after the break, the ball fell to the front-man as he stood four yards out, dead in front of goal and with City goalkeeper Shay Given stranded on the deck. It looked easier to score than miss but Zamora ballooned the ball over the ball.
Even Fulham boss Roy Hogson was forced to admit “It was a horrific miss!”
Less well known to most of you will have been the equally poor triple miss from AEK Athens strikers against Aris Salonika from Sunday evening in Greece.
The guilty men were AEK’s Brazilian forward Leonardo and Liverpool’s on-loan Hungarian hot-shot, Krisztian Nemeth. Faced with a chance to earn AEK a valuable three points away at third-placed Aris, a game of football ping-pong played out in the hosts box as Leonardo twice had efforts blocked off the line by a defender only for Nemeth to close out the action by scooping the ball over the bar from four yards out.
Leonardo & Nemeth’s wasted opportunities can be seen here.
Yet both these first are made to look like “near-misses” by our schmuck of the week winner, who will have to pray that some act of God occurs from here until the end of the season to deny him the award of miss of the season.
All we’ll say is, step forward Dinamo Zagreb centre-forward Ilija Sivonjic!
This week’s list is ridiculously good. Every goal, including all those excluded at first instance, are worthy of scooping the top dog prize but happily we’ll leave the choosing of the ultimate award up to you.
As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!
1. Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Barcelona v Rubin Kazan, Oct. 20, 2009)
2. Andrea Pirlo (Real Madrid v AC Milan, Oct. 21, 2009)
3. Ismail Sulaiman Al Ajmi (South China v Kuwait SC, Oct. 21, 2009)
4. Rolando Bianchi (Torino v Reggina, Oct. 23, 2009)
5. Nene (two free-kicks) (Boulogne v Monaco, Oct. 24, 2009)
6. Christian Eichner (Hoffenheim v Nurnberg, Oct. 24, 2009)
7. Anthony Stokes (Rangers v Hibernian, Oct. 24, 2009)
8. Juninho (Qatar SC v Al Gharafa, Oct. 24, 2009)
9. Rade Prica (Rosenborg v Aalesund, Oct. 25, 2009) (pictured)
10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona v Zaragoza, Oct. 25, 2009)
11. Pablo Hernandez (Valencia v Almeria, Oct. 25, 2009)
Narrowly missing the list were goals from Gergely Rudolf, David Mendes Da Silva, Michael Ciani, Zurab Menteshashvili, Asamoah Gyan, Andreas Ivanschitz, Wesley Sneijder, Michael Essien, Adel Tarrabt and Louis Saha.