Top 13 Goals of the Week

Two footballers battle it out for the schmuck of the week prize this week.

Regular readers of the blog will have seen the first schmuck earlier in the week, but for everyone else it is time to get acquainted with Lillestrom keeper Andre Hansen.

The shot-stopper had a nightmare on Wednesday night against Start Kristiansand, proving that not all professional footballers know how to kick the ball. Hansen looked a right dummy as he inexcusably executed an air-shot at the worst time possible to produce yet another head-in-hands moment to add to the scrapbook of the season. (Watch here.)

But incredibly there was an even worse own-goal in the J-League at the weekend.

The action took place in the meeting between Vissel Kobe and Nagoya Grampus Eight on Sunday, with the hosts scoring a hugely embarrassing own goal, proving that ultra-cautious defending can sometimes come back to bite you in the ass.

Having won a throw-in in the Nagoya half, the ball fell to Kobe’s Kim Nam-Il who, under pressure from two opposing players, opted to turn towards his own goal to avoid the danger. Scared of losing possession, Kim launched the ball back to his own keeper Tatsuya Enomoto, however unfortunately for the number 6, he had failed to notice that his own keeper was loitering outside his goal and his pass-back was far too firmly struck.

The superb own goal can be seen here.

Onto the list and a stunning collection of 13 top-draw strikes. The opening four goals will be familiar to most, while less well known will be the superb free-kick at goal 5 and the wonderful chip at goal 6.

Other goalies grasping at thin air can be found at goals 7, 9 and 13, while there was little however that the number one could do to stop goal 12.

Of the rest, a classic “great control and goal for a big man” can be found at position 10, a well-taken solo goal can be found at goal 11, while the standout strike of the week is at goal 8.

As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Arsenal v Manchester United, May 5, 2009)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (second of the game) (Arsenal v Manchester United, May 5, 2009)

3. Michael Essien (Chelsea v Barcelona, May 6, 2009)

4. Andres Iniesta (Chelsea v Barcelona, May 6, 2009)

5. Mbark Boussoufa (Anderlecht v Roeselare, May 9, 2009) (first goal on the video)

6. Alanzinho (Kocaelispor v Trabzonspor, May 9, 2009)

7. Liam Lawrence (Hull v Stoke, May 9, 2009)

8. Nilmar (Corinthians v Internacional, May 10, 2009) (pictured)

9. Giorgos Karagounis (PAOK v Panathinaikos, May 10, 2009)

10. Marco Janko (Rapid Vienna v Salzburg, May 10, 2009)

11. Joseba Llorente (Barcelona v Villarrael, May 10, 2009)

12. Mario Balotelli (Chievo v Inter Milan, May 10, 2009)

13. Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid v Espanyol, May 10, 2009)

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Narrowly missing this week’s list were goals from Souza (first goal on the video), Paulo Nagamura, Demba Ba, Sejad Salihovic, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Gaetano D’Agostino, Andy Dawson, Urby Emanuelson, Dani Alves and Nicolas Anelka.