Forget the niceties. This week we begin by naming and shaming a couple of divers who looked to spoil last weekend’s round of matches.
Debate has been raging on the Blog over whether or not Liverpool captain Steven Gerarrd tried to con referee Martin Atkinson into awarding a penalty at Blackburn as the Reds’ number 8 appeared to dive under a “challenge” from Steven Nâ€™Zonzi. (Watch here.)
Where Gerrard failed to get the decision he was looking for, Anderlecht’s Mbark Boussoufa succeeded in the Belgian powerhouse’s match against Cercle Bruges. Home captain Denis Viane could do nothing to stop the Moroccan from smacking the turf after the midfielder appear to fall as if skidding on an ice-rink, and sadly the referee bought the tumble hook, line and sinker with Jonathan Legear able to convert from the spot. (Watch here.)
Staying on the topic of bad decisions, Urawa Reds chairman Mitsuo Hashimoto, after seeing his team lose to the eventual J-League champions Kashima Antlers on the final day of the season, oddly decided at the full time whistle to ignore the pouring rain and the jeers of the home fans to grab hold of the mic and force the home supporters to listen to a four minute rant as the owner just got wetter and wetter.
Moving on, there was a healthy splattering of own goals scored over the past seven days of world football as can be seen here, here, here, here. Yet, one own goal stood head and shoulders above the crowd for sheer daftness, and in that regard this week’s shmuck of the week award goes to Braga’s Brazilian centre-half Moises for beating his own keeper from over 20-yards out!
Onto this week’s list where again we have been fortunate to witness a host of brilliant strikes over the last week.
While the first three goals – all piercing strikes into the top corner – will have been seen by most, a brilliant lob from distance will be less well known at goal number 4.
A slamming volley is found at goal 5, followed by a superb chip at position 6 and a lovely curler at number 7.
A stunning strike from distance is found at number 9, a classy volley from an acute angle at position 10, while arguably the goal of the week (which we are pretty confident you won’t have seen) is found at goal 8.
As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!
1. Darron Gibson (Manchester United v Tottenham, Dec. 2, 2009)
2. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City v Arsenal, Dec. 2, 2009)
3. Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City v Arsenal, Dec. 2, 2009)
4. Arjan Swinkels (VVV Venlo v Willem II, Dec. 4, 2009) (first goal on the video)
5. Adem Sari (Eskisehirspor v Fenerbahce, Dec. 5, 2009)
6. Karim Ait Fana (Montpellier v Le Mans, Dec. 5, 2009)
7. Charles NZogbia (Wigan v Birmingham, Dec. 5, 2009) (2.30 minutes into the video)
8. Salva Sevilla (Salamanca v Albacete, Dec. 5, 2009)
9. Juan Vargas (Fiorentina v Atalanta, Dec. 6, 2009) (pictured)
10. David Villa (Atletico Bilbao v Valencia, Dec. 6, 2009)