Top 12 Goals of the Week

Unfortunately for West Brom’s Shelton Martis, despite competition from Karlsruhe keeper Markus Miller and a horrible handball-goal attempt from Real Madrid’s Raul, the Baggies’ centre-half stands head and shoulders above the competition as this week’s chief schmuck. And the Netherlands Antilles defender has his character ripped to shreds by Peter

If it seems harsh to select one defender from a flawed set, Martis was the man to let a standard channel ball bounce over his head in the opening two minutes of a crucial game at home to Stoke City recently, enabling Ricardo Fuller to open the scoring. He was at it again yesterday.”

“It was a moment that summed up why West Brom are where they are. In charge of the game, on top of Liverpool and with their tails up, the home side sensed that an upset was there for the taking. Then Martis, receiving an easy square pass from Jonas Olsson, took his eye off the ball and miscontrolled it at precisely the moment the best goalscoring midfield player in Europe came into his vicinity. Steven Gerrard strolled on, had time to turn round and say thank you very much, and chipped the ball over Dean Kiely, the goalkeeper.”

Shelton Martis’ moment of shame against Liverpool can be seen here.

Onto the list and a glittering collection of goals.

Rippers were abound across Europe in the last week, accounting for goals 2, 4, 5 and 10, while there was a splattering of quality free-kicks located at goals 3 and 11. The art of dribbling was perfected in goal 1, and a stunning improvised goal can be found at goal 6.

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Of the remaining strikes, goal 8 oozes the confidence of a striker at the top of his game, goal 7 offers a classic overhead-volley, and goal 9 was scored from an almost impossible angle. But, if you only have time for one video make sure you see goal 12.

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

1. Wason Renteria (Belenenses v Braga, May 11, 2009)

2. Martin Paterson & Steve Thompson (Reading v Burnley, May 12, 2009)

3. Nacho Scocco (Panathinaikos v AEK Athens, May 13, 2009)

4. Cacau (Schalke v Stuttgart, May 13, 2009)

5 Mauro Zarate (Lazio v Sampdoria, May 13, 2009)

6. Carlos Tevez (Wigan v Manchester United, May 13, 2009)

7. Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough v Aston Villa, May 16, 2009)

8. Edin Dzeko (Hannover v Wolfsburg, May 16, 2009)

9. Ireneusz Jelen (PSG v Auxerre, May 16, 2009) (pictured)

10. Olberdam (Maritimo v Sporting Lisbon, May 16, 2009)

11. Juan Arango (Mallorca v Barcelona, May 17, 2009)

12. Cristiano Zanetti (Juventus v Atalanta, May 17, 2009)


Narrowly missing this week’s list were goals from Bobo, Hugo Almeida, Jose Guerrero, Michael Carrick, Teddy Sheringham, Lars Stindl, Hugo Leal, Nabil Dirar (0.45 seconds in), Junior Viza, Gokhan Unal and Florent Malouda.

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