Top 13 Goals of the Week

While many of you will be thinking that the domestic football season is only just winding down this weekend, the truth is that a slew of footballers switched their brains off a while ago. The result is one of the most over-populated groups battling it out for the schmuck of the week honour.

Turkey proved a hotbed for gaffes last weekend, as two goalies appeared to bathe their gloves in grease allowing simple catches to go awry. On Friday night the shame fell on Hacettepe’s supposed shot-stopper Ercument Kafkasyali who had the misfortune of seeing a simple cross pop out his hands, gifting Kayserispor the only goal of the game. On Saturday the fumbling-disorder fell upon Konyaspor’s number 61 Oguzhan Bahadir, who did spectacularly badly to allow Dani Guiza’s shot to escape his grasp.

Bad keepers are not just a Turkish problem. Over in Norway, Rosenborg’s number one Rune Jarstein is doing his best to prove that despite playing week in, week out, he refuses to improve. Jarstein’s latest mishap against Sandefjord was just another fumble to add to the scrapbook. So bad is his form, that a video capturing all of Jarstein’s screw-ups over the last 12 months can be seen here.

Other notable howlers over the last week included Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov’s weak attempt at saving Naldo’s free-kick in the UEFA Cup final. While over in Germany, Anthar Yahia closed out his season for Bochum with a horrendous headed own goal against Cologne.

But none of the above candidates came close to scooping the top prize, which headed the way of Scotland and to Hibs keeper Yves Makalambay at Aberdeen. Laugh hard, roll your eyes, or shout an expletive. This is outrageously terrible!

Onto the list, and we can present to you a simply stunning collection of strikes.

Every goal is worth a look, yet if you find yourself short for time make sure you catch a superb team goal coupled with a chipped finish at goal 4, a showboat classic at goal 6, a pair of long-range missiles at goals 5 & 7, a solo special at goal 10, and probably the greatest strike seen to-date at the new Wembley at goal 11.

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

1. Albert van der Haar & Roel de Graaff (FC Zwolle v Cambuur Leeuwarden, May 19, 2009) (first two goals on the video)

2. Alex Kacaniklic (Arsenal U18 v Liverpool U18, May 22, 2009)

3. Fellipe Bastos (Benfica v Belenenses, May 23, 2009)

4. Alex (Spartak Moscow v Amkar, May 23, 2009)

5. Nicolas Cordova (Ancona v Grosseto, May 23, 2009) (1.39 minutes in)

6. Mehdi Taouil (Motherwell v Kilmarnock, May 23, 2009)

7. Nene (Sporting Lisbon v Nacional, May 24, 2009)

8. John-Arne Riise (AC Milan v Roma, May 24, 2009)

9. Mariano Bogliacino (Catania v Napoli, May 24, 2009)

10. Cleber Santana (Real Madrid v Mallorca, May 24, 2009)

11. Gary Alexander (Millwall v Scunthorpe, May 24, 2009) (pictured)

12. Nicolas Anelka (Sunderland v Chelsea, May 24, 2009)

13. Darron Gibson (Hull v Manchester United, May 24, 2009)


Narrowly missing out on this week’s list were goals from Florain Trinks, Kenwyne Jones, Luiz Adriano, Carlos Saleiro, Almami Moreira, Diego Barrado, Eder Luis, Diego Camacho and Alessandro Del Piero.