25 Coolest Football Tricks on the Pitch This Year
The beauty of football is simply that: beauty. It is no secret that the game has some of the most skillful displays of ability and class any other sport in the world.
Some are tricks, some are amazing goals, and others can be looked at as pure enjoyment. However you decide to decipher the coming 25 snapshots and images, there is no doubt all are worthy.
From breakdancing Brazilians to hook shots that would make Wilt Chamberlain jealous, here are 25 of the coolest tricks in World Football from the last season.
The Keeper Goes Deep
Tim Howard made everyone stand up and applaud, while simultaneously doing that slight head turn many of us do when we are thinking, "Did that just happen?"
It is not often that a keeper gets put in the books for a great "trick," but the Everton and United States international certainly earned his praise.
Angel Di Maria Rabona Assist
During the FIFA Club World Cup, Angel di Maria of Real Madrid broke into his trick bag for this little piece of class.
Some players stare you down and then make you look like a fool. However, Neymar prefers to stare you down, then pretend to be Michael Jackson, before deciding to roll around like he was actually hurt.
You can check out a video of it working here.
This may not be a trick, but who needs one when you can literally muscle the ball past anyone from 25 yards.
Kevin De Windmill
You can see why Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was so set on signing youngster Kevin De Bruyne during the January 2012 transfer window with this superb bit of skill while on loan to Genk.
Falcao the Falcon
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao took to the air for this sideways bicycle trick goal.
Chelsea fans and English Premier League neutrals alike will be excited to see Eden Hazard bring this bag of tricks to Stamford Bridge come the 2012-13 season.
Nutmeg and a Beauty
Liverpool's Luis Suarez is the thorn in Stoke City's side since moving to Anfield. This nutmeg trick followed by an insane curling effort put one of two knives in the domestic cup hopes of the Potters in the 2011-12 season.
School of Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund and Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is one of the hottest targets in the summer transfer market at the moment. He also has some of the best skills in his trick bag.
On top of it, he will even share them with you. Just watch the video and magically become as awesome a dribbler as the Polish Prince.
Watch at the 0:23 mark of the video and see a twisting and turning escape of pure class.
Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud looks to have mastered the art of a falling bicycle kick. Click forward to the 0:58 mark.
Danish and Ajax rising Star Christian Eriksen fools the defender and embarrasses him a second time with a nutmeg. Look on from 0:31 mark.
Manchester United's newest signing Shinji Kagawa puts on a great show of tricky footwork around the 2:00 mark.
Lionel Messi pulls a great turn around the 2:40 point in the video, showcasing the Argentine's skills at their finest.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Song ripped through Borussia Dortmund with his wannabe Lionel Messi foot skills during their UEFA Champions League battle.
Liverpool knew they were getting a talented defender in young Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates. However, no one expected to be getting a defender with the type of attacking class as he showed against Queens Park Rangers, especially in a 6'6" frame.
His goal reminds me of a certain Peter Crouch goal of old. See it here.
Carry and Flick
Cristiano Ronaldo leans into a defender while literally holding up the ball before flicking it on. Find it at the 0:54 mark.
What a Bologna
FC Bologna midfielder Gaston Ramirez works a great set of tricks to eventually win a throw in the attacking half for his club, found at 2:07 mark.
Borussia Dortmund and German international youngster Mario Goetze made a deft chest, switch, shoot against Brazil, but just barely missed the opening goal. See it at 0:25.
Flick One, Flick Two
Benfica's Argentine midfield sensation Nicolas Gaitan makes short work of two defenders with a series of flick-ons to himself, 1:14. The rest of the video pretty much sees him getting hammered by opponents.
From Three I'm Free
Real Madrid's German star Mesut Ozil wiggles out of three defenders and then was through from another had they not tripped him—0:17 and forward.
Although it is not a trick, Arsenal youth player Ryo Miyaichi proves that whether you are born with skill or not, you should also give 110 percent.
Slide and Pirlo
Juventus midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo proves he still has the footwork to be top class around the 1:13 point of the video.
Blind Back Heel
Barcelona's legendary Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez proves his class with this insane back-heel flick to Alexis Sanchez.
There was truly not another goal in the English Premier League that was as impossibly amazing as that of Newcastle new boy Demba Cisse against Chelsea.
Goals are not always considered tricks; I'll gather to say it took some kind of trick to get that kind of spin on it.