World Football: 10 Best Goals of September
The month of September was a magical one as far as football is concerned.
By this stage, the entire football world has been up and running for almost two months.
The Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga are in full swing, World Cup qualification has finally started and the Champions League has made its welcome return.
What does that mean for us fans?
It means goals!
Goals, goals and more goals. More goals than you could shake a stick at.
Let's take a look at 10 of the best goals to grace our screens during the month of September.
Alain Traore vs. Renne (September 15, 2012)
Alain Traore is a Burkina Faso international football player, plying his trade with FC Lorient in France.
So far this season, the 23-year-old striker has scored four goals in five games, and this stunning strike isn't even the best of them.
Definitely a name to remember.
Traore vs. Renne (September 15, 2012)
Lorient's fans had to wait 20 minutes to see this wonder strike—we only had to jump onto the next slide!
Following up from his stunning first, Traore scored this truly phenomenal free kick.
In case you missed it on the first slide, this is a name you need to remember.
Simon Cox vs. Birmingham City (September 15, 2012)
Simon Cox scored one of the most beautiful goals I have ever seen in September.
Two touches, finesse, skill, art and football all rolled into one.
Martin Jiranek vs. Kuban (September 29, 2012)
The outpost that is the Russian Premier League is not a place most fans peruse. However, when goals like this are scored, the whole world should stand and applaud.
I'm actually giving it a standing ovation as I type, which is much harder than it sounds!
Xavi vs. Granada (September 22, 2012)
No Messi this month, but we do have a Barcelona entry thanks to Xavi.
The best midfielder on the planet doesn't score all that often, but when he does, it's usually a cracker.
This strike against Granada is no different.
Don't you just love fan vids that capture magical moments?
Marcelo vs. Manchester City (September 19, 2012)
Oscar vs. Juventus (September 20, 2012)
Gareth Bale vs. Manchester United (September 29, 2012)
Gareth Bale has made a career out of scoring this type of goal.
It doesn't become less of a goal because of that fact. In fact, it gets better.
This goal displays all his pace, strength, skill and power, and all in one 37-second video.
Kudos to Jermain Defoe, whose clever run ripped the United defence apart.
Rafael vs. Liverpool (September 23, 2012)
Jakob Kohler vs. Skjold Birkerod (September 09, 2012)
Jakob Kohler scored one of the best overhead kicks you'll ever see in September.
The moment is made even more special when you realise he is Frem's goalkeeper, and that his strike came deep in injury time against Skjold Birkerod.
If he can score goals like this, he may have a career as a striker ahead!
Fabrizio Miccoli vs. Chievo (September 30, 2012)
Making a very late entry, with thanks to Rohan Ahluwalia, is this sublime volley from Fabrizio Miccoli.
Once upon a time Miccoli was the next great hope of Italian football but time, injuries and a loss of form, perhaps, robbed us of one of the great talents of the last decade.
Now at 33, the slightly portly centre forward lets rip with a goal you will want to see, over and over again.
Bonus Goal: Conor Henderson vs. Italy U21 (September 10, 2012)
Watch Henderson's 35-meter wonder-goal for Ireland's Under-21's vs. the Italian Under-21's.
It's a strike that Arsenal and Ireland fans will be hoping Henderson repeats in the not-too-distant future. If he can keep this up, the 6'1" midfielder—currently on loan at Coventry in the Championship—has a great future in the game.
Bonus Bonus Goal!!! Nick Powell vs. Wigan (September 15, 2012)
Channelling Paul Scholes, the man he is going to replace, Nick Powell scored this lovely goal from outside the box on his debut for Manchester United.
Was it the best of the month? No, but in time it could turn out to be the most important.
And Just for a Bit of Fun...You Are What You Eat
You are what you eat.
But don't eat oranges you've kicked around the kitchen—you'll get sick!