French Goalkeeper Uses Foot and Sheer Luck in Handball Wonder Goal

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 25, 2013

For most, handball is only seen once every four years. After watching this goal, you will wish the sport was shown far more frequently.

The Guardian reports on the moment the goalkeeper became the most precise scorer in the arena:

US Ivry handball goalkeeper Francois Xavier Chapon scores a very unlikely goal in a game against Chambéry Savoie. A Chambéry Savoie player takes a shot from close range and Chapon instinctively sticks a leg out to save it. The ball rebounds off his foot and flies all the way downfield, flying over the opposition goalkeeper and into the net

Handball is that odd but delicious cocktail of equal parts basketball and soccer with just a spoonful of dodgeball thrown into the mix.

Most, including myself, only really catch the sport late at night during summer Olympic coverage, and it's usually after accidentally landing on it while flipping channels.

I don't seek out hot handball action, but I certainly enjoy it anytime I land on a current game. It's a lot like curling for summer sports in that regard.

As for this wonder goal, there isn't really anything to translate for those not accustomed to the sport. Chapon does the only thing he can think of to keep the ball out of the net, and instead does something far better.

The ball is deflected high in the air and into the other goal. It floated up just long enough for an opposing fan to no doubt mutter, "You've got to be kidding me."

And now we go back to our regularly scheduled programming, which sadly does not include frequent handball updates.

See you in a few years, my friend.


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