20 Best Goals Scored in March
Let's be honest, we all love a good golazo.
This past month saw an absolute barrage of goals scored that were highlight-reel worthy, so much so that we could have included another 20 stunners and still have had leftovers.
This article will seek to round up the very best—the long-range howitzers, the solo stunners and the net-busting free kicks.
Without further ado, in no particular order, here are the top 20 goals from March.
Leon Osman vs. Manchester City
We kick things off with Leon Osman's curling effort in a recent game for Everton against Manchester City.
The England international's strike was the first in a 2-0 Toffees win over the defending champions on March 16.
Receiving the ball a good 25 yards from goal, Osman struck his shot with the outside of his boot, creating an almost unstoppable swerve to fool Joe Hart.
Ivica Olic vs. Freiburg
No great goals list is complete without an overhead kick, so let's get this one out of the way early.
In a huge 5-2 win over Freiburg earlier this month, the pick of Wolfsburg's goals was surely Ivica Olic's acrobatic effort.
The Croatian has only played for the Wolves since last summer, but this effort surely cements his place in club folklore.
Mor Diouf vs. Mamelodi Sundowns
Eat your heart out, David Beckham, Mor Diouf could quite possibly be the new king of the long-range strike.
In a South African league game, the SuperSport United defender picked the ball up at least 70 yards from goal, somehow managed to spot the opposing keeper off his line and let rip.
The result created Internet fame for the Senegalese player.
Brahim El Bahri vs. Union Douala
This one could provoke endless arguments over whether he meant it or not.
Fath Union Sport de Rabat midfielder Brahim El Bahri will probably claim he meant his stunning lob against Union Douala in a recent African Champions League game, thousands wouldn't.
Too bad no one was in the stadium to see it.
Alessandro Diamanti vs. Cagliari
On the third of the month, Alessandro Diamanti struck an absolute beauty in a match against Cagliari.
The Italian midfielder bent a beautiful curling effort over Michael Agazzi from a difficult angle to put his side 2-0 up in what proved to be a 3-0 win.
Bologna have had a bit of a stop-start season to date, but some fine performances in March have distanced the club from a relegation battle in Serie A.
Wayne Rooney vs. Norwich City
When Wayne Rooney scores a goal like this we're hardly surprised are we?
The Manchester United forward rounded off a 4-0 win over Norwich City this month with a sumptuous crack from distance.
Ironically, this effort got a little lost in all the post-match reaction due to Shinji Kagawa's hat-trick in the same game.
Kostas Katsouranis vs. Panionios
We travel to Greece next to witness Kostas Katsouranis' quite magnificent goal against Panionios.
Displaying a Dimitar Berbatov-esque technique, his overhead kick was pure instinct, though that doesn't make it any less impressive.
Katsouranis is a regular for the Greek national team and has made the third most appearances in history with 102.
Georgios Samaras vs. Aberdeen
Any time a side scores a 94th-minute winner, glorious chaos is bound to ensue. But how about a 94th-minute game-winning overhead kick?
Georgios Samaras did just that in a Scottish Premier League game against Aberdeen on March 16.
Parkhead reacted with its typical rambunctiousness—the stadium has seen the best of an excellent season for the Hoops.
Shinji Kagawa vs. Jordan
For all of the solo stunners on this list, Shinji Kagawa's entry is all about the assist.
Hiroshi Kiyotake's sublime flick to the Manchester United midfielder succeeded in carving apart the Jordanian defence; Kagawa only had to finish.
Alberto Zaccheroni's side went on to lose the World Cup qualifier 2-1 but remain odds-on favourites to reach Rio next year.
Roberto Soldado vs. Levante
Roberto Soldado has a history of scoring cracking goals against Levante. A few years ago he put one away from the half-way line.
In a La Liga game on March 2 he did it again, smashing a perfect volley in off the crossbar in a 2-2 draw for Valencia.
The 27-year-old has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season, but this one might just be the best.
Wilfredo Olivera vs. Argentinos
Even David Bentley would be jealous of this well-struck volley from distance.
Wilfredo Olivera's strike for Quilmes against Argentinos on the March 11 was a howitzer in the truest form of the word.
The Argentine side currently sit in fifth place in Argentina's Primera Division—their seven league games having produced an eye-watering total of 25 goals to date.
Eden Hazard vs. Manchester United
Eden Hazard can be proud of the fact that it's taken moments of pure quality to beat David de Gea this year.
The Chelsea midfielder's goal in the side's FA Cup match against Manchester United on March 10 was key to a come-from-behind draw that led to a replay in which the Blues were victorious.
Hazard has struggled during the middle parts of the season but seems to be hitting form again at exactly the right time.
Kevin Ellison vs. Rochdale
It's not often we see a goal in a list like this from England's League Two, but Kevin Ellison's strike is a worthy entry.
The journeyman winger's 35-yard volley is another strike that has since gone viral on the Internet.
The Morecambe player had only signed a new contract with the club in the week before the game against Rochdale—how's that for timing?
Luka Modric vs. Mallorca
Having scored a terrific goal against Manchester United a few days earlier, Luka Modric made it two-in-two with this stunner against Mallorca.
The Real Madrid man has had a difficult season at the Bernabeu, but this powerful half-volley made fans briefly forget the fact.
If he can do this more often, a rumored return to the Premier League may have to be shelved (via Daily Mail).
Danilo vs. Sao Paulo
Corinthians' Danilo struck an absolute beauty against his old club Sao Paulo in a Paulista A1 clash.
The veteran attacking midfielder's curling effort helped seal a 2-1 win over the league leaders in the Classico Majestoso, moving them up to fifth in the standings.
The goal was Danilo's first of 2013.
Gylfi Sigurdsson vs. Slovenia
We are treated with another glorious free kick, this time courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur's Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The recent international break provided us with plenty of worthy action, but few can claim to have watched Iceland's 2-1 win over Slovenia.
Those who skipped it missed an eye-catching brace from Sigurdsson that proved the difference between the two sides.
Luis Suarez vs. Paraguay
We've had one international goal, why not break the rules and include another?
Luis Suarez has had a landmark season for Liverpool, scoring 29 goals in all competitions for the Reds and looking a fair bet for the Player of the Season award.
The Uruguayan forward's technically perfect volley against Paraguay earned the struggling nation a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier.
Niklas Moisander vs. Twente
On the March 2, Niklas Moisander struck an absolute rocket in a 2-0 win over a managerless FC Twente side.
The Ajax defender is not recognised for his goalscoring abilities, but after witnessing this strike, opposing defenders are likely to close him down a little quicker in future.
The Finland international has proved an able replacement for Jan Vertonghen this term.
Hernando Patino vs. Alianza Petrolera
Our next goal comes direct from the Colombian league, courtesy of one Hernando Patino.
The midfielder's outrageous volley from range was the second goal in a 3-2 cracker between Deportes Quindio and Alianza Petrolera.
Bonus marks are given for the standard South American commentary: "Goooooaaaaalllll!"
Djimi Traore vs. Tigres
Perhaps we saved the best for last.
Believe you me, there's nothing odder than seeing Djimi Traore's name in a list of best goals when the man is best known for scoring at the wrong end of the pitch.
But his spectacular screamer for Seattle Sounders in a CONCACAF Champions League game against Tigres may just shift the common association with his name.
What other goals scored last month would be worthy for inclusion in this list?