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Rafael Van Der Vaart and 10 of the Best Scissor Kick Goals

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2013

Rafael Van Der Vaart and 10 of the Best Scissor Kick Goals

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    Hamburg fans haven't had too much cause for celebration so far this season, but die Rothosen managed an emphatic 5-0 victory at FC Nurnberg on Sunday.

    The scoring was opened in spectacular style by captain Rafael van der Vaart, who channeled his inner acrobat to pull off a powerful scissor kick finish. 

    The Dutchman's sublime effort leads out the list of noteworthy scissor-kick golazos, which, for the sake of semantics, also includes bicycle kicks... 

Rafael Van Der Vaart

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    Here's the scissor-kick stunner that inspired our list. The acrobatic 17th-minute strike was RVDV's fourth league goal of the Bundesliga campaign, and it helped Bert van Marwijk earn his first win as Hamburg manager. 

Camilo Sanvezzo

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    Van der Vaart's goal was superb, but it might not have even been the best scissor kick of the weekend.

    That honour probably goes to Camilo Sanvezzo of the Vancouver Whitecaps. The young Brazilian earned his Canadian MLS side a 2-2 draw against Portland with a 78th-minute strike that showcased the relatively underused sideways scissor technique.  

Paolo Di Canio

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    Paolo Di Canio's longest spell in the Premier League fell at West Ham, where he earned the Match of the Day Goal of the Season Award for his brilliant scissor kick against Wimbledon in March 2000. 

    It's still considered one of the best Premier League goals of all time. 

Radamel Falcao

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    Radamel Falcao has scored a few beauties in his time, but none more so than this scissored effort during a friendly between Atletico Madrid and America de Cali in May 2012.

Xherdan Shaqiri

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    Xherdan Shaqiri was snapped up by Bayern Munich for the 2012-13 season because of the exceptional skill he showed at FC Basel, such as this superb acrobatic finish against FC Luzern in April 2012. 

Pa-Moudou Kah

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    As a central defender, Pa-Moudou Kah has absolutely no business getting up into the opposition box to score outrageous goals. But that's exactly what he did while playing for Dutch side Roda JC against VVV Venlo in 2010. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    In a vote conducted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been voted the Greatest Player in the World for the last fourteen years.

    The instinct, technique and skill the mighty Swede showed in a November 2012 friendly against England shows exactly why his confidence levels are high. 

Wayne Rooney

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    In the critical Manchester derby of February 2011, Wayne Rooney connected with a Nani cross to put away one of the greatest goals Old Trafford has ever seen.

    The 78th-minute match-winning strike won the Premier Goal of the 20 Seasons award

Carlos Vela

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    Arsenal sent Carlos Vela out on loan to Real Sociedad in 2011, where the Mexican striker scored a stunning equaliser in the dying minutes of a match with Malaga. The following season, the Mexican striker was given a permanent contract. 

Trevor Sinclair

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    Unless your name is Zlatan, scissor or bicycle kicks from outside the area rarely hit the target, but Trevor Sinclair managed it with aplomb in January 1997 while playing for QPR in an FA Cup tie with Barnsley.

    The brilliant acrobatic goal won the Match of the Day Goal of the Season Award in 1996-97. That was the same season that David Beckham did this, so competition for the prize was fierce. 

     

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