Giroud's French Fancy and the 10 Best Golazos from World Football This Weekend
Arsenal enjoyed their return to Wembley on Sunday as they defeated reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield.
It wasn't known if Gunners forward Olivier Giroud would be fit for the traditional precursor to the season, but the Frenchman certainly made his presence known with a fantastic goal.
Giroud's effort leads our list of the 10 best golazos from around the globe this weekend.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) vs. Manchester City
Arsenal picked up their 13th Community/Charity Shield on Sunday afternoon with a rousing 3-0 victory over a fairly underwhelming Manchester City side.
Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey put the Gunners 2-0 ahead, but in the 58th minute, Olivier Giroud edged the game out of reach with a wonderful long-range strike.
The Citizens put a positive spin on the afternoon, reminding their Twitter followers that they won the league the last time they lost the Community Shield.
Tom Cairney (Blackburn) vs. Cardiff
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The 2014/15 Championship kicked off on Friday evening at Ewood Park, where Cardiff returned to the second tier with a 1-1 draw against Blackburn.
The Welsh side went ahead through Kenwyne Jones, but five minutes before the half, midfielder Tom Cairney struck an absolute barnstormer from around 35 yards.
It's almost enough to forgive Rovers for their kit launch. Almost.
Beth Mead (England U20) vs. Mexico U20
Canada is currently hosting the 2014 U20 Women's World Cup, and England faced Mexico in the group stages on Saturday.
Beth Mead, who plays her domestic football for Sunderland, provided the standout moment of the game when she opened the scoring in the 36th minute. After nutmegging an opponent, Mead tucked away a beautiful long-range golazo.
Mexico pulled even in the second half, and the game finished 1-1.
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) vs. Borussia Dortmund
Liverpool welcomed Borussia Dortmund to Anfield for their final pre-season game and strolled out comfortable 4-0 winners.
The standout player was undoubtedly Coutinho, who scored the third goal and provided a delightful backheel assist for Daniel Sturridge to slot home the opener.
Quite understandably, many folks on Twitter were wondering how the 22-year-old wasn't deemed good enough to appear in Brazil's World Cup team.
Mark Oxley (Hibernian) vs. Livingston
There are few moments more joyful in the beautiful game than a goalkeeper getting on the scoresheet.
This is exactly what happened in the Scottish Championship bout between Hibernian and Livingston on Saturday.
Hibs keeper Mark Oxley took a long punt up the field which managed to bounce over his opposite number Darren Jamieson and into the net.
It was the 23-year-old keeper's first goal, and it was his debut performance for the Scottish second-tier outfit. Not a bad way to make his name at a new club.
Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona) vs. HJK Helsinki
Barcelona geared up for the forthcoming Spanish Primera season by knocking HJK Helsinki for six at Finland's Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Eighteen-year-old striker Munir El Haddadi was given the nod to start and repaid the favour after just five minutes, when he sent a lovely left-foot volley into the bottom corner of the net. It wasn't just the finish of this move that was beautiful—Andres Iniesta's assist was quite sublime.
Munir scored once again shortly afterwards in a match that Barca were leading 4-0 after 25 minutes.
Paul Pogba (Juventus) vs. a League All Stars
Alessandro Del Piero pulled down the curtain on his Australian A League career by appearing in an all-star game against his former side Juventus on Sunday.
The Aussies certainly held their own against the Serie A champions, and they were leading 2-1 until Paul Pogba's nicely taken volley in the 88th minute.
Simone Pepe then helped the Italians steal a victory when he found the net in the dying seconds.
Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) vs. Chivas USA
Portland Timbers beat MLS rivals Chivas USA 2-0 on Saturday evening, with the home side needing only 10 minutes to get on the scoresheet.
The opener came from Argentinean midfielder Diego Valeri, who picked up the ball in his own half, charged forward, beat a defender and unleashed a fantastic long-range goal.
Valeri has now broken Timbers records by scoring in his fourth consecutive game, according to Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian.
Colin Healy (Cork City) vs. St Patrick's
Cork City hosted St Patrick's at Turner's Cross on Friday night, and the League of Ireland tie was settled by something rather special from Colin Healy.
With just two minutes left to play, the former Sunderland midfielder went up for a corner and proceeded to score a dazzling overhead kick that won the game. Some very impressive technique from the 34-year-old.
Germano (Coritiba) vs. Fluminense
In keeping with our tradition of saving the best golazo until last, here's a stunning left-foot volley from Coritiba's Germano.
Coritiba faced Brazilian Campeonato rivals Fluminense at the Maracana on Sunday and were trailing 1-0 in the 82nd minute when the 33-year-old midfielder teed himself up and let loose from around 30 yards.
They don't come much sweeter than that.