There are a ton of cock-ups and numpties to flag up this week as we had a bumper selection of errors over the past seven days in world football.
The season wouldn’t be the same without the men in black spoiling things. In England, all the talk has centred around Freddie Sears’ “goal that never was” for Crystal Palace at Bristol City. But in the Polish city of Lodz, chatter has focused in on referee Piotr Wasilewski’s blunder during the Widzew-LKS Lodz derby last Friday night.
At the time of the incident LKS were 1-up. And after having this 100% legal goal chalked off Widez rallied to win 2-1. Gutted!
Faker of the week goes to little known Cameroonian and Westerlo forward Bertin Tomou, for an outrageous piece of play-acting just minutes into their match at Anderlecht. The striker received a gentle/non-existent brush to the chest from home defender Marcin Wasilewski and, in classic shot-by-a-sniper fashion, Tomou hit the deck in a dramatic Platoon style rip-off. (16 seconds into the video.)
As standard, there were the selection of goalies who simply screwed up royally.
In Turkey the big match of the weekend saw Fenerbahce trounce Sivasspor 3-nil , but the second goal was more of a gift as Aussie keeper Michael Petkovic lost the power of his arms (ok, the defender didn’t help) as Emre scored directly from a corner. While over in Holland, PSV number 1 Andreas Isaksson showed that he has the touch of a rapist to hand Ajax’s Luis Suarez the opener in their 7-goal thriller which the Eindhovens’ edged.
Yet the schmuck of the week goes to a poor Saudi Arabian football fan who has been sentenced with three days in prison and ten lashings with a whip after invading the pitch during the Al Raed-Al Nasr league match last week.
During his trial, the now-guilty fan reported said in his defence that he’d only entered the pitch to try and win a bet with his mates over the possibility of him shaking hands with Al Nasr’s star striker Saad Al Harthi (known as “The Saudi Raul”). The bet was for a sum of 5,000 Saudi Riyals (around 940 euros).
Sadly the fan never won his bet as, after a short game of game and mouse, the pitch invader was taken down at the neck by a policeman.
(Thanks to IMScouting for flagging up this story.)
Onto the list, where in a bizarre twist of fate almost all the strikes a long-range stunners.
There are some variations. The straight-up rockets account for goals 1, 2, and 10, while goals 7 and 9 were the result of a set-play situations.
Shots with a significant amount of bend/curl on them are found in positions 3 and 5, while a controlled dipper is placed at number 4.
That leaves a pair of left-footed solo specials in the shape of goals 6 & 8.
As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!
1. Israel Castro (Mexico v United States, Aug. 12, 2009)
2. David Carney (Republic of Ireland v Australia, Aug. 12, 2009)
3. Kun Aguero (Russia v Argentina, Aug. 12, 2009)
4. Hugo Rodallega (Aston Villa v Wigan, Aug. 15, 2009)
5. Denilson (Everton v Arsenal, Aug. 15, 2009)
6. Andre Dos Santos (Fenerbahce v Sivasspor, Aug. 16, 2009)
7. Balazs Dzsudzsak (PSV v Ajax, Aug. 16, 2009)
8. Keisuke Honda (FC Utrecht v VVV Venlo, Aug. 16, 2009) (pictured)
9. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham v Liverpool, Aug. 16, 2009)
10. Boquita (Corinthians v Atletico Mineiro, Aug. 16, 2009)