10 Best Golazos from World Football This Weekend
Two of this weekend's best goals were skillful backheels, but the golazo du jour in this ranking is the overhead bicycle kick. The top-four goals from around the world were all incredible overhead kicks, scored from increasingly audacious positions on the field.
Honourable mentions this week go to Riyad Mahrez's lovely finish against Southampton, Zak Ansah's play-off thunderbolt and impressive free-kicks from Memphis Depay, Alexander Kolarov and Zlatko Junuzovic.
Enjoy the ranking, and get ready to see some wonderful overhead kicks...
10. Stevie Smith (Glasgow Rangers) vs. Queen of the South
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Glasgow Rangers' quest to return to the top tier of Scottish football was aided by a 2-1 Scottish Championship win over Queen of the South on Saturday.
Just before half-time, Stevie Smith converted the best free-kick of the weekend to put the Glasgow side ahead.
They don't call him "The Ginger Pirlo" for nothing.
9. Isco (Real Madrid) vs. Valencia
Real Madrid's hopes of pipping Barcelona to the La Liga title post were dashed on Saturday with a 2-2 draw against Valencia.
Los Blancos went 2-0 down in the first half, but a much-needed point was secured by Isco's beautifully taken equaliser six minutes from time.
8. Abel Suarez (La Roda) vs. Lucena
La Roda faced Lucena in a vital Spanish Segunda B relegation six-pointer on Saturday, with the former climbing out of the danger zone with a 2-0 win.
Midfielder Abel Suarez completely stole the show—and may have helped buy his club safety—with an audacious lob from near the half-way line.
7. Raul Bobadilla (Augsburg) vs. Bayern Munich
Bayern Munch slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat for the first time in 24 years with a 1-0 loss at home at the hands of Bavarian rivals Augsburg on Saturday.
The only goal of the derby game was a wonderful backheel from Raul Bobadilla. There are few better ways to get one past the world's best goalkeeper.
6. Alex Brosque (Sydney FC) vs. Adelaide United
Sydney FC booked their place in the A League Grand Final with a 4-1 triumph over Adelaide United, featuring an even better backheel than Bobadilla's aforementioned winner at the Allianz Arena.
5. Jermaine Beckford (Preston) vs. Chesterfield
Preston are haunted by the ghosts of nine successive play-off failures but moved a step closer to the Championship with an aggregate 4-0 win over Chesterfield in the League One play-off semi-finals.
Jermaine Beckford scored two of Preston's goals in their 3-0 second-leg win on Saturday, the second of which was a fantastic 50-yard lob.
PNE will now face either Sheffield United or Swindon in the final.
4. Jackson Martinez (Porto) vs. Gil Vicente
Porto ensured Benfica will need to wait for at least one more round of games to win the Portuguese Liga with a 2-0 win over Gil Vicente on Sunday.
Jackson Martinez scored both goals, the second of which was an exceptional overhead kick that he teed up for himself.
3. Pedro (Barcelona) vs. Real Sociedad
Real Madrid's slip against Valencia helped Barcelona go four points clear at the top of the Primera Division on Saturday with a 2-0 win over David Moyes' Real Sociedad.
Pedro used his typical substitute cameo appearance to remind the Camp Nou of his brilliance in the 85th minute when he struck a powerful overhead kick.
2. Oscar Gonzalez Marcos (Real Valladolid) vs. Recreativo Huelva
Real Valladolid consolidated their place in the Segunda Division play-offs with a 3-0 victory at Recreativo Huelva on Saturday.
In the 25th minute, Oscar Gonzalez Marcos put the visitors 2-0 ahead with an absolutely world-class volley that he set up for himself with his back to goal.
The strike earned the 32-year-old a comparison to Magico Gonzalez, the legendary striker who once turned out for Valladolid.
1. Michel Harrer (VfR Neumunster) vs. Havelse
On a weekend of brilliant overhead kicks, the No. 1 spot is taken by an offering from the German Regionalliga Nord (the regionalised fourth tier).
VfR Neumunster beat regional rivals Havelse 3-1 on Saturday thanks in part to a stunning overhead effort from Michel Harrer. The ball was kicked long by the goalkeeper and headed toward Harer, who proceeded to convert an audacious 25-yard overhead strike.
Route one football doesn't get much better than that.