Top 10 Goals from World Football in August
The 2014-15 European league season is underway, and the goals have been flowing, with some absolute stunners already finding the back of the net this campaign.
Bleacher Report has compiled 10 of the best from the last month, with goals scored on four continents, in numerous competitions and by both sexes making our selection.
Who, then, makes our list of the 10 best goals scored in the month of August?
Ashley Young (Man Utd vs. Real Madrid, 2 August)
While still on their pre-season high, Manchester United kicked off August with a team goal that was supposed to set the tone for the year ahead.
That hasn't quite come to pass, but it is fair to say that the goal itself is worthy of admiration, with important contributions from Darren Fletcher, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck prior to Ashley Young's finish.
For Louis Van Gaal's sake, he must hope his team can recapture such vibrant form now that the season proper is underway.
Claire Lavogez (France U20 vs. Costa Rica U20: Women, 6 August)
As we all know, women's football is rubbish and they play like amateurs. Or maybe not.
Claire Lavogez's sensational effort for France's U20 team at the recent World Cup in Canada further reinforces the point that the ladies' game is trending upward and is more than worthy of the increased attention it is receiving.
Sensational work in the buildup, followed by a wonderful first-time strike. Football doesn't get much better.
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool vs. Dortmund, 10 August)
When it comes to flowing pass-and-move football, few sides, if any, are better than Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool at the current time.
Jordan Henderson is perhaps the player who has benefited most from the new attacking style, so it was fitting that he should put the finishing touch on a magnificent pre-season effort in a 4-0 drubbing of Dortmund.
The movement from start to finish is majestic, with pinpoint one-touch passing key to unlocking the opposition defence and a midfield runner on hand to apply the finishing touch.
Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich, 24 August)
Ivica Olic has always been renowned for his incredible work rate, but goals like this show the former Bayern player has undeniable technical ability.
Playing against his former club on the opening day of the new Bundesliga season, he produced this Goal of the Season contender with a smart turn and a shot into the far corner from the edge of the area.
World Cup winner Manuel Neuer could only watch and admire.
Ganso (Sao Paulo vs. Santos, 24 August)
Ganso is the returning superhero of Brazilian football at present, putting over two years of poor form behind him to inspire Sao Paulo to a berth near the top of the league table.
The elegant playmaker has been back in goals and assists, but it was this effort at former side Santos that really brought his return to prominence to the attention of non-Brazilian observers.
His technique, even in the dark times, was never in question, and he has once again given a major demonstration of the incredible talent he possesses.
Javi Lara (Eibar vs. Real Sociedad, 25 August)
Eibar, having been promoted two seasons in a row and having relied on an emergency fundraising campaign to meet La Liga entry requirements, were expected to be whipping boys.
However, thanks to Javi Lara's wonderfully struck free-kick from the tightest of angles, they were able to at least start their campaign with victory on home soil.
There will be question marks over the goalkeeping, but the strike was deserving of the back of the net.
Mame Diouf (Stoke vs. Man City, 30 August)
Mame Biram Diouf's reputation in England has not always been the best, but he has made a spectacular start to his Stoke career thanks to an 80-yard run and finish against reigning champions Manchester City.
Diouf missed chances in previous appearances for his new side but made amends by racing away from Aleksander Kolarov, leaving Fernandinho standing and slotting the ball through Joe Hart's legs.
He was assisted in his efforts by the poor nature of the goalkeeping in question, but it was a fine individual goal worthy of recognition.
Abraham (Eibar vs. Atletico Madrid, 30 August)
Eibar may not have been able to follow up their dream start to life in La Liga when they fell to a 2-1 defeat to reigning champions Atletico Madrid, but they did make a significant impression.
It was this stunning effort from Abraham that stole the headlines—a slick one-touch passing move finished off with a wonderful strike into the far corner to give the goalkeeper no chance.
Eibar and Abraham will have made their rivals sit up and take note.
Alberto Moreno (Liverpool vs. Tottenham, 31 August)
Liverpool's left-back position has been a problem for some time, but the almost instant impact of new signing Alberto Moreno will have done much to cool fears in that regard this season.
A week after a mistake on debut, the former Sevilla flyer made amends with a display of strength to dispossess Andros Townsend in his own half before steaming down the wing and into the Spurs box.
An arrowed shot into the far corner later, he was already being hailed as a new Kop hero.
Elkeson (Guangzhou Evergrande vs. Liaoning, 31 August)
Elkeson could have been included for one of two stunning goals scored against Liaoning this past weekend, but it is his first that narrowly outstrips his later free-kick for a place in our top 10.
While his record of 20 goals in 20 games this season would suggest he is a little above the standard of his opponents, there was very little the folk of Liaoning could do on this occasion.
Cutting in from the left, where he has been shunted since the summer arrival of Alberto Gilardino, the Brazilian unleashed a 25-yard rocket to give his side the lead and maintain their lead in the CSL table.