June 29, 2008

Best soccer/football goal celebrations, 1: and 2. YouTube warning There's some very entertaining clips involved. I hope y'all enjoy them.

posted by Ufez Jones to soccer at 12:32 AM - 10 comments

Ufez, some oldies but goodies there. Robbie Fowler snorting the end line...it's been all downhill ever since for that boy.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:52 AM on June 29, 2008

All of them are expressions of joy, but the one that made me laugh the most was the one at the very end of the second clip. "Congratulations." "Thank you." "Well done." "Thank you." Of course, this clip would be near the top of the list for WORST football celebrations.

posted by grum@work at 10:09 AM on June 29, 2008

Funny clips, ufez! Are they still allowed to do that? Or has the "end zone celebration" in soccer been quashed like it has been in NFL football? I can only imagine the penalty for "snorting" the goal line. (in nfl) Wow! Some of those guys have no regard for their bodies in some of those celebrations.

posted by steelergirl at 10:41 AM on June 29, 2008

I loved that one too, grum. Understated and classy!

posted by georgieB at 12:25 PM on June 29, 2008

steelergirl: the leagues have generally cracked down on excessive celebration, especially taking off the shirt, because that's considered unsportsmanlike. I'm more a fan of the improvised celebration than the choreographed, multi-person display, especially if it's one that's been provoked by the events of the match or the opposing fans. (As Danny Baker once said, banning celebrations is just wrong, because one key part of scoring is that the other team has let one in, and it's important to laugh at that misfortune.) A favourite, even though it was for the hated skunks, is Temuri Ketsbaia's 'chuck the shirt, push away the teammates, kick the shit out of the hoardings' celebration -- the last one on this compilation. Bonkers. The one that's closest to my heart, though, is Bernie Slaven's trademark.

posted by etagloh at 02:04 PM on June 29, 2008

especially taking off the shirt, because that's considered unsportsmanlike. Which totally sucks, as my oogling time is reduced to the post game shirt swap. :P

posted by romakimmy at 05:13 AM on June 30, 2008

Thanks, etagloh. And I agree, the spontaneous celebration is the most enjoyable.

posted by steelergirl at 08:56 AM on June 30, 2008

I was thinking the same thing Steelergirl. I would think that professional athletes would be a little more careful with their "money makers". I mean can you imagine a Nascar driver celebrating by smashing his car into the wall, or Tiger (instead of the fist pump) tossing his putter into the pond or wrapping it around a tree? I mean doing doughnuts (or sliding around topless) is one thing but.... And Grum, that clip is funny!!! I am surprised that there was only one flag thrown though. In addition to self inflicted pain the QB was pushed as well. But then again he was probably heading to the ground anyway!

posted by emancipated107 at 10:02 AM on June 30, 2008

Every one of those celebrations were extremely lame. The only ones worthy of mention were the player being "knighted", which was extremely original or the Pepsi can float being dropkicked. The worst were Peter Crouches shockingly wierd robot dance and the many team choreographed ones. (Would they actually be spending time better spent training going... "OK, lets practice our routine again in case any of us are lucky enough to score tonight") Spontaneous celebrations are the best as others have mentioned. I still think the best celebrations are the "non celebrations". When a player scores a big goal and just goes back to his side of the field acting like- "no big deal, I do this all the time, just part of the game".

posted by MMAFighter/Coach at 12:12 AM on July 01, 2008

Great link ufez. I don't watch much soccer but it is still exciting to watch the post-goal celebrations.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:21 PM on July 01, 2008

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