Friday, October 31, 2008

Top 10 Premier League GOALS

David Bentley's stunning 40-yard volley for Tottenham in Wednesday's north London derby was surely one of the greatest to have been scored in the English top flight for years. Here are some of the other great Premier League goals.

Paolo Di Canio (WEST HAM v Wimbledon, 1999-2000)

Trevor Sinclair fires a diagonal ball from deep on the right flank. Italian genius Di Canio ghosts into space, jogs to meet the pass and scissor-kicks it nonchalantly but powerfully into the net.

David Beckham (Wimbledon v MANCHESTER UNITED, 1996-97)

Still just another youngster trying to force his way into the Manchester United side, Beckham scored the goal which launched him to superstardom, audaciously trying his luck from the half-way line and launching the ball over Neil Sullivan and into the net.

Thierry Henry (ARSENAL v Manchester United, 2000-01)

At the height of the two clubs' great rivalry, one moment of genius from Henry won the game for the home side. With his back to goal and seemingly little on, the striker received a simple pass by flicking the ball up, turning and volleying it home from 20 yards with his right foot.

Tony Yeboah (LEEDS v Liverpool, 1995-96)

As the ball arcs through the air, Ghanaian Yeboah waits for it to drop before unleashing one of the most fearsome volleys you will ever see. The fact it crashed in off the bar, and Yeboah's finger-wagging delirium, only served to enhance the wonder of the goal.

Eric Cantona (MANCHESTER UNITED v Sunderland, 1995-96)

French genius Cantona receives the ball outside the area and to the right, takes a quick look around, and chips the ball brilliantly over Lionel Perez. Then shrugs his shoulders and wonders what all the fuss is about as his team-mates mob him.

Cristiano Ronaldo (MANCHESTER UNITED v Portsmouth, 2007-08)

Having already carved a niche with his swerving, unpredictable free-kicks, Ronaldo takes it to another level with a punched shot which somehow got over the wall and under the bar to leave Pompey goalkeeper David James dumbfounded.

Georgi Kinkladze (MANCHESTER CITY v Southampton, 1995-96)

In the early days of the so-called 'foreign invasion' impudent dribbling was still quite rare. Which made it all the more magical when a little Georgian fellow scored a sublime solo effort, taking on several Saints players before chipping in.

Matt Le Tissier (SOUTHAMPTON v Newcastle, 1993-94)

The greatest goal of the decade and a typical moment of Le Tissier brilliance. The Saints talisman controls the ball with the outside of his boot before flicking it again to pass a Newcastle defender. A third flick takes it high over the last defender before he volleys it beyond the goalkeeper.

Dennis Bergkamp (Newcastle v ARSENAL, 2001-02)

Surrounded by three Newcastle defenders and receiving the ball with his back to goal outside the box, Bergkamp flicks the ball with the outside of his left boot to round the defender before collecting it and slotting home.

Dalian Atkinson (Wimbledon v ASTON VILLA, 1992-93)

Talented but inconsistent striker starts his run well inside the Villa half, jinking past several defenders with pace and skill before chipping wonderfully from the edge of the box.


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