Friday, July 27, 2007

The most important goals...

I know I really should not read these thing but, just the same, they really make my blood boil. That may well be the point of publishing them. But, still, the Times 50 most important goals makes laughable reading.

You might think it is a joke when you have a look around the lower reaches. But wait until you get to the top and it really becomes farcical. It is so anglo-centric it really has to be read to be believed. I know it is not about the best goals but it would be hard to say any of the following did not deserve their place in the top 50.

1) Gianni Rivera's winning goal in Italy's 4-3 triumph over West Germany in "the game of the century" in 1970.

2) Dejan Savicevic's amazing lob in Milan's demolition of Barcelona, cementing the Rossoneri as the greatest team of the era.

3) Marco Tardelli's World Cup final "screamer".

4) Pretty much every goal Maradona scored to take Napoli to the scudetto (and his goal to sink England in 1986).

5) Fabio Grosso's strike against Germany last summer.

Not to mention Super Pippo, the master of important goals?

I know it is a nonsense but, just the same, a lot of people will read it and believe it.


Pat said...

there isnt any way to really judge these sort of things except on personal opinion. Its still fun to have a semi-heated discussion about it over beers (or grappa?) with a few mates.

Grosso's goal sticks out because it was technically a fantastic goal in a very high pressure moment.

Zidanes goal to win the Champions League in Glasgow (i think) is another amazing goal from recent-ish times.

And if you get to see a replay of Japan-Sadi Arabia (semi of Asian Cup) there were five goals which all had a touch of brilliance and, as the teams went goal for goal, they are a great collection.

Aussie Romanista said...

Baggio's poetry vs Czechoslovakia, Italia 90. Veramente bravo!

Baggio's first vs Nigeria at USA 94, "2 minutes remaining, Roberto Baggio saves Italy's world cup campaign". Have you ever felt more relief in your life?

Totti vs Australia, Germany 06.

Montella's equaliser vs Juve 2000/01. Losing would have cost us the 2 points which we won the scudetto by. Thanks Nakata!

ginkers said...


It is true, it is a very subjective matter, but still, I think they got it well wrong.


You bring back some happy memories for me indeed...

martinobhoy said...

Reminds me of the survey recently of the 20 greatest ever managers in the British game.

Kevin Keegan was in it.

Jock Stein wasn't.........

ginkers said...

A point eloquently made...