Golden Goal Part 21: Gareth Bale

ZACH HICKS on how he fell in love with Gareth Bale, following his direct run and goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final “Why would anyone sell Mesut Özil to buy Gareth Bale?” I thought in the summer of 2013. I loved Mesut Özil and his ability to pull the strings on the counter, […]

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Golden Goal Part 20: John Hewitt

MARK GORDON on Aberdeen’s historic goal against Real Madrid, the team that just doesn’t lose European finals Real Madrid are the most storied team in European football history. The 12 times European champions also have two UEFA Cups and four Super Cups on their honours list. It’s been 35 years since Real last lost a European final, […]

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Golden Goal Part 19: Dalian Atkinson

JAMES RUSHTON on a fantastic solo goal from the late Dalian Atkinson topped off by an even better celebration He picks up the ball fairly deep within his own half, surrounded by indecision and mixed messages. In his mind, however, lies nothing but purpose. Instantly, he drives forward into the centre of the pitch, each stride […]

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Golden Goal Part 18: Ryan Lowe

RICH BEEDIE on a goal by current player-manager Ryan Lowe that meant a lot to him personally, as well as aiding Bury’s automatic promotion push   For many Bury fans Ryan Lowe is Mr. Bury F.C. The man, currently tasked with the near-impossible task of keeping Bury in League One this season, as manager, has long […]

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Golden Goal Part 17: Teddy Sheringham

MIKE O’NEILL recalls Manchester United going toe-to-toe with the mighty Juventus, and a breakthrough moment for Teddy Sheringham  Football fan? Born in the 80’s? Then you were into Italian football in the 90’s. Gazzetta. Gazza. James Richardson. Channel 4. Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Italian football had it all: the players; the shirts; the chain-smoking coaches. […]

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Golden Goal Part 16: Ian Rush

DAN ROBERTS fondly remembers Wales taking on, and beating, world champions Germany courtesy of an Ian Rush goal There have been better goals. There have been more important goals. But this goal stirred national pride and inspired feelings of identity and a sense of belonging. And it also managed to beat Germany as well – […]

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Golden Goal Part 15: Kenny Dalglish

STEPHEN BRANDT remembers Kenny Dalglish’s European Cup-clinching goal for Liverpool against Belgian side Club Brugge Kenny Dalglish was so good that he ascended to royalty, but was not knighted. King Kenny, as he is affectionately known by the red half of Merseyside, signed for Celtic as a youth player even though he was a Rangers fan. […]

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Golden Goal Part 14: Andy Linighan

PHIL WITHALL fondly, and begrudgingly, recalls an Arsenal goal which benefitted his beloved Norwich City When I started thinking about this piece my mind automatically went through the showreel of Norwich City moments. Fashanu against Liverpool with his ridiculously casual celebration. Robert Fleck at the Old Den. Jeremy Goss against Bayern Munich, Leeds, or some other […]

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Golden Goal Part 13: Lionel Messi

RYAN PLANT studies Lionel Messi’s individual effort against Getafe, one that ensured further comparisons with compatriot Diego Maradona. The first glimpse of a legend in the making. A goal that had commentators from all corners of the world screaming and shouting, leaving them breathless in and awe of what they had just witnessed. A finish […]

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Golden Goal Part 12: Stephen Carr

JAMIE GARWOOD remembers an improbable goal from maurading Irish fullback Stephen Carr. For a three-year period, Stephen Carr was possibly the most consistent right-back in the Premier League. A robust, stout individual who, despite the perception of being unathletic, did not stop running for the full 90 minutes. A reliable defender who would hassle left-wingers, not […]

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