Bosh! The 10 best goals from defenders

It's 20 years since Philippe Albert scored with THAT chip in Newcastle's 5-0 win over Manchester United. Greg Evans provides more players who provided ripsnorters from the back

Ronald Koeman vs Sampdoria, 1992

The current Everton manager still holds the record for most goals scored by a defender (with a net-busting 193 to his name), but this effort against Sampdoria in the 1992 Champions League Final is surely among his best.

With the game at Wembley stuck in a 0-0 stalemate deep into extra-time, Koeman thumped home a set-piece past Gianluca Pagliuca to win the Catalan club their first-ever European Cup. Kapow indeed. 

Graeme Le Saux vs Brazil, 1995

Le Saux followed in the footsteps of Koeman with this spectacular strike against Brazil at Wembley in 1995. Taking part in Euro 96 dress rehearsal tournament, the Umbro Cup, Le Saux took advantage of a looping ball on the edge of the area after a Stuart Pearce free-kick, and produced a marvellous dipping shot over Zetti in the Seleção goal.

It was the then-Blackburn man’s only goal for England, but it's worth mentioning that Le Saux was no stranger to wonder goals – see his chip against Manchester United

Gerard Pique vs Inter Milan, 2010

After being beaten 3-1 by Jose Mourinho’s Inter in the first leg, Barcelona struggled to break down the Italians in the second. That was until the 84th minute when Pique executed a delicate turn, leaving Julio Cesar and Ivan Cordoba perplexed, before slotting home into the empty net. It wasn't enough for the Blaugrana, but the centre-back's moment of magic was the perfect display of just how agile the modern centre-half has become. 

Nelinho vs Italy, 1978

The time-old "was it a shot or a cross?" debate has never been so fiercely contested. In the third-place play-off between Brazil and Italy at the 1978 World Cup, right-back Nelinho scored this curled shot with the outside of his boot from an acute angle, which left the great Dino Zoff sprawling in mid-air.

Nelinho himself later confirmed that the effort was a shot and not a cross due to the shape of his body. If true, then FFT doffs its cap. We believe you, honest.   

Gary Cahill vs Birmingham, 2006

Before he was a Champions League winner with Chelsea, Cahill was a humble young man honing his trade at Aston Villa. He only played 30 times for the West Midlands side but this acrobatic effort against bitter rivals Birmingham in 2006 (effectively relegating the Blues), ensured his place in club folklore for decades to come.

Scissor-kicks aren’t uncommon for defenders – also see Sebastian Coates, Philippe Mexes and Ugo Ehiogu – but the fact this was Cahill’s first senior goal made it extra special. 

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