The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw… Luis Garcia vs Juventus, 2005

Luis Garcia Juventus

The ball took an unusually large bounce into the path of Luis Garcia. Seconds later, the entire stadium had erupted. It was difficult to see the exact moment that it hit the back of the net from the other end of the ground, but the wave of enthusiasm from those around me, and the sight of a helpless Gigi Buffon sat on the floor in the aftermath, ensured that it wasn’t just imagination.

It’s ingrained in the British psyche of anyone over the age of 25, that striking a bouncing ball is preferable when hoping to score goals regardless of talent. The principle is based on the fact that most goalkeepers growing up probably couldn’t reach their own crossbar, never mind be in the right position.

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