Video Stars: Goals of the Week

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Welcome to the weekly Video Star blog, rounding up the best goals and worst gaffes of the last seven days. In a moment we’ll bring you our six choices for Goal Of The Week – but first, the funnies…


It’s been a bad week for Gabby Heinze: after conceding a crucial penalty last Tuesday at Anfield, he stabbed in at the near post to halve Athletic Bilbao's deficit against Real Madrid.

That’s a poacher’s finish, though. Against Watford on Saturday, Sheffield Wednesday defender Mark Beevers preferred the 25-yard lob option.

Meanwhile Ben Turner turned the Coventry-Preston game around. Cov were winning until he leapt like a salmon to level; PNE went on to win 2-1.


But why bother scoring own-goals when it’s easier to let strikers do it? Caen centre-backs Vicente Plante and Florian Boucansoud played “After you, Claude” with a long ball, letting Lille’s Michel Bastos in for the winner.

Dilly-dallying Doncaster defender James Chambers paid the price for his shocking back-pass when Hamer Bouazza took full advantage to double Birmingham’s lead at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Bolton's Andy O'Brien was so keen for Fulham’s Andy Johnson to score his first away goal of the season that he did all the hard work for him and dribbled the ball round Jussi Jaaskelainen to set him up.

"Follow me, AJ"


Goalkeepers have the easiest job in football – they never break sweat and they can have a drink whenever they want. Their only job is to make a save once in a while. Obviously that’s too much for this lot…

Even the best drop their guard. Ask Iker Casillas, who let in a soft one at the near post for Athletic Bilbao's equaliser against Real Madrid.

Staying in Spain, Depor's keeper Daniel Aranzubia parried a tame Sporting Gijon shot into Luis Moran’s path for 1-0.

Kapfenberg's glove man Martin Eisl had a right old flap at Rapid Vienna’s fourth goal before meekly falling to his knees as Erwin Hoffer scored the easiest goal of his career.

Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach fumbled a corner straight to Marcus Tudgay to put Sheffield Wednesday one up at Vicarage Road.

Coventry gloveman Keiran Westwood’s poor kick was intercepted and fed to ‘The Beast’ – Jon Parkin slotting home the winner for Preston.

Siena keeper Gianluca Curci fancied himself as a defender against Milan, rushing headlong out of his box. Pato embarrassed him to make it 5-1.


Before we bring you the top 10 goals of the week, here are a few that didn’t make the cut but did make us applaud.

Like a drunkard or a dog, Sebastian Giovinco casually slashed into the corner to put Juve in front against Bologna, while at Siena Pato gave the keeper no chance with his 25-yard lash for Milan.

"Dog? I'm a dolphin, mate"

Missing at Old Trafford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic got back to Serie A business with a wicked free kick against Fiorentina.

Cheeky Piotr Trochowski showed what he thought of Cottbus’s two-man wall by sailing his free kick right over the top of it to put Hamburg 2-0 up.

Ajax's Luis Suarez also knocked home a decent set-piece against De Grafschaap, while ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Fabio Rochemback hammered in a daisy-cutter for Sporting against Rio Ave.

Speaking of EPL rejects, Chelsea reject Claudio Pizarro hammered home for Werder Bremen against Stuttgart.

Back to England, and Wade Small’s spectacular volley won it for Blackpool at Barnsley. A perfectly good game of headers and volleys between Gillingham and Shrewsbury was spoiled by Curtis Weston bringing the ball down and larruping home from 30 yards.


That’s enough ado. Here, in alphabetical order, are the top 10 Goals Of The Week. Which do you prefer?

1. Teenage Sporting Gijon defender Jose Angel scores a long-distance cracker to open his account in just his fifth game to make it 3-1 against Depor.

2. Cheltenham’s David Bird controls a looping ball with his first touch, pops it up using his knee with his second and then whacks home a 20-yarder with his third.

3. Auxerre’s Tomas Kalenberg punishes stranded Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris with a calm chip.

4. Brilliantly-monickered Maarten Martens floats in a shot from the wing for AZ at Utrecht. Claims he meant it, too.

5. Giuseppe "volley from the halfway line” Mascara's at it again with a 45-yard whack for Catania at Udinese.

6. Monaco’s Francois Modesto scores with a scissors kick.

7. Pablo opens his Valencia account with a gorgeous chip to earn a point against Recreativo.

8. Rapid Vienna's Yasin Pehlivan - 20 years old, on just his fourth appearance after elevation from the club's amateur squad - lashes home a confident 25-yarder against Kapfenberg.

9. Back to goal? Defender all over you? High ball coming in? No problem. This overhead kick from Pacos Ferreira's Andre Pinto opens the scoring in a 4-0 win over Leixoes.

10. Pavel Pogrebnyak has the balalaikas ringing out with this 25-yard free kick for Zenit St Petersburg at Spartak Moscow.

So which was the best? You decide on the FourFourTwo forum...

Written by Rob Burnett. Send goal/gaffe suggestions to or mention them in the forum thread

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