Archives for posts with tag: Zinedine Zidane

by Elliott

For almost a century, money and soccer lived an uneasy relationship. Teams scraped by on modest sponsorships and reliable but not cosmic TV deals. They competed for players, but dollars and cents arms races were rare. Then came the Galácticos. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.’ – Martin Scorsese

Football and film are two of the most eminent cultural muses of the modern era, but very rarely have they been combined to produce cinema worthy of anything approaching artistic merit. With its inherent drama and continuously engaging narrative, football would appear to be a prime target for thoughtful, methodical translation to the big screen, but such work has not been forthcoming in recent decades. Read the rest of this entry »

Hamit Altintop’s thunderously crisp volley against Kazakhstan earlier this week was one of the finest strikes seen for quite some time and, with a nod to The Guardian’s “Joy of Six” feature, got me thinking about some of the game’s greatest volleys.

So, without further ado, here is a selection of some of the cleanest strikes ever witnessed. If you’ve got any more suggestions then please add them in the comments at the bottom of the page.

Hamit Altintop (TURKEY v Kazakhstan, 2010)

Zinedine Zidane (REAL MADRID v Bayer Leverkussen, 2002)

Gaizka Mendieta (VALENCIA v Barcelona)

Marco van Basten (NETHERLANDS v Soviet Union, 1988)

Paul Scholes (MANCHESTER UNITED v Bradford City, 2000)

Robin van Persie (ARSENAL v Charlton Athletic, 2006)

Tony Yeboah (LEEDS UNITED v Liverpool, 1995)

Christian Maggio (NAPOLI v Livorno, 2010)

Wayne Rooney (MANCHESTER UNITED v Newcastle United, 2006)

Paolo Di Canio (WEST HAM UNITED v Wimbledon, 2000)