It’s a footballing cliché because it’s true. If there’s one thing defenders hate it’s pace. In contrast, if there’s one thing football fans love, it’s attackers who can run like the wind. When super fast forwards like Sergio Agüero, Falcao, Loic Remy or Lucas Barrios have the ball, the game is at its most exciting because you know something is about to happen and any opposition players not built for speed will be left trailing in their dust…
Half football shot, half goal swing, the lobbed goal is a thing of beauty. When struck perfectly, like Falcao’s stunning strike for Atlético Madrid against Real Sociedad, it is as if time itself is standing still. The only two objects moving are the ball arcing inevitably elegant and the goalkeeper wildly backpedalling with a look of sheer panic on his face. Everbody else has stopped. The players, the fans, even those of us watching on TV. From the moment it leaves the striker’s boot we all know there is only one place that football is ending up.
One of the most thrilling aspects of football is when a startling young talent announces himself to the world. Largely because he has now been playing at the very highest level since he was 16 it seems incredible that Cesc Fàbregas is still just 24 years of age. Picked up from Barcelona’s Masia by Arsenal, the young Spaniard demonstrated self-assurance and maturity on the pitch that went far beyond his years. Within his first season he became the club’s youngest ever team player and their youngster ever goal scorer. The season after 2004-05 he established himself not just as a starter in the team but the club’s playmaker and lynchpin. In a 5-1 Champions League win against Rosenborg he became the second youngest goalscorer in the competition’s history. But it was when he outplayed the Gunners’ former captain Patrick Vieira, when Arsenal beat Juventus that Cesc that he was destined to become a true great.
When you look to your bench in your team’s hour of need, there’s nothing more gratifying than seeing a super sub sitting there ready to do his thing. Like superheroes waiting to save the day, they strip off their training kit and enter the fray fresh and ready to finish the game once and for all. Earlier this month, Manchester City looked to be struggling to overcome Porto in the Europa League. With just over 10 minutes left Sergio Agüero came on and within six minutes the game was over. The Argentine playing supersub for the day turned in Yaya Touré’s low cross and sent the City support into raptures.
Scoring isn’t enough for some players. No, they want to do it backwards. A move so cheeky it’s not far short of volunteering to play while wearing a blindfold or reading a book. In 2004 in a match against Charlton, Thierry Henry took the backheel one step further when he invented a move the press called the ‘backmeg’. It seemed the Frenchman had nowhere to go when he received a pass with his back to goal. A Charlton defender close behind him ensured he was unable to turn so instead Le King stabbed a powerful back heel that sent the ball through the stopper’s legs and flying past the goalkeeper. Devastatingly inventive.
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