Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Top Ten Premier League Goals Of All Time

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Since its launch in 1992, the Premier League has seen some incredible goals scored that will live long in the memory.

Not surprising given that the English Premier League is by far the world’s biggest and most popular football league.

Here are the ten best goals in the history of the English Premier League.

Robbie Fowler vs Aston Villa (1995/96)

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Towards the end of the 1995/96 Premier League season, 4th placed Aston Villa visited Anfield, home of 3rd placed Liverpool looking to close the gap on the Merseysiders.

Unfortunately for Villa, they had to endure a wonderful performance by Fowler who was at the peak of his powers at the time.

And my, what powers he had. No wonder the Kop took to calling the Toxteth born star God!

In this goal, God’s received the ball 35 yards out with his back to goal, before performing a sweet Cruyff turn on former and future Reds defender Steve Staunton before unleashing a swerving strike into the top left corner of the Kop net.

He added a second, Liverpool’s third, soon after.

Muzzy Izzet vs Tottenham (1998/99)

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Leicester legend Muzzy Izzet was part of a great late 90’s team that featured the young burtsing brilliance of Emile Heskey, the sublime crossing of Steve Guppy, the defensive steel of Matt Elliott and the managerial intelligence of Martin O’Neill.

Turkish international Izzet was on hand to supply the skill.

In an otherwise forgettable game with Spurs at Filbert Street, Guppy’s 86th minute free-kick was cleared by Les Ferdinand whose clearance landed at the feet of Izzet.

Izzet then fizzed a volley from the edge of the penalty area that Epsen Baardsen in the Tottenham goal could do nothing about.

Andros Townsend vs Manchester City (2018/19)

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Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend hit a superb volley against the would be 2019 champions Manchester City on their way to an unlikely 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium.

A half clearance went straight to Townsend, who was waiting around 25 yards from goal and landed a first time volley, struck so sweetly that the ball rocketed past Ederson into the top right corner.

The spectacular strike won Townsend the Premier League Goal of the Season award.

Rod Wallace vs Tottenham (1993/94)

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True, this one is often overlooked and largely forgotten. Except it shouldn’t be. Today it wouldn’t be. And, in Leeds, it isn’t.

One thing that stands out in this goal from Leeds’ Rod Wallace in the early 90’s is that back then the pitches were far from perfect.

Today’s miracle turf makes these goals the norm but at Elland Road in the Premier League’s second ever season not so much.

Judge for yourself as Wallace collects the ball deep in his own half, turns and beats four hapless Spurs defenders before bending the ball past the equally hapless Erik Thorstvedt in goal.

Tony Yeboah vs Wimbledon (1995/96)

Another Leeds goal now, and one from the mid 90’s.

In January 1995, Leeds coughed up £3.4 million for the Ghanaian international Tony Yeboah.

Yeboah had been the top Bundesliga scorer two times in a row with Eintracht Frankfurt in 1993 and 1994 before he joined Leeds United where, in his second season, he was voted Player of the Year.

Yeboah scored a total of 32 goals for Leeds United in 66 appearances and is still revered as a cult hero for the Yorkshire club due to a series of memorable goals he scored.

None more so than this.

His same season volley against Liverpool was a worthy contender for this list but his strike versus Wimbledon was awarded Goal of the Season and we couldn’t agree more.

Matthew Le Tissier vs Newcastle (1993/94)

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Le Tiss, or Le God as Saints fans would dub their hero, made a career of scoring exquisite goals.

This though was his finest creation.

Four touches of pure footballing genius against a good Newcastle United side riding high in the Premier League on an October afternoon at The Dell, Southampton’s then home.

Capped only twice by England and a true one club hero that could’ve played at trophy winning clubs (they were certainly very keen), Le Tissier was even one of Xavi’s favourite players.

His Southampton manager at the time, Ian Branfoot, wasn’t as keen however and dropped his star man for three games prior to this match.

Reinstated to the first team, a team joint bottom, Branfoot was readying the subs when Le Tiss took matters into his own hands.

A poor headed pass meant he would need to back heel flip the ball into his path, before knocking the ball past one side of Barry Vennison and running past the defender’s other side, flicking it over Kevin Scott and passing it into the goal.

Luis Suarez vs Norwich City (2013/14)

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The player of the year for the 2013/14 season scored any number of goals in his time at Liverpool that could have found their way on to this list.

Indeed, three of his very best all came against Norwich, two of them in the same match in December 2013.

In one of the most remarkable performances in Premier League history, Suarez scored four goals as his virtuoso performance overwhelmed Norwich at Anfield.

The Uruguayan hooked in his second from Philippe Coutinho’s corner, completed his hat-trick with a double chipped, ferociously hit half-volley and grabbed his fourth with a dead eyed curled free-kick.

Oh, and he grabbed an assist to for the fifth too.

His opening goal, a 40-yard lob over John Ruddy to open the scoring was the pick of the bunch though.

A performance so worthy, we may as well watch the whole thing.

Dennis Bergkamp vs Newcastle (2001/02)

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Dennis Bergkamp vs Newcastle (2001/02)

For many, this one from Arsenal’s Dutch forward should have been the winner.

A goal so fluid that the striker didn’t need to break stride despite the complicated nature of the move.

A move by the way in which the player produces a pirouette in order to weave his way through the Newcastle defence.

There are those who claim it was a lucky fluke but such claims can be dismissed by watching the player in action, yet you can tell it was deliberate by the player’s reaction to his first touch.

Bergkamp, who scored one of the all-time great World Cup goals when he scored for The Netherlands against Argentina at France 98, knew where the ball was heading and what he would do with it when he met up with it on the other side of Nikos Dabizas.

See for yourself.

Paolo Di Canio vs Wimbledon (1999/2000)

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By far and away the best goal scored in the 1999/200 season was Paolo Di Canio’s breath taking volley for West Ham against Wimbledon.

So good was the Italian’s moment of magic that, in 2016, during West Ham’s final season at the Boleyn Ground, Di Canio’s scissor kick was voted by fans as the greatest goal ever witnessed in the stadium’s 112 year history.

Everything about it was classic West Ham, Upton Park, Fila kit, Dr Martens plastered over the jersey and a side featuring Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Freddie Kanoute and Joe Cole and managed by Harry Redknapp and Frank Lampard.

For those that can’t remember the goal, Trevor Sinclair received the ball before hitting a swerving cross towards Di Canio on the left-hand side of the penalty area.

Di Canio, with both feet off the ground, smashes a first-time volley with the outside of his right foot beyond Neil Sullivan into the bottom corner.


Thierry Henry vs Manchester United (2000/01)

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Back at the turn of the century, games didn’t come much bigger than Arsenal Vs Manchester United and the Gunners’ superstar Frenchman of the time always seemed to save his best for the big occasion.

And this was his very best.

Collecting the ball roughly 25 yards out, Henry shrugs away United defender Denis Irwin and flicks the ball up and slightly to the right setting up an unbelievable strike.

So quick was the hit that the naked eye can’t do it justice.

What happens next is almost unbelievable, as for a hazy, ethereal second the ball floats through the air before completely lobbing Fabian Barthez.

The ball drops in and the crowd roar.

So too does Henry’s normally reserved boss Arsene Wenger and the rest of the Gunners’ bench in appreciation for this vintage 15 seconds of the Premier League genius.

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