Goal of the Week: A Goal and…a Spare

By Editor | May 15th, 2012 4 Comments

By Simone Poliandri

To celebrate the end of the football season and awaiting the kickoff of EURO 2012, Goal of the Week issues its concluding gem with a funny twist. On May 12, Toshihiro Aoyama of the Japanese league team Sanfrecce Hiroshima scored the go-ahead goal on a 70-meter-long shot that caught visiting Yokohama F. Marinos goalkeeper by surprise. Already a fantastic feat, this goal was paired with a much creative “Bowling” celebration by the home side akin to the “famous” goal celebrations introduced and performed by Icelandic team Stjarnan FC.
For the record, Yokohama won the game 1-3.
This goal offers a smile and provides the icing on the Goal of the Week first season cake.

See you in the fall!



Chris Bolsmann

May 16th, 2012 | 9:01 am    

Hey Simone what about the goalkeepers? As an ageing goalkeeper why not have a save of the week too? The celebration is fantastic!

John Nauright

May 16th, 2012 | 4:10 pm    

Ha ha Chris, the goalkeeping on that goal from Japan looked worthy of the best aging goalkeeper! I vote for at least one of the QPR saves last weekend as being important as it kept them alive and held off City until the last second. As an American, I’ll vote for save of the week too since we seem to be producing a wealth of talent at that position compared to others.


May 17th, 2012 | 11:01 am    

The goalkeeping in this clip bears a more than a passing resemblance to what we see in our old timers league . . . someone did try a long-distance effort recently and we’re still looking for the ball out in the woods! Chris: how about starting a “Save of the Week” feature next season?


May 17th, 2012 | 6:30 pm    

a nice idea. I’ll consider including great saves in the series. Even better, as our mutual friend Peter suggested, you might want to take up the feat in first person. As a practicing goalie, you’d certainly offer a more “informed perspective” than mine.

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