Footy skills

UPDATE: Speaking of soccer greats, I’d urge you to read this post from 2012, in which I interviewed renowned soccer commentator Seamus Malin about the best games and players he’d ever seen. I really like that post.

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In honor of the birthday of Johan Cruyff, I present a 6.5-minute video of great soccer skills displayed on the field. (This was suggested to me by YouTube when I was watching a Cruyff video, and I liked this one. YouTube suggestions, though, are one of the greatest time sinks around.) If you get a “Go to Youtube” message when you click here, just click on the “Watch on YouTube” line.

I especially like the “seal dribble” (0:30), Ronaldinho’s flick (1:35), Higuita’s save (4:35, but did he need to save that way?), and Draxler’s backwards pass (5:24). But they’re all great; I can’t imagine playing soccer at this level.

16 Comments

  1. merilee
    Posted April 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Messi’s my man!

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted April 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Outside the post with her first shot…

  2. merilee
    Posted April 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Messi’s my man!

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted April 25, 2019 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      …Merilee Cruijff breasts the ball on the rebound & smacks it into the back of the net. GAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

      • merilee
        Posted April 25, 2019 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

        Gaol?

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted April 25, 2019 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

          It’s Spanglish gurl!

          • merilee
            Posted April 25, 2019 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

            And the way “you lot” spell jail🤓

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 25, 2019 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    All I think of when watching Messi highlights is – speed kills. How do you go that fast and bring a ball along? And that left foot.

    • merilee
      Posted April 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

      And he’s so low to the ground he doesn’t look as if he’s fast.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted April 25, 2019 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

        One of the greatest things about this football, you don’t have to be of size to play. In fact, big and fat does not play well at all.

  4. Pierluigi Ballabeni
    Posted April 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Cruijff is the all-time best. Since his retirement, watching football has been a waste of time. 🙂

  5. Frank
    Posted April 25, 2019 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Higuita’s scorpion kick was in a friendly game against England so he took the opportunity to show off. I remember that the Wembley crowd were stunned.

    • murali
      Posted April 25, 2019 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      He got into a bit of a mess in their WC game against Cameroon in USA 1994.

      Maybe the defender should not have passed it back to him.

  6. bric
    Posted April 26, 2019 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    Three against 100 . . . good odds


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