Video: The greatest goalkeeper of all time

posted at 9:30 pm on April 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

The videos of trick-shot quarterbacks are amazingly popular, so to cleanse the palate, let’s try a change of pace. I’m … pretty sure this guy is the greatest ever. Yes? I can’t be certain because I watch soccer only once every four years, but on a scale of one to 10, he’s easily a 10. Or a nine. What’s that you say? A six? Maybe a five, depending upon how many takes it took to shoot each of these tricks? Damn.

He’s clearly better than the Spanish keeper who got distracted before the first match of the World Cup when his hot reporter/girlfriend showed up. Or, as I like to call him, “Basically The Only Other Goalkeeper I’ve Ever Heard Of.”

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Or, as I like to call him, “Basically The Only Other Goalkeeper I’ve Ever Heard Of.”

Heh.

Soccer beyond grade school sucks.

portlandon on April 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

That’s really neat.

Brat4life on April 6, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Catchy tune…

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Sissies. Let’s see how they would do on a pair of skates, and frozen solid chunks of vulcanized rubber nailing them at 100mph.

maineconservative on April 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Meh.

It’s soccer. It doesn’t count.

ButterflyDragon on April 6, 2011 at 9:42 PM

With aim like that, he should be on offense, not a goaltender. Of course, since he could never get it in the net – for all the posts he kept hitting – maybe he should stay in net.

keep the change on April 6, 2011 at 9:43 PM

That’s soooooo cool OMG allHp

blatantblue on April 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Eh, let’s seem him jump a dirt bike 40 feet in the air, completely leave the bike, and then pull himself back on to land.

It was staged anyway, the ball is remote controlled.

Bishop on April 6, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Pretty darn good!

canopfor on April 6, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Soccer is for the kids who can’t make the football team.

Alden Pyle on April 6, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Impressive. But a true test of his accuracy would be as place kicker for the Cowboys. After they got through with him, I doubt he’d be able to hit water if he fell out of a boat.

Erich66 on April 6, 2011 at 9:54 PM

LAME!

glennbo on April 6, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Really? There are stories coming out of WI of a county destroying ballots and you guys choose to post this lame story? Fantastic.

Flyboy on April 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM

I have no idea what it took to succeed, but that shit is 10x harder than what we’ve seen in the gridiron (see what I did there) videos.

jjraines on April 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Thank heavens for the mute control

Chickyraptor on April 6, 2011 at 10:07 PM

That man has incredible ball control.

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2011 at 10:14 PM

It’s always the uncoordinated kids who couldn’t play soccer who bash it.

John the Libertarian on April 6, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Soccer is for the kids who can’t make the football team.

Actually the opposite is true, and this is from a former football player who never understood the dumb soccer bashing.

That being said, he is the 2nd greatest goalie, behind Hatch.

OK, maybe 3rd behind Gordon Banks.

Flyboy on April 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM

You can get started on your blog anytime, it’s free and easy to set-up.

reaganaut on April 6, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I really dont understand why soccer is not more popular in the US. Its a ridiculously hard sport with basically constant running on a simply massive field and the precision that is needed to score a goal is masterful to watch.

thphilli on April 6, 2011 at 10:26 PM

I have no idea what it took to succeed, but that shit is 10x harder than what we’ve seen in the gridiron (see what I did there) videos.

jjraines

Cant argue with that.

when I lived (unfortunately) in Wichita Falls TX, and played soccer, we heard of this girl across town at the Catholic school, who was better than any of us.

She went on to international fame, because it was Mia Hamm.

firepilot on April 6, 2011 at 10:29 PM

No way. This is the greatest Goalkeeper…evah.

(Just keep watching…kinda long, but the first part is well done)

BobMbx on April 6, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Really? There are stories coming out of WI of a county destroying ballots and you guys choose to post this lame story? Fantastic.

Flyboy on April 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Really? Give me a link man. This I gotta check out. I figured voter fraud in Nevada and New Jersey (which will be proved shortly), but Wisconsin?

Also, soccer sucks, when the toughest people attached to soccer are the fans, and not the players, you can guarantee that it’s not a real “sport”.

Play with rules like the Mayans and I will watch, and or care about it.

MadDogF on April 6, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I really dont understand why soccer is not more popular in the US

There are a few reasons, but (IMO) the main reason is that you can’t stop the match every 8 minutes and show 3 minutes of commercials.

There are several reasons that grow from that one alone.

reaganaut on April 6, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Really? There are stories coming out of WI of a county destroying ballots and you guys choose to post this lame story? Fantastic.

Flyboy on April 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM

If we distract the natives with some shiny baubles, they’ll be less likely to get any serious ideas about how to rectify the tyranny under which they now live where elections are meaningless.

Midas on April 6, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Yeah, but can he play REAL football??

landlines on April 6, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Allah, you crack me up. Pelé is the only soccer player I ever heard of. I’ve never seen a soccer match, except for a few fleeting moments while channel surfing.

Buy Danish on April 6, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Rémi GAILLARD FTW!

OxyCon on April 6, 2011 at 11:22 PM

When bad hockey players show off, they shoot at the glass.
When good hockey players show off, they shoot at the post.

Glenside on April 7, 2011 at 12:17 AM

For Trick Shot videos, I prefer the Brockness Monster

juanito on April 7, 2011 at 12:46 AM

For Trick Shot videos, I prefer the Brockness Monster

juanito on April 7, 2011 at 12:46 AM

That’s how it’s done.

Vince on April 7, 2011 at 1:15 AM

There are a few reasons, but (IMO) the main reason is that you can’t stop the match every 8 minutes and show 3 minutes of commercials.

reaganaut on April 6, 2011 at 10:36 PM

THIS

John the Libertarian on April 7, 2011 at 1:36 AM

Allahpundit the sportsman – doesn’t sound right, does it…Football (yes, that is it’s name across the globe) is an incredibly fast and skilful game so Americans needed to invent something different because they were too overweight to be fast and skilful on their feet while kicking a ball. Rugby, of course, was far too physical and was played without armour, helmets etc so eventually American Football was invented so that the US would never have to compete against other countries. It was also very slow with lots of pauses so it was ideal for TV and the millions of American sports “fans”…sitting on their couches.

Just sayin’

BTW…oddly enough professional “soccer” may have been the second most watched sport in the US in the 20s and early 30s….and I would guess that on an amateur level in the US today there might be more people who PLAY soccer than “American Football”….but then in the US the definition of a sports fan is a watcher rather than a player – a bit like porn….

callingallcomets on April 7, 2011 at 5:44 AM

Eh, it’s still soccer. :/

Theophile on April 7, 2011 at 6:10 AM

dude has some mad skillz. great tricks.

ted c on April 7, 2011 at 6:19 AM

Hmmmmm. Lassi Hurskainen.

I’m guessin he ain’t from round heah . . .

BigAlSouth on April 7, 2011 at 6:37 AM

My son’s high school T shirt:

SOCCER
There Are No Timeouts
There Are No Helmets
No Shoulder Pads
No Commercial Breaks
No Halftime Extravaganza
So If That’s What You Need Go Play Football YOU BIG WUSS!

There’s a lotta truth printed on that piece of cotton, guys.

He was also asked to be on the football team to be a kicker and he was amazed at the lack of athleticism that the footballers had compared to his soccer mates. Guys were out of shape cuz all they could do is run for two minutes before they were winded. He couldn’t wait to finish the season and start training for soccer.

Grantman on April 7, 2011 at 7:23 AM

I settle for the hot chick…

right2bright on April 7, 2011 at 7:28 AM

heh, soccer is the ultimate beta male sport; you get penalized if you bump into another player, oh no no no, we’ll have none of that physical contact, someone may get a bruise.

he was amazed at the lack of athleticism that the footballers had compared to his soccer mates. Guys were out of shape cuz all they could do is run for two minutes before they were winded.

Grantman on April 7, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Soccer mates? Hah. Feel sorry for your town, I played ball and we were friggin beasts. No one was out of shape, most of us also played baseball, basketball and track, and then went on to join the Marines because the other services was for pu$$ies, too.

Alden Pyle on April 7, 2011 at 7:35 AM

With aim like that, he should be on offense, not a goaltender.

Since he has to hold the ball in his hands before making a lot of those kicks, he can’t be anyone but a goalkeeper (In soccer, the name of the position is “goalkeeper”; in hockey, it’s “goaltender”.)

Being able to accurately hit one of his teammates running downfield is a very important skill for a goalkeeper. In many cases, it can be the start of a fast break that takes advantage of defenders that got out of position when their team had the ball, leaving a player one-on-one with the opposing goalie and an excellent chance of scoring.

And if he’s accurate enough to hit the crossbar, he’s also accurate enough to just miss it and score a goal every now and then, especially if the other team’s goalie doesn’t have his head in the game.

The Monster on April 7, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Impressive accuracy …but in a real game you have get passed the opposing side and they aint goin to be standing and watching.
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philly_PA on April 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Definitely impressive!

SgtRed on April 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM

On the other hand if you Americans want physical action then try rugby

and, of course, as they are not wusses they dont wear armour….

callingallcomets on April 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

This guy definitely has soccer talent, but if he’s 24 years old, why is he still playing COLLEGE soccer at UNC? Shouldn’t he have graduated two years ago and now be playing pro soccer?

Unless he “headed” the ball too often, and it hampered his academic performance…

Steve Z on April 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

On the other hand if you Americans want physical action then try rugby

and, of course, as they are not wusses they dont wear armour….

callingallcomets on April 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Yeah, you got us there, Comet. ;-)

That reminds me of the old saying, “Soccer is a game for gentlemen played by hooligans; Rugby is a game for hooligans played by gentlemen.”

Grantman on April 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

And both are played with nothing getting in the way of the “mates” getting a good feel of one another.

Freelancer on April 8, 2011 at 12:21 AM