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The best goal celebrations
June 14, 2010, 11:22 am
Filed under: Dave Clarke, Soccer Coaching, Soccer Skills | Tags: , , , ,

Goal celebrations are one of the fun elements in the serious business of any World Cup. I can see when my players have been watching the games on TV because they suddenly have new very eleborate goal celebrations and the rest of the team tend to join in.

I like goal celebrations as long as they don’t show any disrespect to the opponents. In fact I have a theory that the best goal scorers have the best celebrations _ in other words don’t do the Peter Crouch robot.

The World Cup final usually has a great goal celebration, but the one that always stands out for me is Marco Tardelli – for Italy against West Germany in 1982

When my teams score a goal I want them to celebrate it like this – but my young players like something a bit more gimmicky.

There were no gimmicks for Tardelli when he put Italy 2-0 up against the Germans, just a show of pure, unadulterated joy. Typically Italian, very classy.

My players prefer ones like the South African team at this year’s tournament when Siphiwe Tshabalala fired the World Cup hosts ahead ten minutes after half-time against Mexico.

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