Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas has been doing the rounds on the internet this week after he gave Levante goalkeeper, Gustavo Munua, a display of his dancing prowess.
The Catalans had a free-kick just outside the area at the time and it was an extremely odd way to go about distracting the ‘keeper.
It is also questionable as to whether this is unsporting conduct or not, but it reminded GMF of some other occasions where footballers have done something out of the ordinary.
When a player pulls off a spectacular piece of skill it usually brings great delight and amazement, whereas those who do as Fabregas did usually just induce bafflement.
You can see why he is doing it, but does he seriously think Munua is going to just stare at him while Messi plonks the ball into the corner? That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy it - it was rather amusing.
In a world where there is such a saturation of football we quest to find something different, that one bit of originality, or hilarity as it is in this case.
Merely to lighten our hearts, GMF has decided to recall some of the more comedic moments to have occurred in the beautiful game and want to share them with you.
There are no strict criteria, other than being funny. It can be intentional, unintentional; it can be inspired or just boneheaded. Either way, if it makes you chuckle it’s in.
With Fabregas’ dance sparking the whole thing off, we felt it fitting to have Liverpool’s former goalkeeper in there too. Grobbelaar’s famous dance came in the penalty shoot-out to decide the 1984 European Cup final against AS Roma, in Rome. Francesco Graziani was preparing to take his kick when he saw the opposing ‘keeper’s legs wobble as if giving away. He proceeded to miss his kick and Alan Kennedy stepped up to bury the winner. We know Jerzy Dudek did something similar in the final against AC Milan, we want the original and best.
Hull City marginally avoided relegation from the Premier League the year before and during that season they were hammered at Manchester City, with the players famously being sat down on the pitch at half-time and given a talking to by then boss Phil Brown. They returned the next season and Jimmy Bullard, famously partial to a jest, scored a late equaliser from the penalty spot. He then proceeded to celebrate by mimicking Brown’s actions from their last visit – sadly for Hull, the laughter stopped at the end of the season when they were relegated.
An unfashionable footballer, Peter Crouch did more to further enhance his profile when he became famous momentarily for doing ‘The Robot’ after celebrating a goal. There are a number of explanations as to why he did it, but doesn’t matter a lot why he decided to dance as it looked quite funny. Thankfully though he decided to put a stop to it before it became a bit naff. GMF is still undecided as to whether he achieved this.
The Russian winger was a talented dribbler and was something of a cult figure at Old Trafford, but it was in Glasgow, with Rangers, that his most inventive skills were exhibited. They tell defenders to always keep their eyes on the ball when defending against skilful players, but there usually isn’t any suggestion that the man in possession should do this. Getting your head up is another key attribute for a good footballer and Andrei gets a better view with his second trick, by using the ball as an aid.
The Ivory Coast full-back inspires mixed reactions from fans of his former club Arsenal; his defensive haplessness is always offset somewhat by his ability to pull off something bizarre or funny. He is on song in Ivory Coast’s World Cup 2010 group game against North Korea when he listens in on the opposition coach’s instructions, acknowledging his understanding.
Ok, that’s your lot. GMF understands you may not find some of these funny, but we did, so tough.
These five funny and bizarre instances are of course not the only ones and we want you to join in the debate.
What moment in football has had your sides splitting? Let us know and leave a comment below…