It has been a magical year in the world of football, and it is only right to celebrate that with a look back at the events of the past 12 months through the medium of a video sharing website. Either that, or it’s the end of the year and we’ve run out of original ideas. You can make your own mind up on that one.
There is seemingly no greater thrill for a football fan than unearthing a gem from the long-forgotten past and sharing it with friends, or better yet seeing an absolute screamer that has burrowed in the top corner from the Latvian First Division that otherwise would have gone unnoticed and unwatched.
2012 served up more than its fair share of great goals and delightful pieces of skill, but also a fair dollop of idiocy and carnage that keeps football fans coming back for more.
So without further ado, here are GMF’s top five YouTube clips from 2012 – leave your own suggestions of what should have made the cut in the comments section below. All the videos can be watched by cliking the links in the text.
Joey Barton, 'Alo 'Alo
Oh Joey. Joey, Joey, Joey. What were you thinking? Were you not aware that you would be constantly ridiculed for your faux-French accent that blended so horribly with your native scouse?
Barton’s post-match interview following his league debut for Marseille has notched up almost 2 million views and probably a lot more laughs as he garnishes his new found accent with Gaelic nods. And then he tells French reporters that Ligue 1 is ‘boring’. Good work, Joe.
The greatest end to a season ever? The most dramatic finale of all time? Whatever way you want to put it there is no way of watching Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp title winning goal against QPR last season without laughing, crying or staring on in disbelief.
Although the BBC commentator Guy Mowbray does his best to soundtrack the moment, he can’t hold a candle to Sky’s giddy Martin Tyler, whose ‘Aguerrrrooooooo!’ scream still delights with every view.
I Am Zlatan
2012, the year of the Zlatan? Such is the influence of the PSG striker that he was even entered into the Swedish dictionary as a byword meaning ‘to dominate on and off the field’.
Apart from being the year in which he became one of the best-paid players on the planet following his move to Paris, 2012 also marked the year that Ibrahimovic had a jumper designed in his honour by an American artist, and a song named after him by a French rapper. Oh, and he also scored what many people were calling the greatest goal of all time.
He's made a Mealla of that
Pah, Ibra’s audacious over-head kick can’t hold a candle to this frankly ridiculous strike by Nacional Potosi player Erlan Mealla, who channelled the spirit of Rene Higuita to score a flying scorpion kick from the edge of the area, making a mockery of the opposition’s name in the process.
The answer is blowing in the wind
In researching this frankly thorough YouTube round up which in no way involved typing ‘best of you tube 2012’ into Google, one clip stood out from the rest; funny enough to make your author and guide through this video sharing maze wheeze like Mutley and convince his colleagues his heart was packing up.
Own goals are funny, there’s no two ways about it. But it’s not good enough to see a defender toe-poke in a flashed cross or turn a corner past his own goalkeeper, no no no. Even chipping it in from about 25 yards à la Lee Dixon isn’t funny enough.
No, what makes you want to weep with joy is when a woman that Richard Keys and Andy Gray wouldn’t even dare try and slap on the arse when she tottered into the Sky offices in a short skirt gets involved. That’s right bitches, it’s Mother Nature.
Ok, so this article may be called 'five of the best' but it's pretty hard to ignore Lionel Messi in 2012, so revel in the Argentinian's brilliance with all 91 goals he scored this year.