There’s something tantalisingly mesmerising about a volley flying into the top corner, regardless of the occasion or timing.
Bog-standard players find themselves etched into the history books thanks to sweet strikes in years gone by, and even the very best the game has to offer struggle to perfect a skill which enables them to make great connection with an aerial ball more often than not.
But anyone who ever doubted the credentials of so-called lesser players when it comes to nailing an inch-perfect volley into the top corner from distance will have been left to eat their words following a fixture which took place between German minnows Arminia Bielefeld and Sandhausen in the DFB Pokal first round this weekend.
Third division side Arminia ran out eventual 4-1 winners over their more illustrious opponents - Sandhausen play in the second tier - but it wasn’t the manner of their surprise victory which will have grabbed the headlines. It was the goal scored by striker Fabian Klos.
Just like Zidane
The 26-year-old, who will forgive us for describing him as being a footballer of next to no repute we’re sure, has gone viral after scoring one of the most masterfully executed volleys you’re ever likely to see. Forget Cristiano Ronaldo, forget Lionel Messi and cast your mind back to Zinedine Zidane in the Champions League final of 2002, and the effort which won Real Madrid Europe’s most prestigious prize.
Klos’ strike might not have been set against such an impressive backdrop, but few will take anything away from its beauty. With the hosts having taken a first-half lead they turned out for the second half hoping to hang on to a victory which would take them one step closer to a potential cash windfall should they draw someone like Bayern Munich later on in the competition.
Just past 57 minutes played however the game was changed. Arminia won a corner and, rather than pump in mindlessly into the box for a lofty centre-back to contend for, they decided to try something a little different. The ball was floated out to Klos, who was waiting outside the opponents box, and he in turn hit a sublime volley on the spin with his right foot which subsequently flew into the top corner.
Watch the incredible volley here:
It’s fair to say Klos has proved wrong those who stick to the adage that substance beats style. Cue the thousands of Sunday league amateurs attempting to re-think their set-piece routine...