Ask any Liverpool fan to recall a top ten of their favourite goals from Rafael Benitez’s reign at Anfield and it’s a safe bet that Xabi Alonso’s halfway-line strike against Newcastle United will be in there.
The fabled strike
For those who haven’t seen it the Spain international make a fine tackle in his own defensive third before knocking the ball out of his feet, navigating a blundering referee, and lobbing Steve Harper with alarming ease from 70-yards out.
In a similar fashion Manchester United supporters will be quick to relive David Beckham’s sensational goal against Wimbledon in 1996, and the player himself has previously described as the best of his life. That’s the thing about beating a professional ‘keeper from inside your own-half; it tends to live pretty long in the memory.
Well boy don’t we have a treat for you. This comes courtesy of the sixth tier of German football, and a little known player named Maurice Kun. We’re not expecting to have ever heard the name before, nor will you likely ever see it crop up on your newsfeed with regards to football again - no disrespect Maurice.
However we can’t help but find ourselves amazed at Kun’s wonderstrike, which not only beat the opposing ‘keeper from a similar distance as Alonso and Becks, but also claimed it’s own unique touch of panache by hitting both the crossbar and the post.
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The most ludicrous thing about it though? The goalkeeper in question wasn’t even dawdling on the edge of his area asking to be lobbed; he wasn’t even on his penalty spot. No, Kun had the cojones to attempt to find a route to goal when the man tasked with stopping him was in as safe a position as you can be as a No.1.
We imagine it’s one of those scenarios that would probably work once in ten thousand efforts, but don’t let that take anything away from how special it is. We’d advise you not to try this the next time you’re playing. It probably won’t work and you will be berated by your gaffer.