Greatest Ever: Team Goals

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It’s become almost a daily occurrence; videos of stunning strikes from around the world worming their way onto the internet for those stuck in offices to crowd around a computer screen a drool over.

Anderson scored with a fine effort against Newcastle last night, while Andros Townsend’s brilliant solo effort ensured Tottenham’s win over Carlisle will linger slightly longer in the memory that it normally would.

However while there is something special about a long-range strike, surely it is the team goals that demonstrate football not only at it’s best, but at it’s purest.

Involving almost every team member and intelligence to pick the right pass, here are GMF’s contenders for the greatest team goal ever scored. Click the links to see all the goals.

David Villa (Spain v Scotland)

It’s hardly surprising that Spain make it onto the list of best ever team goals; their tiki-taka stylings ensure that La Roja were bound to make into a list of goals high in collective beauty.

Poor old Scotland were on the receiving end as Spain in fact scored two team goals that could have made the list. The first came after 6 minutes and included no less than around a million passes (there or there abouts…) before David Silva’s fine finish.

However that goal doesn’t make the list, this one does instead. Slightly more direct than the game’s opener, David Villa rounds off a goal of flicks and one touch passing that leaves the Scots dumfounded.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Villarrael)

Of course, if Spain are here then Barcelona inevitably follow, and it is that man Lionel Messi who rounded off a wonderful goal forged by his tiki-taka team-mates.

From a throw-in (if that’s ignored Barca passed the ball 38 times in total) Villarreal are slowly maneuvered into position before Andres Iniesta steps up the tempo and plays a brilliant one-two before releasing Messi with a piercing through-ball. The finish isn’t too shabby either. Barca at their best.

Paul Scholes (Manchester United v Panathinaikos)

The finish alone is good enough to grace any ‘Best Goals’ list but when it comes after build-up play as good as this, then you know it’s something special.

After plenty of passing it around through the midfield and defence, Scholes springs the move by spreading the ball out wide, before receiving the ball on the edge of the box following a neat little interchange between David Beckham and Teddy Sheringham. He then proceeds to chip the ball over the stranded goalkeeper from distance and lap up the applause. A stunning goal from a brilliant player.


Freddie Ljungberg (Arsenal v Juventus)

Involving fewer passes than the other goals in this list but a real testament to the interplay between two players on the same wavelength, Ljungberg’s goal in the Champions League against Juventus in 2001 highlighted the Gunners’ team interplay at its best.

Patrick Vieira’s quick ball releases Ljungberg on the counter-attack, before the Swede lays it off to Bergkamp. The Dutch maestro squirms his way free of his marker before providing a superb assist, with Ljungberg reading the play and lobbing the ball into the net.

Carlos Alberto (Brazil v Italy)

The greatest side to ever grace this planet? Plenty of people believe the current Barcelona crop hold that title but the Brazil team of the 1970’s were pretty special – and this goal at the 1970 World Cup sums them up perfectly.

Passing the ball from front to back effortlessly, Brazil bamboozle their opponents before Pele rolls the ball out right to the oncoming Carlos Alberto, who slams the ball home from an angle.

So those are GMF’s picks for the bets ever team goals – do you think we’ve missed any out? Esteban Cambiasso’s strike against Serbia and Montengro at the 2006 World Cup? Bernand Lacombe’s brilliant effort against Italy in 1978 after just 30 seconds? Leave your suggestions below!

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