Recently in Iceland there was a truly magnificent goal celebration in the game between Stjarnan and Fylkir. Stjarnan’s Halldor Orri Bjornsson converts a penalty ‘Panenka-style’ and celebrates by casting an imaginary fishing rod and reeling in team-mate Johann Laxdal.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV95wNuVftI"]YouTube- Best Celebration In Football (Halldor Orri Bjornsson Fish Celebration)[/ame]
That’s how good celebrations can be when done correctly. However, celebrations that go wrong can be just as funny. I’d like to show you some examples of how not to celebrate.
Here are 5 examples of how it shouldn’t be done.
5) Mark Gorman (Maccabi Ahi Nazrat)
Nazrat (Nazareth) were bottom of the table and needed a win against Ashdod. Substitute Yaniv Luzan scored and ran over to celebrate in front of the fans. Left-back Mark Gorman ran over to join in and jumped up thinking Luzan would catch him. He didn’t. Nazrat were managed at the time by former Aston Villa manager John Gregory (now Ashdod manager).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox3q-eAaJ8k&feature=player_embedded"]YouTube- ??? ?? ????? ???, ?? ????! how not to celebrate a goal[/ame]
4) Tomislav Bosec (Inter Zapresic)
This is from a match in Croatia between Zadar and Inter Zapresic. Bosec scores for the visiting team and in his excitement runs over to celebrate with the fans. Problem was, that wasn’t the away end! He managed to run over and celebrate in front of Zadar youth team coach Nedo Kovacevic, who showed his appreciation by punching him in the head! The moral of the story is if you want to celebrate with your fans after a goal, make sure it’s actually your own fans you’ve run to!
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FUP-HUB1PQ"]YouTube- Celebração de gol FAIL - jogador vai festejar com a torcida e leva tapa[/ame]
3) Amr Zaki (Egypt)
In a friendly game against Oman, Mohamed Aboutrika scores. Amr Zaki runs over to celebrate. He jumps up and headbutts a team-mate, leaving him requiring stitches for a head wound. Look at the guy in the cap who takes one look at Zaki and just carrys on celebrating!
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLP4DmFV1-s"]YouTube- How NOT to celebrate a goal[/ame]
2) Robbie Simpson (Coventry)
Simpson attempts to do a Jurgen Klinsmann dive after scoring but his celebration literally falls flat on its face!.
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1) Unknown Sheffield United player.
This is from a FA Cup third round replay between Rushden and Diamonds and Sheffield United. Marcus Bent scores the winning penalty for United and wheels away in celebration. One of his team-mates tries to take Bent down and only succeeds in diving straight past him (in fairness he was probably in shock that Bent actually managed to put the ball in the goal!). If there are any Blades fans that can tell me who that player is, I’d appreciate it.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVzdUGzbOYI&feature=channel"]YouTube- Goal Celebration Fail[/ame]