Goal celebrations eh. Ruddy marvellous aren’t they? The jubilation of scoring a goal and then celebrating wildly with your teammates… Of course, in any other line of work it would be frowned upon to behave like a mild lunatic upon successfully hitting your targets, but in football we applaud and admire them.
In reverse order, here are our top 5 team goal celebrations!
5. The Dentist’s Chair
A long time ago now, before he started buying chicken for Raoul Moat, Paul Gascoigne was England’s talisman at the 1996 European Championship. In the build-up to the tournament Gazza was widely criticised for being photographed enjoying copious amounts of alcohol in the legendary Dentist’s Chair tour of Asia. Gazza scored a peach of a goal against Scotland in the group stages and celebrated as only Gazza could…
4. The Ruck
The funniest thing about this clip isn’t the carefully choreographed team celebration by the AFC Bournemouth lads, but the commentator’s refusal to even acknowledge the brilliant boxing routine led by the Cherries’ Lee Badbury.
3. Bowling for goals
FC Midtjylland striker, Ken Ilso, celebrated his strike against rivals FC Kobenhavn with another strike, in the form of a well organised ten-pin bowling celebration.
2. The Bullard
Perennial joker and all round scallywag Jimmy Bullard directed a cheeky celebration at Eastlands, when he mimicked the on-pitch half-time rollicking dished out by Hull manager Phil at the same fixture the previous season.
1. The Fish
And the winners are… The players of Icelandic side Stjarnan FC! Halldor Orri Bjornsson and co have become internet stars since the inspired ‘Fish’ celebration found its way onto YouTube a few weeks ago. After scoring a goal against Fylkir, Bjornsson casts an imaginary fishing rod before reeling in his catch, who deserves special praise for his awesome salmon impression.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and that’s just what a Japanese side have done in copying the superb celebration. Check out the Japanese and Icelandic versions below.