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Top 10 football flicks: Neymar not the only one capable

Neymar Zola Otsemobor Pick your favourite flick from our top 10



01:28 GMT, 5 December 2012

Brazilian star Neymar wowed us all with his outrageous flicked pass for Santos on Sunday night, but he's not the first player to pull an audacious bit of skill out of the bag at the drop of a hat.

Today, thanks to the game’s ever increasing popularity and global appeal, we have a range of tricks and skills that can leave even opposing defenders dumbfounded, but you just can't beat a good old flick.

Here, Sportsmail picks out 10 of the best…

Outrageous: Neymar shocked viewers with his skill at the weekend

Outrageous: Neymar shocked viewers with his skill at the weekend

Paul Gascoigne

One of England’s finest talents in the past 30 years also produced one of the European Championships’ finest ever goals at Euro 96.

A deft touch over the head of Colin Hendry to leave the Scotland defender on the ground before volleying home is fondly remembered as one of the best goals ever seen at Wembley – old and new.

Dennis Bergkamp

Even by Bergkamp’s ridiculous high standards this was something special. During a 2-0 win against Newcastle in the Premier League in March 2002, the Dutchman’s first touch was enough to completely bamboozle Nikos Dabizas before the Arsenal striker ran around the defender and calmly slotted home.

Gianfranco Zola

No wonder Chelsea were desperate to keep Zola after he decided to leave in 2003. From a low corner kick, the Italian put this 2002 FA Cup tie with Norwich to rest with a delicate back heel flick into the near post that left just about everyone inside Stamford Bridge startled.

Jay-Jay Okocha

Bolton under Sam Allardyce were often considered boring, one dimensional and long ball hoof merchants. But how many teams looking to see out a game from a corner kick decide to rainbow flick their way out of trouble in injury time against the Premier League champions, in this case Arsenal Remember, the Trotters and Jay-Jay Okocha did it as early as 2003.

Matty Burrows

An injury time winner scored with a double back heel flick from a cross is the sort of stuff not even Roy of the Rovers could produce.

But Burrows certainly could, and his stunning goal for Glentoran against Portadown was so good it was nominated by FIFA for Goal of the Year in 2010.

Joseph Ndo

Having gone to the 1998 and 2002 World Cups with Cameroon, you would think Ndo’s best years were behind him having spent nine years playing in Ireland.

But this pass off the back of his heel to find a team-mate while playing for Sligo Rovers last year shows the 36-year-old is possibly due an international recall.

Rodrigo Palacio

Better than Zola Quite possibly. Genoa’s Palacio proves there is some magic left in Serie A with a delightful back flick while running away from goal to meet a corner against Lazio last season. Spurs could have done with something like that against the Rome outfit in the Europa League this term following two 0-0 draws.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Proof that El Clasico isn’t just 22 men trying to win a free-kick after the slightest bit of contact. Ronaldo’s back heel to play himself through on goal is made even sweeter by his control of the difficult falling ball and subsequent finish to hand Real Madrid the lead against Barcelona back in August.


Just to prove any doubters wrong of Neymar’s ability – here is one he made earlier playing for Santos. During a match against Atletico Mineiro in October, the Chelsea target left a defender so outraged by his perfect rainbow flick that it drew a cynical foul and a free-kick just outside the box. Genius.

Jon Otsemobor

The magic of the cup strikes again. A pulsating and historic FA Cup tie on Sunday between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon was decided in stoppage time with the most casual of flicks from Otsemobor, whose strike (or lazy lift of the foot) for the Dons gave them a 2-1 victory over a Wimbledon side who play their trade a division below in League Two.

Nicolas Anelka wanted by West Ham United

Anelka the comeback kid as West Ham line up bid for unsettled Shanghai striker



08:57 GMT, 12 November 2012

Hammer time! Anelka could be heading back to England

Hammer time! Anelka could be heading back to England

West Ham are lining up an audacious bid to bring Nicolas Anelka back to the Barclays Premier League less than a year after he left to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

The Hammers have already entered talks with the striker who is unhappy after failing to settle in at his new club.

Anelka, 33, played under boss Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers and is keen to end his spell in China, despite the lucrative 250,000-a-week deal he signed in January.

The former Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea star is also in a pay-wrangle with Shenhua, according to reports in the Daily Star.

Anelka will be aware of Allardyce's excellent track-record in extending the careers of other senior players.

Jay-Jay Okocha, Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff and Fernando Hierro all enjoyed successful spells in the twilight years of their playing days under Allardyce.

Sign him up (again): Allardyce signed Anelka for Bolton in 2006

Sign him up (again): Allardyce signed Anelka for Bolton in 2006

Sheffield Wednesday sign Jay Bothroyd

Owls boost attacking options with loan signing of Bothroyd from QPR



18:23 GMT, 31 August 2012

Sheffield Wednesday have signed striker Jay Bothroyd from QPR on a loan deal until January.

Bothroyd will be reunited with manager Dave Jones, who signed the 30-year-old for Cardiff in August 2008.

Moving on: Jay Bothroyd has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan

Moving on: Jay Bothroyd has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan

He scored 45 goals in 128 appearances for the Bluebirds in the Championship, earning him a surprise inclusion in Fabio Capello's England squad for the 2-1 friendly defeat to France in 2010.

Bothroyd started his career with Arsenal before joining Coventry for 1million in 2000. He will wear the No 24 shirt for Wednesday.

Indian Premier League Soccer auction – Hernan Crespo fetches most money

Sold! Crespo, Cannavaro, Pires and Fowler top inaugural Indian football league auction

Hernan Crespo became the hottest property of a new Indian soccer league starting next month when the Argentine fetched 536,000 in an auction of players and coaches on Monday.

Crespo was snapped up by the Barasat franchise of Premier League Soccer (PLS), which is modelled on cricket's highly successful Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament and scheduled from February 25 – April 8 in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

The idea of a players' auction was borrowed from IPL, whose success has spawned numerous franchise-based leagues in other sports across the country.

Up for grabs: Robbie Fowler

Lot: Robert Pires (right)

Up for grabs: Premier League legends Robbie Fowler (left) and Robert Pires (right)

Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro went to Siliguri for 530,000, while Robert Pires of France 511,000, Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha (351,000) and Liverpool great Robbie Fowler 338,000 went to Howrah, Durgapur and Kolkata respectively.

Five franchises collectively spent nearly 4.5million, each buying an 'icon' player, two overseas footballers and a coach.

Out of retirement: Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro

Out of retirement: Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro

'This auction is unprecedented not only in the history of Indian football but also for world football,' Bhaswar Goswami, executive director of the Celebrity Management Group (CMG) which is organising the league, said.

'There is an expenditure cap and I must say that the franchises wisely spent their money,' he said from Kolkata where the auction took place.

Didn't come cheap: Hernan Crespo

Didn't come cheap: Hernan Crespo

In an otherwise cricket-crazy country, the eastern Indian state of West Bengal is equally passionate about soccer.

Nearly 120,000 fans gave a rousing reception to Oliver Kahn in the German goalkeeper's 2008 Bayern Munich swansong in Kolkata and Argentina great Diego Maradona almost brought the city to a standstill during his visit the same year.

Howrah will boast PLS's most expensive coach after shelling out 143,000 for former Portugal central defender Fernando Couto.

Former Nigerian player and coach Samson Siasia (Durgapur) and Icelander Teitur Thordorson (Barasat) were both sold for 134,000.

Former Manchester City and Sunderland manager Peter Reid (Kolkata) and Marco Etcheverry (Siliguri), arguably the greatest Bolivian player, went for 128,000.

Robbie Fowler, Fabio Cannavaro, Robert Pires join Indian football reboot

Fowler, Cannavaro and Pires Indian football ready for drastic IPL-style makeover

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, and ex-Arsenal playmaker Robert Pires are set to feature in an Indian football competition that hopes to replicate the success of cricket's Indian Premier League.

Some 30 players and six coaches from abroad will be auctioned off in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata for the tournament taking place between February 25 and April 8.

Other signed-up players – all at the
end of their careers – include former Chelsea players Maniche and Hernan
Crespo, former Bolton star Jay-Jay Okocha and ex-Liverpool striker
Fernando Morientes.



Robbie Fowler and Fabio Cannavaro

'We have signed seven 'icon' players for the auction and each of the six teams will have one such player with a $600,000 (390,000) salary cap,' Bhaswar Goswami, executive director of Celebrity Management Group (CMG) said.

CMG has signed a 30-year deal with the Indian Football Association for the league and has floated tenders for franchises.

'We have started with six teams this year, all in the state of West Bengal but have already been approached to expand the league to other parts of the country.

'Every team will have $2.5 million (1.6m) to spend in the first year. They will have a maximum of four foreigners and a compulsory six under-21 Indian players in their squad.'

Cricket's IPL dazzled fans with its exciting Twenty20 format, player auctions, post-game parties and heavy advertising and now football – which has failed to produce top-class Indian players – is poised for a similar makeover.



Hernan Crespo and Jay-Jay Okocha

'The league is modelled on Major League Soccer and of course IPL,' Goswami added.

'We saw the hype and buzz around players' auction in IPL and feel it can be an equal success. It's a brilliant concept. We expect owners to make profit much earlier than the IPL franchises.

'We are also in the process of finalising television rights for live broadcast across south-east Asia.'

Goswami was bullish about the league's future and said it would change the face of Indian football.

'I think we made the right start by launching it in West Bengal. It's a soccer-crazy state where 100,000 people throng to watch the local derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.



Fernando Morientes and Maniche

'It will be a massive boost for local players to share the dressing room and field with some of the players they grew up idolising.'

A cricket-dominated India ranks a dismal 162 in the FIFA rankings despite its huge population, but some 60 million Indians tuned in to the English Premier League's 2009/10 season, roughly the same as the number of people living in Britain.

Nearly 120,000 fans gave a rousing farewell to Oliver Kahn in the German goalkeeper's 2008 Bayern Munich swansong in Kolkata and Argentina great Diego Maradona virtually brought the city to a standstill during his visit the same year.

Not complaining: Unsurprisingly Robert Pires says he will not complain about the money he will be paid

Not complaining: Unsurprisingly Robert Pires says he will not complain about the money he will be paid

No wonder World Cup winner Pires is keen to give the new league a shot.

'Since I had nothing in Europe, why not try something completely unknown I've never been over there,' Pires told L'Equipe.

'I am proud to be the first Frenchman to go and play there. And eight weeks is nothing.'

Pires said he would at least be paid 395,000 euros for seven weeks.

'If my president likes me, it could be 790,000 euros (650,000). It is a lot of money. I'm not going to complain about that am I But I'm not going there as a tourist. It's a new adventure.'

QPR close in on Fulham striker Andrew Johnson

QPR close in on Fulham striker Johnson as Celtic eye Bothroyd

QPR manager Neil Warnock is hopeful of signing Fulham striker Andrew Johnson after Blackburn's bid stalled due to financial constraints.

are interested in
Celtic striker Kris
Commons. Celtic have
also shown interest in
Jay Bothroyd of QPR.

Wanted: QPR target Andrew Johnson

Wanted: QPR target Andrew Johnson