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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

EFT goal of the week: Didier Drogba!

The first time I rated Didier Drogba was nine months before his move to Chelsea when I saw him play for Marseille in the Champs League group stages and saw him score a complete hat-trick (header, left foot shot, and right foot shot) against Partizan Belgrade. I saw that he had pace, power, athleticism, finishing ability and big passion in his celebrations- and reckoned that he was definitely one to watch.

Now at the start of his third season at the club he has started the season in excellent form scoring an impressive four goals in five Premiership games. The fourth was a goal outstanding in its execution against Liverpool last Sunday and is a deserving winner of the EFT goal of the week award. Check it out below.

And the picture of Tiger Woods clapping is good to watch too!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should have left another 2 seconds on to capture Jose's reaction ;)

9/20/2006 10:06 pm

Anonymous Striker said...


9/21/2006 9:04 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely Sunday is the start of the week - so this should include Alsono's classic against the much improved Toon army.

And we're waiting for the article 'Rafa gets it right....again', I mean criticizing a manager after 4 games - unbelievable!!!!!!!!

9/21/2006 10:18 am

Blogger BlindJak said...

Certainly a goal worthy of winning any match. When he’s playing like he did on Sunday he’s near unplayable but unfortunately he’s still to inconsistent for my liking.

9/21/2006 10:20 am

Blogger RedsMan said...

I too understood the week begins on a Sunday and therefore early to call for goal of the week right up until Saturday, nonetheless the goal was superb. I would have looked to head it out but Drogba has that presence with height and strength that if you are not careful he can manipulate you away from the ball.

Chest control and instant strike made it a textbook finish, on his weaker foot too. he has been a difference for Chelsea so far this season and I wonder if the arrival of Shevchenko is pushing him further.

As for Alonso last night, I was laughing at the mere execution, some may say cheek but he looked around and then saw Harper off his line and went for it. Beckham, eat your heart out. Makes me wonder if the TV archives will replay it as much as they did Beckham's. I am not sure on a 'Rafa has got it right' article. I know I was not the author but let's see on Saturday against Spurs and then discuss.


9/21/2006 11:20 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beckham doesnt need to eat his heart out. He did it from a more difficult angle and his shot had to be 100% perfect because the keeper was still standing so its totally different. Well Alonso goal was awesome but the shot wasnt that powerfull and if the keeper didnt loose his footing and made a mess out of it....he would have saved it. :)

9/21/2006 11:27 am

Anonymous Abdul said...

I have to agree that Beckham's goal was far far better than Alonso's last night.

I believe that Alonso is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League and his audacity and improvisation for his goal against Newcastle was brilliant. But it was a bit of a howler by Harper in goal and Beckham's goal against the dons was inch perfect.

9/21/2006 2:22 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

redsman I am shocked at you. Your friend SKG had the audacity to go to town on Rafa based on the Chelski game - but you can't write anything positive about the manager after a win? Shame on you, wait till saturday.

It's funny how people get really negative after one or two defeats (and one bad performance) but when the opposite happens they all go quiet. It's almost like 'you moan when you're losing......' rather than singing positives.

I also don't think SKGs appraisal of Rafa was really an article - more a personal attack with no substance and poorly researched.

Young people eh - if only they were around when Pool lost to Chelski and Swansea in consecutive games in the 80's and no one then called for Bob Paisley's head.

9/21/2006 5:43 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Well, Anon (5.43PM), the one victory does not make an immediate winning formula, and I already had stated I was waiting until Saturday's game. The shame is indeed on you, for I don't usually write on midweek league games and if I had, I would be surprised to not receive a barrage of comments stating 'one win and you're all happy', 'one win and you think you're back', 'LFC were crap, Alonso was lucky'. I don't certainly 'moan' when the chips are down and then chirp when things are going well. Read my articles and comments previous.

As for Beckham's goal against Wimbledon, when Beckham launched his kick Neil Sullivan back-pedalled and then didn't go for the ball because he felt it was going over. And who really knows what if had Harper not slipped? Would he have managed to tip it over the bar, or tip it instead into the net? Would he have even got to the ball?

And another contender for Goal of the Week, this week, Chesterfield's Derek Niven's volley last night against Man City.


9/21/2006 10:10 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well like i mentioned earlier, Beckhams goal was more spectacular because he hit it from a more difficult angle while Alonso was more direct towards the goal. Beckham also had to get good height on the ball and the shot was just nice and above the keeper while alonso's shot didnt have much venom or height in it and it was preety much a moment of madness from the keeper. Well you can add it to the bloopers list but it was great vision from Alonso to attempt such a thing.

9/22/2006 12:09 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Alonso's shot had no venom?? It had to have a certain amount of pace to get where it did,if it was that slow the keeper would not have panicked. It was great vision and he's done it twice in a year so that makes his equal to Beckham's.

Redsman, what I was objecting to is negative articles, blind panic and personal attacks on Rafa four games (yes thats right FOUR) into the season. One win does not make a premiership challenge you're right, but neither do two defeats (two of the hardest away fixtures - one bad performance) mean a crisis.

9/22/2006 4:13 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Oh, I'm with you on that Anon (4.13PM), far too many positives about the team and the season to be panicking. I understand frustration for LFC fans expect to see scintillating football of old, while for me the reason for two defeats and one each of a draw and win could stem from World Cuphangover or new faces still to gel.

One thing you can be certain is my support behind Rafa, and I think for scintillating football to occur on a regular basis with Liverpool, Rafa wants to bring in players who can provide good ability in all areas. In doing so, he selects players who cost reasonably and yet he can direct them in position once they join the side.

This is why I sense we will come up the table after a short while, why he tinkers with the side, he looks on to see who and how.


9/23/2006 10:10 am

Blogger T said...

Just to clarify to my esteemed colleague Redsman and to the second anon that for me Sunday is not the start of the week...

On Alonso, it was a goal of awesome audacity that had me and my brother applauding when we watched the higlights that night, but I'm with Abdul on his analysis that Harper's slip was signficant while Beckham's had to be inch perfect to be the leaping Sullivan.

9/23/2006 12:29 pm

Blogger T said...

And first anon, agree that I wish the clip was two seconds longer to catch Jose's reaction... for me the best and most amusing reaction I can recall seeing from a coach to a wonder-goal.

9/23/2006 12:31 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Surely it follows from the bible that the beginning of Earth was created on a Sunday??


9/23/2006 4:09 pm

Blogger T said...


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