Why Don’t Teams Do Trick Free Kicks Anymore? (Video)

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Remember when England played Argentina in World Cup 1998?

Javier Zanetti’s goal came when a free kick was awarded to Argentina just outside the box – a perfect shooting position.

The cunning Argentinians feinted to shoot and instead played the ball around the side of the wall – where Zanetti was in space to fire home an unstoppable shot.

This isn’t the only example. Perhaps Zanetti was inspired by the ingenuity of the Sweden team at the 1994 World Cup – Tomas Brolin this time the goalscorer.

Teams don’t just have to pass around the wall either. In 2006, David Nugent scored a wonderful volley for Preston against Burnley – who of course he would later play for. It was all the result of thinking outside the box when awarded a free kick.

Finally, from the sublime to the ridiculous. CSKA Sofia striker Stoyko Sakaliev appeared as if he was about to take a free kick against Spartak Varna, but then… perhaps it’s just best if you just see for yourself.

Teams these days are always prepared for the shot, but perhaps it’s time they started mixing it up to keep goalkeepers on edge.

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