We love to see a good football goal celebration (unless against our team). But during the football covid pandemic the professional game has come under serious criticism because exuberate celebrations have continued on the back of breaking the rules and having Christmas parties. It’s felt a bit like they were rubbing our noses in the fact that our lives are on hold, loved ones lost, businesses stopped, jobs lost, families and friends separated, while the privileged lives of the Premier League football continues, But does that really wash?. We’ve seen in the past footballers choreographing celebrations, so they can plan what they will do if they score! We thought maybe they could show us they care and come up with some novel none contact celebrations. They could take some inspiration from some of these classics.
Brazilian striker Bebeto was the originator of the cradling arms celebration, joined in the celebration by his teammates in a touching moment, in the 1994 World Cup to celebrate the birth of his son.
Jimmy Bullard got revenge on his manager Phil Brown by recreating the famous on-pitch grilling that the manager gave them during a match against Man City. Clearly rehearsed but it doesn’t matter because it has now become iconic.
Paul Gascoigne’s goal against Scotland was something special. Gazza flicked the ball over Colin Hendry and then smashed it into the net. It kick-started Euro 96 and ensured that ‘It’s coming home’ would stay in the charts for another 100 years. But just as good as the goal was Gazza’s dentist chair celebration, which referenced the England teams tour antics in Hong Kong. Excellent stuff, well played!
Peter Crouch. Graced us with his legendary robot dance moves, after scoring against the titans of Hungary and Jamaica and cemented his place in English football folklore. Truly terrible but in pure entertainment, it was second to none. Come on Pete ‘Do the Robot’.
Robbie Fowler During his first stint at Liverpool, many Everton fans accused Fowler of being a drug abuser and taunted him throughout a Merseyside derby in 1999. Fowler responded with two goals in the Derby and after scoring his second he would perform perhaps the most shocking goal celebration of all time, getting on all fours to snort it 😲
Watch out for the player at the Dads v Dads games who just for a second forgets where he is and over celebrates that easy tap in!