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Incase any of my regular visitors are worried by the lack of tweets or articles, I have gone on holiday for a weel following the band Barenaked Ladies around the country, finishing in Glasgow.

Once in my home city I will be watching the Celtic v Hibs match at Celtic Park, really looking forward to that, football tweet will be at a minimum, if your really interested you can follow my civilian twitter

See you all soon


Some great goals in the Premier League this weekend, Cahill finding space between two Man United defenders to start his teams comeback, then Michael Essien scored two headers against West Ham, then while already inspired and doing research for this article Stewart Downing pops up with an exsquite diving header against Stoke as if it was meant to be.

Looking through some videos of the best headers of all time, one player’s name kept reappearing a player that has been close to my heart and provided some of the best football memories in my lifetime, shortly you will see some of my favourite headed goals, however it was only right to pay a short homage to one of the best players ever to head a football.

Ruud Gullit v USSR – 1988 European Championships
There are better headed goals out there a combination of the team, player, the strip and the way his hair seems to power the ball into the net makes this a magical goal for me.

Chris Sutton v Ajax – Champions League Qualifer

Little did Celtic fans know that the 3-1 victory at the Amsterdam ArenA would be their last away victory in a Champions League game for a ver very long time, a great patient build up with a thunderous headed finish

Martin Palermo v Velez Sarsfield

Palermo has always been dangerous with his head but never before from 40 yards, a great instinctive header and the power to guide the ball into the net

Lionel Messi v Manchester United – Champions League Final

Not known at all for his ability in the air, there was a surprised cheer around the world when Messi guided a superb header past the helpless van der Sar and put the finishing touch to Barcelona’s winning performance.

Jared Borgetti v Italy – World Cup Korea/Japan 2002

One of the greatest headers of all time, a difficult cross to apply any sort of volley Borgetti facing the wrong way manages to direct the ball to the back post, Buffon was left rooted to the spot.

Yordan Letchkov v Germany – World Cup USA 1994

Germany were looking strong to go all the way in 94 that was until they came up against the surprise of the tournament Bulgaria and it was this diving header that finished off the Germans and saw Stoitchkov’s team catapulted to worldwide recognition.

There are plenty of headers not on this list but please feel free to add them in the comments.


Below is the piece I wrote for the fantastic blog The Equaliser my contribution on his excellent Favourite Footballer series, I hope you enjoy!

81 minutes into his first game in English football, websites, mobile phones and vidiprinters around the country were for the first time typing the name of Peter Odemwingie. I’m sure there were plenty of people around the country thinking “Who?” – I too was once in this position. Today, however, I class him as one of my favourite footballers.

You could say it was fate that brought my attention to Odemwingie, while on holiday in France a family friend had the chance to go watch Lyon v Lille at the Stade Gerland and, while at the game and knowing my love of all things football, picked me up a scarf without thinking what team the scarf represented. The team, it turned out, was Lille OSC.

Being the curious fan that I am, I researched this French enigma through the only channel a fan could before the days of Wikipedia – I popped Pro Evolution Soccer into my PS2. Makoun and Bodmer were there but there was one name that stood out, Peter Odemwingie. I can’t think back to how I may have pronounced his name then, but I would put money on it having been wrong.

Peter had only just moved to Lille from La Louviere (in the 2005 January Transfer window) and, playing the majority of his football on the flanks, he scored four goals in his first season; the next year he had a great season scoring 14 goals and leading Lille to an unprecedented third place and Champions League football.

It wasn’t until the 15th of April 2006 that I finally saw the man in action. Through the wonders of the World Wide Web I found a barely visible feed of Lille’s match at home to Bordeaux and, after six minutes, I was hooked. Mathieu Bodmer opening the scoring in the second minute before Odemwingie found the net four minutes later. On the half hour the Nigerian had two and Lille were 3-0 to the good, the game eventually finishing 3-2. Les Dogues had a new fan.

Two weeks later, while playing scrabble with my girlfriend at some ungodly hour of the morning and flicking through the TV channels between turns, I discovered Channel 4’s French Football coverage. The match in progress was Lille v Lyon and I watched agog as Lille destroyed the all conquering Lyon 4-0. Odemwingie scored two goals, the best of which was a delightful chip over the helpless Remy Vercoutre.

Unfortunately the season was drawing to a close and it would be another three months until I could watch the fascinating Odemwingie again. He would not disappoint – the season kicked off with a great 2-1 win over Rennes away from home, the next week bringing the visit of Lille’s arch-rivals Rennes.

This was the game where Odemwingie would truly capture my imagination. After Mathieu Bodmer had given Lille an early lead the game belonged to the number 14, the flying forward turning past Marcos Ramos and racing towards goal before curling his shot beyond Charles Itandje. His second was the easiest of tap-ins, Kader Keita doing the hard work and squaring the ball for Peter to make it 3-0.

He was not going to be denied his hat-trick, Keita again charging down the right teasing a wonderful cross into the box where Odemwingie, unmarked between two defenders, expertly powered the header into the back of the net. The home fans were enchanted just like their newest fan, captivated, watching in awe of his new favourite player.


This week saw my debut post on the very popular website In Bed With Maradona, a collection of some of the best football bloggers out there, very honoured to be part of the site, I will be contributing a piece every month, and look forward to scouring the depths of World Football for interesting stories.

Please have a look at my first contribution featuring the Ukrainian striker Vasiliy Sachko, on a scoring streak with FC Vorskla.

Hope you enjoy the piece, let me know what you think?