Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Remembering Yeboah's greatest goal

Former Leeds United striker Tony Yeboah scored one of the finest goals I have ever seen in 1996 against Wimbledon. It was actually judged the goal of the season that year and deserved it. It was a strike dripping with class from start to finish (video below).

Yeboah, a former Ghana international, scored a number of remarkable goals in his short stint at Leeds but for my money this incredible volley is the greatest of his career.

The buildup was rather innocuous. A Wimbledon goal kick followed by a clearance, a header, another clearance, another header followed by yet another headed Wimbledon clearance. It was the sort of moment you flip channels to the other match and see if football is being played with any flow over there.

The final clearance was too short and Yeboah chested the ball gracefully and dribbled with his left knee. The ball sat beautifully and he seemed poised for a long rage effort. He cleverly faked the left footed strike sending the defender into a pirouette and dragged the ball forward to his right foot and, just outside the center of the box, unleashed one of the most ferocious strikes ever. The ball took from his boot like a rocket. The keeper made an effort but never really had a chance as the ball struck the bottom of the post and ricocheted up and down 3 times. The keeper looked on in amazement like me and millions of others too.

Unfortunately, stupid manager George Graham took over at Leeds and sold Yeboah. Go figure, he went on to score a mountain of goals back in Germany.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

stupid he was

5/03/2006 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

his volley against Liverpool at Elland Road was also something special

5/04/2006 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeboah put on loads of weight when out injured and committed the cardinal sin of taking his shirt off and throwing it at his manager. Not only did it prove to George Graham how much of a trouble maker he was but it also showed the fans how fat and unfit he was.

5/04/2006 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont remember him being fat, he was a thick guy to begin with

Graham was a shit manager and did piss for our beloved Leeds

5/04/2006 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all if you thought that Yeboah wasn't fat then you better get to Specsavers.

Second of all despite the fact that he left Leeds in the lurch and buggered off to manage Spurs, George Graham was an extremely successful manager at Leeds. He picked up the team with low morale from Howard Wilkinson that was absolutely rubbish. They'd just been beaten 4-0 by Manchester United and was leaking goals left right and centre. George Graham took them to 4th place. He sorted out rubbish defence and made some of the shrewdest buys in Leeds' history notably £2m for Hasselbaink. Ian Harte played his best football under Graham. Harry Kewell was brought into the team and O'Leary was employed as his assistant. To say that he was a poor manager shows that you don't really have an objective view.

5/13/2006 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's something about a ball ricocheting up and down in the net that gets to me...what a strike

7/25/2007 3:24 AM  

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