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The Best Goal Celebration

August 17, 2010

When it comes to memorable goal celebrations, Roger Milla’s corner flag hip-shaking immediately comes to mind. But the effort from Icelandic side Stjarnan blows Roger’s feat out of the water. Taken hook, line and sinker – there’s no doubt that this is the best goal celebration we’ve ever seen.

During a match between Stjarnan and Fylkir in Iceland at the end of last month, the goal celebration after a game-winning kick ended up being better than the actual winning goal. After striker Halldor Orri Bjornsson scored on a penalty kick in extra time to take a 2-1 lead, he pulled out an imaginary fishing rod and casted his line out.  Then he proceeded to reel in a huge catch – defender Johann Laxdal. Displaying wonderful technique the ‘catch’ flapped his way across the turf and was hauled up by Bjornsson and a number of his team mates. The players then posed with their big catch for a photo take.

Millions have watched the YouTube video of the Icelandic “The Angler” goal celebration and the Stjarnan FC has achieved a newfound stardom. But the club now admits that they are now under pressure to make fans laugh.  They have to keep trying to stay fresh and brainstorm for more novel goal celebration routines. It was hard to do better than “The Angler” but since then the team has come up with “The Bicycle” and “The Birth”.  “The Angler” was the brainchild of Bjornsson who thought that one up when he was on a fishing trip with his father. Watch the video and be amused  at the Icelanders’ fishing routine.

The bar has now been set very high just before the start of the new season for professional footballers everywhere.  No longer will the one arm held aloft, or shirt over head routines suffice. Creativity is the name of the game now and it will be hard to beat this elaborate Icelandic fishy routine.

Kudos to the club for taking the art of goal celebration to a whole new level.

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