Roberto Carlos – The Impossible Goal

by Ed Lau on June 15, 2007

Now before all of you non-soccer/football fans tune out because you think soccer is boring, I’ll tell you right now that this goal will be one of the sickest things you’ve ever seen in sports. Personally, I love watching and playing soccer. Honestly though, I’ll never understand why more people in North America don’t watch or play soccer because I think it involves the most skill and possibly athleticism of any sport. It’s one thing to manipulate a ball with your hands or a stick but to control it with everything except your hands is something else.

One of my favorite players is Roberto Carlos, who was recently announced to not be returning to Real Madrid next year after his blunder in this year’s UEFA Champion’s League. This is unfortunate but at 34, he’s already in the twilight of his career. I mean, he’s unlikely to play for Brazil again in the next World Cup (same with other older players like Ronaldo) but in his prime, he was one of the best fullbacks in history.

If there’s one particularly amazing thing about Carlos, it’s the curve he can put on the ball. This is something that most casual fans will associate with David Beckham. While there’s no question Beckham is great at putting a curl on the ball, the things Roberto Carlos can do with a free kick is simply superhuman. While most players can spin the ball in the same direction as the kick (that is, if you were to kick it with your left foot, the ball should spin clockwise or with your right foot, counterclockwise), Carlos can do it the other way around…or something I like to call “the inside-out”. That and he does it with a lot of power.

This particular goal was during a game in 1998 and it is the most amazing goal I’ve ever seen in soccer.


Yeah, that’s running full speed and kicking a bouncing ball at the goal line. Since the goal is perpendicular to the goal line, that should’ve been entirely impossible. Here’s the explanation from The Score…


This isn’t even the most famous of Carlos’ goals (for that, look here…and check out the look on Bartez’s face…hahah!) but I think it’s possibly the greatest goal in soccer history. He’s not a particularly big dude at only 5’6″ (generously, I think) but he just gets so much power into those kicks.

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Nomar June 15, 2007 at 6:20 am

What a goal !!! WoW

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Leo June 15, 2007 at 10:50 am

It looks like it was a fluke. He just got lucky, he would need to duplicate the maneuver to prove that it was skill alone.
He got what every soccer player loves anyways . . . a face full of cock when his teammate jumped on him :)

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Ed Lau June 16, 2007 at 7:48 pm

If you’ve seen the things these guys can do with a ball and the pracises they do every day since they were kids, you would never think this was a fluke.

…but you’re quite right about the face full of cock. I never understand what the hell these dudes are thinking. Give the guy a slap on the ass but don’t stick your wiener in his face. Remember that guy that bit his teammate in the nuts “in celebration”?

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Matt Propst June 15, 2007 at 6:21 am

Question of the day: Why the heck do all of us over in N. America refer to football as soccer. It seems that throughout the rest of the world soccer is football. Having grown up watching my younger brother play on one of the best club teams in Michigan I’ve always wondered this.

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Leo June 15, 2007 at 10:47 am

Because in North America we have a more popular sport called football where the players use their hands. See? Makes total sense ;)

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Rick Yuen June 15, 2007 at 7:32 am

Yep, Soccer is the world’s most popular sport but soccer is boring! North Americans don’t like it because there’s not enough scoring in a game. And the players take too many falls/dives to get free kicks.

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Michael Kwan June 15, 2007 at 11:00 am

I used to think that too, but compared soccer to baseball. I personally find baseball a heck of a lot “slower” and more “boring” than soccer. Soccer is also one of the few team sports where there are virtually no substitutions, whereas in games like hockey, American football, basketball… entire lines can change more or less on the fly.

Great goal, fluke or not.

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Kelly Cho June 17, 2007 at 3:55 pm

I agree with Rick. It’s the low scoring factor that makes Americans not like soccer. Baseball is indeed “slow and boring” but it’s the national game so you have to love it here… otherwise you’re unAmerican ;)

I think the beauty of soccer is that it has no class boundaries. You can be poor as hell (which a lot of these Brazilian players were) and still be able to play by kicking around a rolled up pair of socks or a can.

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Kelly Cho June 17, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Oh, and btw, that was a beautiful goal, thanks for sharing Ed!

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soundofgold June 15, 2007 at 11:09 pm

See that is the thing though. While the goals determine the result, the game you guys call soccer is not just about scoring. Its also very much about David Beckham’s hair! :D

Seriously though: There are nice passes, close shots on goal, keeper’s saves, taking on and outsmarting several oponents with a ball and much much more to watch. Hence even a 0-0 game can be quite entertaining.

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maurizio June 15, 2007 at 3:23 pm

Yeah, that’s a nice goal, but not the best (and not his best too). I remember when he played in Italy (eh), he used to kick as maybe even Maradona wasn’t able to kick.

Btw, speaking about boring sports.
American Football stops every 10-20 seconds, while baseball is even slower. I remember that even Homer Simpson said something about baseball being boring.

Hockey is probably better, but you don’t see a lot of skills on it. Basketball is probably the best, but still you are using your hands which makes everything easier.

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krillz June 17, 2007 at 4:01 am

Carlos have made some amazing goals during his career, but don’t forget that he has the fastest/hardest shots as well!

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fatima January 13, 2008 at 5:00 am

hi guys,roberto carlos is one of the best player in the world ,and i like hem so much cause i wach the spanich ligue evry week,and i miss hem so much in real madrid,and he is so good sens he wase a little kid,i dont know guys what the hell you tolking about,he just got luky,,,,what,,,,,,that splose to mean that you guys never watch hem play ,you will know that he is verry good and spicial,and that gool is just one of his many crazy gools,anyway thank you guys to put that vidio,it is nice to know that ther is pipel intersting,,,,,,,excuse my englich dude

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Luke October 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm

it’s called soccer regularly in Australia and I think it is because we have other forms of football that are dominant @Matt Propst:

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