RealClearSports
Advertisement

Goooooaaaallll! And Then What?

AP Photo

In the age of wall-to-wall soccer coverage, goal celebrations have become their own branch of performance art—a few moments in the spotlight to make a statement, soak in the cheers, and massage the ego. Think Peter Crouch's robot dance or Mario Balotelli's "Why Always Me?" message on an undershirt.

 

They are so elaborate and so varied, that the behavioral expert Desmond Morris once identified 18 different kinds of celebration, from the "embrace invitation" to the "gang-lift."

 

He could add a 19th: the non-celebration.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has promised to deliver a prime example on Wednesday night should he score against his former club, Manchester United, in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Zenit St. Petersburg Fans Racist and Proud of It

Jonathan McEvoy, Daily Mail - February 13, 2013

The true face of Zenit St Petersburg, concealed from me for a week, walked in on his tiptoes and hidden under a hoodie. A 23-year-old, out-of-work car mechanic with ‘34’ tattooed on his arm — the shirt number... more »

Match-Fixing Scandal Stuns Soccer World

Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times - February 4, 2013

Football: Europol investigators claimed today that over 680 football matches across the world have been fixed.   In startling revelations, European police said that 380 matches in Europe had been rigged, including a Champions... more »

Soccer's Version of Sweet 16

Matthew Futterman, Wall Street Journal - February 12, 2013

Gus Johnson, a veteran TV broadcaster whose distinctively exuberant style became synonymous with the NCAA men's basketball tournament, left his longtime perch at CBS in 2011 for Fox Sports. He's spent the last 18 months... more »

Soccer's Biggest Showdown Arrives Early

Martin Rogers, Yahoo! Sports - February 13, 2013

It is rare that soccer's biggest showdown in any given season should come in early February rather than the end of May, but Wednesday's match-up between Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid and Manchester United comfortably fits... more »

England Must Keep Integrity in Soccer Scandal

Henry Winter, Telegraph - February 5, 2013

When an assistant referee fails to spot a ball crossing the line, supporters react with anger or amusement but few genuinely think the man with the flag is actually on the take. One of the many selling points of the Premier... more »