The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
Every team has played its first match, so it’s time to identify the most potent draught of goal-scoring elixir to date. (People actually talk that way, you know. It’s just verisimilitude from me.) Rather than staging a vote, I’m going to declare a winner from On High. But please, feel free to name your own choice in the comments. The nominees are. . .
David Villa v. Russia
Wesley Sneijder v. Italy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic v. Greece
And the winner is…Wesley Sneijder. Zlatan’s strike was sensational, but the team build-up, the fantastic header from Kuyt, and the tight-angle stab of the shot put Sneijder’s goal in a class by itself. In any case, if the next round of games produces three goals as good as these, I don’t think we’ll have anything to complain about.
by Brian Phillips · June 11, 2008