Arshavin’s back-heel beauty

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If you weren't able to catch Tuesday's UEFA Champions League action, you might have missed a pretty sweet back-heel goal from Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin.

Now, we realize that he was offside, and the goal shouldn't have counted, but you can still appreciate the skill.


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44 Responses to Arshavin’s back-heel beauty

  1. Ed says:

    What was an MLS ref doing officiating that game? 😉

  2. Pat says:

    Great offside finish.

  3. Josh says:

    Great finish, terrible officiating. Arshavin’s the perfect player for Arsenal. He’s as skilled as anybody they’ve got and likes to play entertaining soccer, but he brings an aggressiveness to their attack that’s otherwise lacking.

  4. skb says:

    Why does he always celebrate by shushing the crowd? He is weird.

  5. tippos says:

    It almost seems as though the backheel happens because he assumes the flag will go up.

  6. Jared Montz says:

    Nice! He looked so relaxed doing it. Wonder if he thought to himself, “I think I am offsides” and was just goofing off with that shot??

  7. MG Palisades says:

    Arshavin is something else…guy is special, even if he was offsides

  8. nicholas s says:

    How many offsides and fluke goals can one team get in a season?

  9. James T. says:

    Although I suppose it was entertaining, I wouldn’t call that a beautiful goal. He could have easily finished the ball into the corner if he kicked it normally, but doing a back-heel sent the ball into the keeper, almost allowing him to make the save. Honestly, I agree with tippos. I think he knows that he is in an offsides position and doesn’t expect the play to count so he f**ks around with the finish.

  10. nicholas s says:

    Also, Peter Crouch’s backheel volley is still the backheel goal to beat this year.

  11. cj says:

    That’s really not that tough. I had a bunch of those in HS.

  12. Nick G. says:

    meh…average. I’ve scored goals like that. And he was offside.

  13. Jacob A. says:

    Yeah he was offsides, but it still doesn’t mean I can’t rue the decision to not start him in fantasy because I’d read he was injured and likely to not play.

  14. js says:

    He was offside, unmarked and he still hit it into the keeper! Nothing beats the backheel goal scored by Lee Sharpe for Man U against Barca in 94 or 95 I think.

  15. Larry says:

    Bleh! who cares? He was offside and under zero pressure.

  16. Mcjones says:

    Why europeans hate Americans?
    Answer: There is no call known as offsides. It’s offside.

  17. dbex says:

    Sharpe back-heel…..whoa. Haven’t seen that before. There were 3 amazing bits of skill in that (and I’m afraid I can’t name the players): the first guy who jukes two defenders before making a perfectly weighted lay-off to the right wing; the cross into the middle that nutmegs the defender to find a very well-marked Sharpe, then the finish. Very nice.

  18. OmarVizquel says:

    Gawd — he could score a World Cup-clinching goal from 80 yards out and all I would think is: “What a bad goal celebration.” By the way, isn’t the heel the back of your foot? Why isn’t that type of shot just called a “heel”? Why a “back-heel”?

  19. M says:

    That’s like one of my goals in FIFA 09

  20. McHead says:


    “Europeans” is capitalized you jag off.

  21. SG says:

    Passes leading up to the goal are quality. The goal itself is really not a difficult thing to do.

    Who is he “shushing” alm the time?

  22. Metro Boy says:

    Blah anyone can score that offsides.. Monteros goal is way better

  23. Aljarov says:

    I agree with Tippos….he knew he was offside, so why not backheel….

    Crap ref/asst.

  24. Steve C. says:

    lol @ Mcjones. So, thats what it is. That darn “S”… I always thought it was because we call it ‘soccer’.

  25. G in Humboldt says:

    Mr. Galarcep,

    You seem pre-occupied these days. Are you working on something big?

  26. elmatador says:

    what’s beauty about that offside?

  27. I <3 MLS says:

    back heel… lovely

  28. mwc says:

    Ed — comment winner.

  29. Korey Sutton says:

    No Way!!!!! He Was not offside!!!! Look at it close.

  30. Steve says:

    Zola’s back heel off a corner agains norwich is the best I’ve seen…

    link to

  31. DL says:

    No way. van der Vaart with Ajax: link to

  32. Matt says:

    Yo, Andrei, I’m really happy for you and I’m gonna let you finish but Peter Crouch had one of the best backheel finishes of all time. One of the best backheel finishes of all time!

  33. Waterlewd says:


    Have you considered changing your name to Mctwat? Sounds good on you.

    Baseless generalizations and xenophobia based on no facts is stupidity personified. For someone of your intelligence level, I’ll simplify — you’re a stupid twat and it’s understandable if anyone would hate you, regardless of their heritage.

    The goal was not that impressive at all. Arshavin looked shaky the whole match and showed one piece of skill that was saved at the near post by the Greek shotstopper. The Greek goalie was impressive.

  34. mkiz says:

    Nikopolides (the olympiakos ‘keeper) played unbelievably…the game should’ve ended 1-0…but its no biggie

  35. Iammetro says:

    Ronaldo’s was better. The one he had last year when he was being marked. The pass came from the right as well.

  36. El Caifan says:

    Arshavin’s a Witch… The Russian ‘Brujita.’ Arsenal are going to the Final this year. Just wait till Theo and Nasri are back.

  37. BCC says:

    Not much of a goal. Looks to me like he knew he was off and was just screwing around.

  38. simms21 says:

    No best ever by far was Henry’s vs Charlton
    link to

  39. Joamiq says:

    Same old Arsenal
    always cheating

    Seriously, nothing impressive about that. He could have scored that any of a million ways with his eyes closed. Any one of us could have pulled that off.

  40. Leonardo says:

    i saw this move several times today during the champ league matches! i bet everyone saw Arse-shavin’s goal and tried to copy it. no joke i know for sure i saw it in the Beshiktas game – right at the top of the box some dude did a give and go, and his go was this back heel move into a defender though. they wish they were arse-shavin

  41. Nick G. says:

    Tihinen scored a better one today

    link to

    flying backheel volley

  42. DC Josh says:

    who cares about the goal celebration? Seriously. If you care about the goal celebration, go watch Cirgue du Soleil.

    He is a sick player. Wish the US could have someone of his caliber. A very cheeky finish. Him/HealthyRosicky/RVP/Fabregas/Healthy Walcott=top four finish. Screw Man City, they will mess it up somehow.

  43. JP says:

    Funny to note that after this post went up we have had some amazing (and legitimate) backheel goals take place…