Barca v Madrid Copa Del Rey Final. Or Gareth Bale's goal deserves its own thread.

Discussion in 'football' started by skyscraper101, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Not many players could have done that. But, really it was all about the pace, rather than a lot skills or strength. On balance, I'd say it was a good goal, but not nearly worthy of some of the hyperbole.
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  2. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    i'm guessing all you naysayers are fans of teams that either didn't get Bale or got beat by teams he was in? :D
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  3. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Dreadful defending. Where was the covering defender?
  4. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    I am just bitter that Spurs got and spent all that money on amazing new players.
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  5. LiamO

    LiamO Share the love

    Good enough for the Franco-ist piglet.
  6. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Needs vid. 3 minutes in:
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  7. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Whilst thinking it was indeed a decent goal, especially given the context, I do agree that a lot of it was down to pace. His first touch basically turns it into a sprint race, and while it's impressive that he wins it given the route he has to take, it's still essentially a footrace. After that... I dunno, could argue he gets a bit lucky, or that he does well to control it all at that speed.

    Kinda reminds me of Owen's goal against Argentina, which I never went as loopy over as others. Sometimes a goal's reception isn't purely about the ability, it's about the context and, not unreasonably, how it looks. Players running at speed at defenders looks really good, even if in reality they're a bit lucky with their control of the ball. For example, at one point in Owen's goal an Argentine player gets a toe on the ball - different contact and that goal never happened.
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  8. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Good picture in El Pais showing Bale in full sprint after he'd been pushed out of the pitch


    Considering how displaced he was, that he got to the ball well before Bartra is rather iImpressive.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2014
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  9. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Still can't believe they left such a massive hole for him to run into. In a cup final. Against their biggest rivals. In the last 5 minutes. With the score at 1-1 :facepalm:
  10. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone ubi sunt

    Barca-ing madness!!!
  11. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    It's just pace and when he loses that he won't be half as good
  12. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    Just watched the HD torrent of the match,quite close game,Neymar was unlucky not to score.I think you'd be a bit parsimonious to think Bales goal wasn't great,the ref I thought had a good game he could have stopped it when Bale was barged out of play but sensibly waved play on.
  13. charliechalk

    charliechalk Banned Banned

    Your mums parsimonious
  14. chieftain

    chieftain Mega Gammon

    Great goal, I miss Gareth so much :(
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  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    As could be said about almost every single forward playing at the very highest level.
  16. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Not Teddy Sheringham ;)
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  17. Lorca

    Lorca Somebody, after all, had to make a start

    I heard that when he was going through a bad spell at Spurs he was a whisker away from joining Birmingham City on loan :( He would've been a decent signing to be fair.
  18. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    He had 5 yards in his head.

    Peter crouch is also surprisingly good on the floor for a big man.
  19. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    This is very true.

    Also, could Bale have done that on a wet and windy Tuesday night at Stoke? Think on that one.
  20. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    I think he probably already did.
  21. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    Quoted in dollars in the commentary. Why?
  22. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    He really is Ronaldo-esque.

    I'm expecting splutters from plenty on here who remember Ronaldo as a tricksy skillster, all stepovers and that.

    But whilst that's true, what he added to his game as he developed was a helluva lot of athleticism. It's that combination that makes him so ridiculously outstanding. His tricksiness got him so far - it was the addition of strength (without losing his agility) that took him to the next level

    Bale has a similar skillset. Athletically he's an absolute beast and a match for Ronaldo. Skillwise he's not in the same league - but he's still got more in his toolbox than the vast majority of top flight players. He's also 5 years younger than CR remember.

    And it's all down to his time at WHL. :cool: ;)
  23. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    It's weird cos he looks like such a dweeb.
  24. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    Given that she's been dead for coming up a decade you may well be right.
  25. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Because it was commentary for a US station.
  26. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    I've been thinking about it a bit more and Bale just doesn't go together. He has the body of a top class athlete but the head and face of a kid who's the chairman of the school chess club.

    Like Cristiano Ronaldo looks like a skilful foreign heartthrob, Rooney looks like a bit of a scrappy bruiser. They fit. Bale just doesn't, he's like one of those body builder kids.

    At university there was this guy who we called the tragic giant. He was normal sized, I mean he was tall but wasn't a giant. But he had the proportions of a giant. He was a bit clumsy and he kind of knocked into things and he had long legs and stuff. Bale reminds me a bit of him. Like he should be him but he's actually this amazingly athletic person. It does my head in.
  27. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    The greatest thing about that goal was Bale's sheer determination to take it on and score it himself - he knew none of the other cheating, diving, posing wankers he was sharing the pitch with would do anything so he took responsibility himself. It's qualities like that that make players great, not just fancy ball skills - it's the desire, the will to win, the stamina, the courage and the confidence to do it. That's what he showed last night and that's why Real invested all those Euros in him.
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  28. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Nah, if he was English this would be a wankfest!
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  29. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  30. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I refer the honourable gentleman to my comments re: Owen's goal against Argentina in '98 :p

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