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Off the Woodwork: The Best Own Goal Ever

We kick off this edition of Off the Woodwork with a video from a junior league match between Flamengo and Cruziero in Brazil. Watch as one player executes a perfect bicycle kick. Too bad it was right over the keeper into the back of his own net.

As I mentioned in the first edition, some European leagues began action this weekend, while other teams were playing in their final friendlies before their real action begins. By next weekend, all of the major European leagues will be playing except for Italy and Spain.

In Scotland, DaMarcus Beasley got his SPL action with Rangers as they won 3-0 over Inverness CT. Beasley’s speed was on show as he got a chance early on, but was unable to put it past the keeper.

Chinese officials have made yet another attempt to change the behavior of their nation in preparation of the 2008 Summer Games. This time, they are looking to stop fans from swearing at soccer games. Over the weekend, police were brought in to monitor behavior at games, detaining offenders if necessary.

“It is just way out of line to have 30,000 people shouting and swearing en masse,” police spokesman Liu Chunjiang was quoted as saying. “What we are trying to do is to give the right guidance in how to view a football match, not to impose anything on the spectators.”

Yeah, good luck with that one. Soccer fans worldwide are known for their ability to remain quiet and polite.

Finally, a bonus video from last week’s meeting between Arsenal and Inter Milan. Watch Robin Van Persie of Arsenal undress a defender and then put the ball in to the back of the net as if it’s something he does every day. Enjoy, and we’ll see you next time.

Sources: (The Offside, Soccernet & The Guardian)

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