A Brief History Of The Goal Celebration
Monday16th marks 13 years since Thierry Henry's iconic knee slide celebration. Now it seems like everyone tries to replicate that famous slide which is now immortalised as a statue in front of the Emirates. To mark the anniversary, we take a brief look at the history of the goal celebration.
On Top Of The World - World Cup 1982
One of the most iconic celebrations in football history, Marco Tardelli’s goal to put Italy 2-0 up in the 1982 World Cup final displayed all the raw emotion of the moment as the Italian striker was overcome with joy.
With the sheer ecstasy of a man who had just achieved the wildest dreams of his childhood etched across his face, Tardelli sprinted dementedly around the pitch, clenched fists pumping and screaming in unadulterated delight. To watch Tardelli’s triumph is to see the true passion football is capable of inducing encapsulated in one simple, euphoric moment.
Milla Time - Italia 90
Probably the happiest player there ever was, Roger Milla never fails to bring a smile to my face. Lighting up Italia '90, he became known for his innovative and imagintive corner-flag dances, inspiring generations to follow suit. However, the reason we got to see these dances so much was due to his deadly finishing, the guy had talent. Named Africa's player of the century, Milla guided Cameroon into uncharted territory, as well as becoming the oldest player to score at a World cup, aged 42. Roger, thanks for everything.
The Dentist Chair - Euro 1996
Kneeslide - North London Derby 2002
One of the finest goals ever seen at Highbury and all the sweeter for being against arch rivals Tottenham. Henry picked up the ball in his own half leaving opponents in his wake with his pace before dancing round the back four and slotting the ball into the corner of the net. The famous kneeslide celebration in front of the Spurs fans is now immortalised as a statue outside the Emirates Stadium - a fitting tribute to a living legend.
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