The Catapult

As homage to the retiring Roberto Carlos: the greatest Brazilian full-back goals

Roberto Carlos announced he will retire at the end of 2012 – he has been playing for Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian league – and there is no better time to select some great Brazilian full-back goals. It’s one of the dramatic sites in the history football – the full back brought forward like a Roman catapult to crack the resistance. They can be divided into two main genres: the “f… that was powerful” and the “how the hell did he score from that angle?”

So here we go:

1. Still the most famous: Carlos Alberto v. Italy:

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2. Probably the least famous but most skillful, combining both genres – Nelinho v. Italy in 1978:

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3. Josimar had two outrageous blasts in the 1986 World Cup. From an impossible angle against the Poles  and this rocket against Northern Ireland.

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4. This is my favorite Roberto Carlos goal – but you may want a second opinion.

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5. Maicon against the North Koreans. I happened to be there. It was bitterly cold and Brazil were horrible, but we all went home with a stupid grin on our faces.

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6. Fresh – Daniel Alves v. Real Madrid:

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  1. Vishal Singh added these pithy words on February 7, 2012 | Permalink

    :)

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