5 of the best – Quick Free KicksBy: Rob | February 18th, 2010
Arsene Wenger got a bit upset last night, after a quick free-kick (above) taken by Porto saw his side beaten in the Champions League. The quick free-kick is always a bit controversial, when they come off, they are nearly always memorable, flash-point moments.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with them – at the end of the day, the other team has committed a foul, why should you have to wait for them to be ready for you? If its advantageous, I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to take them quickly.
So to celebrate them, here are four more of the most memorable (i.e the first four that came to mind, feel free to link to some more in the comments) quick free kicks.
Thierry Henry vs Chelsea
Shoe was on the other foot for Arsene Wenger, when Thierry Henry took this Free-kick quickly, to help Arsenal to a 2-2 draw against Chelsea.
Ryan Giggs Vs Lille
Another Champions League one – Lille were so enraged by the cheek of Giggs’ quick free-kick that they immediately kicked the ball out of play and walked off the pitch, threatning a match abandonment. They were eventually talked back on, but lost 1-0. Man United would go on to be beaten by Milan in the semi-final.
Figueroa vs Stoke
Best goal scored this season so far, as Figueroa quickly runs onto a free kick in his own half catching absolutely everyone unaware. Incredible strike.
David Beckham Vs Blackburn
Master of free kicks caught Brad Friedel miles off his line with this quickly taken effort.