Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Top 10 worst misses ever

On Sunday, we witnessed Fernando Torres miss a golden opportunity to put Chelsea back into the game versus Manchester United. It’s a miss that will be replayed over and over again, until the man himself gets sick of it. It’s a shame because he probably had his best performance in over a year during the remainder of the game, but that’ll be easily forgotten because of THAT miss.

But was it the worst one of all time? I can think of quite a few that are possibly and probably much worse than Torres’, and today, thanks to “El Nino” (do people still call him that?), we’re going to have a tribute to some of the best misses ever. These are chances that our grandparents would probably stick into the net.
Ryan Giggs vs Arsenal:
It was back during the time when Manchester United vs Arsenal was still widely regarded as one of Europe’s biggest clashes. It still is, but to a much lesser extent. With this 2003 FA Cup match still tied at 0-0, Giggs latched on to a long ball and beat both the defender and the keeper. With an open goal in front of him, he somehow, uncharacteristically, blasted the ball over the bar – and Arsenal went on to win 2-0 at Old Trafford. (click here)

Nwankwo Kanu vs MIddlesborough:
West Brom were fighting a relegation battle that season in 2003-2004, and any point at that time would do for them to be one step closer to safety. With barely time left on the clock and West Brom piling on the pressuring to equalize as they were 2-1 down, Kanu found himself unmarked and one yard away from an open net. As the ball came straight to his feet, the Nigerian striker unbelievably looped it over the bar. (click here)

Diego Forlan vs Juventus:
It was a friendly in the USA in the summer of 2003, and even though Manchester United ran out victors comfortably, Diego Forlan kept up with his reputation of missing chances while playing for United. He had come on as a substitute during the game and found himself in front of an empty net thanks to a blooper in Juventus’ defence. The rest was typical Forlan back in the days. (click here)

Freddie Ljunberg vs Bolton:
Arsenal were playing some of the best football in Europe at the time and were feared all across England. During this 2005 FA Cup tie vs Bolton which Arsenal comfortably won 1-0, Arsenal were going for a second in the dying minutes of the game, when a great team move was put to waste by the Swedish midfielder’s inexplicable miss. (click here)

Fahad Khalfan vs Uzbekistan:
November 2010, a match between Qatar and Uzbekistan during the Asian games saw quite possibly the greatest miss of all-time. The difference between this miss and all the others is, that this player has never played for a top team or in a top league, and probably never will. He became famous worldwide for this miss, and for the rest of his career (and until the end of time probably) he will ONLY be remembered for this miss. I would rate this as my personal favorite. Khalfan, I salute you. (click here) 
Yakubu Ayegbeni vs South Korea:
Nigeria were battling in their World Cup group game vs South Korea as they had let their lead slip and were down 2-1. As they moved forward, Yakubu found himself all alone in the six yard box once the pass had come from the left hand side, but somehow missed. The irony is that a couple of minutes later he scored from the penalty spot and drew the game level at 2-2, which is how it finished. Had he converted that chance, Nigeria would have qualified from the group stages, instead they left South Africa early. (click here)

Jakub Blaszczykowski vs Freiburg:
I struggled writing his name and I think that’s as much as I know about this match. Seems it was the dying minutes, and Borussia Dortmund were already leading 2-1 in a match they went on to win, when their Polish winger decided it was time to aim for some birds in the stands. No other explanation is possible. (click here)

Chris Iwelumo vs Norway:
It was a World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Norway at Hampden Park which ended 0-0. That makes this miss all the more horrible. The funniest thing about this miss is the fact that the entire stadium erupted because of the angle, believing that the ball had actually gone in. (click here)

Van Vossen vs Celtic:
Rangers vs Celtic is one of the most passionate and hateful derbies in the world. You don’t mess about during these games. So when Peter Van Vossen of Rangers had an empty net in from of him to score during this 1-0 Rangers victory, he should have just tapped it home. Instead, his nerves got the better of him and he’s always remembered at Rangers for this, rather than anything else. (click here)

Fernando Torres vs Manchester United:
I’ll just put this one in here for good measure. You all know what happened, so enjoy it. (click here)

(Note: none of these videos belong to me, they are the property of their rightful owners who posted them on Youtube).


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  3. Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone