What are the best goals ever in the history of Germany’s illustrious top-flight? We could down the six most beautiful efforts ever!
6. Diego – Werder Bremen vs. Alemannia Aachen (2007)
Brazilian, Diego scored this wonder-goal In 2007. The midfield maestro netted the Bundesliga strike of the season for Werder Bremen as Alemannia Aachen flung their goalkeeper Kristian Nicht upfield for a corner in the dying moments.
The ball breaks to Diego, who despite the best efforts of opposition midfielder Matthias Lehmann, nonchalantly makes the score 3-1, from 69 yards out!
“Football is always about feelings. You have to be happy and free to play at your best, and what happened at that precise moment was a consequence of that,” Diego later told the media.
5. Jay-Jay Okocha – Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Karlsruhe (1993)
It’s now been nearly 30 years since Nigerian midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha’s wonder-goal against legendary goalkeeper, Oliver Khan. However, Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp still insists that this goal is the best in Bundesliga history!
“He scored the most spectacular goal in the history of German football. It took like five minutes of Kahn and his defenders diving on the floor before he put the ball in the net!”, said Klopp.
The then-youthful Okocha comes into the game for Eintracht Frankfurt from the bench in the second half and changes the game with his free-flowing dribbling skills. He turns this way and that way, completely confusing all of the Karlsruher defenders and Kahn, before he slots the ball into the net to set the entire stadium alight!
4. Grafite – Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich (2009)
Brazilian striker Grafite gave the world this magical goal in 2009. It was called the best goal ever in the history of the Bundesliga on German Television.
The miracle occurs at 16:05 when Wolfsburg’s Grafite, the powerful Brazilian striker who had made his living selling bin bags eight years previously, first turns Bayern’s poor Andreas Ottl inside-out with ease. Then he bypasses Christian Lell, steps away from the goalkeeper, Michael Rensing, and leaves Breno and Philipp Lahm in his wake. The crowning moment is a reverse back-heel with little power, but enough to take it past two Bayern defenders and agonisingly over the goal line!
To be continued…