Early Doors

Will there ever be a better tackle than this?

Early Doors

Ask a football fan to name the best goal they've ever seen, and they'll instantly have a few likely contenders.

Whether it's Maradona's goal against England, Dennis Bergkamp's magical strike for the Netherlands against Argentina, or Ryan Giggs's FA Cup goal for Manchester United against Arsenal, everyone has a favourite.

But the greatest tackle ever? That's a tougher debate. Bobby Moore's effort against Jairzinho at the 1970 World Cup is the one you normally see on internet and magazine lists, but does it really count when nobody you know actually watched the match live?

Luckily, a tackle from the Italian lower leagues has come along to end the debate. Domenico Zampaglione's stop combines both a perfectly-timed slide tackle - in time-honoured Bobby Moore fashion - with a freak goal from 75 yards.

Yup: 75 yards. The goal came in the fourth tier clash between Tuttocuoio 1957 and Vigor Lamezia, with Tuttocuio's free kick routine backfiring spectacularly as a combination of a slippery pitch, high winds and freak geometry off Zampaglione's shin smashed the ball into the upper atmosphere and back down into the net.

Beautiful stuff - a brilliantly-timed slide, AND a goal into the bargain? It may not have happened in the World Cup or a Champions League final, but t's genuinely impossible to imagine this tackle ever being bettered.

Unless, of course, you're the bad-tempered Tuttocuio manager, Massimo Alvini, who was outraged to see his men lose 1-0 to the freak goal: "We played on a field that had nothing to do with football and the game was decided by an episode that has nothing to do with football."

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