Halfway Line Heroes: 9 of the Greatest Goals Scored From a Ridiculously Long Distance

There's something beautiful about a goal being scored from the halfway line; not only does it take sheer cheek to attempt it in the first place, but it also takes something quite special to actually pull it off. They remain long in the memory of adoring fans, but are something opposition keepers wish to forget quickly if they are on the receiving end of one. In memory of David Beckham's wonderstrike against Wimbledon 21 years ago (coming in at number six) here's nine of the greatest goals...

Xabi Alonso vs. Newcastle United, 2006

Xabi Alonso made a habit of scoring incredible long-distance goals while playing for Liverpool. 

The pick of the two he did score from halfway for the Reds has to be his 70-yard beauty in a Premier League match against Newcastle United. The Spaniard picked up the ball well inside his own half after breaking down a Newcastle attack. He then let fly and the ball sailed towards the Newcastle goal. 

Alonso was given a helping hand as Toon goalkeeper Steve Harper was caught off guard and stumbled to the floor, but it was a fantastic effort nonetheless. 

Orlando Engelaar vs. Central Coast Mariners, 2014

On exactly the same day as Wayne Rooney's near halfway goal against West Ham in the Premier League in 2014, Orlando Engelaar trumped the Englishman's efforts with his magnificent long-range effort.

Englellar scored the goal whilst playing for Melbourne Heart in Australia's A-League. The Dutch midfielder led his team forward on the counter-attack. He then assessed his options either side of him, before opting to go alone and unleash a cracker over the Central Coast goalkeeper.

Rivaldo vs. Atletico Madrid, 1998

Brazilian legend Rivaldo was no stranger to scoring breathtaking goals during his playing days. The World Cup winner had a glittering career full of medals and achievements.

But the achievement of scoring from halfway is something not too many players can boast about. However, that is exactly what Rivaldo did with a belter against Atletico Madrid in 1998.

He took one glance, shifted his feet and then nonchalantly floated the ball over the opposition goalkeeper - leaving the backtracking keeper with no chance.

David Beckham vs. Wimbledon, 1996

This goal typically summed up David Beckham's career. A magic right-foot that was always able to stick the ball right on the money. Whether it was a cross or a shot, Beckham will be forever remembered for the accurate precision of his delivery.

His spectacular goal against Wimbledon proved what a talent he was and his less than extravagant celebration showed he was humble too. Kinda.

Beckham's chip is still used to this day as a reference point for strikes of a similar nature and the iconic goal was scored on the opening day of the Premier League 1996-1997 season.

Charlie Adam vs. Chelsea, 2015

One of the more recent halfway goals to have been witnessed in the Premier League era is Charlie Adam's strike for Stoke City.

With the Potters losing 1-0 to Chelsea at the time, Adam picks up ball before noticing that opposition keeper Thibaut Courtois is off his line. The Scotsman then proceeds to thump the ball with his left foot from inside his own half, leaving Courtois stranded as the ball finds the net.

Unfortunately for Adam, the phenomenal effort wasn't enough to grab himself the goal of the season award that year.

Carli Lloyd vs. Japan, 2015

Could there be a more perfect setting for such a special type of goal than in a World Cup final? Well, that's exactly what USA women's forward Carli Lloyd did when she scored from the halfway line against Japan in 2015.

What was even more remarkable was that the stunning goal rounded off a hat-trick for her in the opening 16 minutes of the game.

Lloyd and her teammates went on to lift the trophy after an emphatic 5-2 win, and the goal earned her a place on the FIFA Puskas Award shortlist that year - an award recognised for the world's best goal.

Mor Diouf vs. Mamelodi Sundowns, 2013

Mor Diouf may be an unknown name to most people. But his goal for Supersport United in the South African Premier League will ensure he's mentioned for years to come in the best goal archives.

The Senegalese player wacked the ball from midway inside his own half, as the opposition goalkeeper could only watch in disbelief. The amazing thing about the strike was the sheer pace he hit the ball with - not your typical long-distance floated chip. 

Stefan Ishizaki vs. Orebro, 2012

Stefan Ishizaki made a name for himself in Sweden when he bagged his halfway line effort for Swedish outfit Elfsborg in 2012.

The opposition goalkeeper thought he had cleared the danger when he punted a loose ball back down the field. The danger wasn't cleared for long though as Ishizaki met the clearance on the full volley and sent the ball hurtling back towards the opposition goal. The goal took one bounce before finding its way over the embarrassed Elfsborg goalkeeper.

Ryujiro Ueda vs. Yokohama FC, 2011

To score with your foot from the halfway line in a game is impressive, but with you head...well that just sounds plain ridiculous.

However, that is exactly what Ryujiro Ueda did when he scored with his head - an astonishing 58.6 metres from goal.

The Japanese defender showed that he has a neck of steel when he headed the opposition goalkeeper's goal kick straight back towards him, before the ball looped over the Yokohama stopper and ended up in the back of the net. 

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