Here at HITC we may have been a little slow on the uptake on this one as this video has already done the rounds through the usual mediums but something as delectable as this deserves to be shared again and again.
Like a great movie you can watch this over and over again and the successful application of Serbia’s dummy corner has a personal resonance with yours truly.
I have seen something like this before you see and those with a great memory will also be able to recall the previous utilisation of such a technique, as it was against England.
That’s correct Azerbaijan, one of those national teams who flirt with Eurasia and have a better record in the Eurovision song contest then European football were the first team I have ever seen do something like Serbia’s innovative under-17’s pulled off against their Moldovan counter-parts. The game is probably more memorable for Paul Robinson downing an amorous pitch invader with a leg-sweep-head-hold combo but the corner deserves a mention.
It was an Azeri side managed by Carlos Alberto, the legendary Brazilian and goal-scorer of the greatest World Cup goal, and in a routine reminiscent of such artistry they played a driven short corner to the edge of the area and three successive dummies later a fierce strike came narrowly close to forcing pink-cheeked reactions from the England faithful.
I remember it so well because our school team tried in vain to perfect it ourselves. In training it worked, usually as a concoction of our very own Iniesta and Xavi of Jamie Fairchild and Liam Tackley, with either of the two smashing the ball home from the edge of the box.
However when it came to game-time, we lacked the fortitude to go for such a move, in laments terms we chickened out.
So kudos goes to Serbia’s under-17s after Andrija Zivkovic put away this fine example of inventive set-piece play.
But how long until a Premier League side gives it a go?
You can view the goal below ….
…and what are your favourite moments of set-piece ingenuity.
image: © nicksarebi