Not satisfied with simply finding the net on the biggest stage of all, the FIFA World Cup™, some of the finest players on show at South Africa 2010 have added an extra dose of creativity to proceedings with their colourful and original goal celebrations.
For that reason, FIFA.com and Coca-Cola have brought together a selection of videos of the top celebrations for you to enjoy for free. The first of these came in the Opening Match between hosts South Africa and Mexico, with Bafana Bafana’s Siphiwe Tshabalala following up his strike with a lively dance alongside his joyous team-mates - much to the delight of the 90,000 crowd in Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium.
Other Africans showing plenty of rhythm in their celebrations were Ghanaian duo of Asamoah Gyan and Kevin Prince Boateng, while Slovenia’s wild, arms aloft festivities were a sight to behold after Robert Koren’s late winner against Algeria. Meanwhile, the emotion of the occasion was all too much for Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira after scoring against South Africa; Brazil’s Elano provided a tribute to his daughters and David Villa of Spain often chooses to borrow heavily from the world of bullfighting.
Not that South Africa 2010 is the first finals to witness such exuberant celebrations, with FIFA.com Club members also having exclusive access to classics from tournaments past. These include Brazil striker Bebeto’s famous ‘rocking the baby’ gesture after scoring against the Netherlands at USA 1994. Nor are the Republic of Ireland without representation in the creativity stakes; witness the acrobatics of Ray Houghton and Robbie Keane after finding the net at USA 1994 and Korea/Japan 2002 respectively.
Also high in the memorable stakes were Roger Milla’s jigs following his goals for Cameroon and the dancing Senegalese stars after the strike which sank France in 2002. Catching the eye too were Australian Tim Cahill’s shadow-boxing celebration in 2006 and the spectacular somersaults of Nigerian flyer Julius Aghahowa in 1994, while the sight of diminutive Scotland legend Gordon Strachan attempting to climb an advertising hoarding at Mexico 1986 remains as comical as ever.
To see all of these celebrations, just click on the links on the right-hand side. Make a playlist of your favourite ones and don’t forget to show your friends!