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Thursday 25 December 2014

Luis Suarez and the best, most bizarre and controversial goal celebrations

Luis Suarez
After Luis Suarez's cross was deflected into the Everton goal by Leighton Baines, the striker made a bee-line towards David Moyes before tumbling to the floor in front of him.
Luis Suarez After Luis Suarez's cross was deflected into the Everton goal by Leighton Baines, the striker made a bee-line towards David Moyes before tumbling to the floor in front of him.
Neymar The Brazilian wonder kid Neymar scored a brilliant solo effort for Santos in a Copa Libertadores match against Colo Colo that finished 3-2. He jinked through the defence before chipping past the goalkeeper to put Santos 3-0 up. A mask, of himself, was then handed to him from the crowd, which he put on with the face turned upside-down. The referee didn't see the funny side and showed the striker his second yellow card.
Mirko Vucinic The Roma striker placed his shorts on his head to celebrate Montenegro's winning goal against Switzerland.
Marco Tardelli Has there ever been a more emotional celebration than the one performed by Tardelli after he had put Italy 2-0 up in the 1982 World Cup final? Probably not.
Nicolas Anelka Nicolas Anelka, not one to shy away from controversy, caused a bit of a stir with his 'handcuffs' gesture after scoring for Chelsea against MSK Zilina in the Champions League. The striker was apparently sending a message to the French Football Federation, who banned him for 18 games because of his role in the World Cup mutiny.
David Norris Anelka is not the first player to use the handcuffs gesture, but the former Chelsea striker's actions are unlikely to receive the attention that David Norris did in 2008. The then Ipswich midfielder's actions appeared to be a show of support for Luke McCormick, a former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper serving a seven-year sentence after admitting responsibility for the deaths of Arron Peak, 10, and his brother Ben, eight in a road crash. Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill also used the handcuffs gesture to show solidarity to his brother Sean, who was jailed for six-years after kicking a man during a fight. The Australian later apologised if he had caused any offence.
Carlos Tevez During the Carling Cup semi-final first-leg a couple of seasons ago, Carlos Tevez silenced the Manchester United fans, and then set about infuriating them. To celebrate his second goal the little Argentinean cupped his ears in the direction of the fans. The celebration was a re-enactment of one he performed when a United player at Old Trafford, which was designed to ask those in charge why they wouldn't sign him on a full-time basis, something which still clearly upset the striker.
Emmanuel Adebayor Former Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor was handed a suspended two-match ban and a £25,000 fine by the FA following his goal celebration in front of Arsenal fans. The Togo striker sprinted 90 yards before sliding on his knees in front of the supporters of his former club.
49 ...The Kop's last stand|(v Germany 29/05/1996) The star studded German team had been using Northern Ireland as a training base for Euro 96 in England and the game at Windsor was supposed to provide them with a comfortable friendly win en route to their march to glory at Wembley. The Germans didn't reckon on the Windsor experience however as they missed not one, but two first half penalties. Jurgan Klinsmann (pictured above) dragged his wide and then Andreas Moller smashed his over the bar much to the delight of those in the Spion Kop who were standing there for the last time before the famous end behind the goal was to be filled with seats. George O'Boyle broke the deadlock and while the Germans levelled late on, it didn't take away from what proved to be an incredible evening.
Gary Neville Similar to the Adebayor incident, although Gary Neville didn't run quite so fast. After a late winner from Rio Ferdinand against Liverpool at Old Trafford, the full-back (never a favourite with Scousers) ran to the opposition fans clutching his badge in celebration. No disrespect to Liverpool was intended. Of course not.
Peter Crouch Crouch proved being tall and wiry was no bar to 'throwing some shapes' with his robot dance celebration after scoring against Hungary. The Stoke striker has been mocked for it ever since.
Paulo Di Canio Maybe he was just trying to win over the fans, but when Paulo Di Canio performed a fascist salute to the far right element of Lazio's supporters, the former West Ham striker was lambasted, with Fifa president Sepp Blatter going as far as to suggest it warranted a lifetime ban. Paulo did his best to clear it up by making clear: "I am a fascist, not a racist." He now manages Swindon.
Temuri Ketsbaia No-one could have predicted how substitute Temuri Ketsbaia would respond to his last-gasp winner for Newcastle United against Bolton in 1998. The Georgian - apparently frustrated at being left out of the starting XI - tore off his shirt and began kicking the advertising hoardings in one of the most aggressive celebrations ever seen.
Bebeto Bebeto's famous 'rocking baby' celebration at the 1994 World Cup has been imitated by footballer's the world over. During Brazil's ultimately successful tournament in the US, Bebeto performed the celebration to mark the arrival of his third child, who was delivered just a few days before.
Diego Maradona Diego Maradona produced a manic celebration after scoring the third goal for Argentina against Greece in the 1994 World Cup. The pint sized striker ran towards a television camera, eyes bulging, screaming like a man possessed. His state of mind aroused suspicions and he was later sent home after testing positive for drugs.
Paul Gascoigne Going into Euro 96, England had been criticised for their drinking antics on a far-east trip, with pictures of players having alcohol poured down their throats in a 'dentist's chair'. After scoring the goal of the tournament, Paul Gascoigne could not resist re-enacting the infamous night.
Roger Milla Perhaps the most famous celebration of all-time was performed by Cameroon international Roger Milla. At the age of 38, we lit up the 1990 World Cup with his four goals which were celebrated by running to the corner flag and performing a little jig.
Paul Merson In another drink related goal celebration, Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson famously pretended to down pints of lager during his battle with alcohol in the early 1990s.
Craig Bellamy Another player on this list not shy of controversy is Craig Bellamy. During his time at Liverpool, rumours emerged of a fight with John Arne Riise, in which Bellamy apparently threatened his team-mate with a golf club. In the following match after the details emerged, Bellamy scored against Barcelona at the Nou Camp and would celebrate the goal by pretending to take a golf swing.
Jimmy Bullard Former Hull City joker Jimmy Bullard was a shoe-in for goal celebration of the season when he celebrated his equaliser against Manchester City by sitting the other players down in a circle and giving them a good talking to. The celebration was a re-enactment of the previous season's fixture at Eastlands when a furious Phil Brown gave his team-talk on the pitch. "It was a fantastic celebration," said Brown. "Great comedy is about timing. You could not have had a celebration like that, after a goal, unless it was at Eastlands and was in the goal in front of the Hull fans."
Paul Tait The Auto Windscreens Shield final was never the highlight of the sporting calendar, but in 1995, Paul Tait did his best to liven up affairs. When the Birmingham player scored he lifted his shirt to reveal a t-shirt with a somewhat unsubtle gesture. Aimed at local rivals Aston Villa, the t-shirt read: "S*** on the Villa".
Wayne Rooney And to finish off, England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney ended up with a two-match ban after he celebrated the completion of a hat-trick against West Ham by delivering an aggressive and foul-mouthed tirade down the Sky Sports camera lens.

Luis Suarez did his utmost to rile David Moyes at the weekend when he celebrated Liverpool's first goal by swan diving in front of the Everton manager.

The celebration by the controversial Uruguayan was in response to Moyes' pre-match comments about diving and while at the time it looked as though Moyes was on the verge of 'nutting' the striker (as his daughter noted on Twitter), the Everton manager took it in his stride, conceding after the game that Suarez "is going to have to dive in front of a lot of managers now".

In light of the incident at Goodison Park, we take a look at some of the best, most bizarre and controversial goal celebrations.

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