In modern football, the perfect goal needs the perfect celebration to match. In fact, it doesn’t matter even if its a tap-in, a scuffed cross or deflected free-kick, it seems that any goal must be celebrated in the most extravagant manner possible.
Gone are the days when players would simply turn back to the centre circle for kick-off with nothing more then a solitary wave or salute. Health and safety at work seems to have fallen by the wayside as the players try to better themselves and one another in the celebration stakes.
What football celebrations are most likely to cause accidents at work?
The modern player is, generally, supremely fit and athletic. It is therefore of little surprise that most are capable of a cartwheel, round-off or somersault. Consequently, the celebration bar has been raised and raised again by the few players capable of the extraordinary. One such player is Nigerian international Obafemi Martins.
Having made his name as a young star at Inter Milan, the striker made his Premier League name with Newcastle, where the Toon Army grew to love both his goals, and the breath-taking series of backflips that succeeded them. Martins would propel himself down the pitch, turning head over heels for anywhere between four and 12 turns before rounding off with a somersault. If his backflip routine looked spectacular, and it certainly did, it also put him at risk of a serious work injury.
Though Martins never sustained a serious injury at work whilst celebrating, others have not been as fortunate.
Back in 2001, Argentina striker Martin Palermo ended up missing the World Cup the following year after a lengthy injury lay off with a broken tibia and fibula. The cause? A wall that collapsed as he hurtled into the crowd celebrating a winning goal for his Spanish club, Villarreal.
Some players don’t even learn after one warning. Shaun Goater suffered a broken arm in 1998 whilst celebrating a goal, yet after scoring for Manchester City in 2002, he kicked an advertising hoarding which such ferocity he had to be substituted with a knee injury.
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Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown