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Soccer player’s kick sends goalie flying through the back of the net

This is the guy you want for your penalty kick.


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 27, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 11:30 am CDT

There’s no doubt that soccer is overflowing with passion and brute force. And that’s just from the fans. On the field, it is even more insane, as one soccer player proved when his attempt at a goal sent the goalie flying backward through the net. 

Reddit’s r/soccer community recently unearthed this athletic gem, which took place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, earlier this week during a practice.

The smiling player is Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, nicknamed “Hulk.” He is a Brazillian footballer who plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Whether the video was legitimate or just a PR stunt by Zenit, redditors nevertheless wasted no time making the money shot into a GIF, allowing viewers to feel the goalie’s unique pain over and over again.

“EA should up his shot power in the next game…. To 100,” redditor lordorangejuice commented.

Maybe this is the guy we should send after Loki.

Screengrab via Zenit Football Club/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 27, 2015, 5:24 pm CDT