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10 Of The Most Wonderfully Elaborate Set Pieces Ever Imagined

Barry Connaughton
By Barry Connaughton
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Beckham built a career around his ability to bend the ball into the goal from a dead ball situation but these examples highlight teams' ability to bend the rules and laws of common decency in order to get the ball in the back of the net.

Rott Weiss Essen

This clash from the German lower leagues gave birth to an extremely inventive free kick routine.

Kyoto Sanga

These players unleashed a seemingly endless amount of dummy runners. Somewhat predictable but no less effective.


Serbia U17s

This corner routine involves a triple step over but still required a fairly impressive finish to beat the goalkeeper.



Adey Ashadh uses some straight up slapstick deception in this very entertaining penalty.



Tomoaki Makino

This devious penalty kick from the J League should not have been allowed stand under Fifa regulations.



Johan Cruyff with a penalty routine that Arsenal famously got wrong in 2006.


Of all the crafty routines so far, this has got to be the most under handed of the lot. Has to be seen to be believed, crazy to think that they got away with it.


Some US soccer action here as Bryant take on Conway in a monumental clash. Some more slapstick routine as Bryant manage to dupe their way to a goal. We're not sure if the goalie was conned by the fake double KO or just bamboozled by the ridiculous amount of markings on the pitch.


Manchester United/Roma

Manchester United and Roma take inspiration from a tactic often rolled out in the amateur leagues. Neither of these were allowed stand despite appearing to be perfectly within the rules of the game.



See Also: 6 Great Examples Of Quick Thinking On A Football Pitch


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