Yes, Thursday nights can be fun! While the Champions League gets all the plaudits for the goals and superstars, the Europa League can unveil just as much quality and some truly phenomenal goals.
There have been some truly memorable finishes down the years from players representing all corners of the continent, whether it be England, Estonia or Kazakhstan.
But what are the goals we remember most? Which are the ones that have us reminiscing over every season?
We take a look at the most memorable Europa League goals of all time…
This year’s Europa League Final betting tips features two London sides but in 2010 it was the turn of Fulham, who went on a brilliant run, knocking out Juventus, Wolfsburg and Hamburg on their way to the final.
It was against the former in which Clint Dempsey scored a real beauty. A chip reminiscent of an artist’s brushstroke onto a canvas.
He knows exactly where he is on the pitch, he doesn’t even need to look up before he strikes the ball with an inch-perfect trajectory to loop over the goalkeeper and nestle into the far top corner.
In a game that featured David Trezeguet, Alessandro Del Piero and Mauro Camoranesi, it was the American that produced the magic all of Craven Cottage were hoping for.
As overhead kicks go, we’ve seen many incredible ones over the years. Some we acknowledge as exactly that, incredible. Others we see as truly special.
Vasyl Kobin’s for Metalist Kharkiv against Legia Warsaw certainly falls into the latter. Following a ball from what looks like it’s going to be a wasteful one, a spontaneous back heeled flick into the danger area saw Kobin leap, scissor and slam the ball home.
Perhaps more memorable, is that this was one of only two goals the Ukrainian side scored during their 2014/15 Europa League campaign. And what a goal it was.
Marco van Basten, meet Taison. Taison, meet Marco van Basten. Two goals that are almost a carbon copy of one another.
While Metalist don’t score many in European competition, when they do they make you want to watch them again, and again, and again.
This strike should be coming out of the locker of Zidane or Ronaldo, not Taison, a man who has spent the vast majority of his career in the Ukraine league. It’s a volley that defies logic. The angle, the power. Just truly staggering.
Copenhagen versus Hannover isn’t exactly a game that will go down in history, but the delightful strike of Lars Stindl sure will.
It’s a lovely piece of technique, collecting the ball on the bounce on the edge of the box, transferring the ball from his right to left foot, leaving the defender for dead and smashing it beyond the goalkeeper.
It put Hannover up in the game and put Stindl on the map. His career has gone from strength to strength, moving to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2015 and earning a call-up to the German national team two years later.
The Rabona has been tried by many. Some have fallen flat on their face (hello, David Dunn), others have produced moments of brilliance. Hello, Erik Lamela.
Spurs won the game 5-1 and it was certainly a game we’ll never forget. As well as Lamela’s cheeky finish in the side’s 2014/15 Group game with Asteras Tripolis Harry Kane netted a hat-trick and even ended up in goal in the dying moments following a Hugo Lloris red card.
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