Japanese High School Soccer is Still Amazing

By Dan Stelly

Last week’s top soccer moments

By Dan Stelly | Photo via Eurosport

Rest assured — Japanese high school soccer is still zany as ever. East Fukoka, on its way to a 5–0 rout in the national final, introduced a new set piece stunt as players linked arms, walked backwards, and ducked at just the right moment. [Source: FBC]

Barry Bannan’s smashing volley paved the way for Sheffield Wednesday’s 2–1 win over Fulham in the FA Cup. [Source: Streamable]

It’s only fitting to celebrate Lionel Messi’s record fifth Ballon d’Or with his scintillating free kick from Barcelona’s recent victory over Espanyol. [Source: Streamable]

Takashi Inui shifted inside and picked out the top corner as Eibar edged Espanyol in La Liga action. Poor Espanyol. [Source: Streamable]

Antoine Griezmann slipped Luciano Vietto behind the back line before the striker duly teed up the Frenchman with a savvy pass. Atlético Madrid went on to top Celta de Vigo 2–0. [Source: Streamable]