Feb 11, 2012

The history of the first goal celebration

Goal celebrations is surely one of the best things the football world has ever seen. It gives players the ability to express themselves after scoring a goal in any way they want. People all over the world are celebrating goals with dancing or acrobations, even if they play with friends or in school. There are players who are known to have their one and own celebration, like the Robot Dance of Peter Crouch, or the Eric Cantona's blank, inscrutable expression of a player who knew he was at the top. There is a little magic in every celebration, but who has been the first magician? How did it all start?

It all started in the year 1990.
I don't think anyone watching the World Cup hosted in Italy would imagine it will change the football forever. The first magician to celebrate his goal was Roger Milla, a striker from Cameroon, who has become one of the main stars of the tournament. In Italy, he scored four goals, and every goal of him was celebrated by a characteristical dance in the corner area, which started a fashion to celebrate every goal. Since that day clubs are getting more and more creative and deliver more and more magic to every football fan on the Earth. Roger Milla's history was also showed in Coca-Cola advertisement of the World Cup in 2010. 

Stay tuned as I'm going to show you some legendary celebrations in next posts which I hope you'll enjoy. Have a nice weekend!