Recap: The Greatest Goals of the Weekend

Not so long ago, soccer used to disappear in the summer, only to reappear with the Community Shield: a game that formally gave a one-week warning for the start of the English top flight.

This year, however, we’ve had the Copa America, European Championships, Olympic Games, MLS and numerous high-profile friendlies to keep us entertained. The beautiful game no longer has an off-season.

The Community Shield may no longer be the signpost it was, but it still delivered as Jose Mourinho earned his first trophy as Manchester United manager with victory over Leicester. We kick off this edition of The Goals Post—your weekly compendium to the greatest strikes of the weekend—with Jesse Lingard’s superb solo effort for the Red Devils…

Arsenal was in Norway on Friday evening to inflict an 8-0 rout on Viking. The floodgates truly started to open early in the second half, when Santi Cazorla unleashed a left-footed rocket…

Joel Campbell also helped prove the theory that goals are always more beautiful when they go in off the bar…

And Alex Iwobe proved a similar theory concerning the post…

Tottenham was also in Norway to conclude their pre-season, doing so in style with a convincing 6-1 win over Inter Milan. Ivan Perisic managed an impressive finish in the 23rd minute…

While Erik Lamela put Spurs ahead once again with a fantastic strike from outside the box…

Liverpool welcomed Barcelona to Wembley Stadium on Saturday and duly delivered a brutal lesson in gegenpressing with a 4-0 demolition of the Catalan giants. Sadio Mane kicked off proceedings by finishing off an excellent move in style…

In Lombardy, Atalanta hosted Eintracht Frankfurt in what transpired to be a 2-2 draw. Frankfurt’s Alex Meier gave the Atalanta ‘keeper a valuable lesson in the perils of coming outside the area for a clearance…

At the slightly less glamorous locale of Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace defeated Valencia 3-1 in their final season friendly. Los Che’s consolation was a great strike from Eugeni Domenech

Competitive English soccer finally returned in the divisions below the Premier League, and Norwich were back to winning ways upon their return to the second tier. Jacob Murphy converted the best strike of the 4-1 win over Blackburn…

The Championship game of the weekend was almost certainly Nottingham Forest’s thrilling 4-3 win over newly promoted Burton Albion. Tom Lam’s strike for Forest was the best of the bunch…

Glasgow Rangers were held by Hamilton on the first day of the Scottish Premiership, thanks to a sterling individual effort from Ali Crawford

The best goal in Scotland over the weekend, however, was this Bobby Dazzler from Montrose’s Chris Templeman in the fourth tier…

On Friday night, Serbian Super Liga contenders Radnički Niš put three unanswered past Rad Beograd. They deserved the win simply for Lazar Arsic’s magnificent hit…

Over to Poland now, where Spanish midfielder Palanga contributed to Korona Kielce’s 4-1 victory over Lech Poznan with this work of art…

Mexico is no stranger to Golazo action and there were plenty on offer in Liga MX. Tijuana’s Aviles Hurtado put in this stunning scissor kick against Cruz Azul…

Hurtado’s teammate Daryo Moreno followed up with this long-ranger…

There was another Big Mac pour Andre Gignac as the Frenchman fired in a daisy-cutter against Chiapas…

And Morelia’s Diego Valdes somehow managed to find the Atlas net from this angle…

Down in the Brazilian Campeonato, Flamingo beat Atletico PR thanks an an absolutely OUTRAGEOUS back heeled finish from Federico Mancuello

Fluminense’s Gustavo Scarpa, meanwhile, produced this stonking volley against International…

Elsewhere in Brazil, you may have noted that there is an Olympic Games being staged. You may also have noticed that China’s Tan Ruyin scored a superb long-ranger against South Africa in the women’s tournament…

Let us finish in traditional fashion with some domestic action. Reigning MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco bagged a hat-trick in Toronto’s 4-1 demolition of New England, two thirds of which was sensational. The Italian opened the scoring with this excellent first-time hit…

And his second was a Goal of the Season contender from outside the area…

And finally, on Saturday evening, Montreal’s Matteo Mancosu showed the kind of control you only thought possible in a FIFA video game to make the difference against Houston…

Alright, that’ll do it for this edition of The Goals Post. Let us know your favorite goal in the comments!