2010 World Cup Warmup: Roberto Carlos’s Impossible Goal

In the run up to the 2010 World Cup, which begins this weekend, I wanted to post my favorite YouTube soccer clip of all time. And as the resident soccer fanatic amongst the guest bloggers here, I’ve watched quite a few.

Roberto Carlos is a left-back from Brazil, a soccer legend who played for Read Madrid for 11 years and featured in 3 World Cups for his country. He currently plays for the Brazilian club Corinthians and was notably left out of Brazil’s national team for the 2010 World Cup (not too surprising as he is now 37 years old). He was recently voted best left back in World Cup History in a Dream Team poll.

In the clip below, you can see a better angle on Roberto Carlos’ incredible ability to bend a shot, this time from a free kick. This famous clip is from a game against France in 1997.

There’s a Roberto Carlos Pepsi commercial from 2002 that references this goal & the old Coke commercial with Mean Joe Greene.

The opening game of World Cup 2010 is this Friday with hosts South Africa playing Mexico.