60 years of Bundesliga

The best acrobatic goals in the Bundesliga's 60 years


The array of top international talent to have graced the Bundesliga over its first 60 years has served up a wide range of eye-popping acrobatic goals.

If you think flicks, tricks and bicycle kicks are a phenomenon of modern football, you are sorely mistaken. The Bundesliga has long been the home of extraordinary goalscorers with a penchant for truly special strikes. 

Witness Hamburg legend Uwe Seeler teeing up an inch-perfect overhead effort from the edge of the box in the 1970/91 season, or Schalke's Klaus Fischer - famed for his acrobatic efforts - deserving a 10/10 for execution of an overhead leap in the 1975/76 season.

Bayern Munich's Jürgen Wegmann liked to talk up his abilities, once saying: "I'm more poisonous than any snake in the world." He showed them in style on the pitch though, most notably by netting a brilliant flying goal in 1986/87.

Jürgen Klinsmann netted a legendary overhead strike for Stuttgart against his later club Bayern Munich in November 1987. - IMAGO / WEREK

Scoring an absolutely stunning goal can be a handy way of making the world of football pay attention to you - and Jürgen Klinsmann credits one such famous effort in his early days at VfB Stuttgart (against one of the teams he would later join, Bayern) as being the launchpad to his distinguished career.

Andres Möller at Schalke and Bayern's French attacking artist Jean-Pierre Papin similarly kept up the fine tradition of sublime strikes in the 1990s.

As football has developed to the present day, the acrobatic strikes have certainly not got any less spectacular. Valentino Lazaro's scorpion backheeled effort in 2020/21 for Borussia Mönchengladbach has to be seen to truly behold, while Erling Haaland's sumptuous flying volley in the same season proved the Bundesliga remains a place where greats of the global game do simply brilliant stuff with a football!

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