The Ten Greatest Goal(post)s Of All-Time

One of the greatest blights of modern football is that it looks the same wherever in the world you go. Teams from Addis Ababa to Zurich play with equipment made by the same handful of manufacturers and, with this, we have lost something. The global game has become homogenised and stripped of a couple of the layers of its colour and panache, and perhaps the most visual aspect of this on the pitch are the goalposts and netting themselves. Almost all clubs and countries now avail themselves of the now ubiquitous free-standing box net style of goal, with two poles holding the nets up and out of harm’s way. As recently as twenty years ago, however, the posts and nets themselves came in almost as many varieties as it would be possible to imagine. Hooliganism meant that nets often came in a finer mesh so that pitch invaders couldn’t climb the goals, and such were the proportions of some of the constructions on offer that the joyous sight of a goalkeeper disconsolately pulling the ball from the netting and sullenly kicking it back towards the centre spot was commonplace. These days, the use of steel bars around the base of the netting rather than the older method of pegging down the netting in order to tether it to the ground means that the ball often pings straight back out...

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