Mark this under: “Every bit as surprising as Rafa Marquez’s next suspension.”
In other words, it’s not surprising at all.
In a UEFA poll, Marco van Basten’s outrageous volley against Russia in 1988 has been voted greatest goal in European Championship history … as selected by a bunch of people who clearly understand their goals and their European Championship history.
The Dutch striker’s brilliant effort is one you see over and over, instantly recognizable.
Not only was it a splendid tally in its technical precision and uber-striker audacity, it was an important goal in a final, which cranks up the “momentous” factor.
The Dutch led Russia 1-0 (on a Ruud Gullit first-half strike) in the final that day at Munich’s Olympiastadion (in the eventual 2-0 Netherlands’ win). Holland’s Arnold Muhren spotted van Basten sneaking around to the back post and lobbed a semi-speculative ball his direction.
Most forwards would bring the ball down or, if they did have the courage to try something special, would end up bequething a souvenir to some lucky parking lot attendant outside the grounds.
Not van Basten. He … well, why not just show you what he did …