16 things we loved last week: Pulisic, Van Dijk, Giroud, Crouch & more
While the World Cup may only just be over, clubs are stepping up their pre-season preparations, while some leagues even got underway this weekend.
We’ve rounded up some of the best of the action on and off the pitch.
We really could have done with Trapp doing something like this when we went to see Columbus Crew this summer.
Starting the first game of the Swiss season with a goal from just outside your own penalty area is pretty impressive, but FFS keeper.
Whoever runs Greenock Morton’s Twitter account must have known what they were doing here. Cue the replies…
71' Substitution for Morton: Iredale OFF, Strapp ON.
— Greenock Morton (@Morton_FC) July 17, 2018
— Bankrupt (@bankruptspurs) July 17, 2018
— Alan Hay (@alanalanalanhay) July 17, 2018
Crewe let one of their players, George Ray, run their Twitter account for their friendly against Altrincham, and the results were brilliant.
21' Great block on the line from Pixie!
off his left testicle then off his right and out from an Alty corner.#CreweAlex
— Crewe Alexandra F.C. (@crewealexfc) July 20, 2018
Fair play, Ayoze. Fair play.
— Ayoze Perez (@AyozePG) July 17, 2018
The Corinthians goalkeeper produced one of the best double saves we’ve ever seen against Botafogo.
Sadly he then followed it up with a complete howler three days later.
Still the king of Twitter.
😍 at last pic.twitter.com/DkntAxCySZ
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 22, 2018
Fans in North Carolina were understandably excited to see Pulisic in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, and the USA international looked out for his supporters too.
A kid wearing a Dortmund shirt, no older than 10, runs on to the pitch to embrace Pulisic, who is doing a TV interview. Ridiculously heavy handed security drag him away. Pulisic breaks off, urges the security to let the kid go and gets a photo with him. 👏👏👏👏 #LFC #Dortmund
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 22, 2018
Virgil Van Dijk
Liverpool may have been beaten, but Van Dijk can still head a football harder than we can kick one.
Teams in Mexico have figured out a fool-proof way of setting up a wall for a free-kick.
Liga MX, again
Toluca punished Monarcas in spectacular style for celebrating a disallowed goal.
“They’re lucky I didn’t come 10 years ago, I would be the president.”
The Chelsea striker promised to shave his head if France win the World Cup and has stuck to his word.
— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) July 22, 2018
Bristol City mic’d up their manager for a pre-season training session, featuring some bad singing, tactical insight and a random meeting with Trevor Francis.
— Bristol City FC (@BristolCity) July 22, 2018
The Times journalist broke the news about Liverpool’s move for Alisson Becker, and his Twitter mentions went off.