by Rob Shepherd.
Tottenham’s Erik Lamela caused a bit of a stir last week with a bit of maverick magic in scoring a ‘wonder goal’ for Tottenham in their Europa League win over Astreas Trioplis.
It’s easy to see why many fans got so excited but it did seem some top professionals went over the top in their praise.
Indeed one ex-pro striker I know, while admiring the technique, questioned whether Lamela would have been able to pull off that bit of showboating against anything other than low grade opposition.
‘If it had been 0-0 in a cup final and one chance come along would he do it then? Can you imagine if you got it wrong, fell over and the chance went and the game was lost?,’ my pal asked.
Harsh? A bit of jealousy even? Maybe.
Anyway, as we all know now the technical term for a reverse scissor kick is actually a ‘rabona’. And here is the definition:
A method of kicking the football with the kicking leg wrapped around the back of the standing leg, so it appears the player has their legs crossed.
The first reported rabona happened in a league game in Argentina in 1948 and was performed by Ricardo Infante.
Soon after, a magazine front cover featured Infante dressed as a pupil with the caption ‘Infante played hooky’; rabona means to skip school in Spanish.
Diego Maradona, Roberto Baggio, Gianfranco Zola and Paul Gascoigne are among the players who have performed a successful rabona during a game.
One player famous for an extremely unsuccessful rabona was David Dunn, then with Birmingham City (enjoy below!)