van Basten’s Brilliant Volley

Holland striker MARCO VAN BASTEN follows through as his spectacular volley heads for the back of the net in the 54th minute for the Netherlands’ second goal in the 2-0 defeat of the Soviet Union in the Final of the 1988 European Championships at the Olympiastadion in Munich, West Germnay. (Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

For the benefit of those reading the Real Madrid – CF Valencia match report here not familiar with the reference with respect to the attempted over-the-shoulder volley of Los Che’s Spain international striker ROBERTO SOLDADO from the highlights in the first half of the La Liga match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this weekend…

…the blog presents the footage of one of, if not the most, spectacular goals ever scored — and in the final of a major international competiton, no less.

Of course, it can only be MARCO VAN BASTEN’s brillant strike for the Netherlands against the Soviet Union in the Final of the 1988 European Championships.



At the 1988 European Championships, van Basten was on the heels of an injury-filled first season in Italy with AC Milan. The 23-year-old striker scored just three goals in 11 Serie A contests after transferring from Dutch Eredivisie side Ajax Amsterdam for a fee of $ 800,000 dollars in the summer of 1987. This shortly after van Basten had scored the deciding goal against East German outfit Lokomotiv Leipzig to win the 1987 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final.

Following his spectacular volley at the Olympiastadion in West Germany, which left highly-regarded Soviet Union goalkeeper RINAT DASAYEV absolutely handcuffed, van Basten went on to score many goals for AC Milan as the Italian giant captured the UEFA Champions Cup in both 1989 and 1990 in addition to a string of Serie A titles.


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