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13 Incredible World Football GIFs Every Fan Must See

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas celebrates victory in the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on September 29, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 4, 2013

The comeback of the GIF has taken the Internet by storm, prompting many to convert their favourite moments into bite-size, compact animations.

There are literally thousands of these all over the place, and we've picked out 13 of the very best to view here.

It's a combination of fails, comedy moments and jaw-dropping excellence—we hope you enjoy.

 

It's kind of a Big Deal

It's not easy to win at Old Trafford.

You know that, I know that, Andre Villas-Boas knows that. Cue the most intense reaction from a manager ever, as the Portuguese's face literally screws up with joy.

Nice job, Andre.

 

'Keeper Antics

The African Cup of Nations is always good fun.

It's a tournament where the nations try their hardest and look desperate to win—a refreshing sight in modern football.

This moment is taken from the very first group game. When Congo DR drew level with tournament favourites Ghana, this GIF swept through the Internet like wildfire and it's easy to see why.

 

THAT Pass

Liverpool took Sunderland apart at Anfield in December, with two players stepping up to the plate.

Steven Gerrard, who now plays a regista role similar to Andrea Pirlo's, is finding the space to launch these spectacular passes. Luis Suarez is thriving due to his exception first touch and predatory instincts.

I could watch this pass all day.

 

Last-Minute Winner

Someone's a bit excited!

Moussa Sissoko nets a 90th-minute winner against Chelsea to crown an incredible performance. This guy loses the plot.

 

Should've Gone to Spec Savers

This one created plenty of chitter-chatter, but we'll shy away from the rights and wrongs of the situation here.

Basically, they're both silly boys.

 

Swing and a Miss

It's awesome when you score a goal—the figure on the board goes up one, the crowd cheers and your teammates come and celebrate with you.

For Olivier Giroud, life in North London started badly, and when his fortunes finally started taking a turn, this happened.

 

Oof!

I'm sure you all remember this one from the London 2012 Olympics?

Alex Morgan surges forward, knocks the ball to the left then knocks the goalkeeper out.

You don't like to admit it, but this is the sort of thing you can watch over and over again.

 

Crazy Face

Not a lot of explaining to do here.

Clint Dempsey does the same thing children do when a teacher tells them off on the football pitch.

 

Adorable Delay

This incident occurred in the Turkish Premier League just a few weeks ago.

How is it possible for two dogs to get onto the field in the modern game? A streaker is knee-capped in seconds, yet a fluffy hound or two can evade all security measures?

What's that they're carrying? Is that someone's hat? They paid real money for that you know! Outrageous.

 

Serbian Tricks

This is a youth international game between Serbia and I forget who else.

Quite clearly the best corner routine in the history of the game, no less than three players step over the ball and then one player bends it in Arjen Robben style.

Superb.

 

Unbelievable Tekkers!

How is Sandro not dispossessed?

Tottenham fans were laughing during these seconds, but Aston Villa fans were smashing their heads into anything solid.

 

Why Is He Taking Set pieces?

Three things I'd look for in my corner taker: accuracy, composure and awareness.

Three things this guy doesn't have: accuracy, composure and awareness.

 

Adorable Delay 2.0

First of all, a precedent for pitch invasions by dogs was clearly set in 1969, Colchester, England. The previous one that occurred in Turkey could have easily been avoided since the threat had been established.

Secondly, why on earth is said canine allowed to run the full length of the pitch as the players pass the ball back?

The Ray Lewis-esque hit on the keeper had me in stitches, and I hope it has the same effect on you.

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