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Having a freekick specialist in a team can be a VERY dangerous weapon. Van Hooydonk (Pi-air) has proven this once again this season at Feyenoord. If it wasn't for his phenomenal freekick, they wouldn't have made it to the UEFA-cup final.

I know that Rivaldo is one of the best freekick specialist in the world. He has scored alot of very important goals over the past year with this weapon. But, considering he might leave at the end of the season, do we have another 'freekick taker' of his caliber? And, if so, who? Xavi? Rochemback? :confused: :confused:
 

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The two you just mentioned are very good freekick takers ... Xavi takes the freekicks Guardiola style, letting the ball sail with effet into the near corner of the net ... while Rochembach is a real powershooter, who, at his day, could hit the net with the ball in the overhelmed keeper's hands. :eek: ;)

But still Rivaldo is the :star: as he can do both.

Ah yes ... Frank the Boer scored some freekicks as well ... he's as well rather a Guardiola-style freekick-taker but with the left foot.
 

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FDB was the freekick specialist of AJAX's dream team of 1994-1995. He scored alot of goals too in that period. I only have the feeling that he has lost the touch.

Has Xavi or Rochemback already scrored this season with a freekick? And, if not, do you think we need to attract a freekick specialist if Rivo should decide to leave?
 

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i swear that in the first time i saw van hooydonk, i feel him in barca, i think that this player will come soon to barca, and his playing like kluivert playing but kluivert without frr kicks :D:);)
 

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no way man, Van Hooydonk is in no way alike as Kluivert, he maybe has 10% of Kluivert's technical skills, lousy pace and almost the only way he scores is with freekicks, tap-ins and headers. He is absolutely no Barcelona-material. (just like Tomasson)
 

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Rivaldo is NOT a good freekick specialist. This is a myth that should be killed very soon. When was the last time he scored on a freekick? How many does he miss? When I think about it, Rivaldo has proberly scored around 5-6 goals on freekick during all his years here. Both Rocky and Xavi are better.
 

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jeez robban u really hate rivo dont ya?

i still think he is an awesome free-kick, i mean tell me someone that pings in the goal from outside 30 on more than 50 percent of given chances and i'ld say Bullsh!t, even the best cant score that often, i agree rivo misses plenty, sometimes badly, but he is still the best strike of the ball at barca....
 

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i see him hitting the wall to many times to call him a freekick specialist
 

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Seems like Rivaldo hadn`t give an autograph to Robban last weekend. ;)



Well, I have to say Rivaldo made outstanding freekicks. But not THIS season. In every game I saw, Rivaldo`s kicks was pathetic. :eek:
 

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what r u thinking about robban, rivaldo is from the top 5 free kicks special in the universe...just be patient....;)
 

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rivaldo is not a specialist, he shot very near to the post,but the golie always know where go the ball
 

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I defintly don`t hate Rivaldo. But I see him play every week meanwhile there`re persons who sees him once a year and then sees that Rivaldo is good on taking freekicks on some Playstation game. It`s true that Rivaldo has score some nice freekicks. Like the one against Villarreal the 1998/99 season. But remember that he takes the freekicks in every match. And then look on how many he has scored on them. Rivaldo isn`t close to Beckham or Mihajlovic for exampel when it comes to freekicks. They`re specialists.
 

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Hi again everyone.
I think Robban's right on this one. In fact there aren't any free kick specialists in the Spanish league.
Some of my statistics are missing but look at this.
2000-2001 Rivaldo 41 free kicks 2 scored, R Carlos 50 free kicks 5 scored, Figo 22 free kicks 3 scored.
My 1999 -2000 figures are missing but I think Riv didn't score a single one
1998-1999 Rivaldo 52/1 R Carlos 27/1 (too bad to be true)
1997/1998 Rivaldo 38/3 R Carlos 45/0
1996/1997 Rivaldo 24/3 R Carlos 55/ Hierro 18/3
No specialists here
 

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Roger said:
Hi again everyone.
I think Robban's right on this one. In fact there aren't any free kick specialists in the Spanish league.
Some of my statistics are missing but look at this.
2000-2001 Rivaldo 41 free kicks 2 scored, R Carlos 50 free kicks 5 scored, Figo 22 free kicks 3 scored.
My 1999 -2000 figures are missing but I think Riv didn't score a single one
1998-1999 Rivaldo 52/1 R Carlos 27/1 (too bad to be true)
1997/1998 Rivaldo 38/3 R Carlos 45/0
1996/1997 Rivaldo 24/3 R Carlos 55/ Hierro 18/3
No specialists here
Good Statistics.. I can't seem to find this anywhyere. The closest I got was soccer-europe.com which listed statistics from a couple of years ago. The statistics from serie a and the epl. Both of their top guys had only 5 goals.. They were baggio and beckham..

I'm just not sure that 5% scoring rate is really that bad.

I wonder how mijhalovic did? I think del piero (considered very good by some) went like 4 years without one. Perhaps this was due more to injury than lack of skill or luck.

It is nice to see you around here, by the way.
 

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none can deny that he is the best midfielder in the world;)
 

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Mijhalovic have said once, that if position is good and the wall is standing on the right distance, then freekick is like a penalty for him. Well, he is still a racist. :eek:
 
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