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No Matter Who You Root For, This Goal Celebration Will Fire You Up

What would soccer be without goal celebrations? They make the beautiful game even more exciting. Imagine watching your favorite team score a hard-fought goal, then watching them immediately run back to the midfield line so the match could resume ASAP. Would you you want to watch that? Not me.

Sometimes, goal celebrations are the most creative thing you’ll see during a match. Like this 5-man bicycle:

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CREDIT: Credit: Univision

And sometimes, it’s just an expression of pure joy. Like this collective cumbia dance by Colombia:

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CREDIT: Credit: FIFA / BBC

Well, chances are that you’ve never seen the greatest* goal celebration in soccer history.

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CREDIT: Credit: Netflix

*To me, at least.

Yes, really. It happened on March 15, 2009, during a match between hated rivals Chivas and Atlas, both from Guadalajara, Mexico.

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CREDIT: Credit: Telemundo

Atlas, who were down a man, won a penalty in the dying minutes of the match.

Argentine striker Bruno Marioni scored the penalty to win the game. He celebrated this way:

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CREDIT: Credit: Televisa

That’s right. While basking in the glory of his game-winning goal, someone in the stands threw a plastic cup filled with beer at Marioni. Instead of ducking out of the way and feigning injury, Marioni caught the cup, took a swig and threw the cup down.

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CREDIT: Credit: Televisa

It’s either the best “Fuck yeah!” or best “Fuck you!” move I’ve seen during a soccer match. Honestly, it works as both.

Now, it’s hard to tell whether the beer was thrown by an Atlas fan who was celebrating or a Chivas fan who was pissed — beer is usually tossed in the air for either reason — but what’s clear is that Marioni is a LEGEND.

There’s another angle of the goal — think of it as the Zapruder film of this match —  that shows what went down. Look at what angle that beer comes down from. Nice catch, Mr. Marioni.

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CREDIT: Credit: chivista1819 / YouTube

It definitely fired up Marioni’s teammate…

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CREDIT: Credit: Televisa

But not this security guard on the left, who’s apparently seen everything.

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CREDIT: Credit: Televisa

During the celebration, Marioni’s other teammate quickly transitions from “Mourning dead soldier pose” to “UFC-level rear naked choke.”

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CREDIT: Credit: chivista1819 / YouTube

But wait! They weren’t done. Marioni then gathered a few of his teammates for a little ride. Which kinda isn’t cool because drunk driving is a serious offense.

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CREDIT: Credit: chivista1819 / YouTube

But Marioni only took a sip of that beer, so we’ll cut him some slack.

It’s considered an iconic moment in Atlas team history, not because they haven’t won a championship in more than 60 years*, but because it’s one of the greatest goal celebrations of all time. OF ALL TIME!

*This is where it becomes clear I’m a Chivas fan.

Watch a full clip of the celebration here (just make sure to turn off the annotations):


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After Hiring A Latina Cast Member, "Saturday Night Live' Has Hired A Latino Writer

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After Hiring A Latina Cast Member, “Saturday Night Live’ Has Hired A Latino Writer

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The addition of Julio Torres to SNL’s writing team proves that it’s been an amazing week for Latinos over at Saturday Night Live.

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First, the sketch show announced the addition of Melissa Villaseñor, their first Latina cast member in 42 seasons, and then they added the hilarious Salvadoran comedian Julio Torres to their writing team. SNL is just another feather in Julio’s cap. He has spent the last several years cutting his teeth in the New York comedy scene and already has an impressive resume under his belt. Aside from being a self-described “space prince” and a “telepath,” Julio has also been featured on Comedy Central’s “Comics To Watch,” and he was a performer at the prestigious “Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival” in 2015. While his brand of humor might be an acquired taste, one thing is for sure: THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE HIM, REALY LOVE HIM.

One of Julio’s greatest achievements came in 2015, when fans rallied to help him raise money for his visa.

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The campaign on GoFundMe explained the situation to potential donors: “Julio Torres is a comedian, prince and telepath who needs your help to stay in the United States. Julio is… not from here. His current visa expires very, very soon and he needs $5,000 to cover all immigration-related expenses.” To plead his case, Torres created an absurd, but informative sketch called “Legalize Julio.” His gamble paid off. Within 13 hours, friends and fans raised the money, and then some, making it possible for Torres to stay in the country with an artist visa. We’re very excited to watch Julio’s work on this season of Saturday Night Live!


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