Video: Ten-pin bowling, fishing and some of the finest goal celebrations

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Whether it's a 90th-minute winner, or simply a goal to end the mother of all droughts, there is nothing quite as exhilerating as a goal celebration in football.

From the famous 'baby cradle' - displayed by Bebeto and his Brazilian team-mates at the 1994 World Cup in the United States - to the dancing robot by Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, goal celebrations have become a phenomenon in recent years.

Even in spite of the the 'muted celebration', displayed when a player scores against his former club, which has threatened the novelty of goal celebrations, footballers have provided a whole range of new and inventive ideas.

This week saw perhaps one of the greatest celebrations of all time revealed, with Nomme Kalju player Hidetoshi Wakui and his team-mates choreographing a superb bowling celebration.

After scoring for Nomme Kalju in an Estonian league match against Flora, Wakui arranged his fellow players in the formation of bowling pins before rolling the football towards them. As Wakui fully deserved, all the players went down ensuring his goal and celebration made it a double strike.

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To commemorate the magnificent effort from the Japanese player, we've brought together some of the greatest celebrations in recent football history. Scroll down the page to view them.


An amateur Italian player scores a relatively easy tap-in for his team, but surprises even his team-mates by delivering a powerful headbutt to the dugout's plastic window. Ouch.


If these two professional footballers playing in the Icelandic league fail to make the grade, they could always forge a career in performing arts, as this superb 'gone fishing' display shows the goalscorer reeling in his team-mate.



Former Barcelona and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, now at New York Red Bulls, shows that even at 35 years of age he still has a surprise up his sleeve.

After accusations from Everton manager David Moyes claiming that he had allegedly dived, Luis Suarez responded by executing a perfect bomb dive in front the Scot to add insult to injury.


What better way to sum up one of England's most controversial imports? Mario Balotelli struck the opener against Manchester United and immediately lifted up his shirt to reveal 'Why Always Me?' embossed onto his undershirt after being picked on in the media. Fireworks, camoflagued us, Mario.


After being on the receiving end of some torrid abuse, Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor responded to the Gunners support by running 90 yards to other end of the pitch to celebrate in front of them, sparking furious protests from the fans and players.


Cameroon legend Roger Milla celebrated his emphatic strike - and three others - with a corner flag celebration, dancing around as his team-mates joined in. Will we see a repeat in Brazil?


In response to allegations about his private life, involving alcoholism and drugs, former Arsenal footballer and now Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson decided to do his talking on the pitch with a humorous drinking imitation.


Hull City's manager Phil Brown had controversially taken his team-talk out onto the pitch after a shoddy display against Manchester City, and after Jimmy Bullard scored in the second-half, the England midfielder cheekily repeated his manager's actions, with the whole team joining in.