Balotelli & O'Shea in football 'fails' videos

Steven Taylor, John O'Shea, David Dunn and Mario Balotelli feature in our look at 10 videos of the most memorable football 'fails'.

Last Updated: 16/05/14 at 09:55 Post Comment

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With the regular season now over, we will soon be handing out our annual TEAMtalk Soccer awards to honour the big successes of the past nine months.

However, while we all enjoy seeing great goals and silky skills, sometimes the shanked shots, slips and shambles are just as enjoyable.

Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the most memorable football fails ever.

Qatar player misses open goal

Plenty of players have missed an open goal over the years, but has there ever been a worse miss than this?

If ever there was a video to highlight the importance of being two footed, this is it.

Peter Devine penalty shambles

There have been all sorts of terrible misses from the penalty spot over the years.

Few will forget John Terry's slip when taking his spot-kick in the Champions League final or Robert Pires' attempt to pass from the spot to Thierry Henry, but Peter Devine's penalty for Lancaster City in 1991 is one of the most memorable of all time - for all the wrong reasons.

Rocky Baptiste - the worst miss ever?

Baptiste, still playing at the age of 40, was long regarded as one of the deadliest strikers in non-league.

The former Chelsea trainee even once scored against Arsenal in the FA Cup for Farnborough but whilst playing for Harrow Borough, for whom he scored 50 goals in 76 appearances, Baptiste was culpable for one of the worst misses of all time.

It doesn't matter how many times you watch this clip, you just will not be able to comprehend how he didn't score.

John O'Shea shows why he's a defender

John O'Shea has made over 350 appearances in the Premier League for Manchester United and Sunderland but, tellingly, he has scored only 14 goals.

This clip highlights exactly why the Irishman is best leaving the shooting to his team-mates while he takes care of the defending.

Steven Taylor gets shot

Sometimes in football, instinct takes over.

Steven Taylor is far from the only player to have suffered that fate when throwing out a hand to prevent Darius Vassell from scoring a certain goal for Aston Villa against his Newcastle side, but the defender is probably the only one to have ever made such a ludicrous attempt to pretend he had not in fact handled the ball at all.

Peter Wisgerhof leaves it too late

Diving is absolutely rife in football these days but most players are so adept in the dark art that it is often near impossible to determine the difference between a trip and a dive.

Occasionally, however, a player leaves it that little bit too long after feeling a touch to throw himself to the floor.

Never has there been a better example of that than Peter Wisgerhof's attempt to win FC Twente a free-kick against Ajax.

Meier loses his marbles

Alan Pardew came in for all sorts of stick for headbutting David Meyler earlier this season but, incredibly, he isn't the first manager to stick the nut on a player.

However, when Norbert Meier did it to Cologne's Albert Streit in 2005, he realised rather more quickly than Pardew that he had made a big mistake.

Unfortunately for the MSV Duisburg coach, he forgot that his attempts to cover up his headbutt, pretending that he was in fact the victim, were going to be caught on camera.

Carrasco takes cheating to new level

Diving is bad enough, but Chile Under-20 defender Bryan Carrasco took the meaning of simulation to a whole new level in 2011 when he grabbed the arm of Ecuador's Edson Montano and smashed it into his face himself in an attempt to get his opponent sent off.

He wasn't, but it must still go down as the best - or worst, depending on your point of view - attempt to fool a referee in history.

Balotelli incurs wrath of the Galaxy

You don't need us to tell you that Mario Balotelli is something of a maverick. A good rule of thumb when dealing with the AC Milan forward is probably to expect the unexpected.

There are some things, however, that really don't go down well in football - and disrespecting an opponent is one of them.

Balotelli did exactly that whilst playing for a friendly against Manchester City against LA Galaxy in 2011, trying - and failing - to score in the cockiest of fashions with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Dunn up to his old tricks

Blackburn fans will tell you that David Dunn is well capable of moments of real magic on the football field.

He was even regarded at one time as one of the Premier League's most technically gifted players but a spell at Birmingham between 2003 and 2007 was not so successful.

In fact, the moment he is remembered best for was his disastrous attempt to play a rabona pass in the Second City derby against Aston Villa.

The clip is still played so much today that the 34-year-old will never be allowed to forget it.

With thanks to UK Medals, where you can see more football fails.

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