Matthias Vilhjalmsson as he executes his extraordinary kick. Photo: Screen Grab from YouTube
Norwegian Elite Series footballer Matthias Vilhjalmsson has pulled off one of the finest bicycle kicks in football history, showing that the technique is not the sole preserve of Latin players.
Vilhjalmsson, who plays for Kristiansand's IK Start team, sailed the ball past Ålesund’s goalkeeper to secure the team’s 3:1 victory.
“It’s the sickest goal in the Elite League this year, that’s for sure,” former Norway striker Ole Martin Årst, a commentator for the C More channel, said.
“It’s the most beautiful thing we’ve seen in football Norway in 2015,” Mons Ivar Mjelde, IK Start’s coach added.
The bicycle kick, known in Norwegian as a “Brazilian kick", involves throwing the body up into the air and making a shearing movement with the legs in order to hit a ball at head height.
Even Pelé, one of the most famous proponents of the technique, described it as “not easy to do” and the kick is rarely seen in actual matches.
The Swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled off an arguably even more impressive example in 2012.
Here's Zlatan Ibrahimovic's incredible goal from 2012, which won him Fifa's Goal of the Year award.