Orlando Engelaar’s incredible long-range goal for Melbourne Heart has given the Hyundai A-League massive global publicity.
Orlando Engelaar-s incredible long-range goal for Melbourne Heart has given the Hyundai A-League massive global publicity as media outlets worldwide compare it favourably to Wayne Rooney-s stunner for United on the weekend.
The Engelaar goal on Sunday in Heart-s 2-1 loss to Central Coast has become an internet sensation with almost 150,000 hits on YouTube and counting.
And news outlets in Europe have been drooling over its brilliance.
www.calciomercatonews.com ran video of the howitzer from half-way line, describing it as “incredible” and asking, “Rooney, who?” in reference to the weekend-s other long-range stunner by the United superstar.
English newspaper The Mirror also asked: “'Wayne Rooney, eat your heart out': Watch Orlando Engelaar smash in his own halfway line wondergoal”
The www.metro.co.uk raved about the A-League goal.
“Everyone has been busy debating how Wayne Rooney-s sublime strike against West Ham yesterday compares to David Beckham-s classic against Wimbledon all those years ago,” the Metro wrote.
“But this one from Australian A-League player and former Holland international Orlando Engelaar could actually top them both.
“The 34-year-old former Twente, Schalke and PSV midfielder netted this jaw-dropper for Melbourne Heart in their 2-1 defeat today to Central Coast Mariners just hours after Rooney-s stunner bounced into the back of the net at Upton Park.
“Engelaar-s strike is beautifully weighted, prompting the justifiably excited commentator to yell in his Aussie drawl - ‘Eat your heart out, Waayne Roooonaaay!-”
Twitter was abuzz in Australia and overseas, too.