Vine: Xabi Alonso scores his first Bundesliga goal with this clever free-kick 7 years ago

Vine: Xabi Alonso scores his first Bundesliga goal with this clever free-kick

How did he know?

Much like a Panenka-style penalty, free-kicks such as this rely as much on anticipation of what your opponent is going to do as it does on execution.

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Xabi Alonso is probably JOE's favourite footballer and it's mainly down to his ability to read the game just so bloody well.

This free-kick, from Bayern Munich's 6-0 mauling of Werder Bremen, is just superb from the Spaniard.