10 smashing free-kick goals in the Hyundai A-League


After Dimi Petratos went viral with his sensational free-kick goal for Brisbane Roar last Friday night, we look back at some of the free-kicks that rocketed into the net in Hyundai A-League history.

10. Mitch Oxborrow 

The Glory youngster has a lethal left foot and he demonstrated that in devastating fashion with a screamer in the west a year ago.

Mitchell Oxborrow

His rocket curled and flew past a stranded Andrew Redmayne in the Wanderers goal from just over 30 yards out. An absolute peach of a free-kick at nib. 

9. Patrick Zwaanswijk 

The Dutch defender was better known for keeping goals out for the Mariners, but his left foot packed quite a punch too, as the Sky Blues found out early in the 2011/12 Season.

Zwaanswijk ready for 'Millionaire's Club'

Liam Reddy was powerless to stop Zwaanswiijk’s blistering strike as it swerved into the top-left corner before he was swamped by team-mates.

8. Fabio Ferreira 

VIDEO: Ferreira’s cheeky free kick

This free-kick had it all. Eddy Bosnar was used as a decoy, Isaka Cernak with a back-heel and a smashing finish from the Mariners’ Portuguese flyer.

Fabio Ferreira celebrates a goal against Melbourne City.

And to cap it all off Ferreira even got a kiss from a mystery female in the stands as he went off to celebrate with the fans.

7. James Troisi

VIDEO: Stunning free kicks light up AAMI

Last Friday night, the Caltex Socceroo showed all his class to get his effort over the wall and back down again to curl into the near corner of the net. 

James Troisi has attempted the most shots from distance in the Hyundai A-League this season.

A strike that oozed precision and placement. A sumptuous strike from the in-form Victory man…but as we now know it wasn’t even the best free-kick on the night.

6. Joel Griffiths 

VIDEO: Griffiths’ stunning free-kick

Griffiths scored 38 goals in his Hyundai A-League career but none better than his free-kick howitzer against Victory in the 2007/08 Season.

Joel Griffiths.

Almost 30 metres from goal, Griffiths’ strike was not only full of power but had plenty of bend on it as well to stun keeper Michael Theo.

5. Gui Finkler

You can’t have a best free-kicks list without the brilliant Brazilian. And Finkler produced an absolute beauty to help Victory snatch a draw right at the death against the Wanderers.

Finkler celebrates one of his two strikes against the Mariners.

From just to the left of the goal, Finkler hit his shot sweetly enough to curl around the wall and into the top corner past a despairing Ante Covic in late 2013.

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David Beckham v Sydney FC

VIDEO: Sydney defeat Beckham’s Galaxy

So this technically wasn’t in the Hyundai A-League – or a competitive match for that manner – but we thought we’d include it anyway. When Beckham and his LA Galaxy came to town in 2007, the 80,000 fans at ANZ Stadium all wanted to see one of the Englishman’s trademark free-kicks.

David Beckham.

And Becks delivered big time! While his side lost 5-3, Beckham’s pinpoint curling free-kick into the top corner was the talking point of a glamourous night in Sydney.

4. Nebojsa Marinkovic

VIDEO: Marinkovic peach gives Perth the points

The Serbian’s dead-ball prowess is now well-known in the Hyundai A-League, as the Mariners found out early in the 2014/15 Season. Standing over a free-kick almost centrally about 25 metres from goal, Marinkovic eyed up the distance before curling a splendid shot into the top right-hand corner of Liam Reddy’s net.

Nebo Marinkovic celebrates after scoring against the Mariners.

Just to prove that wasn’t a fluke, ‘Nebo’ backed it up a couple of days later with an even better free-kick in the club’s Westfield FFA Cup semi-final win over Bentleigh Greens.

3. Isaias 

VIDEO: Spaniard nets Grand Final stunner

The Spanish midfielder produced his set-piece special on the biggest day of the season in the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League grand final. After Bruce Kamau was brought down right on the edge of the box, Isaias expertly curled his shot over the wall and perfectly into the top right corner of Andrew Redmayne’s net, with the keeper unmoved.

Isaias celebrates  after scoring in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

It was a superb strike worthy of such a big game…and as commentator Simon Hill exclaimed, famously, “Si Senor, Si!”

2. Alessandro Del Piero

VIDEO: Del Piero’s first A-League goal

Talk about pressure. The Italian legend had a huge reputation as one of the best free-kick takers in world football and was expected to deliver for the Sky Blues. And he did just that in front of more than 30,000 fans in his very first home game in the Hyundai A-League back in 2012.

Alessandro Del Piero celebrates scoring his first Hyundai A-League goal.

Almost 30 yards out, ADP’s inch-perfect strike bent into over the wall and gave keeper Ben Kennedy no chance. 

1. Dimitri Petratos

VIDEO: Roar midfielder’s incredible free-kick

An absolute “worldie” from the Roar star – and it went viral soon after – drawing comparisons to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos and Lionel Messi. And rightly so!

Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos netted one of the all-time great Hyundai A-League goals on Friday night.

More than 30 yards from goal, Petratos lashed the ball with his laces – a similar technique to Ronaldo – with the ball swerving and dipping wickedly and nestling in the top right-hand corner. Keeper Lawrence Thomas was left perplexed while the rest of us were just in awe at a truly magnificent piece of skill.