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    Soccer’s ‘Wonder Goals’ Are Just Memories

    Have we gone from “Gooooooooal!” to “meh”? Soccer fans are pining for the days of “wonder goals,” dramatic shots like Clarence Seedorf’s legendary 1997 score from nearly midfield. They’ve largely gone out of style, with some of the biggest teams, like FC Barcelona, changing tactics over the past decade in a way that’s arguably dulled the game. Strategy is increasingly efficient, meaning fewer breathtaking moments and more calculated passing assists for short-range strikes. It might win more games, but fans must resort to YouTube for old-fashioned, heart-stopping action.

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