Arjen Robben, Neymar, Robin van Persie: FIFA World Cup stars get creative in celebrating goals

Jun 19 2014, 21:06 IST
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SummaryFlying Dutchman Arjen Robben took off straight for the goal, ran around the back side of the net, then ...

Flying Dutchman Arjen Robben took off straight for the goal, ran around the back side of the net, then came sliding into the sideline on his knees. He spread his arms wide, blew kisses, made a fist, pointed and stuck out his tongue - he made a big point at the FIFA World Cup for sure.

Costa Rica's Joel Campbell, a father-to-be, stuffed the ball under his shirt, cradled it and stuck his thumb in his mouth before pointing to the sky following a goal against Uruguay.

There have been some memorable goals so far in this World Cup, along with some equally notable and animated celebrations.

Some of the theatrics are planned carefully. Others burst forth at the spur of the moment.

But are soccer players ready for "Dancing with the Stars?''

"I would say overall everyone needs to put a little more commitment into whatever they're doing,'' offered professional dancer Cheryl Burke, who just completed her 17th season on the show and has been catching as many games as possible.

"They could make it a little bit better by adding maybe a couple more moves or maybe even add some comedy to it, whether it's dipping a guy or twirling to the next set of guys.''

For Campbell, the goal served as a tribute.

"I'm going to have a son soon, which is why I celebrated my goal the way I did,'' he said. "Celebrating his arrival with a World Cup goal is the best thing that can happen to me. ... It brings me such happiness to be blessed to be a father. The celebration was for the baby and for all of the family.''

Colombia's Pablo Armero performed a rhythmic dance he does at every chance, even for an Adidas ad. It became a sensation in Brazil called the "Armeration'' after he started doing it while playing for the Brazilian club Palmeiras in 2010.

When Oribe Peralta scored on a putback in Mexico's opener, his mouth dropped open and his arms began moving simultaneously as if he were performing biceps curls while running in triumph. He dropped to both knees for a long slip-and-slide on the wet grass.

Swarmed by teammates Dani Alves and Fred, Brazil's Neymar spread each arm out to the side and gave himself wings to soar across the field.

On Friday, the Oranje's Robin van Persie made a mad dash, teeth clenched, straight to the sideline to high-five his coach and teammates after

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