Setting Olympic Standards
An Olympic goal, or an Olimpico as it is commonly known, is the name given to the very rare occurrence of a player scoring directly from a corner kick without touching any other player from either team.
The first Olimpico to be recorded in history was scored Argentinian Cesáreo Onzari at a 1924 friendly match against Uruguay. The match took place just after the Olympic games in Paris, where Uruguay won the gold medal, giving the novelty its name.
Since then, the only player to actually score an Olympic goal at the Olympics is Megan Rapinoe, who actually managed the extraordinary feat on not one but two occasions – at London 2012 and Tokyo 2020.
A single occurrence has been scored in the men’s World Cup, with Colombia’s Marcos Coll hitting the target from a corner against the Soviet Union in 1962, but the likes have never been seen in the women’s tournament. Until 2023 of course.
Ireland’s Katie McCabe marked a Women’s World Cup first when she curved her corner cross directly into the net just four minutes into play, ironically against defending Olympic Champions Canada. What a way to score your nation’s first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup goal!