After the rise of “dabbing” thanks to Juventus’ Paul Pogba and Oxford City’s Bradley Bubb, I pick my top five football celebrations of all time.

Paulo Dybala (left) and Paul Pogba (right) perform the dab against Verona.


After levelling from the penalty spot against Man City in 2009, Jimmy Bullard recreated the famous half-time team-talk given by Phil Brown during Hull City’s 5-1 defeat in the same fixture, the previous season.

Brown responded to Bullard’s comical celebration by saying, “It was a fantastic celebration.

 “I couldn’t deliver my post-match speech as I was laughing so much. The whole thing was timed to perfection.

“I had no idea it was going to happen. I was trying to arrange a five-man midfield at the time so I didn’t see it.

“But my analysis guy showed me it on the laptop when we got into the changing room.”

Jimmy Bullard performs his famous Phil Brown celebration.

Jurgen Klinsmann received a lot of criticism that he went down too quickly after being tackled.

After arriving at White Hart Lane, one reporter asked Klinsmann “Are there any good diving schools in London?”

The German decided to turn this negative into a positive when he scored against Sheffield Wednesday on his Spurs debut in 1994. Following a perfectly timed header, Klinsmann ran towards the fans and flung his whole body forward with his arms out, in a style which can only be described as a plane.

Jurgen Klinsmann

A number of reports have stated that the celebration wasn’t actually Klinsmann’s idea and it was Teddy Sherringham’s, who saw a number of Wednesday fans holding competitive diving scorecards.

22 years on, kids and adults are attempting the famous Klinsmann Dive in Sunday League football. Even Lewis Holtby attempted the Klinsmann Dive!

Lewis Holtby’s version of the Klinsmann dive.

After converting a penalty against Everton in 1999, Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler sprinted over to the white touchline and began to snort it.

Then manager, Gerard Houllier claimed it was a Cameroonian grass-eating celebration for Fowler’s teammate, Rigobert Song.

However, shortly after Fowler admitted that the celebration was a comical response to Everton fans who accused the forward of drug abuse.

The FA soon got involved as they issued the England international with a six-match ban for his controversial goal celebration and a clash with Graeme Le Saux.

Fowler was also issued a £60,000 fine by Liverpool.

Robbie Fowler (left)

Okay, so maybe the celebration wasn’t an actual tribute to the famous German but it definitely looked like Lennon was trying to pull off the famous dive.

Aaron Lennon (left) runs to recreate the Klinsmann dive.

Following Luka Modrić’s 40-yard volley which hit the post, Lennon was in the right place at the right time. The right winger slotted home to equalise in the 90th minute against North London rivals, Arsenal.

This celebration has made the top five for a number of reasons. One obvious reason is the pure passion shown by the Spurs players… and one mad fan.

Lennon immediately ran towards the away end with his arms in a windmill motion. This was followed by a Klinsmann inspired dive as one fan managed to break his way onto the pitch.

Players and stewards were jumping on Lennon and the fan as the score had been settled at 4-4.

Aaron Lennon is mobbed after scoring against Arsenal.

This celebration hasn’t made the top five because of its comical value or pure passion, as the previous four have. I have picked Adebayor’s famous celebration due to its place in the Premier League history books.

What was going on in the mind of Adebayor when he scored against Arsenal in a 4-2 victory in 2009?

The former Metz striker ran the whole length of the pitch to celebrate in-front of the Arsenal away fans. This lead to fury amongst the Arsenal following. Adebayor had to be pulled back by his teammates in an act to avoid any more trouble.

Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates against Arsenal

In an interview with the Express Adebayor, then a Spurs player said, “I don’t care about Arsenal.”

The forward also stated in another interview with the Telegraph, “I scored and wanted to show people it is not a good idea to abuse me. I really didn’t understand it at all. I was running on pure emotion and when you take emotion out of football we are going to have a big problem.

“People say I had time to think about it because I ran the length of the pitch but that is not true. I was abused all match and scored a goal I knew would win the game for us. Ten seconds is nothing – your emotion is going to last a lot longer than that.”

Emmanuel Adebayor

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