From Roger Milla to Jurgen Klinsmann, Lomana LuaLua to Ellen White, footballers have been the architects of their own wacky celebrations for years…
But why is it just the players who get to have all the fun?
Occasionally, managers too can get swept up in the emotion and produce their very own top class celebration. From dances to knee slides, belly flops to nonchalant coffee drinking, here are the very best celebrations from those in the dugout.
Okay, so we’re playing very fast and loose with the term ‘best’ when it comes to Alan Pardew’s 2016 FA Cup final dance routine.
Can ‘best’ also mean cringe-inducing, excruciating and ultimately very premature, as Palace went on to lose 2-1 in extra time?
Yes? Well in that case, Alan Pardew has the 10th best managerial celebration ever.
There’s some stiff competition in the managerial celebratory knee slide department, but Di Canio edges Jose Mourinho’s efforts thanks to the sheer momentum he achieved during his celebration at St. James’ Park in 2013.
The Black Cats ran out 3-0 winners over their north east rivals and Di Canio was mad with delirium, sprinting down the touchline and breaking into a slide to rival the Special One’s attempts for Real Madrid and Chelsea.
The Italian’s grass-stained trousers are now on display Sunderland Fans’ Museum, commemorating an iconic moment in the club’s modern history.
Former Republic of Ireland assistant Marco Tardelli is famed for his emotional celebration in the 1982 World Cup final – so it’s no surprise he wished to properly celebrate Wes Hoolahan’s goal against Poland in 2013 with manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
Unfortunately, Trapattoni is clearly not a hugger. As Tardelli went in for a celebratory embrace, the Republic of Ireland boss kept his arms rigidly folded, endured the cuddle and then backed away in disgust. Boundaries.
The great Diego Maradona was many things, but subtle was not one of them.
Unsurprisingly, during his time in charge of Argentina, he could not celebrate his side’s vital last gasp victory over Peru in 2009 with a small fist clench, or perhaps a high five. Instead, with the rain lashing down, Maradona slid face first across the sodden turf on his stomach.
David Platt netted a last gasp extra time winner for England against Belgium to send the Three Lions into the quarter finals of the 1990 World Cup.
The goal triggered a famous piece of John Motson commentary, which would later be used in Baddiel and Skinner’s Three Lions – but also inspired Bobby Robson to treat everyone to a little jig. The England boss looked like everyone’s favourite grandparent at a wedding attempting to start an invisible conga.
From his burst down the Old Trafford touchline with Porto in 2004 to his famous knee slides, Mourinho is partial to a statement celebration.
Inter had lost 1-0 to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, but thanks to their 3-1 first leg victory, Mourinho’s side progressed to the Champions League final. It is one of the Portuguese manager’s greatest victories, and he celebrated by dashing about the Camp Nou turf with one finger raised – despite Victor Valdes’ best efforts to stop him from savouring the moment with the Inter fans.
It was a rare display of arrogance from a man usually so humble.
Paolo Di Canio had been retired from playing for a good three years when his Swindon side faced Northampton in a League Two clash in December 2011 – but this did not prevent him from getting right in the thick of his team’s celebrations following Alan McCormack’s injury time winner.
The former West Ham man charged onto the pitch and ran half the length of the field to jump into the Swindon celebrations in front of their fans. He was later handed a £500 fine by the fun sponges at the FA.
Big Sam worked wonders to save Sunderland from the drop in 2016, with victory over Everton in May simultaneously keeping them up and relegating rivals Newcastle.
Completing a lap of honour to mark their achievement, Allardyce celebrated with some very extravagant orchestral conducting and a lot of pointing before he began to strip off – thought better of it – and just flexed his biceps towards the Black Cats faithful with his jacket half hanging off his shoulders. The very best and worst of spontaneity.
How do you celebrate your side edging a nine-goal thriller in extra time to progress to the FA Cup quarter finals?
Big Duncan Ferguson had the expected reaction when Bernard gave Everton a 5-4 lead over Tottenham, excitedly jumping up and down and scanning the vicinity for the nearest ball boy to latch onto.
Carlo Ancelotti? Ice cool, nonchalantly blowing on what we’ll assume was a caramel latte while everybody else around him lost their heads.
The best celebrations are always the ones you never choreograph – just ask former Hamilton manager Billy Reid.
The Accies took the lead against rivals Motherwell eight minutes from time, and Reid leapt up to touch the top of the dugout in celebration.
Unfortunately, the top of the dugout collapsed and then so did Reid, falling flat on his back.
And five minutes later, Motherwell equalised…