If you know soccer, you’ve probably heard of Ferenc Puskas, the Hungarian forward from the 40’s and 50’s who averaged almost a goal per game in over 600 league and international matches.
If you’re like me though, you are just hearing about him for the first time as you learn that FIFA is out with its shortlist for the second annual Puskas award for “most beautiful” goal of the year!
According to FIFA, goals are considered for the list based on these factors: aesthetics, the importance of the match, the absence of luck or an opposition mistake as a factor in the goal, fair play and the goal has to be from this calendar year. In 2009, a wonder strike off the boot of Cristiano Ronaldo, then with Manchester United, took the cake…he’s not on the list this year though, so we’ll have a new champion!
That’s where you come in – watch the videos below, and then click here to vote for your favorite.
Hamit Altintop – Turkey (Euro 2012 qualifiers)
Turkey 3, Kazakhstan 0; September 3, 2010
Matthew Burrows – Glentoran (Carling Premiership; Ireland)
Glentoran 1, Portadown 0; October 5, 2010
Linus Hallenius – Hammarby (Swedish second division)
Hammarby 2, Superettan 0; June 20, 2010
Lionel Messi – Barcelona (Liga BBVA; Spain)
Barcelona 3, FC Valencia 0; March 14, 2010
Samir Nasri – Arsenal (Champions League QF)
Arsenal 5, FC Porto 0; March 9, 2010
Neymar – Santos (Sao Paulo State Championship; Brazil)
Santos 2, Santo Andre 1; February 4, 2010
Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich (DFB Pokal; Germany)
Bayern Munich 1, Schalke 04 0; March 24, 2010
Siphiwe Tshabalala – South Africa (World Cup)
South Africa 1, Mexico 1; June 11, 2010
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst – Netherlands (World Cup)
Netherlands 3, Uruguay 2; July 6, 2010
Kumi Yokoyama – Japan (U-17 Women’s World Cup)
Japan 2, Korea DPR 1; September 21, 2010
I’d say FIFA did a pretty solid job of narrowing the list down to ten, wouldn’t you? If there’s one thing to take away from these videos though it’s that, now that we are months removed from the World Cup, we should all be glad that the vuvuzela was outlawed everywhere? WOW.
As a treat for making it this far, here’s a look at a goal that should have been for Qatar in extra time during quarterfinal action at the Asian Games – probably the worst miss you’ll ever see…and Uzbekistan went on to win:
Remember, vote for the best goal of the year by clicking here. If you’ve got one that should be on the list, leave it in the comments!