FIFA Ferenc Puskas Award 2012: The Nominees

The past 12 months have seen some spellbinding in world football, and for the fourth time, one goal will be awarded as the best scored in the Ferenc Puskas award. So if you haven’t seen the goals nominated they can all be viewed in links below and at the end of the article, I’ll be giving you my opinion on which of these stunning goals has been the best.



Brazilian star Neymar is currently one of the hottest talents in world football, with many of Europe’s top clubs supposedly lining up bids for the player, who is currently playing for Brazilian side Santos, just like Brazil’s most famous ever son, Pele. His captivating run and finish against Internacional from March this year, best summarises the talents of the young Brazilian. Check out the video below and enjoy.



Radamel Falcao

Atlético Madrid’s Colombian centre forward Radamel Falcao has had a superb 2012, with many claiming him to be the world’s most complete centre forward, and from this goal, it’s easy to see why. Wonderful technique was displayed with this effort as he readjusted his body to fire the ball into the net.

The America de Cali goalkeeper was left completely stunned. Some would say as this goal came in pre-season, it wasn’t as impressive, but the technique was so beautiful that I think it deserves the highest level of appreciation.



Miroslav Stoch

One of two Fernerbache goals to be nominated for the prestigious award comes from former Chelsea man Miroslav Stoch. The Slovakian attacker/winger hooked a cleared corner into the net with a wonderfully hit strike in a Turkish cup match against Genclerbirgli. Judging by the comments on the video below, many feel this should win the award.



Ones who didn’t quite make the final

Although the nominees have now been reduced to three, here are some other goals which were initially nominated.


Moussa Sow

In a typically fierce game against Galatasaray in March this year, Moussa Sow’s overhead kick gave Fenerbache the lead.



Lionel Messi

In a game against arch rivals Brazil in June, the Argentine went on a mazy run, beating Real Madrid’s Marcelo with ease, cutting inside, then firing a perfectly struck shot into the top corner. Pure class, and a goal that silenced critics who said Messi only gets into full gear with Barca.



Hatem Ben Arfa

In an FA Cup game against Blackburn Rovers earlier this year, Ben Arfa picked up the ball just inside the opposition half, beat Gael Givet, Martin Olsson and Ruben Rochina and then fired into the roof of the net.



Olivia Jimenez

At this year’s under 20 women’s World Cup in Japan, Denmark had possession in their game against Mexico. What followed was truly sublime. Defensive midfielder Olivia Jimenez picked the ball up and released a tremendous shot which beat the Danish goalkeeper from approximately 45 metres.



Emmanuel Ageymang

While playing for Ghana, Ageymang hit this wonder strike.



Eric Hassli

A sweetly struck volley from Vancouver whitecaps forward Eric Hassli.



So who should win? I’m sure every football fan has their own opinion, but I’m going to say Neymar. Everything about the goal was perfect, and all his quality was displayed. The run, the footwork, his initial positioning, and of course the finish was all spectacular.

On the other hand, Falcao’s wasn’t challenged much, while Stoch’s goal wasn’t as incredible. So for that reason, I think Neymar’s goal deserves to be considered the best. However, I think Emmanuel Ageymang’s goal deserves to be in the final as it was truly unstoppable, possibly at the expense of Miroslav Stoch’s goal.

All the goals nominated were brilliant however, and that’s just my opinion. Leave yours below.


Written by Joshua Sodergren

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