9
Dec

FIFA releases shortlist for Puskas Award

imageMiroslav Stoch won last year’s Puskas Award (Image: Getty)

On the same day FIFA released the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or (shocker, it’s Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery), the final three candidates for the esteemed Puskas Award were also announced. Annually given to the player who scored the year’s best goal, the original group of ten candidates has been narrowed down to golazos by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Nemanja Matic.

Whereas the Ballon d’Or is voted on by a select group of journalists as well as national team managers and captains, the Puskas Award is determined entirely by you, the fans. Another public vote on the day of the Ballon d’Or awards, January 13th, will decide the winner. You can find instructions on how to vote on FIFA’s website.

Here are the finalists:

11
Nov

Ranking the FIFA Puskas Award nominees

FIFA released its annual list of nominees for the best goal of 2013 on Monday, and of course we’ve already done the heavy lifting for you and identified which goal should win the award.

Still, it is up to you fans to vote for your favorite before the three finalists are announced in mid-December. Voting closes Dec. 9th. A second round of voting will then determine the winner, to be revealed at the annual Ballon d’Or presentation.

Without further ado, here’s our list, starting with number 10:

10. Juan Manuel Olivera (Nautico) vs Sport Recife

Nautico’s Uruguayan striker electrified Copa Sudamericana with this wonderful goal off a nice give-and-go at the top of the box. Unfortunately, Nautico are dead-last in Brazil’s Serie A with relegation already confirmed. But at least they have this golazo to hang their hats on!

9. Louisa Necib (Lyon) vs Saint-Etienne

The French have branded Necib as “the female Zidane” for years now, and with goals like this she does the comparison justice. One of the best playmakers in the women’s game, Necib produced her finest effort against Saint-Etienne with this unstoppable long-distance strike.

8. Daniel Luduena (Pachua) vs Tigres

Luduena scored the goal of the season in Liga MX with this outrageous attempt from 70 yards. Impressive, no doubt, but it can’t rank any higher than here because, frankly, we see goals like this scored a handful of times a year. Still, the Pachua man deserves recognition for fulfilling every child’s playground dream.

7. Neymar (Brazil) vs Japan

Neymar went into this summer’s Confed Cup with some questioning whether Barcelona’s import was really worth all the money and hype, having to that point only dazzled in the Brazilian league. He answered those critics right away on the world stage, scoring this golazo in the 3rd minute of Brazil’s first group match on his way to securing tournament MVP honors.

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