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FIFA Announce Puskas Award 2012 Shortlist: The Nominees Are As Follows…

By Chris Wright

The ten FIFA nominees for the Puskas Award 2012 (or ‘Goal of the Year’ if you’d prefer) have been announced, and the shortlist looks like this y’all…

1. Hatem Ben Arfa, NEWCASTLE vs Bolton…

2. Gaston Maella, NACIONAL POTOSI vs The Strongest…

3. Radamel Falcao, ATLETICO MADRID vs America de Cali…

4. Olivia Jimenez, MEXICO vs Switzerland…

5. Lionel Messi, ARGENTINA vs Brazil…

6. Moussa Sow, FENERBAHCE vs Galatasaray…

7. Miroslav Stoch, FENERBAHCE vs Genclerbirligi…

8. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, GHANA vs Guinea…

9. Eric Hassli, VANCOUVER vs Toronto…

10. Neymar, SANTOS vs Internacional…

Strange that Papiss Cisse’s banana volley against Chelsea doesn’t get a look in. Seems like FIFA haven’t even chose the best Newcastle goal from last year, but hey ho, these things happen.

Neymar won the Puskas Award for 2011 with his tricky-dicky dash goal against Flamengo…

…and we wouldn’t be overly surprised if he wins it again this time round what with him being a bit of a FIFA darling – though our personal favourite of that particular batch is Gaston Maella’s instinctive, unorthodox scorpion volley.

Who are you backing for the 2012 gong Pies folk?

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By Chris on November 14th, 2012 in Featured, Opinion, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

30 Responses to “FIFA Announce Puskas Award 2012 Shortlist: The Nominees Are As Follows…”

  1. Manolo Garnix says:

    I would have chosen Cissé’s goal as well. From those on the list:

  2. Andrew Thompson says:

    Stoch’s technique and the fact he pulled it off is immense but probably won’t get a look in.

  3. George says:

    I’d vote for Stoch, personally. I expect Neymar or Falcao to win it though.

  4. Jon says:

    Matty Burrows woz robbed

  5. Ed says:

    Got to be Falcao for me.

  6. porcelain sandwich says:

    I was about to vent my outrage about the lack of Cisse, but I see you’ve mentioned it already. Therefore, I’m going to go for Hassli.

  7. plops says:

    Dear Mr Neymar

    Please come and play in England so I can watch you on the telly without arsing about on the internet.

    Kind regards.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Falcao or Neymar for me

  9. Mathers says:

    Falcao or neymar for me

  10. Anonymous says:

    What about crouch?

  11. Gilles veber says:

    Hatem ben arfa

  12. Tales says:

    Funny thing is that this wasn’t even Neymar finest goal this year.
    Hist best goal was this one:

  13. Lyesse says:

    Hatem Ben Arfa !

  14. AbouTheMan says:

    Are you kidding me guys? Eric ‘the f*ckin beast’ Hassli’s was the best. Maybe Falcao’s scissor.

  15. Camille says:

    Hatem Ben Arfa

  16. Raul says:

    Where is Pappis Cisse’s Goal v Chelsea????????

  17. Stiopa says:

    Hassli for sho or Badu’s rocket to me

  18. mareantheone says:

    Hassil, Sow, Falcao.

    But the best i’ve seen this year is Taison’s volley

    that is really special.

  19. iko says:

    Did anyone catch Demba Ba’s header form outside of the box for Senegal? I forgot which country it was against but it was a real beauty, beastly. I can’t find the link either. Someone put it up if you may! I’d vote for that one.

  20. MGJ says:

    All great goals no doubt, but my vote would go to Falcao. Unbelievable tekkers

  21. Neymar makes Messi’s goal look like a tap in! It’s between him and Falcao.

  22. ayush says:

    Luis Suarez golazo from 45yard Vs Norwich ???

  23. Mr Sensible says:

    I’d go for Falcao. Naymar’s is great but the defending is terrible, the first guy doesn’t even make a challenge and the second guy doesn’t even know what the fuck is going on.

  24. Venny says:

    Neymar wouldn’t be scoring goals like that if he were playing in Europe.

  25. Isaac says:

    Hassli! That volley is unbelievable! Not his first amazing goal either!

  26. adhikapp says:

    If Mealla doesnt win it and Messi/Neymar does, FIFA is probably corrupt.

  27. Stefano says:

    (before Ibrahimovic)

  28. james says:

    i thought it was ben arfas goal against blackburn that was nominated? both are brilliant! so him with either of them! and that header from outside the box was awesome! that was cisse aswell though i think. should just be goals from newcastle players!

  29. Ransford Jr. says:

    Agyemang Badu’s goal classic

  30. […] Former Chelsea and current Fenerbahce winger Miroslav Stoch has been bestowed with the 2012 Puskas Award after his superbly effortless volley against Genclerbirligi was selected by visitors to, FIFA’s Youtube page and as their goal of the year from the 10-goal shortlist. […]

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