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.


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Premier League Betting Preview and Best Tips: December 2-3


Two sides heading seemingly in completely opposite directions as of late come face-to-face in the solitary (not-so) Super Sunday encounter at Carrow Road. Norwich have built up a seven-match unbeaten run in a highly assured manner and made their home ground somewhat of a fortress, losing just once all season and conceding the joint-second fewest amount of home goals out of all twenty Premiership teams.

The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Stoke have all drawn blanks in Norfolk and the Canaries rearguard, now marshalled by supremely disciplined defenders in Michael Turner and Sebastien Bassong, can be reasonably confident of shutting out a Sunderland side – one win in eight, the win in question against ten men of Fulham – for whom its simply not happening in front of goal this season.

A paltry return of 12 goals in 13 games means only QPR have scored less this season, and the Wearsiders never looked remotely likely of bagging against the Hoops on Tuesday.

Tip – Norwich Clean Sheet 7/4 Ladbrokes


The Monday Night fare for Gary Neville and Ed Chamberlain to pore over, with their ipads and special electronic pens to hand, comes from the Stadium Formerly Known As Sports Direct Arena as Alan Pardew leads his Newcastle outfit into battle against Wigan in the knowledge that he has probably never craved a victory during his tenure at Tyneside than as much as he does now.

Four defeats in a row, two wins in ten, a lengthy injury list, and reports of player contractual unrest are all major contributing to a season in danger of being majorly underwhelming in comparison to the Geordies notable efforts of 2011/12. They were chasing 4th place all last season. They are currently 14th.

Wigan, one place below, are enjoying their football as of late and will be delighted with the extra days to recover from their honourable effort in defeat against Man City on Wednesday. The beauty of Wigan is that home or away they give sides a real go, and there is no reason as to why they cannot include St. James’ Park alongside Anfield, Emirates and White Hart Lane on their list of scalp venues this calendar year.

Backing Wigan not to lose at just short of odds-against is the value bet at this moment in time.

Tip – Wigan +0.5 Asian Handicap PinnacleBet 9/10


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