Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar nominated for Fifa best goal award

2013-11-11 16:58

Zurich – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar are among 10 candidates for the Puskas Award honouring the best goal of the year.

Ibrahimovic was nominated for his long-range bicycle kick for Sweden against England in a friendly last November, which just missed the 2012 award entry deadline.


Neymar was selected for his right-foot shot for Brazil against Japan in the Confederations Cup in June. Neymar, now with Barcelona, won the award two years ago for a solo goal for Santos.


Other nominees include Antonio Di Natale, for Udinese in a Serie A match against Chievo Verona in April, and Australian forward Lisa De Vanna for US side Sky Blue against Boston Breakers in June.

They were among several volleys and bicycle kicks dominating the list proposed by FIFA’s football committee and France Football magazine.

Other nominees: Peter Ankersen (for Esbjerg vs Aarhus in the Danish league); Panagiotis Kone (Bologna vs Napoli, Serie A); Daniel Luduena (Pachuca vs Tigres, Mexican league); Nemanja Matic (Benfica vs Porto, Portuguese league); Louisa Necib (Lyon vs Saint-Etienne, French women’s league); Juan Manuel Olivera (Nautico vs Recife, Copa Sudamericana).

Online voting until December 9 will decides a short list of three finalists who advance to a final round of polling.

The winner will be announced on January 13 at the Fifa Ballon d’Or event in Zurich.

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