Vote for Benny’s Blackburn bombshell in the FIFA Puskás award

Posted on November 15th, 2012 | 12 Comments |

Benny’s 3rd round FA Cup goal against Blackburn Rovers from January 2012.

You may have heard already that Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa is one of ten candidates for the FIFA “Puskás Award” for the best goal of the year.

However, this competition is also up for a public vote on FIFA’s official website, and I wouldn’t be doing my duty if I didn’t encourage all you Toon fans out there to get on the site and vote!

To crib unashamedly from the Wikipedia, it is described thusly:

“The FIFA Puskás Award is an award established on 20 October 2009 by FIFA at the behest of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) President Sepp Blatter in order to award the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant and “most beautiful” goal of the year. Ferenc Puskás’s name is in commemoration of the newly-created FIFA Goal of the Year award.”

Named after the Magical Magyar goal machine who averaged a goal every game for Honvéd, Real Madrid and Hungary, the award is part of the famous Ballon d’Or ceremony to find the World’s player of the year, and this competition is open to two public votes, so get voting for the goal you honestly and impartially think is the best wor Benny!

This stage of the competition has 10 entries, and the three with the highest votes from this stage will go on to a final competition, which is also open to a public vote. You can find out more about this year’s competition, view videos of all of the ten entries, and of course, actually vote by following the link at the bottom of this piece.

You don’t even have to be biased anyway as despite some stiff competition from nine other remarkable goals from the likes of Lionel Messi, Falcao, last year’s winner Neymar and others, it really was probably the best goal on the planet in the last twelve months, showing a degree of finely tuned close control which only the very finest dribblers in world football can ever hope to muster. The closest one in the same vein is probably Neymar’s exceptional goal for Brazilian side Santos against Internacional back in March, with most of the rest being massive shots and bicycle kicked efforts, selected by a panel of experts for this public vote. On the subject of “massive shots,” Cisse’s legendary goal against Chelsea would also have stood up VERY well against the ones that are in there too, especially so as it was against last season’s eventual Champion’s League winners.

Finally, below are the criteria on which the best goals should be selected (once again, shamelessly lifted from Wikipedia).

“It should be a beautiful goal (subjective — the spread of goals should include long-range shots, team goals, overhead kicks, individual plays, etc.).

“The importance of the match should be taken into account (objective — limited to “A” international teams, confederation championships and national top-division club matches: the more important the goal, the better).

“The goal should not be the result of luck, mistakes or a deflection by a teammate or the other team.

“The goal should support fair play, i.e. the player should not have behaved badly in the game or have been charged with doping, for example.”

So gan’n vote for Benny! :-)

The FIFA Puskás Award vote.


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12 Responses

  1. If it had been in the world cup, I honestly think it would be talked about like that Maradona goal. Then again Blackburn probably wouldn’t get very far in the world cup!

  2. Leighton James is making comments about the “intimidating” atmosphere at SJP. I don’t think he has been there recently.

    I remember watching him from the old Leazes end and he got a lot of stick because he was such a skillful player. I remember the crowd singing “Leighton James is a puff” over and over. Not exactly George Bernard Shaw but he got the message.

  3. Voted for wor Benny-not even close!

    I was there for Messi’s goal. He was absolutely on fire in that game. I’d never seen him run at defenders so much and be so direct about going for goal in the national team before that.

  4. tunyc says:
    November 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    “I was there for Messi’s goal.”

    You went all the way to Brazil for it? Or were you there anyway tunyc?

  5. GS, have you been following the Jimmy Savile thing over there? So far they’ve pulled in Freddie Starr, Gary Glitter (again) and now they’re questioning the “hairy conflake,” Dave Lee Travis.

  6. i was reading a article earlier on saying we could lose Shola in january as he’s agreed to play for Nigeria.just asweel Senegal failed to qualify coz we would ov been well fkd come january.

    Worky mate,is there any chance you can send me my password pls as i havnt got a scooby doo wot it is and i need it so i can use my laptop to post on this site.cheers wor kid :-)

  7. jack72 says:
    November 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    “Worky mate,is there any chance you can send me my password pls as i havnt got a scooby doo wot it is and i need it so i can use my laptop to post on this site.cheers wor kid”

    Jack, neither have I! The passwords are hidden even to the “super admin” (me). If you’re not signed in, you can click on the button on the login section to send a lost password to the e.mail address you registered with. Let me know how you get on.

  8. Hey Worky @6: it struck home today because one of my friends that I keep in touch with from England said her 17 year old daughter was molested on the train back to Weybridge yesterday. The guy stalked her at home for 2 months and followed her.

    F@cking pathetic Baastards.

  9. Messi’s nominated goal was scored at a friendly played at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. I wish I’d been in Brazil! I am going to try to make it to the WC. I’ve got a couple Brazilian friends who say they’ll help get tix/let me crash at their place. One even lives in a nice neighborhood in Sao Paolo, with high walls and armed guards and such…

  10. Aye tunyc. It’s about time I started keeping in touch with my international friends again instead of worrying about this bloody blog – If they haven’t got pissed off with me already that is!

    On another note, a bit of a Bobby Robson / Kevin Keegan style “Colemanballs” from Michael Laudrup off all people. Looking forward to the game against us in a pre match interview he said:

    “I just hope that we play for 90 minutes like we did in the first half against Southampton.” :lol: