Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Revisiting the Premiership's Sensational Goals

In 2009, FIFA decided to reward the aesthetic-ness of scoring goals with the FIFA Puskás Award. The award is named after the legendary Hungarian, who captained the Mighty Magyars of the 1950s and played for the Real Madrid in the 1960s.

The past three years have gone to Cristiano Ronaldo (Champions League QF for Manchester United versus FC Porto), Hamit Alintop (Euro 2012 Group A Qualifying for Turkey versus Kazakhstan) and Neymar (2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for Santos versus Flamengo).

It looks like 2012 will not be lacking in drama as we have already seen sensational goals that we can deem as very very Puskás-worthy.

Here are five from last season's in the Premiership worth your time and attention, something worth revisiting with club football being officially back in business in Europe this past weekend. The standard has been set, so to speak.

Robin van Persie (Arsenal) - The PFA Player of the Year carried the Gunners most of the season, ending up with 30 goals for the Gunners. This one, with Thierry Henry witnessing from one of the boxes, is a stroke of beauty and grace. All Red Devils fans are looking forward to seeing him do his magic for them instead of against them this year.

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) - With Wayne Rooney being unavailable for England for a portion of the Euro 2012 due to a suspension, it was thought that he could be a viable option, thanks to this magical goal. Well, Roy Hodgson has other ideas, going with Andy Carroll instead in the Euros.

Papiss Demba Cisse (Newcastle) - Considered by some as the best January transfer buy in the Premiership, Newcastle used some of the profits from the transfer of Andy Carroll to Liverpool into Demba Ba, who sizzled at the start of the season, then added his Senegalese teammate from German side SC Freiburg. He has scored 13 goals since the move, but this one against Chelsea on May 2, was a true beauty.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) - You will only see one aspect of the sensation chip from distance below, but someone provided alternate views. This was the highlight of the Uruguayan's hat trick against Norwich, his first with the squad from Anfield.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle) - The French international was sensational in this run below. The GIF does not do it justice.

Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) - Scissors kicks are an awesome thing to see as a fan, as seen here below.

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