The game of football without goals is as tasteless as food without salt. The 2012-13 season saw some fabulous goals by the top players in Europe and despite being an extremely difficult task to shortlist the nominations, THT presents the top goals of this season. Which one do you think, stands out?
DenAi??lson Pereira Neves (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
The former Arsenal midfielder has perhaps run out of suitors in Europe. Currently on-loan with the Brazilian side, Denilson gave his team a 2-0 lead over Palmeiras with this thunderous strike. These goals are just moments of magic ai??i?? the perfect elevation, perfect power, perfect trajectory ai??i?? everything perfect. Difficult to repeat but a delight to watch
PrzemysAi??aw Kazmierczak (AslAi??sk WrocAi??aw, Poland)
Difficult name. Lesser known club. And a stunning goal. More importantly, prior to the left-footed pile-driver, the way Kazmierczak retained the ball, was perhaps as good as the goal itself. It is in these moments that one feels sorry for the goalkeepers, who despite some valiant efforts, remain nothing more than spectators.
Mame Mor Diouf (SuperSport United, South Africa)
What was Mr. Diouf thinking before even thinking of making an attempt? A defender, who was in his half took advantage of the goalkeeperai??i??s advanced position and skied the ball, and perhaps prayed to Almighty. Eventually it landed at the back of the net ai??i?? you have to see it to believe it.
Note: The shot was taken from 70-yards off the Mamelodi Sundownsai??i?? goal. Yes, 70 freaking yards! And yes, do check the celebration.
Khalfan Ibrahim (Al Sadd, Qatar)
Football fans remember Diego Maradonaai??i??s divine goal against England in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. They also remember a similar goal by Lionel Messi against Getafe. They now need to see this goal by Qatari midfielder Khalfan Ibrahim, who is sometimes called the ai???Maradona of Qatarai??? and also ai???Khalfaninhoai??? by his fans because of his resemblance to Ronaldinho. Ibrahim runs with the ball from the left side of his defense, runs diagonally towards the oppositionai??i??s left side, dodges one, dribbles two, outfoxes one more than eventually slots it at the bottom right corner of the Al Rayyan goal, after getting caught in a tackle. His fans perhaps have the right name for him. Even Maradona and Ronaldinho would have been proud of such a goal.
Oscar (Chelsea, England)
Finally a relatively more famous name. The 21-year old Brazilian scored a brace of which, one was a stunning goal against heavyweights Juventus, in the UEFA Champions League. More importantly, it was a goal that gave Chelsea a valuable lead, which they couldnai??i??t hold on to. The strike was a testament to his composure, technique and a very accurate finish from 25 yards off, at the top right corner, beyond the reach of an otherwise brilliant Buffon.
Fabrizio Miccoli (Palermo, Italy)
Palermo got relegated. But their inspirational captain scored one of the most stunning goals of the 2012-13 season. Remeber Zinedine Zidaneai??i??s goal against Bayer Leverkusen in a Champions League final? Quite similar, but from a greater distance and with his right foot. Miccoli has always been a player of great ability but never lived upto the expectations. This goal against Chievo, is a testimony to his uncanny ability.
Korhan Ai??ztA?rk (Altay, Turkey)
In the league game against Anadolu SelAi??ukluspor on 3 March 2013, Ai??ztA?rk scored a stunning right footed volley after a cross was floated towards him from the left wing. The most amazing part is that it was his first touch on the ball. They donai??i??t get any better.
Philippe Mexes (AC Milan, Italy)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored perhaps the best goal this season. Unfortunately it was while on national duty. Philippe Mexes scored something similar for his club. Anderlecht conceded a 70th minute free kick after Bram Nuytinck was shown red for bringing down Alexandre Pato as he burst clear.Ricardo Montolivo took the regulation freekick to set up Mexes to control the ball on his chest before unleashing his strike from outside the penalty area and into the home goal. Stunning!
Jordi Amat (Rayo Vallecano, Spain)
Even Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi would have been proud of such a goal. Enough said!
Ricardo Ribeiro Fernandes (Doxa Katokopias FC, Cyprus)
They say that best should be reserved for the last. 35-year old Ricardo Fernandes, re-iterated that age is just a number with a brilliant show of athleticism. Whether to call it a scorpion kick or a backheel volley (momentarily discovered term!) ai??i?? we donai??i??t know. Better still, just sit back, relax and enjoy.