From ESPN:

FIFA says it will not add Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s astonishing overhead kick goal against England as a late entry to be selected as the best goal in 2012.

Ibrahimovic scored his fourth goal in Sweden’s 4-2 victory Wednesday several hours after voting opened for 10 approved Puskas Award candidates.

FIFA says “given that a number of votes have already been cast for this year’s award, the select committee for the Puskas Award may not, at this stage, include an additional nominee.”

But you know what? This is how should be. Zlatan’s goals are unique; they don’t fit in with the official footballing pantheon. They’re workarounds. He’s like a horse crossed with a ninja…why the hell should Zlatan’s greatness need FIFA’s official stamp of approval? Let Zlatan’s effort standalone. An asterisk to the official record.

Moreover, it lessens the chance Hassli’s goal will win the award.

In needless opprobrium news, Kurt Larson dissents:

UHHHHH. Well, let’s have a look. Yes, Joe Hart shouldn’t have been that far out of position, and his headed clearance was inadequate to say the least. But think. Just think. There was no other way for Zlatan to score from that situation. There were already three defenders back to cover for Hart. Two were within about two yards of the posts. Zlatan could have trapped and tried to pass to the lone Swedish forward, but he would have been well covered. Instead, with his back to goal, he back-flipped karate chopped it with the perfect arc to make it unstoppable.

So no passes on this one. None.

Comments (13)

  1. Should of spun before kicking it.

  2. Completely agree Richard.

    The whole argument that this goal can be lessened by defensive mistakes (which I don’t necessarily fully subscribe to) is a weak one in my opinion. The sheer audacity it takes to even attempt something like that is staggering, to say nothing of the technique and spatial awareness required to actually hit the target. I mean he wasn’t even looking at the goal when he hit the ball.

    I’m sure Zlatan won’t be insulted that FIFA isn’t going to include this in the list of goals of the year :)

    • Agreed. I think every goal ever scored there is some Larson type Cunt droning on about te defensive mistake that lead to it.

      That being said, yes some element of error by Hart but still it shouldn’t lessen the amazing element or zlatan’s goal.

  3. guys, its just Kurt Larson ….. of the sun…… his words lessen nothing and just expose his lack of footy acumen. good for him for trying and putting something out there as any footy coverage is good-ish footy coverage.

    Sorry but with how my twitter feed exploded for two hours with the football world going all Ray Hudson on this goal you have to know it was spectacular…..magisterial even. the only thing that would have made it better is if he had karate chopped a defender on the way down but alas, there were no england defenders close enough…..

  4. The “quality” of a goal is incredibly subjective, so judging other people’s opinions of what is a good goal, and what contributes to the greatness of a goal is a fool’s game.

    Personally, while I think Ibra’s strike was spectacular, I find goals with fast, intricate build-up between teammates, or attackers undressing multiple defenders with their footwork and dribbling, to be more aesthetically pleasing.

    Not goal of the year for me, but definitely a contender for strike of the year.

  5. What a singularly dull way to look at goals – 99% can attributed to mistakes at some level.

  6. “He’s like a horse crossed with a ninja”

    Great line.

  7. Absolutely remarkable day for Ibra, with three leading up to the wonder strike.

    What really ices the cake for me is that, had he not looped home that audacious fourth, people would still be talking (though less so) about his remarkable winner/hat-trick strike from distance (granted, off a free kick). The power/accuracy on that shot, evading the wall and skipping twice to sneak past an outstretched Hart and inside the upright was amazing.

    Not nearly as mind-bending as his fourth, but still quite the strike.

  8. Quite honestly, few human beings could even do that without any other players on the pitch, forget the mistakes. The dude is just a freak. Love it.

  9. Larson is a huge twat.

  10. Ignoring questions of quality, maybe they should just try voting for the *2012* goal of the year AFTER the end of the year… You know, vote for it in the first 2 or 3 weeks of January and announce it late January / early February.

    I hate how many things are voted for before they end. Man of the Match should be chosen after the game, not with 15 minutes left…

  11. Tremendous. Only someone like Ibra would attempt and make that goal. Dude gets bashed alot for no good reason. World class player.

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