Christmas advent calendar countdown: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, December 8

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From December 1st until December 25th, one goal will be presented each day. The goals in the calendar have all been scored within the since January 1st this year.

The goals have been picked out by a jury of three people after a thorough review of the football year.

For December 8th, we have decided to take a look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's stunner against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League...



Goals such as this one are truly characteristic for Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a player. He doesn't move very much during games, and at times, he may even look uninspired. Then, suddenly, he does something incredible.

Ibrahimovic is right footed. This goal is scored with his left, and still, he manages to summon such outstanding power. It doesn't hurt that the ball hits precisely in the top corner. What a player, and what a goal.


Despite this goal being an extension of an already solid lead, it is scored in an away game in the Champions League playoffs. The difference between having scored twice and three times away can sometimes be great, even though it didn't turn out to be this particular time.

Therefore, this goal cannot be considered as insignificant for the fallout of the match up.

Watch the goal HERE.

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The goals have been examined on the following points...


- Plain and simple. The goals have been rated in regard of the skill displayed.


- Resistance includes anything that might have affected the level of the opposition.

If a goal means the difference between win and draw, it has been higher valued than a 7-0 goal scored in the 90th minute. The base quality of the team who conceded has also been taken into account.

In order for it to be in the calendar, a goal has to have been scored in one of the following competitions...

- The FIFA World Cup
- UEFA Champions League
- Barclays Premier League
- FA Cup
- Liga BBVA
- Copa del Rey
- Serie A
- Coppa Italia
- Ligue 1
- Coupe de France
- Bundesliga
- DFB-Pokal

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