Christmas advent calendar countdown: Hakan Calhanoglu, December 9

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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 9th we have decided to show you Hakan Calhanoglu's beautiful free-kick against Borussia Dortmund in last season's Bundeliga.



Powerful shots tend to wobble a lot in the air. What's special about this goal is of course the distance from which Calhanoglu shoots, but also the peculiar way in which the ball travels.

It's quite still the first 30 metres, then bends in a very rare way during the last 10. Jürgen Klopp's smile after the goal says it all.


The goal was scored in the 91st minute, when Hamburg already had a firm 2-0 lead. As previously stated in the subtitle, the goal was only a last fracture to Dortmund's confidence, despite its magnificence.

Had it been more significant, it would definitely have ranked higher in this calendar.

Watch the goal HERE.


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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Hakan Calhanoglu
Borussia Dortmund

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