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 today, December 19th, we've got Tomas Rosicky's and Arsenal's dazzling tiki-taka goal against Sunderland in February.
The players that deserve praise for this goal are Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud. By the looks of it, they are playing purely on instinct. They know exactly where each other is.
Touches and timing are also completely flawless. It takes an enormous effort for players to become linked like this. Passing-football doesn't get more perfect and in the calendar year of 2014, this performance is unique.
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This is not the first goal in the calendar that was scored against Sunderland. As metioned in previous articles, there are better defences in the Premier League, but regardless of that, it is highly uncertain that Manchester City or Chelsea would manage to prevent such a play.
If it was scored against one of the two pre-mentioned teams, though, it would most likely have been included in the top five.
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