European goals of the season: Part I

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As the European season prepares to reach its traditional climax with Saturday's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea, GMF selects some of the finest goals from the continent's most high-profile leagues this term.

As ever, we would like your input too, so please leave comments below and provide us with your favourite goals of the season, and we'll follow up with another blog soon.

Here are our favourites from the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, the Premier League and Serie A...


Eren Derdiyok

Bayer Leverkusen v Wolfsburg

Eren Derdiyok manages to channel the spirit of Dennis Bergkamp with this quite breathtaking effort, in the way the Bayer Leverkusen forward pulls the ball out of the air and bamboozles the defender.

Bergkamp did it against Leicester for Arsenal and Argentina for Holland - showing supreme technique to bring the ball under his control and provide an opportunity to shoot at goal.

As Derdiyok bursts through the Wolfsburg centre-backs, his out-stretched left foot cushions the ball into his path, before using his right boot to lift the ball back over the defender.

The final part is where he differs from Bergkamp's efforts - providing the killer touch with an expertly executed overhead-kick that leaves the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.


La Liga

Inigo Martinez

Real Betis v Real Sociedad

It would be fair to describe this strike from Inigo Martinez as a once-in-a-lifetime goal, if he had not scored an almost identical one earlier in the season.

On October 2 equalised for Real Sociedad in a 2-1 defeat of Atheltic Bilbao from inside his own half, but bettered that some seven weeks later in a dramatic encounter with Real Betis.

Betis had drawn level with two goals in the final ten minutes of the game, but Martinez was able to swing the proceedings in the favour of his side once more as the game edged closer towards its conclusion.

Picking up the ball ten yards inside his own half, Martinez carries it towards the half-way line before unleashing a pin-point effort which crashes off the cross-bar and snatches three points in stoppage time.


Ligue 1

Younes Belhanda

Marseille v Montpellier

Younes Belhanda's performances for Montepellier as they chase a first ever Ligue 1 crown could lead to a move to the Premier League during the summer transfer window.

Arsenal have been credited with interest in the Morocco international, which comes as no great surprise given his consistently impressive displays over the course of the campaign.

There is no finer example of Belhanda's potential than his goal against Marseille last month, with which he displays the type supreme poise and technique that leaves observers purring.

Belhanda initially does well to control a pass from Olivier Giroud on his chest, before propelling himself into the air and executing a sublime scissor-cum-bicycle-kick from the edge of the area.


Premier League

Papiss Cisse

Chelsea v Newcastle

Here at GMF, we had previously heralded Papiss Cisse as the Premier League's signing of the season, and with good reason too, given his goalscoring exploits for Newcastle after joining the club in January.

The Senegalese striker scored 13 goals in 14 games for the Magpies as they flirted with the prospect of Champions League qualification; instantly proving he is worthy of the No.9 shirt that adorns his back.

It was his performance against Chelsea that will remain etched in the memory of Newcastle fans for all eternity; scoring two blockbusters in a 2-0 triumph.

Cisse's second strike appeared to defy logic - as a right-footed half volley swerved inexplicably and zipped into the top corner of Petr Cech's net.


Serie A

Sebastian Giovinco

Siena v Parma

One that falls very much in the 'net nugget' category, Sebastian Giovinco is unlikely to catch a shot more sweetly than this effort against Siena.

The former Juventus youngster enjoyed a fine season for I Crociati; scoring 16 times and providing 11 assists in his first campaign since securing a permanent switch from Turin.

His goal against Siena was his penultimate of the season - coming earlier in May - and can lay claim to have been one of the finest in Serie A over the course of the campaign.

Knocking the ball out of his body to provide room to shoot some 30 yards from goal, Giovinco fairly biffs a strike on the half-volley that loops and swerves and beats the goalkeeper at full stretch.


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