The best Premier League goals of 2012

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It’s almost that time of year again; where your Facebook or Twitter newsfeed is full of misty-eyed walks down memory lane, all taking a look back at lets face it, what was a pretty special 2012.

Of course we had perhaps the greatest end to a Premier League season; Manchester City’s stunning late rally against QPR meant the Citizens claimed their first league title for 44 years ahead of rivals Manchester United.

Then there was Euro 2012, in which Spain, one of the greatest international teams of all time, became the first side to ever win three consecutive major international tournaments.

Then of course there is Lionel Messi, a one man record breaker intent on scoring goals until there is no other man’s name left in the history books. If his record-breaking 73 goals last season wasn’t enough, he’s now set a new mark for most goals in a single year. Not bad for a 25-year-old.

Here at GMF we decided to get the ball rolling ahead of the new year by taking a look back at the best goals scored in the Premier League this year.

As 2013 gets closer and closer, keep your eye out for more countdowns from what was, most people will agree, one of the best years in terms of action on the pitch, for some time. Remember to leave your comments on what you think was the best goal of 2012 below.

Pappis Demba Cisse v Chelsea, May 2012

A surprising omission from the FIFA Puskas Goal of the Year award, Cisse’s unbelievable goal against Chelsea not only defied all logic but was ultimately the final blow to the Blues hopes of finishing in the top four and securing Champions League football. That was unless they could do the unthinkable and go on and be crowned Kings of Europe……..

A seemingly innocuous throw-in was chested down by Shola Ameobi into the path of Cisse, whose half-volley from 30 yards swerved and dipped past Petr Cech. Utterly brilliant.

Jermain Defoe v West Ham, November 2012

Jermain Defoe has been in outstanding form this season and showed the very best he has to offer with his brilliant goal against West Ham.

Defore is known as a great goal scorer rather than a scorer of great goals, but against West Ham last month he showed a glimpse of his game that is rarely seen.

Picking the ball up on the half-way line, the England striker held off his man before bounding forward, then shifted the ball to his right-hand side and lashing it past Jussi Jääskeläinen.

Zoltan Gera v Liverpool, August

Come the first day of any new season, pretty much everyone is excited for what lies in store. Liverpool and West Brom certainly had that feeling as they stepped out on to the pitch at the Hawthorns – but the feeling wasn’t to last too long for the away side.

As if a demoralising 3-0 defeat in Brendan Rodgers’ first league game in charge of the Reds wasn’t enough, Zoltan Gera ensured the match would be talked about for some time with a sublime goal.

A half-cleared corner fell to the Baggies midfielder outside the box. Gera made it all look so easy as he brought the ball down with his chest and slammed a half-volley right into the top corner, past Pepe Reina.

Peter Crouch v Manchester City, March

Was it on purpose? Was it an accident? Does it even matter? Peter Crouch’s audacious goal against Manchester City last season is more a contender for greatest goal of all time than best of the year.

You must have seen this one by now. The perfect control, the swivel and volley, the dipping shot that left Joe Hart grasping at thin air. Sit back and joy.

Hatem Ben Arfa v Bolton, April

Hatem Ben Arfa appears to be trying his best to wrap up the goal of the year award for himself after a string of fine strikes in 2012.

The Frenchman has a knack for spectacular goals but he is unlikely to better his goal against Bolton last season (even if he did try against Fulham last night).

Ben Arfa had the ball on a piece of string as he took on most of the Bolton team, before showing a burst of pace to split the defence and stroke the ball home. His first touch is divine.

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