Christmas advent calendar countdown: Yaya Toure, December 10

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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.

Ranked as the 16th best goal of 2014 is Yaya Toure's strike against Sunderland. This goal was scored in the Capital One Cup, but has made the list anyway thanks to the similarities in resistance compared to Premier League and the FA Cup.



It is highly unusual that players shoot on goal from such a distance, and it's even rarer when the position favours the player's weak foot.

It's not easy to tell for sure if Yaya Toure tries to cross or actually shoots for goal, but it certainly looks gracious when he does it. The curl, the spot in the net where the ball ends up. Everything is just picture perfect.


This goal came at a crucial time in the Capital One Cup final, and should therefore be considered a goal of great importance.

Sunderland did not have one of their best seasons last year, but obviously, they managed to qualify for the final. It's no exaggeration to say that this beauty sparked the comeback that secured the title for Manchester City.

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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