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.
The goal of today, December 14th, is Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's rocket volley at Veltins Arena in February this year.
Huntelaar's timing and touch are absolutely flawless. The way he composes his body in order to get precise height and power into the shot is also sublime.
This is a truly impressive display of ability, and it is unfortunate that this goal was scored under such insignificant circumstances.
Real Madrid is a quality opponent but, with such a commanding lead, it is likely that the players relaxed, and weren't doing their utmost to prevent Schalke 04 from scoring.
The goal had no influence on how the match ended. If it would have had, it would probably have been presented closer to Christmas day in our countdown.
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
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