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 9th best goal of the year is Wayne Rooney's shot from the half-way line against West Ham United in March.
The fact that it occurs to Rooney to shoot from such a distance is really impressive. It is even more impressive that he hits goal, of course.
On top of that, he summons sufficient power and curl to completely fool the goalie. For most players, this would easily be the greatest goal of their career. For Rooney, it's merely a contender.
There are harder teams to score against that West Ham United at Upton Park. He did score it early, though, and it was a tie-breaker. Its significance for Manchester United's season overall is debatable, but the goal is one of few highlights in an otherwise very dark season for the Red Devils.
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