Christmas advent calendar countdown: James Rodriguez, December 21

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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.

For December 21st, we have chosen James Rodriguez's stunning volley against Uruguay in the World Cup's round of 16. This is the Colombian's second contribution to the calendar.



If you watch closely, you can see that when Rodriguez realises that he will get the ball, he rapidly looks in the direction of the net. For about a split second.

When he receives it, he's facing away from goal. He then turns and shoots in one single movement, and the ball is flawlessly directed. This goal is indeed a piece of art.

It is hard to describe how much quality James displays in this short sequence, and it is not often we see anything like it. Simply a delight to witness.


Uruguay advanced from the group stage through wins over both England and Italy. They have great players such as Diego Godin, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Jose Gimenez, and are certainly a tough team to meet. Rodriguez's volley was also a tie-breaker. Therefore, it reaches the absolute top in this criteria. An extremely important goal scored against a very tricky opponent.

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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