Christmas advent calendar countdown: Tim Cahill, December 25

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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 best goal of 2014 is Tim Cahill's amazing volley against the Netherlands during the World Cup in Brazil.



Many would argue that James Rodriguez's goal against Uruguay was the best of the tournament. We beg to differ. Rodriguez had time to receive and control the ball before shooting, and it's significantly easier to shoot well if you've had time to position the ball on your own terms.

Cahill received a pass from the half-way line and positioned himself based on where the pass would end up. The ball practically flew over his head, and he still managed to get his shot off perfectly.

It's difficult to explain how great of a performance this actually is. Unfortunately, the goal wasn't enough to clinch any points for Australia.


The Netherlands' World Cup campaign was impressive, and it concluded in a third place and a bronze medal. They are certainly one of the best national sides as of right now, and despite that, they couldn't prevent Cahill from scoring.

And who would be able to do that? There are plays that can be defended against, and then there are plays that no defence or goalkeeper can do anything about. This one is of the latter category.

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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