As the boredom of the international break continues, here is something anyone can get excited about: stunning goals! As they have done every year since 2009, FIFA is hosting an award for the best goal scored that year (in this case, from October 3, 2013 to September 26, 2014).
Among the ten nominees on the shortlist is a breathtaking volley from former Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami. In the match away at Crystal Palace in October 2013, the Swiss star latched onto a beautifully weighted through ball from full back Sascha Riether. Kasami, now of Olympiacos, controlled the ball on his chest to the right of the box and took it past two Palace defenders. From there, he unleashed an absolute thunderbolt with his right foot that flew past the helpless Julian Speroni and into the top left hand corner of the Palace net.
It is hands down my pick for the FIFA Puskas Award, as it combines everything you want in a great goal. It had meaning, as we were trailing 1-0 at the time and the goal propelled a furious comeback and a 4-1 away victory. It had an incredible degree of difficulty, as the ball never hit the floor, Kasami was moving at such pace, and he scored with his weaker foot on the volley from 25 yards out. That goal was a fantastic memory in a pretty awful season for the Cottagers, and it deserves to be ingrained in history. On December 1 the top three vote getters will be revealed, and the winner of that three will earn the Puskas Award for 2014. Kasami's goal got my vote, but what do you think? Is it better than Van Persie's diving header or Cahill's first time volley? Have your say in the comments and by voting on the Puskas website.You can vote Kasami's goal the best of last year at here.