The nominees for the 2023 Puskas Award have been introduced, and the shortlist is full of 11 of probably the most skillful and audacious objectives from all over the world this 12 months.
The contenders have been plucked from a large and numerous number of competitions, with objectives raining in from the U.S. Open Cup, AFC Under-20 Asian Cup and Spanish LaLiga 2, among others. There are additionally three nominees from the Women’s World Cup, which produced a glut of spectacular objectives.
Now forming a part of The Best FIFA Football Awards gala in January, the Puskas Award is bestowed upon the scorer of probably the most lovely goal wherever within the earlier calendar 12 months — with the one stipulation being that the goal will need to have been scored on digital camera. An preliminary public vote whittles the checklist all the way down to a remaining three earlier than FIFA’s panel of consultants decides on an outright winner.
Last 12 months’s Puskas Award was claimed by Marcin Oleksy, a Polish amputee participant who beat the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Dimitri Payet and Richarlison to emerge victorious. Using a crutch to steadiness, the 36-year-old took the plaudits for his wonderful overhead kick for Warta Poznan in an amputee league recreation in opposition to Stal Rzeszow.
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Here is an inventory of the 11 contenders on the 2023 Puskas Award shortlist, offered in alphabetical order.
Álvaro Barreal (FC Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds, U.S. Open Cup, June 6, 2023)
— U.S. Open Cup (@opencup) June 7, 2023
The second goal in Cincinnati’s 3-1 quarterfinal victory over the Riverhounds, Barreal elevated his aspect’s lead with a leaping volley that noticed him return a excessive, looping nook into the again of the online with aplomb.
Linda Caicedo (Germany vs. Colombia, FIFA Women’s World Cup, July 30, 2023)
ARE YOU SERIOUS LINDA CAICEDO?! 😱
What a goal for Colombia 🇨🇴🔥 pic.twitter.com/rR0absMYmt
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 30, 2023
A memorable goal in a shock group stage win for Colombia, Caicedo opened the scoring by mopping up a free ball within the Germany penalty space, shimmying between two markers and curling an ideal shot into the highest nook.
Julio Enciso (Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Manchester City, Premier League, May 24, 2023)
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) June 4, 2023
Scored on the ultimate day of the 2022-23 Premier League season, Brighton signed off with a wonderful staff goal in opposition to champions-elect Man City that culminated in an excellent strike from distance from 19-year-old ahead Enciso — securing them a spot within the Europa League.
Kang Seong-Jin (Jordan U-20 vs. South Korea U-20, AFC U20 Asian Cup, March 5, 2023)
🪄 𝐖𝐎𝐖. 𝐉𝐔𝐒𝐓. 𝐖𝐎𝐖!
— #AsianCup2023 (@afcasiancup) March 5, 2023
Coming in a 2-0 victory for South Korea within the group stage, Kang’s virtuoso goal started in his personal half and ended with him weaving by means of the Jordan defence, bypassing 4 opponents and ripping a strong shot into the online earlier than the goalkeeper may even flinch.
Sam Kerr (Australia vs. England, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Aug. 16, 2023)
THAT’S ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT 🤩
GOLAZOOO SAM KERR 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/Gnts261nW2
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 16, 2023
Although the co-hosts had been in the end despatched tumbling frim the World Cup within the semifinals, they no less than bowed out having scored one of many best objectives of your entire match. Indeed, Kerr’s equaliser at 1-1 was an exceptional 25-yard solo strike on the counter-attack.
Brian Lozano (Atlas vs. America, Liga MX Clausura, Feb. 26, 2023)
There’s lengthy vary after which there’s lengthy vary, which is exactly the place Lozano scored from in Atlas’ 2-2 draw in opposition to Club America, arrowing a precision shot into the highest nook from 35 yards out.
Guilherme Madruga (Novorizontino vs. Botafogo, Serie B, June 27, 2023)
DEU CERTO, BRASIL! #MadrugaPuskas ⚽️🚲
O volante Guilherme Madruga, do @botafogofsa, é um dos finalistas do Prêmio Puskás! Madruga marcou de bicicleta, de fora da área, na partida entre Botafogo e Novorizontino, válida pela 14ª rodada da Série B.
— Brasileirão Betano – Série B (@BrasileiraoB) September 22, 2023
Botafogo mustered a slender 1-0 win on the highway in opposition to Novorizontino within the Brazilian second division courtesy of a very outrageous bicycle kick from Madruga, who went large from outdoors the realm. It was actually worthy of being a decider at any degree.
Ivan Morante (UD Ibiza vs. Burgos CF, LaLiga 2, March 25, 2023)
— UD Ibiza (@ibizaud) September 22, 2023
It took 68 minutes however Morante’s opening goal in Ibiza’s 2-0 win over Burgos was most undoubtedly definitely worth the wait, because the midfielder juggled a free ball on the sting of the realm earlier than wrapping his left foot round a scrumptious 25-yard volley.
Nuno Santos (Sporting CP vs. Boavista, Primeira Liga, March 12, 2023)
Alô Puskas? 📞 @nunomsantos11 está a chamar 😎
— Sporting CP (@SportingCP) March 13, 2023
Sporting romped to a 3-0 victory over Boavista within the Portuguese prime flight in a recreation that noticed them take the lead after simply 17 minutes when Santos utilized a cute rabona end to a bout of equally fleet-footed strategy play.
Askhat Tagybergen (Kazakhstan vs. Denmark, Euro 2024 qualifiers, March 26, 2023)
⚠️ Stop what you are doing and watch this golazo from Askhat Tagybergen… 🇰🇿
— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) March 26, 2023
Kazakhstan pulled off a shock 3-2 victory over Denmark thanks to 2 fast objectives within the final 4 minutes of the sport — the primary of which being an excellent 86th-minute equaliser from Tagybergen, who picked the ball up on the far nook of the penalty space and lashed it residence from 30 yards.
Bia Zaneratto (Brazil vs. Panama, FIFA Women’s World Cup, July 24, 2023)
BRAZILIAN SOCCER AT ITS FINEST 🇧🇷
Bia Zaneratto makes it three for Brazil 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/DT0c5838Rk
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 24, 2023
The third and remaining entrant from the Women’s World Cup is the exceptional goal scored by Zaneratto throughout Brazil’s 4-0 thrashing of Panama within the group stage. A slick change of passes and complicated flicks noticed the Selecao rapidly carve by means of the penalty space earlier than a suitably emphatic end was utilized.