Tim Cahill’s left foot volley against the Netherlands has been nominated to win the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.
The strike that levelled the scores in the Group B clash during Australia’s failed FIFA World Cup assault was not enough to earn the Roos a point but was one of the highlights of the tournament.
The 34-year-old becomes the first Australian male to be nominated for the award, following Matilda Lisa de Vanna who was nominated in 2013.
Defender Ryan McGowan played a ball over the head of the New York Red Bull, heading away from goal the Socceroos’ all time leading goalscorer showed his improvisational skills to volley the ball with his weaker left ball to beat Jasper Cillessen in the Dutch goal.
Colombia’s James Rodriguez and Dutch striker Robin van Persie’s diving header were also nominated from the World Cup.
Ireland’s Stephanie Roche is the only female nomination for this year’s award which also includes Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Paris St-Germain frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Marco Fabian, Camilo Sanvezzo and Hisato Sato are nominated from Mexico, USA and Japan respectively while Fulham attacker Pajtim Kasami’s strike against Crystal Palace in last season’s English Premier League also made the top 10.
The award will be presented January 12 at the ceremony for the Ballon d’Or. An online poll will decide who wins the award. – Chris Matthews-Darby
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