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FIFA Puskás Award 2012: Ten Nominated Goals (Videos)

FIFA will be announcing the winner of the Puskás Award on January 7, 2013 along with the Ballon d’Or during the star-studded gala evening in Zurich.

Named after the legendary Hugarian striker Ferenc Puskás, the award is given to the player – male or female – judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant and “most beautiful” goal of the year. The award was presented for the first time in 2009, with Cristiano Ronaldo being the first winner. Turkey’s Hamit Altintop won the award the next year followed by Neymar in 2011.

This week, FIFA released the 10-goal shortlist. Take a look at each strike and then cast your vote for 2012’s best goal.

Agyemang Badu (Ghana v Guinea), Frebuary

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle v Blackburn), January

Radamel Falcao (America de Cali v Atletico Madrid), May

Eric Hassli (Vancouver Whitecaps v Toronto FC), May

Olivia Jiminez (Mexico v Switzerland), August

Gaston Mealla (Nacional Potosi v The Strongest), January

Lionel Messi (Argentina v Brazil), May

Neymar (Santos v Internacional), March

Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce v Galatasaray), March

Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce v Genclerbirligi), March

Top 10 Potential Loan Deals This Season

With less than four weeks to go for the new season to kick-off, we continue to look forward and build-up for the new 2012/13 Premier League season. Today, we look at the top ten potential loan deals this season.

With the big clubs in the Premier League having a lot of talented players, some players will surely go out on loan to get some regular football under their belts. Here are the ten of those players who may spend the next season away on loan..

10. AARON RAMSEY – ARSENAL

In the absence of Jack Wilshere, Ramsey was set to play an important role in the first-team for the Gunners last season, but the Wales skipper was very inconsistent and his form detoriated towards the end of the season while Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky produced some top performances. Despite wishing to stay at the Emirates and fighting for a place in the starting XI, Fulham’s reported loan interested in him could turn into a temporary move.

9. KEVIN DE BRUYNE – CHELSEA

Chelsea signed the 21-year-old Belgiun international from Genk in January this year as a player for the future, before immediately loaning him back to the Belgian side. He is very eager to prove himself at Stamford Bridge but his role this season maybe restricted to appearances from the bench. A loan move away to Champions League side would be a good deal for both club and the player.

8. DANNY ROSE – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

The 22-year-old announced himself to the Premier League by scoring a cracking volley in the memorable 2-1 win over Arsenal at White Hart Lane in April 2010. But due to the consistent performances of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, his appearances at Spurs has been restricted to just 13. The England U-21 international needs more games under his belt and a loan move to either QPR or West Brom looks highly possible, as both of them have vacant left-back spots.

7. FEDERICO MACHEDA – MANCHESTER UNITED

Kiko Macheda announced himself to the world by scoring the dramatic late winner against Aston Villa at Old Trafford which eventually won Manchester United the Premier League title in 2009. The 20-year-old has been in-and-out of United’s first-team ever since and is currently the 5th best striker at the club. The Italian has all the potential in him to succeed at the top level and a loan move to a Premier League side or back to Italy will help him a lot in his career.

6. JOSH McEACHRAN – CHELSEA

Chelsea’s teen midfielder is primed for big things in the future but in the present he needs to gain some first-team football. It looks highly impossible that the 19-year-old will get that experience and regular football at Stamford Bridge this season, with the number of midfielders Chelsea have right now. A loan move to a Premier League side who are willing to give him as much playing time as possible and help him develop is the best possible option and Wigan (as a part of the Victor Moses deal) looks like best possible destination.

5. ROMELU LUKAKU – CHELSEA

Despite scoring many goals for the Chelsea reserves last season, Lukaku was rarely used in the first team. This could be the season where the Belgium international could finally get his chance to prove himself. He could be used as a cover for Fernando Torres, but if the UK papers are to be believed, the Blues are trying to sign a more experience striker. Fulham and many other clubs have expressed their desire to take the former Anderlecht striker on a season long loan and this could be the best choice for the player.

4. JOHN GUIDETTI – MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City’s young striker was one of the star performers in the Dutch league last season scoring 20 goals in 23 league games for Feyenoord. The 20-year-old would like develop himself more by getting some invaluable first-team experience before fighting for a starting place at the Etihad Stadium. Serie A side Lazio are interested in signing him on a season long loan, while Turkish giants Galatasaray want him on permanent basis.

3. EMMANUEL FRIMPONG – ARSENAL

Frimpong made an immediate impact in his five games on loan at Wolves last season before he tore his cruciate ligament and was injured for the rest of the season. The Ghanaian is expected to be back at the end of August and a loan spell to one of the newly promoted sides could good for the club and as well as the player – who is otherwise busy tweeting.

2. ADAM JOHNSON – MANCHESTER CITY

The 25-year-old struggled for games at the Etihad Stadium last season and also failed to make England’s UEFA EURO 2012 squad. A loan move to a Premier League side and some regular first-team football will help get his career back on track. Sunderland and Everton are both rumoured to be interested in the former Middlesbrough winger’s services, but his high wages at City could prove to be a stumbling block.

1. YOSSI BENAYOUN – CHELSEA

Benayoun’s career at Stamford Bridge has been hampered because of injuries and the change of managers. The former Liverpool midfielder went on loan to Arsenal last season and played a vital part in helping Arsenal finish third in the Premier League. At 32-year-old, the Israeli midfielder isn’t good enough to be regular for the European champions and a move away from Stamford Bridge looks to be the best possible option for him to get some regurlar first-team action.

Top Five Brazilians Who Should Move To The Premier League From Brazil

Chelsea are close to signing Oscar from Internacional, while Spurs are interested in Internacional’s Leandro Damiao and Manchester United are trying to bring Lucas Moura to Old Trafford from Sao Paulo. By the end of the transfer window this summer, all three of them could be playing in England.

Here we look at the top five Brazilian players who should move to the Premier League from the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A (Brazilian League).

1. NEYMAR – SANTOS (STRIKER)

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior or commonly known simply as Neymar is the most sought-after player in world football. The 20-year-old born in Sao Paulo plays for the state club and arch rivals Santos and is undoubtedly their most important player. The talented striker made his debut in 2009 as a 17-year-old and since has been the key part of the first team making 186 appearances and scoring 110 goals. The exciting footballer, who has dazzling dribbling skills and clinical finishing, has been capped 18 times by his country and has found back of the net on 9 occasions since making his international debut in 2010. The Brazilian international, who helped Santos in winning the Copa Libertadoers last season, has been linked with many top European clubs over the years, but the forward has stated his intention of staying in his homeland and developing further.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are the Premier League clubs that have confirmed their interested in him in the past. Neymar would be an invaluable addition to any club and would surely excite the fans with his skills and finishing but he won’t come cheap. The Brazilian his highly rated by the Pixies and is valued around £45m by Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side.

2. LUCAS MOURA – SAO PAULO (MIDFIELDER)

Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva known as just Lucas or Lucas Moura is another talented player from Brazil who has attracted interests from many top European clubs over the past year. The 19-year-old plays for his home club Sao Paulo and is their top talent coming through the ranks. Ther versatile midfielder, who can play on the wings or as an attacking playmaker just behind the striker, made his first team debut in 2010 as 17-year-old kid, and since has gone on to make 103 appearances for the Tricolor Paulista scoring 26 goals and assisting in 19. The teenager, who has won the South American Youth Championship in 2011, made his senior team debut in the same year against Scotland. Since his debut he has been a regular part of the national team setup making 15 appearances and scoring the first goal – his only goal for Brazil till date – in the 2-0 win over Argentina.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are interested, but if the reports are to be believed then Manchester United are said to be the favourites in bringing the teenager to the Premier League. Lucas would be a huge addition to the Premier League and Manchester United. The attacking midfielder, who is valued around £25m, is a player who has immense of potential in him and surely one of the stars of the future.

3. OSCAR – INTERNACIONAL (MIDFIELDER)

Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior, who is commonly known as Oscar is another attacking midfielder who has attracted interested from many European clubs in the past year or so. The 20-year-old started off his career at Sao Paulo before moving to Internacional a couple of years back after a court case. Since his move to the Colorados he has been an integral part of their squad making 70 appearances in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and creating 20. The young playmaker, who can play anywhere in the midfield, scored the hat-trick in the 2011 FIFA U-20 Word Cup final win against Portugal and became the first ever player to do so. He made his international debut last year and since then he has earned 6 caps for the senior team. He scored his first ever international goal against Argentina last month.

The versatile midfielder, who is known for his movement and his passing, has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer with both Chelsea and Tottenham interested. According to some reports in England and Brazil, Chelsea have beaten their London rivals for his signature as they have agreed a fee in the region of £20m with his club. Oscar would no doubt be a great addition to the Premier League and Chelsea alike and the fans would surely be expecting to see a lot of him in the Premier League for many years to come.

4. PAULO HENRIQUE GANSO – SANTOS (MIDFIELDER)

Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima commonly known as Paulo Henrique Ganso or just Ganso is another playmaker that has been targeted by many top European club in the past few years. The 22-year-old joined Santos in 2005 as a 15-year-old from Paysandu and ever since has been playing for the Pexies. Ganso made his first team debut way back in 2008 as a substitute and since has been wearing the number10 jersey for the club on the regular basis. He has made a total of 157 appearances for Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side and has found the back of the net 35 times. The 6ft tall attacking playmaker, who has been dubbed as the ‘next Kaka’, made his senior team debut in a friendly match against the USA in 2010 and was also an integral part of 2011 Copa America squad. But some serious long term injuries in the past couple of years has restricted him to being capped just 8 times by his national side.

Ganso, who is reported to be owned by Group DIS, is expected to leave Santos this summer but is set to stay in Brazil for atleast another year. Manchester City and Manchester United have both been linked with him in the past along with some more European clubs, but Internacional are the favourites to sign the £20m rated midfielder this summer. Keeping in mind his creativity and passing skills, Ganso would be an outstanding addition to any team in the Premier League but it doesn’t look like he would be moving to England atleast in the near future.

5. LEANDRO DAMIAO – INTERNACIONAL (STRIKER)

Leandro Damião da Silva dos Santos or simply known as Leandro Damiao is the second striker and the second Internacional player on this list that has attracted interest from many top clubs across Europe by his performances in Brazil. The 22-year-old played youth football for Atletico Tubarao and Atletico Ibirama before moving to the Colorados in 2009. Damiao made his first team debut in 2010 and since has made 115 appearances in all competitions and has found the back of the net 70 times for the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side. The striker, who guided Internacional to the Copa Libertadores success in 2010, made his international debut last year against Scotland along with Lucas Moura. Since his debut, he has gone on to be capped 9 times by Brazil but has scored just once – in the 1-0 win over Ghana at Craven Cottage.

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are reported to be interested in signing the inform Brazilian striker as they look to strengthen their forward line. Leandro Damiao started off his career as a midfielder but he is a true finisher and has proven his abilities by scoring regularly in Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, which is said to be one of the most competitive leagues in the world. If the Brazilian does sign for a Premier League club this summer, he would be a great addition and will join the list of star strikers in the league.