Monday 16 April 2012
The Best Goals in Premier League can be watched over and over again and never get dull - there have been some truly memorable strikes.
And you can have your say as the public will vote for the Best Goal in Premier League history.
These are the 10 that made it on to the shortlist:
SOUTHAMPTON 2-1 Newcastle United
24th October, 1993
Back in the early days of the Premier League, Saints star Matt Le Tissier almost used to have his own Goal of the Season competition, so good were so many of his strikes. This one is very special, the midfielder brilliantly controlling a stray pass with an impudent back flick, wonderfully evading two challenges and then casually rolling a dropping ball past Newcastle keeper Mike Hooper.
Blackburn Rovers 3-2 SOUTHAMPTON
10th December, 1994
A season later, Le Tissier and his prodigious talents produced another moment of genius, this time at the home of champions-elect Blackburn. Collecting the ball just inside the Rovers half, Le Tissier weaved in and out of two defenders before letting fly with the most outrageous right-foot drive from fully 35 yards which flew over a helpless Tim Flowers and into the top corner of his net.
LEEDS UNITED 1-0 Liverpool
21st August, 1995
The Ghanaian striker had already scored twice on the opening day of the 1995/96 season at West Ham, but at Elland Road he saved his very best for the Leeds United fans. As the ball dropped out of the sky 25 yards out against Liverpool, Yeboah twisted his body into shape and connected with a volley of ferocious power, hurtling the ball towards goal as it beat David James's dive, hit the underside of the bar and bounced into the net.
Wimbledon 0-3 MANCHESTER UNITED
17th August, 1996
David Beckham had helped Man Utd to the 1995/96 Premier League title, but he really announced himself to the world with this audacious goal on the opening day of the following season. Aged only 21, the midfielder spotted Wimbledon keeper Neil Sullivan off his line and, from inside his own half, lofted the ball with perfect precision into the net. As he held his arms aloft and his team-mates mobbed him, a star was born.
MANCHESTER UNITED 5-0 Sunderland
21st December, 1996
Not to be outdone by his younger team-mate, a few months later in the 1996/97 season Eric Cantona created a goal of rare beauty too. The mercurial Frenchman started a move just inside the Sunderland half, sublimely leaving two defenders for dead before playing a one-two with Brian McClair. Receiving the ball back on the edge of the penalty area, Cantona produced an impudent chip over Lionel Perez, following up his feat with a celebration as memorable as the goal.
WEST HAM UNITED 2-1 Wimbledon
26th March, 2000
Italian striker Paolo di Canio frequently conjured up moments of genius during his spell at West Ham, but this one left Upton Park reeling. A raking ball to the left-hand side of the penalty area from Trevor Sinclair found the Italian in space, but only Di Canio would have even attempted to score from such an improbable angle, let alone by jumping into the air and executing a scissors-kick which sent the ball searing into the far corner past Neil Sullivan's outstretched dive. Mamma mia!
ARSENAL 1-0 Manchester United
1st October, 2000
With his back to goal, 22 yards out in Arsenal's match against champions Manchester United in October 2000, France striker Thierry Henry created a goal of stunning quality that looked simplistic in its making. He flicked the ball up and with wonderful dexterity swivelled on the spot, volleying the ball before a defender could make a tackle with such pure timing that it fairly flew over his countryman Fabien Barthez and into the top corner of the United net.
Newcastle United 0-2 ARSENAL
2nd March, 2002
Dutch destroyer Dennis Bergkamp was another of the foreign contingent to grace the Premier League with his multitude of skills, but this goal he scored at St James's Park was from a different planet. The Arsenal striker almost defied logic, taking one staggering touch with his back to goal to flick the ball around Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas, Bergkamp holding off the Greek and keeping his composure to tuck a smart finish past Shay Given.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-1 Everton
1st December, 2002
No-one has got close to scoring as many Premier League goals as Alan Shearer's 260, and not many players have ever hit a ball this sweetly either. As the ball fell out of the Tyneside sky during Newcastle's match against Everton, Shearer was in the perfect place to meet it with a volley of truly terrifying power, the England striker thundering the ball into the top corner from 25 yards with a hit so fierce the television camera struggled to keep up.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 Manchester City
12th February, 2011
There seemed little danger to Man City as the ball was played into their penalty area by Nani from the Man Utd right, especially with Wayne Rooney moving away from goal. But the striker with an eye for the spectacular showcased his astonishing technique by throwing himself into the air and producing an electric overhead kick that sizzled into Joe Hart's top corner as the goalkeeper looked on, motionless.