Stephanie Roche Reaches Final 3 of FIFA’s best Goal of the Year

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Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team striker Stephanie Roche has reached the final 3 shortlisted for the Puskás Award for FIFA’s best goal of the year. Roche is the only woman soccer player now being voted on by the public. You can help her to win by voting for her wonder-goal! 

Stephanie Roche’s goal for Peamount United on October 20, 2013, in the Women’s National League against Wexford Youths Women’s AFC is one of 3 goals up for the global award. At the time the goal became an internet sensation attracting over 2.5million views on You Tube as it went viral around the world.

The winner of the FIFA Goal of the Year will be decided by a worldwide internet poll with votes being cast on fifa.com and francefootball.fr. On December 1, the three goals with the most votes were short-listed and a new poll has started now with the winner of the Puskás Award being revealed on the day of the FIFA Ballon d’Or on January 12, 2015.

The ten first round shortlisted goals were (in alphabetical order of the scorer’s names):

Tim Cahill – 18 June 2014, Australia v. Netherlands, 2014 FIFA World Cup™
Diego Costa – 23 November 2013, Atlético Madrid v. Getafe, Primera División (Spain)
Marco Fabian – 15 February 2014, Cruz Azul v. Puebla, 1a División 2014 Clausura (Mexico)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 19 October 2013, Paris St. Germain v. SC Bastia, Ligue 1 (France)
Pajtim Kasami – 21 October 2013, Crystal Palace v. Fulham, Premier League (England)
Stephanie Roche -20 October 2013, Peamount United v. Wexford Youths, BEWNL (Rep.Ireland)
James Rodriguez – 28 June 2014 – Colombia v. Uruguay,  2014 FIFA World Cup™
Camilo Sanvezzo – 6 October 2013 – Vancouver Whitecaps v. Portland Timbers, MLS (USA/Canada)
Hisato Sato – 8 March 2014 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima v. Kawasaki Frontale, J.League (Japan)
Robin van Persie – 13 June 2014 – Spain v. Netherlands, 2014 FIFA World Cup™

The final 3 goals are:

Stephanie Roche -20 October 2013, Peamount United v. Wexford Youths, BEWNL (Rep.Ireland)
James Rodriguez – 28 June 2014 – Colombia v. Uruguay,  2014 FIFA World Cup™
Robin van Persie – 13 June 2014 – Spain v. Netherlands, 2014 FIFA World Cup™

To vote for Stephanie Roche please click here and we wish Stephanie all the best!! The winner will be announced on January 12 at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala dinner.

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