FIFA on Wednesday afternoon announced their 10 nominations for the FIFA Puskas Award, a prize that recognizes the previous year’s best goal.
In addition to nominees that include 2013 winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the shortlist features two Asian players for the first time since the award was given in 2009.
Australia international Tim Cahill, whose MLS side New York Red Bulls recently reached that league’s Eastern Conference finals, was recognised for his beautiful volley against Netherlands in this year’s World Cup.
Meanwhile, Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato became the J-League’s first-ever Puskas nominee through his stunning display of ball control in the J-League’s second round.
Both players are the first male nominees from their respective countries; Australia’s Lisa De Vanna made the list in 2013 through her goal for NWSL side Sky Blue FC, while Kumi Yokohama was Japan’s first-ever nominee for her goal in the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup semifinals.
Fan voting for the award will take place on the FIFA website until December 1st, when the top three goals will be announced and enter a second round of voting. The winning goal will be announced on the day of the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony on January 12th.