Thursday, November 15, 2012
Zlatan Ibahimovic goal too late for FIFA
ESPN.com news services
ZURICH -- FIFA says it will not add Zlatan Ibrahimovic's astonishing overhead kick goal against England as a late entry to be selected as the best goal in 2012.
Ibrahimovic scored his fourth goal in Sweden's 4-2 victory Wednesday several hours after voting opened for 10 approved Puskas Award candidates.
FIFA says "given that a number of votes have already been cast for this year's award, the select committee for the Puskas Award may not, at this stage, include an additional nominee."
FIFA says the goal can be considered by its selection panel of experts as a candidate for the 2013 Puskas Award.
The award, named after Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas, will be announced Jan. 7 at the Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich.
Lionel Messi and Neymar are among the contenders.
Ibrahimovic, who is suspended for Paris Saint-Germain's match Saturday vs. Rennes, scored all of Sweden's goals against England in a 4-2 win on Wednesday, including the sensational overhead kick. His previous club appearance saw him set up three goals and play a major part in the fourth when PSG thrashed Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 in the Champions League.
But, before that, a red card for kicking Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier in the chest earned him a two-game suspension. PSG struggled without its top scorer when it was held to 1-1 at defending champion Montpellier last weekend.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.