Newcastle Player Nominated For Puskas Award – Video

Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa has been nominated for the Puskas Award by FIFA.

The FIFA Puskas Award is an award established in October of 2009 by FIFA, to recognize that player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant and “most beautiful” goal of the year.

Ben Arfa – in action against Liverpool

The award is of course named after the great Hungarian player Ferenc Puskas, who was the world’s best player when he was in his prime in the early 1950s, and Ferenc was part of the famous Hungarian  team that whipped England 6-3 at Wembley in 1953, which was their 25th win in a row.   That was only England’s second ever loss at Wembley Stadium, following the defeat by Ireland back in 1949.

Ben Arfa’s fantastic goal at home the Blackburn is the goal that Ben Arfa is nominated for, and surely he has a good chance of even winning it.

Previous winners include Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, Giovanni van Bronckhorst in 2010, and Neymar last year, with the best goals being ranked every year from one through ten.

It wouldn’t surprise if Ben Arfa wins it this year- and that would be great for Ben Arfa and great for Newcastle United.

Here’s some details of the Puskas award.

Oh, and I almost forgot – here’s that superb goal.

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8 comments so far

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Please everyone go into the Puskás website and vote for Ben arfa

    And for those wondering, myself and ed are not they same person. (I published this on the last article almost the very minute ed published this article.)

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2


    if we win the league i will hold my hands up and say wow, i was wrong, its ugly but it worked , well done,,

    il stick with my view we had lots of luck on last years 5th place, and no this is not a bad thing, liverpool and chelsea will finish above this year, last year they both imploded,

    and yes i do know some of the teams are in bad positions in the league, and i can only imagin what these teams would do if they had HBA cabaye cisse BA colo santon in there teams,, most would kill to have a BA or CISSE in ther teams, as there both very good at converting chances,,
    we have both in our team, but not enough chances for them
    76 catchy in norway // Nov 14, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Rotonda heights

    read this and tell me this is not happening now with players at our club right now,,

    BA left wing last season ??

  • hotdog

    Nov 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    CATCHY – you will do more than say well done 😉

    If we sell Ben Arfa and sign Peter Crouch im joining your ship but in the meantime Pards has my backing!

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    you know i would 😉

    and you are more than welcome to back the guy,, as thses 2 changes will not happen

    carroll might though,

  • bills-son

    Nov 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    I can remember when I could dribble like HBA – difference was I used to sky them over the bar or three yards wide of the post after a mazy.

    Aye, those were the days.

  • Krul to be Kind

    Nov 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #6


    thanks for the link lad… remember though to go back and vote on the 29th November when he is in the top 3! 😉

  • karasu

    Nov 15, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m hesitant to do so. Wait if he wins, he gets too much attention on his quality, then richer clubs come knocking and we lose our master wizard.

  • petey

    Nov 15, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #8

    messi fanboys means he will win, even if his goal was probably the least spectacular (granted it was against brazil)

    in my opinion there where 2 goals better than ben arfa’s in there. i was surprised Cisse’s wasn’t selected!!!!

    a great goal is always bettered when the opponent are strong. Cisse Vs Chelsea (Cech) for example. Ben Arfa Vs Blackburn in an FA Cup third round tie for example could be considered less amazing.


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