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Newcastle Player Misses Out On Award – Video

10:05 am, Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

FIFA’s Football Committee recently chose the best 10 goals scored this year for the FIFA Puskas award, and it included Hatem Ben Arfa’s brilliant goal against Blackburn Rovers  at St. James Park early this year.

Ben Arfa – misses out – why?

The next stage of voting has just been complected and the committee have whittled the top ten down to the three best – from their view – and very surprisingly it does not include Ben Arfa’s goal.

The award is named after the famous Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskas of the 1950s, who was the best player in the world in his day, and famously played for Real Madrid from 1958 through 1966, when they won the first five European Cups and were the dominant world club side at that time in their famous all-white strips.

The incomparable Ference Puskas

Ferenc was a truly majestic player and a great goalscorer too,  and in 521 games for his two clubs Budapest Honvéd and Real Madrid – he scored an amazing 508 goals.

And he was lethal at the International level too and in 85 games for Hungary he scored 84 goals – so in total he played around 606 games and scored 592 goals.

You see what we mean. 😀

We are hoping that Ben Arfa will soon be fit form his hamstring injury so he can add more creativity to the side – and here’s that goal by Ben Arfa again – and how come it didn’t make the top three?

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Ed, so who actually got through to the last three??

  • 2 HullMag6 // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    He/we are not popular enough for the football elite. Shame – politics at play too. If he played for scum, citeh, arse, ski or fool more likely to be in that shortlist. sad but very probably true.

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    We should sign this lad up, looks a cracking player 😉

  • 4 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Got it one – does not play for one of the presses ‘darling’ teams – just a little team up north.
    That’s why both teams up north cannot afford to get relegated
    Wouldn’t the premiership just love to see Newcastle and the Mackems relegated – No more trips to the frozen north keeps the league in a area below Manchester.

  • 5 Mark29Hungary // Nov 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Thanks for the post Ed!

    Jackie Milburn connects Puskas with Newcastle because there were a testimonial match in honor of Wor Jackie in1967.Puskas was one of the invitee players.

    I think it’s a political award and Lassie (Messi) will get is…

  • 6 Szarka // Nov 30, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Great post!
    Ben Arfa goal is at least as great as Neymars, and a bit harder to play in Europe, than in Brazil league.
    Aldo i think the other two is better, than Hatems goal, i would put that goal to 3rd place.

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