Ireland's Stephanie Roche nominated for Fifa's goal of the year prize

The Dubliner’s name is among the likes of Robin van Persie, Diego Costa and James Rodriguez on the shortlist for the Puskas Award.

Roche is an Irish international.
Roche is an Irish international.
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THERE IS AN Irish entry among the nominations for this year’s Fifa Puskas Award thanks to Stephanie Roche.

A 10-strong shortlist has been announced for the prize, which is awarded for world football’s goal of the year, and 25-year-old striker Roche is among household names such as Diego Costa, Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez for her wondergoal in Peamount United’s colours last October.

During a WNL game against Wexford Youth, Roche, who these days plies her trade in France with ASPTT Albi  collected a cross with her first touch before flicking it over her marker’s head and rifling a left-footed volley into the back of the net.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated for FIFA’s best goal of the year,” Roche said. “Obviously, it was a big surprise but it is a great boost, not only for myself, but for women’s football and particularly the Women’s National League. It’s a great feeling to see myself on the list.”

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Here’s a list of all 10 nominations:

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

The winner will be announced on 12 January and you can watch all ten goals hereWe’re starting a campaign to help Roche claim the top prize so vote for her here

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