World Football's 15 Best Goals of November

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2012

World Football's 15 Best Goals of November

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    Everybody loves a great goal or two.

    Luckily enough for us football lovers, November was a great month for fantastic strikes and we have a collection of them here for you.

    From the Bundesliga and the Premier League to some of the less-heralded competitions such as the Ukraine top flight and, erm, international friendlies, some of the game's top players added great hits to their personal collections.

    We've also got a few odd names you might not be so familiar with.

    Here are the top 15 goals from November in the world of football.

James Milner

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    A late entrant to the goal of the month competition, James Milner scored this belting hit for Manchester City against Wigan Athletic in the Premier League.

    His fine strike sealed a 2-0 win for his side, with the goals coming in the second half to leave City unbeaten in the league after 14 games.

Stephane Sessegnon

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    Sunderland had a problem earlier in the season that only Steven Fletcher was scoring goals for them; Stephane Sessegnon put an end to that issue with a fantastic strike against Fulham in the Premier League.

    This is one of Sessegnon's two goals for the season so far.

Moussa Konate

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    Off to the Russian Premier League now and Krasnodar's teenage striker, Moussa Konate.

    The Senegalese forward had only come off the bench less than a quarter of an hour previously before he hit this sublime volley to seal a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Moscow.

    Good hit!

Joey Barton

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    How good is Joey Barton?

    Good enough to score directly from a corner on purpose? Or just extremely lucky?


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    A touch of Brazilian class from Oscar now in the Champions League.

    The Chelsea attacking midfielder hit this fine first-time effort into an open goal from distance and he did it while he was on the run. Great vision, confidence and technique—perfectly executed.

Thomas Muller

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    Thomas Muller scores this one with a terrific finish from a narrow angle.

    The finish itself is only half of it though; a great run, good piece of control and tremendous vision are all important factors in giving Muller the goal for Bayern against Hamburg.

Michael Bradley

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    Off to the international scene we go and USA's Michael Bradley.

    The Roma midfielder catches the ball full on the volley against Russia to smack in the equalising goal from outside the area.

    A great hit, in off the post.

Javi Martinez

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    Javi Martinez scores this overhead kick, a controlled and composed effort in contrast to some others we will see.

    It is nonetheless a fine effort, showing that not all acrobatic goals need to be firmly struck. Martinez scored this goal for Bayern Munich against Hannover.

Miralem Pjanic

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    How about this for a long-range effort?

    Miralem Pjanic blasts in a free kick in the Roma-Lazio derby from 40 yards out, out-anticipating the goalkeeper who had tried to claim the high ball crossed into the box.

Andre Schurrle

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    Germany's Andre Schurrle is next up for a fine solo effort ending with a cracking shot into the top corner.

    Bayer Leverkusen's forward man hit this stunner against Schalke in the Bundesliga en route to a 2-0 win.

Philippe Mexes

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    A week or so earlier another overhead kick stunned the footballing world—but more on that later.

    Here is French defender Philippe Mexes proving that athletic bicycle kicks are not just for the strikers of this world, finding the top corner on the angle in the Champions League.

    This goal was scored against Anderlecht, for Mexes' club AC Milan.

Ruslan Rotan

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    Over to the Ukrainian league now and Ruslan Rotan with another fantastic free kick.

    This one comes for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk against Metallist Kharkiv; Rotan clipped it in from 35 yards right into the far top corner—a sublime strike.

Luis Suarez

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    Luis Suarez continues to divide opinion outside of Anfield, but inside his team's stadium he is nothing short of the best player Liverpool have.

    Here he showed incredible control and composure, and no shortage of skill, in beating Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.


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    Into South America now and a quite superb piece of technical ability from Lincoln.

    This goal occurred in the match between Coritiba and Vasco in Brazil; a better piece of control and finish you will be unlikely to see. Oh, apart from that Luis Suarez goal from earlier.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    It's not hard to see why Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fourth goal against England in the most recent international break has chalked up over eight million views already.

    This might have been termed a friendly match, but it was really an exhibition—in the second half at least—from one of the world's greats.

    A 30-yard bicycle kick, on the spin, in mid-air.

    There's not too many players who could do that; in fact Zlatan himself would probably tell you there is only one.


    H/t to for certain selections.