Watch: FIFA Narrows Puskas Award 2013 Contenders Down to 3 Great Goals

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterDecember 9, 2013

Watch: FIFA Narrows Puskas Award 2013 Contenders Down to 3 Great Goals

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    FIFA have whittled their list of the best goals of 2013 down to three goals—and they are pretty tasty.

    The three are the contenders for the Puskas Award, celebrating the best strikes of the year.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Nemanja Matic and Neymar have all made the cut, and a winner will be announced after a public vote on the day of the Ballon d'Or awards—13 January, 2014.

    You can find instructions on how to vote on FIFA's website.

    Before you vote, take a look at the slideshow and relive those three golazos. All goals viewable via Youtube link as noted when you click.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Goal for Sweden vs. England

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    All Zlatan fans remember it.

    All England fans remember it.

    Frankly, if you're a football fan who doesn't remember it, you missed out.

    Ibrahimovic scored four goals for Sweden against England in an international friendly in November 2012—and this, an instinctive acrobatic overhead kick from well outside the box, was the best of them. 

Nemanja Matic Goal for Benfica vs. Porto

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    Nemanja Matic has attracted attention from the Premier League in recent times, and it's not hard to see why on the strength of this wondergoal.

    The Serbian's volley was almost impossibly powerful, rocketing through a mass of bodies and into the goal.

    Context was doubtless key, too—scored on 13 January, 2013, the goal came in a match against Benfica's fiercest domestic rivals, Porto.

    Matic levelled the game at 1-1 with the strike, and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. 

Neymar's Volley for Brazil vs. Japan

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    The Confederations Cup brought Brazil huge optimism ahead of the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

    The crowd got behind them, the team performed and their leading man, Neymar, was exceptional.

    Here's the best of the Brazilian, with a thunderous goal against Japan in the group stage of the event on 15 June, 2013.

    Neymar has pedigree in the Puskas awards—he won the 2011 gong with a superb individual goal for Santos. Could he do it again?