Another season of the English Premier League has come and gone, but before the transfer period becomes the talk of the town, I wanted to take a look back at some of the best goals from the 2008-2009 season.
The goals on this list are ones that simply made me say wow. The goals could have put a team up by one in stoppage time, or up by four in the first half, as long as they were exciting or took incredible skill.
There were 942 goals scored this season, so if I left out a good one, I apologize. Please feel free to comment and let me know what I missed.
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Let's get it started with a few honorable mention tallies.
I never thought there would be a day when Peter Crouch used his feet to score a goal on a top 10 list. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good bicycle kick. Crouch uses amazing control in this October game against Stoke City to rifle one into the bottom corner.
As a Hammers fan, it pains me to put this on the list, with a former player doing it against my favorite club. But Konchesky deserves it with this rocket strike that could not be placed any more perfectly in the top corner of the net.
This was one of the few bright spots of Keane's short stay at Anfield. It was a beautiful ball down the field met with one touch by Keane and hit straight by Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia. Just a great play all around.
One of my personal favorites. A cannonading shot from well outside the 18-yard box that barely kisses off the woodwork. Even more impressive was that it was on the road at the Emirates, and it tied the match in the second half. What a strike.
This one is fresh in my mind, since it happened just eight days ago on the final day of the season. Anelka took the ball in his own half and went the rest of the way on his own, the run culminating in a driving, curling strike into the top corner. This goal also happened to be the one that won him the Golden Boot as the Premier League's top scorer.
I'm not sure whether or not he was intending to go for goal, but if so, Steinsson could not have placed it any more perfectly. One touch off his chest, hits it off the volley, and launches it into the top corner of the net.
Macheda burst onto the Premier League scene with this goal. A 17-year-old making his Manchester United debut, Macheda got the ball in the box, turned and bent one into the far corner. Oh, and this goal just happened to come in the 93rd minute of a match which was tied 2-2 at the time.
An absolutely clinical finish. This goal could be used as a training video for young footballers in the future. In just the fifth minute, with his back to goal, Torres took the ball off his chest, let it bounce once, then volleyed it into the top corner while turning towards the net.
I'm a sucker for long strikes, and this was as long as it got during the season. Bentley took this one from a good 45 yards out, surprising everyone in the ground including the goalkeeper. Just an excellent display of skill here
Unfortunately, the only decent quality video of this goal I could find means you have to let it load until it allows you to fast forward to the 5:10 mark. It's worth it. Johnson takes the clearance off his chest, and while the ball is still in the air he hits it left-footed past a stunned keeper. Just a magnificent strike.