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Vote for your goal of the tournament

LONDON - Time to vote for your goal of the tournament.


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  • 1.
  • At 02:38 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • James wrote:

Maxi Rodriguez v Mexico by a country mile, and I was fortunate enough to see it in person. The Mexican goalkeeper watched the replay of the goal on the big screen behind his goal, because he didn't see it the first time!

:-)

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  • 2.
  • At 03:03 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • Armando wrote:

I'd say Joe Cole against Sweden.

Nice selection btw ;-)

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  • 3.
  • At 03:19 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • Chris Flindell wrote:

Alan Green. You seem to be on the edge of hysteria during your radio broadcasts to the nation. Could you just tone it down a bit? Not only would listeners be eternally grateful but I'm sure your health would improve!

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  • 4.
  • At 03:51 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • Stephen wrote:

Two England efforts for Goal of the Tournament? Surely someone is having a laugh? Fabio Grosso's goal was infinitely superior to Joe Cole's toe-punt!

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  • 5.
  • At 04:03 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • Rich wrote:

How was the Top-10 decided? I can't believe that neither of the Italy vs. Germany goals got in the top 10? At least one of those beautiful, arcing shots of Grosso or Del Piero should've pushed that boring Cambiasso one out of the reckoning!

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  • 6.
  • At 05:02 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • Schweini 7 wrote:

Philipp Lahm. But grinding my teeth I'd have to say Fabio Grosso, both for the first time strike and the context of the match.

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  • 7.
  • At 05:37 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • vidya wrote:

maxi rodriguez's winner against mexico. Definetly the best goal of the tournament

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  • 8.
  • At 06:12 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • Philipp Trempenau (Berlin, Germany) wrote:

1. Cole vs Sweden
2. Frings vs Costa Rica
3. Maxi Rodriguez vs Mexico
4. Lahm vs Costa Rica
5. Juninho vs Japan

Enough said !

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  • 9.
  • At 07:57 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • Steve wrote:

How stupid is it to vote on the 'best goal' if the Cup hasn't even ended yet...

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  • 10.
  • At 11:42 PM on 06 Jul 2006,
  • Theo wrote:

1.Gattuso's goal against Germany.
2.Zidane's goal against Spain.

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  • 11.
  • At 12:27 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Liz wrote:

Philipp Lahm's goal was spectacular. The best goal of WC 2006!!!

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  • 12.
  • At 03:38 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Roberto wrote:

Gattuso didnt score against germany, and zidanes goal was very average really especially as it was a late breakaway too.

Most dramatic goal is Grosso, best finish, Del Piero and best outright goal Rodriguez

Best cheating....Peter Crouch for hair pulling. I hop he is hounded in Trinidad and Tobago for putting them out of the world cup as ronaldo is being in england

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  • 13.
  • At 04:24 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • niall wrote:

2 minutes to go in a semi final to stop the game going to penalties against the best penalty takers in the world, no time to take a touch, against the second best keeper in the tournament, what do you do? you come up with the perfect shot, not a hit and hope either a sublime curling pass into the side netting and to cap it all you're a left back.

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Aha! Here's the best goal thread.

Joe Cole's goal was the best in the tournament.
Why? All the other players listed are used to scoring great goals, not him. He is used to getting the ball and attempting 20 step overs before giving away possesion. This was a great goal because it was the only time he touched the ball a very minimal TWICE.

James.

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  • 15.
  • At 05:55 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Wes wrote:

I think Maxi Rodriguez's goal for Argentina against Mexico was probably the best in terms of technique and accuracy but Grosso's goal was superbly taken and considering it was in the dying minutes of the match he took it very well.

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  • 16.
  • At 07:32 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • tim wrote:

Timmy Cahill vs Japan. By far the best goal! all the rest can eat dirt.

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  • 17.
  • At 09:37 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Ted wrote:

Grosso's last ditch effort against the Germans, what a heartbreaker for all of our great German friends!!

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  • 18.
  • At 09:42 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Ruari wrote:

Grosso's goal against Germany. It had everything.

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  • 19.
  • At 09:55 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • elias wrote:

Cambiaso's Goal should be the goal of the tournment because every player in the team have participated in it.

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  • 20.
  • At 10:39 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Bea wrote:

Torsten Frings´s goal against Costa Rica.

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  • 21.
  • At 10:50 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Tero wrote:

People seem to appreciate long range shots here the most. To me best goal was Argentinas team effort where Cambiasso finished after Crespo's great pass in match against Croatia.

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  • 22.
  • At 10:51 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • jim wrote:

Rodriguez over Grosso because of the degree of skill needed to hit an inswinging volley on your wrong foot. Sure Grosso had great technique and presence of mind but he had a great assist with the perceptive soft weight of Pirlo's pass.

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  • 23.
  • At 11:13 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • sut wrote:

Best goal of the World Cup? Pirlo's immaculate curler in the final to put Italy ahead near the end of the match.

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  • 24.
  • At 11:21 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Ciarán O'Dáilaigh wrote:

Maxi Rodriguez, best goal so far-unbelieveable technique,vision and execution.Frings v costa rica is a very close second,superb strike. So many other crackers though,Grossos and Del Pieros against france,Cambiassos against serbia,Lahms against costa rica,Coles against sweden-all great goals worthy of any world cup.

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  • 25.
  • At 11:21 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • kenneth Damba wrote:

Best goal is yet to come,the tournament is still on.

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  • 26.
  • At 11:46 AM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Mitchell Stirling wrote:

Didn't the BBC learn a lesson from this years FA cup final?

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  • 27.
  • At 12:23 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Superjim wrote:

didnt see cambiasso's, or Cahills. Joes was a corker, and makes up for going out the way we did (a whole other story, dont go there !). however, the two italian goals were superbly worked. heartbreaker ? tell me about it ! but thats football for ya...

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  • 28.
  • At 01:33 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Tom wrote:

Joe Cole's was nowhere near Rodriguez's - it sat up perfectly for him and any professional player could've scored that! The control and technique of Rodriguez was nothing short of incredible! Cambiasso and Grosso the only other contenders...

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  • 29.
  • At 01:47 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • mark wrote:

joe cole's was the best , better thn rodriquez's , cole was much farer out thn rodriquez n the keeper was in the worst postion for his shot however coles , the keeper was in a good positon buh cole's strike was just too good !

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  • 30.
  • At 01:51 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • chidi wrote:

I think Maxi's goal against S&B was superb. Even in the next two matches, no better goal will be scored.

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  • 31.
  • At 02:16 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Matt C wrote:

So many to choose from but my vote would have to go to Maxi Rodrigues of Argentina for his wonderfull effort against Mexico

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  • 32.
  • At 02:56 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • ajNYHC wrote:

Maxi roridgues's goal takes the cake.

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  • 33.
  • At 03:26 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Stuart Mansfield wrote:

Judging by the votes above, then, the top three should be (in order):

1. Maxi Rodrigues
2. Fabio Grosso
3. Joe Cole

But in my own personal top 3 I'd have Cambiasso in there somewhere, probably at Cole's expense.

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  • 34.
  • At 03:36 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • tartanhyena wrote:

Can't believe there's even a debate. Cambiasso's goal may be the best goal ever - a lesson to everyone in the way football should be played. It gets better every time I see it.

Even League 2 players can whack it from 30 yards and sometimes get lucky. Cambiasso's goal sets a world class standard all teams should try to emulate but few succeed in doing so.

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  • 35.
  • At 03:45 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Pocho wrote:

How come nobody remembers the Tamada's goal agaisnt Brazil? But I'd have to admit that Grosso's was probably the best...curlers beat blasting if you ask me.

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  • 36.
  • At 04:46 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Coosa wrote:

Maxi roridgues against Mexico

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  • 37.
  • At 05:12 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Schweini 7 wrote:

I thought Maxi's strike was great, but from what I have read he man himself said it was a fluke...

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  • 38.
  • At 06:44 PM on 07 Jul 2006,
  • Greg S wrote:

Joe Cole's goal was very good. But please, don't let misguided patriotism fool anyone into thinking it was the best goal of the tournament.

In terms of team play, the Cambiasso goal against S&M was by far the best goal. But English fans seem to always prefer belters to team goals - perhaps that's why the England team fares so poorly in major championships; we're overly reliant on moments of individual brilliance to compensate for the lack of good team play.

If you're looking for good individual goals, the Maxi Rodriguez goal beats the Cole goal anyway. I think you have to take into account the context. Two tired teams at 1-1 in extra time. Whereas the Cole goal occurred in a dead-rubber game with England already qualified for the next round.

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  • 39.
  • At 10:19 PM on 08 Jul 2006,
  • Millera wrote:

Whats the music the BBC are playing for the sound track

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  • 40.
  • At 11:24 PM on 08 Jul 2006,
  • Guy wrote:

Cambiasso's goal for the sheer patience. Few teams in the world cup have managed to retain possession for any great length of time. This was a masterclass in team play.

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  • 41.
  • At 03:07 PM on 09 Jul 2006,
  • Mary wrote:

Philipp Lahm's goal... without a doubt. =)

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  • 42.
  • At 03:13 PM on 09 Jul 2006,
  • gaz wrote:

does anyone know what the soundtrack is for the world cup goal of the tournament competition..
cheers

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