FIFA won't add Zlatan as goal award candidate

Updated: November 15, 2012, 6:59 AM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- FIFA says it will not add Zlatan Ibrahimovic's astonishing overhead kick goal against England as a late entry to be selected as the best goal in 2012.

Ibrahimovic scored his fourth goal in Sweden's 4-2 victory Wednesday several hours after voting opened for 10 approved Puskas Award candidates.

FIFA says "given that a number of votes have already been cast for this year's award, the select committee for the Puskas Award may not, at this stage, include an additional nominee."

FIFA says the goal can be considered by its selection panel of experts as a candidate for the 2013 Puskas Award.

The award, named after Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas, will be announced Jan. 7 at the Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich.

Lionel Messi and Neymar are among the contenders.


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