While every FIFA tournament is about bringing the best sides from across the world together to compete in a treat for fans and participants alike, one of the superb by-products is great goals.
After every full-size tournament, we ask FIFA.com’s users to pick their favourite strike from the competition, with a stunning 569 goals across three events whittled down to just 30 of the finest to pick from in 2016. With the willing diligence of any football fan asked to watch great goal after great goal, the fans duly did their job in their thousands, taking their pick and crowning three worthy goals as the crème de la crème.
Suphawut Thueanklang, Thailand
vs Cuba at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016
The first standalone FIFA tournament of the year, the globe’s stars of the futsal court descended on Colombia to show their stuff during the indoor showcase which left us with some sumptuous pieces of skill, ingenuity and opportunism when it came to choosing the best goals, once the silverware had been handed out. Ultimately, it was a familiar name who came out on top.
Having been crowned four years earlier on home soil with a rocket fired from an acute angle, Suphawut Thueanklang proved he has plenty of facets to his game by bagging his second Futsal World Cup goal of the tournament title in an altogether different fashion. While the delivery – a long throw from the keeper – was the same, the execution certainly was not, this time using dancing feet and a devilishly deft touch to mesmerise Cuba goalkeeper Nelson Johnston before slotting beyond him in an 8-5 win.
2nd: Minh Tri Nguyen (Vietnam) vs Guatemala
3rd: Adil Habil (Morocco) vs Spain
Deyna Castellanos, Venezuela
vs Cameroon at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016
While Jordan 2016 may not have ended in the fairy-tale fashion that Venezuela had hoped for, ultimately finishing fourth in Jordan, it cannot be denied that Deyna Castellanos announced herself in spectacular style as a star of the future. Not only did the Vinotinto captain clinch the top two spots in the goal of the tournament stakes, she also walked away with the adidas Bronze Ball and Bronze boot awards.
Her victorious strike, coming deep into added time against Cameroon after just seeing the scores levelled at 1-1, proved beyond doubt that she has the self-confidence to go places. Struck direct from the restart, she backed herself to clinch all three points for her team with an effort that sailed through the Amman air and clinch a crucial victory.
2nd: Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela) vs Canada
3rd: Sarah Abu Sabbah (Jordan) vs Mexico
Maria Caldentey, Spain
vs Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016
The final competition of the year to feature a goal of the tournament contest, Papua New Guinea 2016 offered up more contenders than almost another U-20 Women’s World Cup before it – sitting joint-top with Chile 2008 on 113 goals. Incredibly, with so many goals to follow it, the very first of the competition took the prize.
It took just two minutes of action in Oceania to see it scored, largely owing to some stunning vision from the back, as Maria Caldentey watched the long, arcing pass from deep, controlled it superbly on her chest and beat the Canadian backline. Showing composure beyond her years, the forward coaxed the keeper into blinking first before making no mistake by slotting beyond her and set Spain towards a commanding 5-0 triumph.
2nd: Mallory Pugh (USA) vs New Zealand
3rd: Dina Orschmann (Germany) vs Korea Republic