ZURICH — Siphiwe Tshabalala's spectacular opening goal for South Africa against Mexico in the first match of the World Cup has been named on a shortlist for the best goal of 2010.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst's long-distance strike for the Netherlands in its semifinal victory against Uruguay was also announced by FIFA on Tuesday among the 10 Puskas Award contenders for the best goal scored between Jan. 1 and Oct. 15.
The other candidates were scored by Hamit Altintop for Turkey, Matthew Burrows for Northern Irish side Glentoran, Linus Hallenius for Swedish club Hammarby, Lionel Messi for Barcelona, Samir Nasri for Arsenal, Neymar for Santos, Arjen Robben for Bayern Munich, and Kumi Yokoyama for Japan's women's under-17 team.
Fans will vote for the winner on FIFA's website.
The award, which was created last year in honor of Hungary and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas, will be presented at a Jan. 10 ceremony in Zurich when FIFA will give the Ballon D'Or trophy to the world's best player in 2010.
Altintop's goal was a first-time volley from a corner in a 2012 European Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan.
Burrows scored with a backflick volley while leaping away from goal, and Hallenius drew comparisons with Marco Van Basten's breathtaking finish for the Dutch in the Euro '88 final against the Soviet Union.
Messi, Nasri, Neymar, Robben and Yokoyama were all nominated after dribbling past several defenders before scoring from inside the penalty area.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the inaugural Puskas Award for scoring from 40 yards (35 meters) for Manchester United against Porto in a Champions League match in April 2009.
He got nearly 18 percent of the votes from 120,000 fans who took part.
To see video of each goal,click here.