Kuala Lumpur: They are the goals that made entire nations roar. The goals that turned dreams into reality. The goals we’ll never forget.
Over the last two weeks, Asia’s football fans have come together to celebrate the continent’s outstanding FIFA World Cup goals
Tens of thousands of football lovers voted them in, now, which goal will emerge from the Final as Asia’s greatest? From an initial list of 20 semi-finalists, 10 special goals remain, and the choice is in your hands.
As we marvel at some of Asia’s all-time greats, and their unforgettable moments on the biggest stage of all, make sure to cast your vote.
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Iraj Danaeifard - IR Iran
vs Scotland (1978)
Iraj Danaeifarad combined skill with persistence to score Team Melli’s first ever FIFA World Cup goal and provide an unforgettable moment during their maiden trip to the global Finals.
Faisal Al Dakheel - Kuwait
vs Czechoslovakia (1982)
A standout at both the AFC Asian Cup and the Summer Olympics two years earlier, Kuwaiti star Faisal Al Dakheel took his considerable talents to the biggest stage of all in 1982 and produced this wonderful long-range strike against Czechoslovakia.
Ahmed Radhi - Iraq
v Belgium (1986)
The late Ahmed Radhi’s history-making strike against Belgium was the most popular choice in our semi-finals, earning more than half of the votes in Semi-final 1. It remains Iraq’s only FIFA World Cup goal, but it is one worth watching again and again.
Saeed Al-Owairan - Saudi Arabia
vs Belgium (1994)
A goal emblematic of Saudi Arabia’s march to the knockout stage at USA ’94, it was labelled the ‘greatest goal of the tournament’ by match commentator John Helm. It may yet prove to be the greatest of any World Cup in the opinion of Asian fans.
Keisuke Honda - Japan
vs Côte d'Ivoire (2014)
The only man with two goals in the final list, Honda’s off-balance strike against Côte d'Ivoire was totally different to his free-kick against the Danes four years prior, but it was every bit as wonderful.
Mehdi Mahdavikia - IR Iran
vs United States (1998)
The great Mehdi Mahdavikia was a player of pace, power and poise, and he used all of those attributes to seal an unforgettable victory at Lyon’s Stade de Gerland during France ‘98.
Tim Cahill - Australia
vs Netherlands (2014)
A sensational volley, scored in front of millions, against a world class team. For most players it would be a career-defining moment, for Tim Cahill it was simply the latest entry into FIFA World Cup folklore.
Fahad Al Ghesheyan - Saudi Arabia
vs Sweden (1994)
Less than a week after Al Owairan’s heroics against Belgium, Fahad Al Ghesheyan produced another sensational goal against European opposition, delivering this masterful parting blow against Sweden.
Son Heung-min - Korea Republic
vs Mexico (2018)
A full 25 yards out, eight Mexican players between him and the goal, no problem. Son Heung-min’s Rostov rocket wasn’t enough to give Korea Republic a share of the spoils, but it did give fans around the globe an example of his genius.
Keisuke Honda - Japan
vs Denmark (2010)
An audacious, magnificent strike of a football by a player in peak form. From a position where few would even have attempted to score, Honda somehow made doing so look easy.
Vote for your favourite Asian goal at the FIFA World Cup. Poll ends at 16:00 (UTC +8) on July 17.
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