Steve Moore 2010 Awards
Save of the Year
This one is quite a recent one. Although Luis Suarez’s ‘save’ against Ghana runs it close. Craig Gordon made an incredible save from Zat Knight that was key to getting Sunderland the three points. Made even more incredible by the fact Gordon himself saying he’s made more difficult saves. Personally I think he’s a liar. I can’t find one and I dare you lot to as well.
Goal of the Year
A category usually won by a Messi or a Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA award in 2009. Lionel Messi is on the FIFA shortlist this year. Siphiwe Tshabalala’s World Cup opener against Mexico was both a great goal for it being both a belting hit and encompassing the greatness of sport and the African World Cup. However beating everything is Matty Burrows’ goal for Glentoran against Portadown. Practically everyone has seen this incredible back heel volley, what most people don’t know is the fact it was a 92nd minute winner to boot.
Miss of the Year
It is an always very highly fought category. However, for this year we go to the Bundesliga for a right royal open goal miss by Borussia Dortmund’s Jakub ‘Kuba’ Blaszczykowski against Freiburg. Made all the better for the reactions from the fans in the incredible terrace they have behind that goal at the Westfalenstadion.
Sale of the Year
Simple, the photo above shows the result of the sale of the season. Yes there are enough crowd shots of hot women at the World Cup. However, Sale of the Year goes to Robbie Earle for selling to the Flash advertising Mob for making it easier for the camera to pick them out.
Signing of the Year
A couple of loan signings have to come close here. Both Jermaine Pennant at Stoke and Danny Welbeck at Sunderland have been terrific so far this season. There is surely only one winner though and not for the first time Harry Redknapp has come up trumps. Usually I would be against giving it to someone that cost as much as £8m but, when that guy has become as important as Rafael Van Der Vaart has become at Spurs, there is simply no looking past him.
Worst Signing of the Year
I was going to give it to Newcastle for Pardew or for Hatem Ben Arfa. Even Jermaine Beckford at Everton came close. I can’t though, mainly because they have already done more than Stephen Ireland has done at Aston Villa and James Milner has done at Manchester City combined. I can’t split them though so they can share the award.