The curtain has come down on yet another intriguing Bundesliga season and despite Bayern Munich running away with the title, the German top flight remains one of the most attractive leagues in world football.
A total of 843 goals were banged in across the season, but which one was the best? It’s a question certain to provoke fierce debate and disagreement, but here at Bundesliga Fanatic, we have attempted to come up with a shortlist, and it’s up to you to decide……
1) Moritz Stoppelkamp (Paderborn v Hannover) Matchday 4
With his side 1-0 up at home to Hannover, Paderborn midfielder Moritz Stoppelkamp found himself back defending an injury time free-kick (with Ron-Robert Zieler up as well) when the ball was headed clear to the edge of the Paderborn box.
Controlling the ball expertly on his chest, he turned and unleashed a shot from all of 83 meters into the unguarded Hannover net to set a new Bundesliga record for the longest goal.
2) Franco Di Santo (Mainz v Werder Bremen) Matchday 10
Coach Viktor Skripnik enjoyed a dream first game in charge of Werder Bremen as he saw his side run out 2-1 winners against Mainz at the Coface-Arena. Franco Di Santo equalised from the penalty spot before saving his best for the winner.
Felix Kroos picked out the Argentine with a fine pass, but the exquisite finish from a tight angle was simply stunning and was more than deserving of his trademark ‘Cumbia’ goal celebration dance.
3) Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen v Paderborn) Matchday 13
Another Bremen goal, but this time from the free-kick specialist Zlatko Junuzovic. The Austrian scored five goals from direct set-pieces this season, but this, his first, was arguably his finest.
His opener in a 4-0 win arrived after he curled in a sublime effort with his deadly right-foot. He could not have placed the ball any more precisely had he wanted, leaving keeper Lukas Kruse helpless.
4) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich v Frankfurt) Matchday 28
The prolific Pole notched 17 goals in his debut season for Rekordmeister Bayern Munich, but this stunner against Eintracht Frankfurt was the pick of the bunch.
Thomas Müller burst through before nodding the ball to Lewandowski just inside the area. The striker clipped the ball over Marc Stendera before rifling an exocet missile of a shot into the roof of the net.
5) Salif Sané (Wolfsburg v Hannover) Matchday 31
Senegalese defender Salif Sané’s first three Bundesliga goals for Hannover were all headers, but this was something quite different and oh so spectacular.
With his side trailing 2-1 at the Volkswagen Arena, the 24-year-old popped up inside the Wolfsburg penalty area for a corner. When Bas Dost’s header failed to clear the area, Sané unleashed an unstoppable overhead volley to help secure a point for his side.
* Just missing out on a place in the Top Five (for obvious reasons) was Mönchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer’s stunning own goal against Borussia Dortmund. It’s still worth a second look though!
Which of these goals do you think deserves to be deemed this season’s Bundesliga best? Or do you have a better suggestion? Leave a comment below, vote in our poll or join in the debate on Twitter by using the hashtag #BLFGoalOfTheSeason.
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