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Mattie Burrows' Glentoran goal on Fifa award shortlist


Mattie Burrows' sensational goal for Glentoran against Portadown is shortlisted for Fifa's goal of the year

Mattie Burrows' stunning late winner against Portadown has been shortlisted for the Fifa Goal of the Year award.

The Glentoran striker's back flick at the Oval on 5 October is one of a shortlist of 10 goals in the running for the Ballon d'Or - Puskas Award.

All the goals will be available to see on the Fifa website later this month and football fans across the world can vote for their favourite.

The winner will be presented with their award in Zurich on 10 January, 2011.

Burrows' goal has become an internet sensation, racking up millions of views on websites across the world

The 25-year-old's audacious jumping backheel volley came in the 92nd minute of Glentoran's 1-0 victory.

Fifa contacted the Irish FA on Tuesday to confirm the goal would be in the running for the award, which was launched last year in memory of the great Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskas.

Burrows told BBC Radio Ulster that he found out about his nomination from a team-mate at training on Tuesday night.

"The whole thing is unreal and it's only just sinking in," said the Glens striker.

"I could maybe try to do that 100 times and it would only come off once - I just caught it perfectly."

"This is a tremendous achievement for Matty Burrows, Glentoran and the Carling Premiership to be catapulted onto the world stage," said an Irish FA statement.

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Glentoran 1-0 Portadown
05 Oct 10 |  Irish

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