Benjamin Huggel (Basel v FC Zurich, 2009)
Basel would finish the 2009-10 season as Swiss champions but were struggling to kick-start their campaign when they travelled to Zurich in late October. Enter stage left: Benjamin Huggel and a supporting cast for a goal that transformed their fortunes.
Ã¢ÂÂThe build-up was incredible, really Ã¢ÂÂ in many ways it was the perfect goal. Valentin Stocker, Scott Chipperfield and Behrang Safari [plus wonderkid Xherdan Shaqiri] were pinging the ball around and I just waiting for my chance at the edge of the box. Then Scott passed it to me and I hit it first time.
Ã¢ÂÂI was pretty angry before that goal because IÃ¢ÂÂd been playing as a centre-back and only moved into my normal position in midfield a couple of minutes before scoring. Because I was angry, I wasnÃ¢ÂÂt really thinking of anything Ã¢ÂÂ I just wanted to smash it.
Ã¢ÂÂWe were losing 1-0 and we really needed the points, but no one made a fuss about the goal at the time. A couple of team-mates patted me on the back and said it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt bad, but it was only when The Guardian ran a poll for European Goal of the Season [Huggel beat Messi, Maicon, Robben and more with an incredible 85 per cent of the vote] that people started talking about it. We didnÃ¢ÂÂt talk about it in training, and we certainly didnÃ¢ÂÂt try to do it again!
Ã¢ÂÂI think Johnny Leoni was in goal for Zurich at the time Ã¢ÂÂ he sounds like a porn star but heÃ¢ÂÂs actually a really decent goalkeeper Ã¢ÂÂ and we talked about it when we met up with the [Swiss] national team a couple of weeks later.
Ã¢ÂÂ¨Ã¢ÂÂHe told me that I would never hit another shot like that in my life. I told him he was probably right.Ã¢ÂÂ