12 Jan 2015

James Rodriguez wins FIFA Goal of the Year ahead of Stephanie Roche and Robin van Persie

Stephanie Roche has missed out on becoming the first woman to win the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year.

Colombia's James Rodriguez was declared the winner from a three-strong shortlist including Republic of Ireland international Roche and Dutch striker Robin van Persie.



Roche became an internet sensation following her stunning volley for Peamount United against Wexford Youths Women last year.

Over six million fans viewed the goal on Youtube and sparked hopes Roche could become the first woman to claim the coveted award at FIFA's Ballon d'Or ceremony.

But despite a concerted campaign Roche was beaten in the public vote by Rodriguez's stunning effort against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup.

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