The 25 best goals of the year you won't see on Match of the Day video special!

This year has been a cracking one for special goals from Wayne Rooney's spectacular overhead kick against Manchester City in February, to Robin van Persie's stunner against Everton just a few weeks ago.

But you won't find either of those in our round-up of the best goals of 2011. Instead we have brought together a collection of 25 of the most bizarre, unlikely and record-breaking net-busters.

We have gone for the best trick shots, funny free-kicks, keeper cock-ups and own goals of the year.

And we haven't restricted ourselves to the Premier League either - you'll find goals from all over the world in our list, including strikes from indoor football, women's football, youth games and even a computer generated goal.

So sit back and enjoy the 25 best goals of the year you won't see on Match of the Day.

1) Edinson Cavani's hat-trick goal in Napoli's 3-0 mauling of Juventus looks, at first, like a fairly routine diving header. But watch the replay which starts at 0:57 and you'll realise how good it actually is - the one-time Manchester City target dives, works out he's gone to ground too soon and then improvises to brilliant effect.

2) That rarest of things now: a goal scored by a keeper - FC United of Manchester keeper Sam Ashton, to be precise. And this isn't some last-minute-come-up-for-a-corner affair. No. This is more of a goal-kick-that-takes-an-awkward-bounce-making-opposing-keeper-look-like-a-berk type goal.

3) Everyone loves it when teams run to the sideline to do the 'rocking the newborn baby' celebration. Even the opposition...

4) This Venezuelan youngster Yohandry Orozco is a bit handy. He might be only 19, but this brilliant individual goal in an Under-20 World Cup qualifier is top work.

5) Not a real goal in a real match. But Falcao putting the ball in the net from behind the goal is still impressive.

6) Six goals in and we can resist the urge to include a genuine goal of the season contender no longer. Remember this breathtaking Dutch move, finished off sumptuously by Wesley Sneijder, from February's friendly win over Austria?

7) We found this next one on the brilliant Who Ate All the Pies blog, and like them, we're just as impressed with this superb free-kick routine. Rather than us waffle on, best you just press play and watch.

8) After that display if brilliance, back to the ineptitude now with Belgian side Zulte-Waregem's keeper Sammy Bossut who lends a helping hand in this goal.

9) Ever seen a goal straight from the kickoff? This effort from Michele Virgilio of Italian Serie D side Narnese against Casa del Diavolo was clocked at four seconds.

10) At no point in this passage of play do any of these Swansea players appear to have the ball under control. Even so, there's no reason to expect Ashley Williams to then do THAT...

11) And now for a genuine piece of solid gold, velvet-lined, champagne-drenched skill. Check out this flying back-heel goal from Metalist Kharkiv midfielder Cleiton Xavier, which helped his side to a 2-2 draw against Dnipro. Wowsers.

12) Former Manchester City moaner Elano, now back in Brazil with Santos, was being linked with a big-money move to AC Milan in the summer. Perhaps because of this...

13) You know when someone scores and they say, "he made that look easy"? They won't be saying that about this bloke.

14) Time for the first penalty in our little collection. Here is the world's cockiest kid - FC Baar youngster Joonas Jokinen - taking one of the most extraordinary spot kicks ever.

15) If you wanna be a record breaker, sung the late Roy Castle, then dedication's what you need. To that list we can now also add a right foot like a traction engine, as Sport Colombia keeper Quinonez Wilson, the proud holder of the world's longest recorded freekick goal, proves with this cheeky little 83m effort...

16) Love the Gladiators-style music at the start of this clip. But even if you don't agree, don't look away. You might miss Carlos Almeida scoring for FC Oliveira do Hospital in the Portugal's fifth tier. It's another one of those straight from kick-off jobs.

17) Remember Denny Landzaat who used to play for Wigan? Well he's now at FC Twente in Holland scoring brilliant own-goals like this...

18) Some people - not, er, us, of course - casting some aspersions over David De Gea's goalkeeping ability when he first arrived at Manchester United. So arguably the last thing he needed at the time was to be a victim of one of the greatest own goals of all time while playing for the Spanish U-21s. Tough luck David.

19) If Mario Balotelli had done this, there would have been hell to pay. Actually, I wonder if he's seen this clip? Probably watched it on his iPad.

20) We're not afraid to get animated here at MirrorFootball. Here's the ever brilliant Chelsea 2D recreating THAT goal from Daniel Sturridge in 16-bit pixel style. We're not sure they've quite captured the despair of Wes Brown's goal-line lunge but apart from that, it's beautiful.

21) US college sides MidAmerica Nazarene met Oklahoma Baptist in September. And what a holy balls-up followed...

22) Next to Norway, where Odd Grenland are 2-1 up against Tromso in the dying minutes. And it's time for something very, very special from Jone 'Strong Neck' Samuelsen.

23) How about this cracker of a finish by Gerardo Masini in the Teramo vs San Nicolo clash in Italy's Serie D. Taking on half the Teramo defence wasn't enough for Masini, who rubbed it in with the cockiest of finishes. Sweet.

24) This could well be the greatest goal ever scored. Well, it's certainly one of the funniest. Ladies and gentleman, we present the world debut of women's-indoor-two-in-the-face-ping-pong-soccer!

25) And we wrap things up with this touching moment with Lukasz Fabianski and Andy Carroll. Ok so it's from FIFA, and the goal itself is nothing special, but the aftermath is brilliant. Get a room lads!

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