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Goal Website

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Type of site
Sports journalism
Available in19 languages
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerIntegrated Media Company (majority)
DAZN Group (minority)
  • Chicco Merighi
  • Gian Luigi Longinotti-Buitoni
ServicesAssociation football news
Launched2004[dubious ]
Current statusActive

Goal is an international association football news website founded in 2004 by Chicco Merighi and Gianluigi Longinotti-Buitoni.

Goal is published in 19 languages, with 38 national editions and 600 contributors.[1] It is currently owned by Integrated Media Company (IMC), a division of TPG Capital.


Goal was acquired by Perform Group in 2011, paying £18 million to the website's investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners.[2][3][4]

In 2012, the website was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs department of the UK government over the use of unpaid interns.[5]

In August 2016, Perform Group launched the online sports video streaming service DAZN. In September 2018 Perform Group was split into two companies: DAZN Group (named after its streaming service) for its consumer content operations, and Perform Content for its business-to-business services. Under this new structure, Goal sat under DAZN.

In March 2019, DAZN re-organized the Perform Media division into DAZN Media, which includes Goal.

In late 2020, Goal, alongside Spox and Voetbalzone were packaged as a new company called FootballCo. Shortly after, a majority stake in FootballCo. was purchased by Integrated Media Company (IMC) which is a division of TPG Capital.[6]


In 2017, Goal won the Best Sports News Site award at The Drum Online Media Awards.[7]

Goal 50

Since the 2007-08 season, the best 50 players of the respective season are selected by Goal reporters and ranked as part of Goal's "Goal 50."[8] Starting from the 2018-19 season, the 50 players were divided into 25 men and 25 women, with a winner from both genders being crowned.

Men's winners

Women's winners

Season Winner Club(s)
2018-19 United States Megan Rapinoe United States Reign FC
2019-20 Denmark Pernille Harder Germany VfL Wolfsburg
England Chelsea


Since the 2015-16 season, Goal has ranked the 50 best players aged under 19 for that respective season, with selections made by Goal's network of journalists. The resulting list is known as the NXGN list, with the first-ranked players receiving the NXGN winner's award.[9]

Since 2020, a women's list and award has also been published and handed out.[10]

Men's winners

Women's winners

Season Winner Club(s)
2020 Germany Lena Oberdorf Germany SGS Essen
2021 Sweden Hanna Bennison Sweden FC Rosengård


  1. ^ "Goal.com". Perform Group. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Farey-Jones, Daniel (23 February 2011). "Perform challenges Sky with Goal.com acquisition". Campaign. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Wauters, Robin (23 February 2011). "Score! Perform Group Buys Goal.com From Bessemer To Go Direct-To-Consumer". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Sweney, Mark (16 May 2012). "Perform buys data company RunningBall for £95m". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Malik, Shiv (23 December 2012). "Football site Goal.com investigated over use of 30 unpaid interns a week". THe Guardian. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "IMC sign agreement to acquire Goal | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "The Drum: Best Sports News Site". The Drum. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Cahill named in Goal 50 list". Socceroos. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "NxGn 2019". Goal. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "NxGn 2020: The 10 best wonderkids in women's football | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 2021.

External links

  • International edition site (in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Indonesian, Arabic, Hungarian, and Japanese)

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