On Monday, FIFA issues their biggest award, the Ballon d’Or trophy. It is awarded to the best player from the previous calendar year. The award was created in 2010 when France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged.
Since its creation, only Lionel Messi has won. That first year it was created, Messi’s Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi finished second and third in voting respectively. In the following two years, Real Mardid’s Cristiano Ronaldo finished in second, while Xavi and Iniesta have both finished third. Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player not from Barcelona to finish in the top three of voting. This will be the first time since the award was created in 2010 that two Barcelona players won’t finish in the top three. Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery joins Messi and Ronaldo on the short list of nominees.
During the award show they’ll also name the FIFPro World XI, FIFA Women’s World Player of the year and coach of the year for both genders.
Date: January 13
Start Time: 12:20 p.m. ET
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
TV Info: FOX Soccer Plus
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
Fifa official site will have the live commentry from the ceremony while many channels will be showing the awards live as well. We will get some free links to get you updated and enjoy Ronaldo getting the Ballon d’Or award :)
FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Gala – Details
Date: 13 January 2014
Press conferences live: 13:00 Gmt – 8am ET
Red Carpet live: 15:30 Gmt – 10.30am ET
watch the Ballon d’Or Ceremony live:17:30 Gmt – 12.30pm ET
Venue: Kongresshaus, Zurich (Switzerland)
FIFA OFFICIAL YOUTUBE LIVE STREAM OF BALLON D’OR
FIFA World Player of the year award ceremony started back in 1991 when most of the big league’s around Europe reformed and current Champions League format was started. Since than it has been an eagerly awaited gala every year and in the last 10 years it has gone through some big changes the biggest of them all was the merger of France Football’s Ballon d’Or award with FIFA World player of the year award.
The list of awards to be given out:
FIFA Ballon d’Or (Best Player of the year)
Women’s World Player of the Year
Men’s Coach of the Year
Women’s Coach of the Year
Fair Play Award
Puskas Award (Goal of the year)
FIFPro World XI (best team of the year)
[ The ceremony is a glittering event where most of the big names in World Football get together for a celebrate and achievments of individuals and teams, we will have the free live streaming of the event right here ]
Now all the coashes and captain’s of national teams vote for the best playe of the year, so it holds significant importance. Next award gala will take place in Zurich on 13 January 2014 and we will have all the live action from the ceremony right here.
Bayern Munich’s treble success last season, as well as the team’s current great performances and results, have duly been rewarded. The German giants dominate the 23-man shortlist with as many as six players – four of which are homegrown talents. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) and Franck Ribery (France) complete Bayern’s bunch.
Barcelona, who were thrown out of the UEFA Champions League by Bayern on a 7-0 aggregate result, are the second most represented team in the freshly released FIFA Ballon d’Or awards list. 2013 Confederations Cup winner Neymar joins club icons Messi, Iniesta and Xavi.
PSG come next with three players. Flamboyant Swedish attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in the running. The outcome of the World Cup qualifying playoff tie against Portugal might have a great impact on Ibra’s chance. However, the player himself has claimed that winning the Ballon d’Or is not his dream.
For Real Madrid, there is ex-Spurs talisman Gareth Bale and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. The 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards’ 23-man shortlist is completed by eight top players from eight other different teams.
Remarkably, there is no Englishman on the list but there are a few English Premier League players such as Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. Africa has one representative in the form of reigning African Footballer of the Year award winner Yaya Toure. The competition for the prize promises to be fierce considering the balance between silverware and individual performances among the nominees.
The list will be cut down to three in early December, as per the amount of votes.
Full list by teams:
• Arsenal (1): Mesut Özil
• Barcelona (4): Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Xavi
• Bayern Munich (6): Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller
• Borussia Dortmund (1): Robert Lewandowski
• Chelsea (1): Eden Hazard
• Juventus (1): Andrea Pirlo
• Liverpool (1): Luis Suarez
• Manchester City (1): Yaya Toure
• Manchester United (1): Robin van Persie
• Monaco (1): Radamel Falcao
• PSG (3): Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
• Real Madrid (2): Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth BaleThe FIFA Ballon d’Or award
The coaches: Alex Ferguson to be honoured after retiring?
The list is made of big winners. Carlo Ancelotti (French Ligue 1 champion), Rafael Benitez (Europa League winner), Antonio Conte (Scudetto champion) and Jupp Heynckes (Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League and DFB Pokal champion) are some of the names favourite to land the prize.
Does celebrated and retired Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson have a chance of being named the best coach of the year?
Carlo Ancelotti; Rafael Benitez; Antonio Conte; Vicente del Bosque; Alex Ferguson; Jupp Heynckes; Jurgen Klopp; Jose Mourinho; Luiz Felipe Scolari; Arsene Wenger
Which player and coach deserve to be crowned at the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala come January 13, 2014?
While everybody is busy putting their money on Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2013 Ballon d’Or trophy to be awarded to either of Ronaldo, Messi, or Ribery later today, an eye catching analysis on Fox Sports shows that the Frenchman will trump his rivals to the much-coveted accolade.
“The notion that Messi and Ronaldo stand alone atop the pantheon of football superstars will be shattered on Tuesday morning, when Franck Ribery collects yet another trophy for his growing collection,” goes a catchy punch line on the website.
The argument put forward by Fox Sports in support of Ribery is a reasonable one by any standards. Football is played for silverware, and looking at his trophy haul in 2013, the Bavarian talisman is simply a winner.
Among Ribery’s 2013 trophies: Champions League, Bundesliga, the German Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.
Ronaldo and Messi’s 2013 trophies combined: La Liga and Spanish Super Cup (both Messi)
#champagnebath: Ribery celebrates Bayern’s incredible 2013
Indeed, does it help to do all sorts incredible things on the field of play but end up not helping your club to silverware?
Legendary Brazillian striker Ronaldo believes it should be Lionel Messi lifting the Ballon d’Or for a record fifth and not his Portuguese namesake Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 2013 trophy will be awarded to one among Ronaldo, Messi and Ribery in a few hours time in the acoustically superb 1455-seat Tonhalle Zürich concert hall of the Zurich Kongresshaus building complex in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Brazilian, who will attend the Gala as a member of the Brazil 2014 Organising Commitee, had this to say, “Cristiano has been amazing this year. But he has been like that in the last five years. Messi is a more spectacular player and I would vote for him if I had the chance.”
“A lot of people in Germany told me that the credibility of the Ballon D’Or could be affected if Ribery does not win it. This could have influenced the vote, even after Cristiano had that performance against Sweden in the World Cup qualifiers. The only certainty is that this Ronaldo here won’t win it for a fourth time,” he dug at his namesake.
No surprises whatsoever when FIFA announced Lionel Messi will be up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribéry for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or. It’s an incredible seventh consecutive nomination for the man of every superlative, finishing third in 2007, second in 2008 and since has been victorious four years in a row (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). The winner will be announced on January 13, 2014 at the annual gala in Zurich, Switzerland
The 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala will be the 4th year for FIFA’s awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The FIFA’s Ballon d’Or awards will be given out in Zürich on 13 January 2014 where the winners of the awards will be announced. The three finalists for each of the awards are placed below;
Ballon d’Or: Franck Ribéry, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Women’s World Player of the Year: Nadine Angerer, Marta and Abby Wambach.
World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football: Alex Ferguson, Jupp Heynckes and Jürgen Klopp.
World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football: Ralf Kellermann, Silvia Neid and Pia Sundhage.
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