Menís shortlists for FIFA Ballon díOr 2013 revealed
Four days after announcing the names of the candidates for the FIFA Womenís World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Womenís Football for 2013 awards, FIFA and France Football have today revealed the names for the menís awards.
The candidates for the FIFA Ballon díOr and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Menís Football awards have been unveiled (see below). The final decisions will be made by the captains and head coaches of the menís national teams as well as by international media representatives selected by France Football.
The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon díOr as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 13 January 2014, during which the FIFA FIFPro World XI, the FIFA PuskŠs Award Ė for the most beautiful goal of the year Ė the FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented.
The list of 23 male candidates has been drawn up by football experts from the FIFA Football Committee and by a group of experts from France Football. The list of ten coaches has been drawn up by the Committee for Womenís Football and FIFA Womenís World Cup and by the FIFA Football Committee, as well as by a group of experts from France Football.
In early December 2013, FIFA and France Football will announce the names of the three men and three women, as well as the three coaches for womenís football and three coaches for menís football, who have received the most votes (without unveiling the winners). The three nominees for the FIFA PuskŠs Award and the FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist for the best forwards, goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders will also be unveiled in early December.
Menís shortlists for the FIFA Ballon díOr 2013
The following 23 men (in alphabetical order) are in contention for the FIFA Ballon díOr 2013:
Gareth Bale (Wales), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Andrťs Iniesta (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas MŁller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut ÷zil (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Franck Ribťry (France), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Luis SuŠrez (Uruguay), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Yaya Tourť (CŰte díIvoire), Robin Van Persie (Netherlands), Xavi (Spain).
The following ten coaches (in alphabetical order, first nationality and then team) are in contention for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Menís Football 2013:
Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Paris Saint-Germain FC/Real Madrid CF), Rafael BenŪtez (Spain/Chelsea FC/SSC Napoli), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus), Vicente Del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Sir Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United FC former coach), Jupp Heynckes (Germany/FC Bayern MŁnchen former coach), JŁrgen Klopp (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), Josť Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid CF/Chelsea FC), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil/Brazil national team), ArsŤne Wenger (France/Arsenal FC).
The official FIFA Ballon díOr Facebook page has also been launched: www.facebook.com/FIFABallonDor
To discuss who YOU think should win this yearís prizes on Twitter, use the hashtag #BallondOr
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