Jan 12, 2023 at 5:44 PM Update: an hour ago
Striker Vivianne Miedema and coach Sarina Wiegman have been nominated for a FIFA award. Among the men, Cristiano Ronaldo is missing from the nomination list for World Footballer of the Year. Title holder Robert Lewandowski and world champion Lionel Messi do have a chance to win the prize.
Miedema is one of the fourteen nominees for the women. The currently injured striker was once again on target for her club Arsenal, but was unable to mean much to the Netherlands at the European Championships last year, partly due to a corona infection. The Dutch were eliminated in the quarterfinals by France.
Wiegman has been nominated among the female trainers. The coach from The Hague won the European Championship in their own country with the women’s team of England. Wiegman already took the FIFA prize in 2017 and 2020.
FIFA reports that not only the 2021/2022 season, but also the period up to and including the men’s World Cup in November and December counts. Captains of the national teams, national coaches, journalists and fans can vote until February 3.
Aitana Bonmatí (FC Barcelona/Spain)Debinha (North Carolina Courage/Brazil)Jessie Fleming (Chelsea/Canada)Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyon/Norway)Sam Kerr (Chelsea/Australia)Beth Mead (Arsenal/England)Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal/ Netherlands)Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride and San Diego Wave/USA)Lena Oberdorf (VfL Wolfsburg/Germany)Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg/Germany)Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona/Spain)Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyon/France)Keira Walsh (Manchester City and FC Barcelona/England)Leah Williamson (Arsenal/England)Lionel Messi receives the World Cup after winning the final against France. Photo: Getty Images
Messi big favorite with men
There is a good chance that Messi will become the men’s World Footballer of the Year. The 35-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker played a crucial role in Argentina’s world title at the World Cup in Qatar. Messi scored seven goals in the tournament, one less than top scorer Kylian Mbappé.
Lewandowski was voted best player in the past two years. The trophy has existed since 2016. Ronaldo (2016, 2017), Luka Modric (2018) and Messi (2019) were the previous winners.
Alisson Becker (Brazil/Liverpool), Yassine Bounou (Seville/Morocco), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid/Belgium), Ederson (Manchester City/Brazil) and world champion Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa/Argentina) are nominated for the award for the best goalkeeper.
Lionel Scaloni (Argentina), Didier Deschamps (France), Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Josep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Walid Regragui (Morocco) have a chance of winning the honorary title of Trainer of the Year.
Julián Álvarez (Manchester City/Argentina)Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund/England)Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium) Erling Haaland (Manchester City/Norway)Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain/Morocco )Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid/Brazil) Robert Lewandowski (FC Barcelona/Poland)Sadio Mané (Bayern Munich/Senegal)Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain/France)Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain/Argentina) Luka Modric (Real Madrid /Croatia)Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt)
Jan 17, 2022 at 8:19 PM
Bayern striker Lewandowski again voted World Footballer of the Year
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