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Diego Maradona at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:05:00 GMT

At The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016, Diego Maradona presented the award for The Best FIFA Men's Player. The iconic Argentine also had time to reminisce about his playing and coaching days.

The history of FIFA's football awards

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:53:00 GMT

From the FIFA World Player of the Year Award first presented in 1991 to the newest landmark on the world football stage, The Best FIFA Football Awards, we look at the history of FIFA's yearly prize giving.

FIWC Champion at The Best FIFA Football Awards

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:55:00 GMT

The crème de la crème of world football gathered in Zurich on 9 January to witness the presenting of the coveted platinum-coated trophies to the heroes of 2016. And thanks to his victory in the final of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016, Al-Bacha was there with them, having been invited to join the stars of the world game at The Best FIFA Football Awards following his virtual world title win last March. Watch here how his day unfolded!

The Best of Silvia Neid

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:19:00 GMT

Silvia Neid is the best female coach of 2016. In a quick-fire interview, she talks about her ‘personal bests’.

The Best of Claudio Ranieri

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:48:00 GMT

The Best Coach of 2016, Claudio Ranieri gives an ‘alternative’ interview about what’s ‘Best’ in his life.

The Best of Carli Lloyd

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:01:00 GMT

(PRESS CC for language captions) USA star Carli Lloyd gives us her take on The Best of a range of topics, in a quick-fire interview with the inaugural winner of The Best FIFA Women's Player award.

The Best of Cristiano Ronaldo

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT

(PRESS CC for language captions) Real Madrid and Portugal hero Cristiano Ronaldo gives us his take on The Best of a range of topics, in a quick-fire interview with the inaugural winner of The Best FIFA Men's Player award.

FIFA Award for an Outstanding Career 2016 - FALCAO

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:07:00 GMT

Alessandro Rosa Vieira, known more popularly as the “King of Futsal”, Falcão. Following his retirement from the national team after the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016, the Brazilian legend was lauded with the FIFA Award for an Outstanding Career.

The Best: Falcao video tribute

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:02:00 GMT

Futsal legend and two-time FIFA Futsal World Cup winner Falcao announced on Friday that he will pull on the Brazil shirt for the very last time on 26 March, when Canarinho ​take on Colombia.

In addition to winning two world titles, two adidas Golden Balls and one adidas Golden Boot, Falcao is the only player to feature at five Futsal World Cups. He is also the competition's all-time top scorer and the player with most tournament appearances.

At age 39, and after almost 20 years since making his Brazil debut, Falcao announced his intention to retire on his social media pages.

Relive the King of Futsal's video tribute that was shown at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 when the Brazilian was recognised with the FIFA Award for an Outstanding Career.

Post-Awards reaction: Falcao

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:00:00 GMT

Brazilian futsal legend Falcao spoke moments after winning the FIFA Award for an Outstanding Career. 

FIFA FAIR PLAY AWARD 2016 - Atletico Nacional

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:22:00 GMT

The FIFA Fair Play Award recognises exemplary behaviour that promotes the spirit of fair play and compassion on and off the field. In November this year, tragedy struck South American football, with a profound impact on the global footballing community, after a plane crash in Colombia claimed the lives of the vast majority of its passengers – including the team delegation of Brazilian side Associação Chapecoense de Futebol and members of the media. The side had been travelling to Medellin for the final round of the Copa Sudamericana, the club’s first major final. Colombian side Atletico Nacional, Chapecoense’s planned opponents in the continental final, in a remarkable display of humility, sent a request to CONMEBOL to award Chapecoense the title, with the South American governing body duly obliging. Fans of the clubs shared their grief, and mourned the lives of those lost, together, with thousands of Aletico Nacional supporters attending the stadium at the planned kick-off time of the final’s first leg, in tribute to those that could not be there to play the fixture. A special panel of experts, comprising Gabriel Batistuta, Marta, Howard Webb, Vladimir Petkovic and Adolf Ogi, assessed several examples of Fair Play which took place this year before deciding upon the victor. The FIFA Fair Play Award for 2016 goes to Atletico Nacional, for their moving gesture. The award was accepted on stage in Zurich on 9 January 2017 by Dr Carlos de La Cuesta.

FIFA FIFPro World11 2016 Revealed

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:19:00 GMT

The wait is over. The FIFA FIFPro World11 2016, as voted for by thousands of professional players, was revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ ceremony in Zurich on 9 January 2016. The 11 stars that earned a place in the FIFA FIFPro World11 2016 are: Manuel Neuer, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo.

THE FIFA FAN AWARD 2016 - Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool Supporters

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:16:00 GMT

A truly iconic song helped claim the inaugural FIFA Fan Award, with supporters of German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and English Premier League team Liverpool taking the historic first trophy. The award, designed to recognise an outstanding celebratory fan moment or gesture from the calendar year 2016 inclusive, was voted for by FIFA.com users – an award for the fans, decided by the fans. An expert panel consisting of Zvonimir Boban, Marta, Gabriel Batistuta and Vladimir Petkovic, selected three moments. Then, the fans voting on FIFA.com chose the two sets of supporters as their winners for their pre-match show of unity ahead of their UEFA Europa League tie in April 2016, ahead of ADO Den Haag supporters and Iceland fans. “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, a song adopted by the Reds’ fans in the early 1960s, has since travelled around the world, transcending language barriers. German giants Borussia Dortmund have adopted the anthem, and their fans joined Liverpool supporters in a chorus of solidarity ahead of their April UEFA Europa League meeting, with the Hillsborough disaster’s 27th anniversary the following day. The moving gesture put sporting rivalry aside for a few minutes.

THE BEST FIFA MEN'S COACH 2016 - Claudio Ranieri WINNER

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:10:00 GMT

Claudio Ranieri has crowned a year of seeming impossibilities by reaching the pinnacle of his profession as The Best FIFA Men’s Coach. His Leicester City side were ranked 5000/1 by some bookmakers to win the 2015/16 English Premier League title when the Italian first took charge in July 2015 – the same odds as Elvis Presley being found alive. Ranieri went on to inspire his charges, instilling an unrivalled team spirit as the club claimed the first top-flight title in their 132-year history. As the 2016/17 season kicked off, the Italian guided the Foxes to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, in their inaugural season in Europe’s top club competition.

THE BEST FIFA WOMEN'S PLAYER 2016 - Carli Lloyd WINNER

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:08:00 GMT

Not since Marta’s astonishing run of being named the world’s leading women’s player five times in a row ended in 2010 has any woman won the top award in consecutive years – until now. After a stellar 2015, in which the USA No10 led her side to FIFA Women’s World Cup™ glory and claimed the top individual award in the women’s game, 2016 has been a year of personal consistency, if not collective triumph for Carli Lloyd. Her goalscoring rate remained at a remarkably high level, but USA failed to finish on the podium at a Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time in their history, after quarter-final elimination by Sweden. “We can learn from this moment. It will make us hungrier. You best believe in 2019, we're going to win a World Cup,” a determined Lloyd said after Rio 2016.

THE FIFA PUSKAS AWARD 2016 - Mohd Faiz Subri WINNER

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:06:00 GMT

The first Malaysian to be nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award has claimed the prize, with Mohd Faiz Subri’s remarkable swerving free kick emerging as the best goal of the year after millions of votes on FIFA.com from fans across the world. Nobody in the Bandaraya Pulau Pinang Stadium could have imagined the trajectory of the ball as Subri stepped up to take the set-piece some distance away from goal, far over to the left-hand side of the pitch. The diminutive No13, a prolific scorer in the Malaysian Super League, hammered his effort goalwards, producing a swerve so wicked that goalkeeper Mohd Nasril Nourdin stood no chance. The breath-taking strike earned the Malaysian forward the 2016 FIFA Puskás Award, with Brazilian Marlone in second place and Venezuelan Daniuska Rodriguez in third. Subri becomes the latest player to collect this award after Cristiano Ronaldo (2009), Hamit Altintop (2010), Neymar (2011), Miroslav Stoch (2012), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2013), James Rodriguez (2014) and Wendell Lira (2015).

THE BEST FIFA MEN'S PLAYER 2016 - Cristiano Ronaldo WINNER

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:04:00 GMT

Cristiano Ronaldo will remember 2016 for reaching the pinnacle on three fronts: for club, for country and individually. He was crowned a European champion for both Real Madrid and Portugal - with victory in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2016 - and the legendary No7 further rubberstamped his place in the annals of footballing history by being named the world’s best player for the fourth time. Cristiano clinched the Champions League crown by scoring the final penalty in the finale’s shootout against city rivals Atletico before lifting his country’s first major trophy in France as Portugal’s captain. With his irrepressible thirst for goals, power and speed, Ronaldo continues to amass silverware and records in abundance – and is the inaugural The Best FIFA Men’s Player.

THE BEST FIFA WOMEN'S COACH AWARD 2016 - Silvia Neid WINNER

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:02:00 GMT

Legendary German coach Silvia Neid has ended a remarkable career by reaching the peak of her profession for the third time, twice more than any other coach in women’s football. Having been involved in each of Germany’s eight European and two FIFA Women’s World Cup™ wins as either a player, assistant coach, or head coach, Silvia Neid’s biography reads like a never-ending list of triumphs. She capped off this remarkable record in 2016 by leading her country to their first gold medal at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Brazil. The Rio 2016 final was Neid’s last game as national team coach, bringing an end to this impressive era and seeing her hand over to Steffi Jones, who has an unenviable task as her successor.

THE BEST FIFA MEN'S PLAYER 2016 - Cristiano Ronaldo - Award Presentation

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:59:00 GMT

Cristiano Ronaldo will remember 2016 for reaching the pinnacle on three fronts: for club, for country and individually. He was crowned a European champion for both Real Madrid and Portugal - with victory in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2016 - and the legendary No7 further rubberstamped his place in the annals of footballing history by being named the world’s best player for the fourth time. Cristiano clinched the Champions League crown by scoring the final penalty in the finale’s shootout against city rivals Atletico before lifting his country’s first major trophy in France as Portugal’s captain. With his irrepressible thirst for goals, power and speed, Ronaldo continues to amass silverware and records in abundance – and is the inaugural The Best FIFA Men’s Player.

THE BEST FIFA WOMEN'S PLAYER 2016 - Carli Lloyd - Award Presentation

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:56:00 GMT

Not since Marta’s astonishing run of being named the world’s leading women’s player five times in a row ended in 2010 has any woman won the top award in consecutive years – until now. After a stellar 2015, in which the USA No10 led her side to FIFA Women’s World Cup™ glory and claimed the top individual award in the women’s game, 2016 has been a year of personal consistency, if not collective triumph for Carli Lloyd. Her goalscoring rate remained at a remarkably high level, but USA failed to finish on the podium at a Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time in their history, after quarter-final elimination by Sweden. “We can learn from this moment. It will make us hungrier. You best believe in 2019, we're going to win a World Cup,” a determined Lloyd said after Rio 2016.

THE FIFA PUSKAS AWARD 2016 - Mohd Faiz Subri - Award Presentation

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:51:00 GMT

The first Malaysian to be nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award has claimed the prize, with Mohd Faiz Subri’s remarkable swerving free kick emerging as the best goal of the year after millions of votes on FIFA.com from fans across the world.

LIVE: The Best FIFA Football Awards Ceremony

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:44:00 GMT

Follow along with our live video coverage of The Best FIFA Football Awards™, as Eva Longoria and Marco Schreyl present the ceremony from the TPC Studios in Zurich.

LIVE: Green Carpet

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:44:00 GMT

Watch the stars arrive to The Best FIFA Football Awards™ in Zurich, with our live video coverage from the Green Carpet at the TPC studios.

The Best is coming to Zurich

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:30:00 GMT

Experience the glitz and glamour up close, as The Best FIFA Football Awards™ cap another fantastic footballing year at the Zurich TPC Studios on Monday 9 January. You can follow the entire day’s events across FIFA's digital platforms, including FIFA TV on YouTube. Join us for hours of intrigue with the biggest names in world football.

The Anatomy of a Trophy

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT

As the brand new trophies for The Best FIFA Football Awards™ began to take shape in a factory close to Zurich, we spoke to those involved in their creation: artist Ana Barbic Katicic, FIFA Deputy Secretary General of Football Zvonimir Boban and Rover Schudel, Chairman of Adon Production AG.

Aguero: Messi makes it look easy

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Sergio Aguero speaks to FIFA.com about long-time friend, Argentina team-mate and nominee for The Best FIFA Men's Player Award Lionel Messi, on his down-to-earth nature and mesmerising skills.

Godin: Griezmann has a big heart

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:59:00 GMT

Diego Godin speaks exclusively about his Atletico Madrid team-mate, and The Best FIFA Men's Player Award nominee, Antoine Griezmann, on mate, his competitive streak, and the Frenchman's drive to be The Best.

Santos: Cristiano is a surefire winner

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:00:00 GMT

In an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Portugal coach Fernando Santos talked up his national team captain’s chances of success at the upcoming The Best FIFA Football Awards.

Webb: It’s about doing things the right way

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Former referee Howard Webb, who took charge of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in South Africa, talks to FIFA.com about The Best FIFA Football Awards™ and his part in helping decide the winner of the FIFA Fair Play Award.

Petkovic: I have to set a good example

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:31:00 GMT

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic spoke exclusively to FIFA.com about his involvement with The Best FIFA Football Awards™, as part of the panel that chose the nominees for the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award.

Iceland supporters

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:55:00 GMT

France 5-2 Iceland (UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final) / 3 July 2016
Icelandic players leading superbly-choreographed fan chants became one of the iconic images of UEFA EURO 2016. The chant, which sees fans and players clap and shout in unison, starting with a long pause between claps and building to a crescendo of noise, was even adopted by other fans at the tournament. One of the most memorable renditions came after France saw off Strákarnir okkar in the last eight, and the fans - with more than eight per cent of the tiny country’s population travelling to France - joined their players in celebrating a remarkable run to the quarter-finals.

Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:55:00 GMT

Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund (2015/16 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals) / 14 April 2016
Anybody who has ever been to Anfield can profess to the remarkable noise when “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, a song adopted by the Reds’ fans in the early 1960s, is sung by the home support. The tune has since travelled around the world, transcending language barriers. German giants Borussia Dortmund have adopted the anthem, and their fans joined Liverpool supporters in a chorus of solidarity ahead of their April UEFA Europa League meeting, with the Hillsborough disaster’s 27th anniversary the following day. The moving gesture put sporting rivalry aside for a few minutes.

 

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