POSTED: Friday November 20th 2009
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FIFA/FIFPro World XI award introduced

FIFA/FIFPro World XI award will be presented for the first time at the 2009 FIFA World Player Gala on 21 December at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

FIFA and FIFPro have joined forces to     honour the best 11 players of the year with the FIFA/FIFPro World XI     award, which will be presented for the first time at the 2009 FIFA World     Player Gala on 21 December at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

   

 

   

“FIFA is delighted to join the association     of professional football players FIFPro in order to pay tribute to the     best footballers of the year in each position. We will be happy to welcome     the top players, as chosen by their peers, at the FIFA World Player Gala     in Zurich,” said FIFA President Joseph S.     Blatter.     

   

 

   

“The     election of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI is extremely well appreciated by the     players, because it’s their own colleagues who are voting for them. As no     other they know what you have to do and what you have to miss to reach the     top as a professional footballer. It is perfect that through the     cooperation with FIFA we can now honour these winners on the biggest stage     of all at the FIFA World Player Gala,” added FIFPro President Gerardo     Movilla.

   

 

   

The FIFA/FIFPro World XI is chosen by over     50,000 professional football players from all over the world, who have     voted for the best player in each position. From 2005 to 2008, FIFPro     organised its own World XI player award, with the same selection system.    

   

The FIFA World Player Gala     has been organised by FIFA since 1991, and has become the most prestigious     awards ceremony in the world of football. At this annual ceremony, the     FIFA World Player award is presented to the best male and female player of     the year, as chosen by the national team coaches and captains. More     information is available on     www.FIFA.com.

   

 

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