POSTED: Wednesday December 2nd 2009
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Hyundai launches the Best Young Player Award for the 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ South Africa

The Hyundai Best Young Player Award will recognise the outstanding achievements and courage of young players in next year’s tournament.


 

   

FIFA and Hyundai announced today the     introduction of the award for the best young player in the 2010 FIFA World     Cup™ South     Africa. The Hyundai Best Young Player     Award will recognise the outstanding achievements and courage of young     players in next year’s tournament. It is a prize     that is especially important to FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke:     “This special FIFA award focuses on the future. To shine as the best young     player on the pitch alongside the world’s elite takes skill, creativity     and strength but also an individual and refreshing style of play. Thanks     to the support of Hyundai, this honour continues to be an important part     of the FIFA World Cup™ and a much-coveted accolade for all the promising     youngsters in the tournament to vie     for.”

   

 

   

The FIFA World Cup™ is known as the     creative hotbed for football superstars. The youngest player to win the     FIFA World Cup™ was Pelé at the age of 17 in Sweden in 1958. He scored in     the final and would without doubt have won the Hyundai Best Young Player     Award had the prize existed at the     time.

   

 

   

As world football’s governing body, FIFA     is committed to improving the standard of world tournaments and to     promoting football among young people. With this in mind, the Hyundai Best     Young Player Award will reward the outstanding performances of young     players in the world’s most recognised football event. This prize is a     valuable promotional tool for football around the globe and marks an     important moment for the young players presented with the     award.

   

 

   

The winner of the award will be selected     by the Technical Study Group (TSG), a FIFA-appointed group of top football     coaches and analysts headed by Jean-Paul Brigger, a former Swiss     international. Selection criteria are age, exceptional skills, a youthful     and refreshing playing style, creativity and inspiration, tactical     maturity and efficiency. But a player needs more than this to be selected     as the best young player of the tournament, says Jean-Paul Brigger: “To     recognise the best young player we are also looking for someone who is     entertaining with his play and is a role model for other young players.     Most important for us is also a positive attitude and fair play throughout     the whole tournament.”

   

 

   

On FIFA.com fans will find an     interactive Hyundai Best Young Player Award section where they can give     their prediction and leave comments on “Have your say”. There will also be     pictures and stories on each player shortlisted for the award. The section     will be launched together with the media launch of the award on 2 December     before the Final Draw for     the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in Cape Town.    

   

 

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Keywords · The Hyundai Best Young Player Award · 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ South Africa · Jean-Paul Brigger · Jérôme Valcke


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