POSTED: Monday December 7th 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nominees announced for FIFA World Player of the Year 2009 awards

FIFA World Player Gala 2009

The contenders for this year’s FIFA World Player of the Year and     FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year awards, which will be presented at     the Kongresshaus in Zurich,     FIFA’s home city, on 21 December 2009, were announced on Monday. In     alphabetical order, the male nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo     (Portugal), Andrés Iniesta     (Spain), Kaká     (Brazil), Lionel Messi     (Argentina) and Xavi     (Spain), while     Cristiane (Brazil),     Inka     Grings (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Birgit Prinz (Germany) and Kelly Smith     (England) will contest the     women’s award.

   

 

   

These     nominees were confirmed after a poll in which the coaches and captains of     men’s and women’s national teams from around the world voted for     candidates from a list drawn up by football     experts from the FIFA Football Committee and the FIFA Committee for     Women’s Football.

   

 

   

The FIFA World Player Gala 2009 will have     a number of exciting new features, including two new awards:    

   

 

   

  • The FIFA/FIFPro World XI, which will       honour the best 11       players of the year as chosen by over 50,000 professional football       players from all over the world.

   

 

   

  • The FIFA Puskás       Award, created in honour and in memory of Ferenc Puskás, the captain and       star of the Hungarian national team during the 1950s, will be presented       to the player – man or woman – who has scored the “most beautiful goal”       during the past year.

   

 

   

For more information about the FIFA World Player Gala, including a     list of previous winners, please visit www.FIFA.com.

   

 

   

 

    Note to editors: the media
    accreditation form for the FIFA World Player Gala 2009 will be available
    until 11 December on the FIFA Media Channel (http://media.fifa.com)

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Keywords · FIFA · FIFA World Player of the Year Awards · football · Cristiano Ronaldo · Andrés Iniesta · Kaká · Lionel Messi · Xavi · Cristiane · Inka Grings · Marta · Birgit Prinz · Kelly Smith


Name: Nicolas Maingot
Organization: FIFA
Email:
Phone: +41-43/222 7272
URL: http://www.fifa.com/index.html


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