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At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game.

There are currently six awards:

  • The Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Ball") for best player;
  • The Golden Shoe (also known as the Golden Boot, since 1982 commercially termed "adidas Golden Shoe") was first awarded in 1930 for top goal scorer;
  • The Yashin Award for best goalkeeper (first awarded in 1994);
  • The Best Young Player (currently commercially termed as "Gillette Best Young Player") award for best player under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2006.
  • The FIFA Fair Play Trophy for the team with the best record of fair play (first awarded in 1970);
  • The Most Entertaining Team award for the team that has entertained the public the most, during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public, first awarded in 1994;

An All-Star Team (currently commercially termed "Mastercard All-Star Team") comprising of the best players of the tournament, is also announced for each tournament since 1990.


Golden Ball

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup finals, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted for by representatives of the media. Those who finish as runners-up in media voting receive the adidas Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the 2nd and 3rd most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Jose Nasazzi Argentina Guillermo Stábile Uruguay José Leandro Andrade
1934 Italy Italy Giuseppe Meazza Spain Ricardo Zamora Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý
1938 France Brazil Leônidas Italy Silvio Piola Hungary György Sárosi
1950 Brazil Brazil Zizinho[1] Uruguay Juan Schiaffino Brazil Ademir
1954 Switzerland Hungary Ferenc Puskás Hungary Sándor Kocsis West Germany Fritz Walter [2]
1958 Sweden Brazil Didi Brazil Pelé [3] France Raymond Kopa
1962 Chile Brazil Garrincha[2] Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust Chile Leonel Sánchez
1966 England England Bobby Charlton England Bobby Moore Portugal Eusébio
1970 Mexico Brazil Pelé Brazil Gérson England Bobby Moore
1974 West Germany Netherlands Johan Cruijff West Germany Franz Beckenbauer Poland Kazimierz Deyna
1978 Argentina Argentina Mario Kempes Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Dirceu

This Award was first awarded in 1982.

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi Brazil Falcão Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
1986 Mexico Argentina Diego Maradona Germany Harald Schumacher Denmark Preben Elkjær
1990 Italy Italy Salvatore Schillaci Germany Lothar Matthäus Argentina Diego Maradona
1994 USA Brazil Romário Italy Roberto Baggio Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
1998 France Brazil Ronaldo Croatia Davor Šuker France Lilian Thuram
2002 Korea/Japan Germany Oliver Kahn Brazil Ronaldo South Korea Hong Myung-Bo
2006 Germany France Zinedine Zidane Italy Fabio Cannavaro Italy Andrea Pirlo

Golden Shoe

The Golden Shoe Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup.

The award was introduced at the 1930 World Cup. The 1994 World Cup in the United States was the first time that Silver and Bronze boots awards were added to reward the second and third top scorers in the tournament.[3] Since 1994, if there is more than one player with the same amount of goals, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has contributed the most assists (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has played the least amount of time.

World Cup Top Goalscorer Goals
1930 Uruguay Argentina Guillermo Stábile 8
1934 Italy Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý 5(1)
1938 France Brazil Leônidas da Silva 7(2)
1950 Brazil Brazil Ademir 9(3)
1954 Switzerland Hungary Sándor Kocsis 11
1958 Sweden France Just Fontaine 13
1962 Chile Brazil Garrincha
Brazil Vavá
Chile Leonel Sánchez
Yugoslavia Dražan Jerković
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Hungary Flórián Albert
World Cup Golden Shoe Award Goals
1966 England Portugal Eusébio 9
1970 Mexico West Germany Gerd Müller 10
1974 West Germany Poland Grzegorz Lato 7
1978 Argentina Argentina Mario Kempes 6
  • Silver and bronze shoes have been awarded since 1982.
World Cup Golden Shoe Goals Silver Shoe Goals Bronze Shoe Goals
1982 Spain Italy Paolo Rossi 6 Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 5 Brazil Zico 4
1986 Mexico England Gary Lineker 6 ArgentinaDiego Maradona
Brazil Careca
Spain Emilio Butragueño
5 Argentina Jorge Valdano
Denmark Preben Elkjaer Larsen
Italy Alessandro Altobelli
Soviet Union Igor Belanov
1990 Italia Italy Salvatore Schillaci 6 Czechoslovakia Tomáš Skuhravý 5 Cameroon Roger Milla
England Gary Lineker
Germany Lothar Matthäus
1994 USA Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Russia Oleg Salenko
6 Brazil Romário
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
Italy Roberto Baggio
Sweden Kennet Andersson
5 ArgentinaGabriel Batistuta
RomaniaFlorin Răducioiu
SwedenMartin Dahlin
1998 France Croatia Davor Šuker 6 Argentina Gabriel Batistuta
Italy Christian Vieri
5 Brazil Ronaldo
Chile Marcelo Salas
Mexico Luis Hernández
2002 South Korea/Japan Brazil Ronaldo 8 Brazil Rivaldo
Germany Miroslav Klose
5 Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson
Italy Christian Vieri
2006 Germany Germany Miroslav Klose 5 Argentina Hernán Crespo 3 Brazil Ronaldo 3

1 FIFA initially credited Nejedlý with only four goals, which would make him joint top scorer with Angelo Schiavio of Italy and Edmund Conen of Germany. However, FIFA changed it to five goals in November 2006, making Nejedlý the outright top scorer. [4]

² FIFA initially credited Leônidas with eight goals. However, in November 2006, FIFA confirmed that in the quarter-final tie against Czechoslovakia, he scored once, not twice as FIFA had originally recorded, meaning he scored only seven goals in total. [5] Moreover, in some sources, Leônidas was mis-credited one Brazilian goal in the first-round match against Poland, scoring four goals instead of three in the match.

³ There was controversy regarding how many goals Brazilian Ademir Menezes scored in 1950, because of incomplete data concerning the Final Round game Brazil vs. Spain (6:1). The first goal had been credited as an own goal by Spanish defender Parra, and the 5:0 goal had been credited to Jair. However, recently FIFA credited Ademir with both these goals. The next highest scorers in the World Cup scored five goals each.

4 During the tournament, after the group stage match against Turkey, Ronaldo logged a protest against the crediting of a goal as own goal, and FIFA granted him the change.

5 There is controversy regarding how many goals Argentinian Diego Maradona scored in 1986 as the Quarter Final goal against England was the infamous "Hand of God" goal.

Yashin Award

The Yashin Award for the Best Goalkeeper is named in honor of the late goalkeeper Lev Yashin (USSR). The FIFA Technical Study Group recognizes the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player’s performance throughout the final competition. Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are still eligible for the Golden Ball as well, as when Oliver Kahn was awarded in 2002. Although the Yashin was first awarded in 1994, every All-Star Team in World Cups prior to 1998 included only one goalkeeper:

World Cup Goalkeeper included in the All-Star Team
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Enrique Ballesteros
1934 Italy Spain Ricardo Zamora
1938 France Czechoslovakia František Plánička
1950 Brazil Uruguay Roque Máspoli
1954 Switzerland Hungary Gyula Grosics
1958 Sweden Northern Ireland Harry Gregg
1962 Chile Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf
1966 England England Gordon Banks
1970 Mexico Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
1974 West Germany Poland Jan Tomaszewski
1978 Argentina Argentina Ubaldo Fillol
1982 Spain Italy Dino Zoff
1986 Mexico Germany Harald Schumacher
1990 Italy Argentina Sergio Goycochea

The Yashin Award was first awarded in 1994

World Cup Yashin Award winner
1994 USA Belgium Michel Preud'homme
1998 France France Fabien Barthez
2002 Korea/Japan Germany Oliver Kahn
2006 Germany Italy Gianluigi Buffon

Best Young Player Award

The Best Young Player award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and given to Germany's Lukas Podolski[4]. The award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2006 FIFA World Cup this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January, 1985. The election took place on FIFA's official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group.

FIFA organized a survey on the Internet for users to choose the "best young player" of the World Cup, between 1958 and 2002, named the best young player of each tournament.[5] With 61% of the overall vote, the winner was Pelé. "O Rei" (The King) finished ahead of the Peruvian Teofilo Cubillas, the best young player at Mexico 1970, and England’s Michael Owen, who reached similar heights at France 98. [6]

World Cup Young Player Age
1958 Sweden Brazil Pelé 17
1962 Chile Hungary Florian Albert 20
1966 England Germany Franz Beckenbauer 20
1970 Mexico Peru Teofilo Cubillas 21
1974 West Germany Poland Władysław Żmuda 20
1978 Argentina Italy Antonio Cabrini 20
1982 Spain France Manuel Amoros 21
1986 Mexico Belgium Enzo Scifo 20
1990 Italy Yugoslavia Robert Prosinečki 21
1994 USA Netherlands Marc Overmars 21
1998 France England Michael Owen 18
2002 Korea/Japan United States Landon Donovan 20

The Best Young Player Award was first awarded in 2006.

World Cup Best Young Player Award Age
2006 Germany Germany Lukas Podolski 21

FIFA Fair Play Trophy

The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.[7]

The Appearance of the award was originally a certificate but from 1982-1994 it had been a golden trophy based on Sport Billy, a well known football-playing cartoon character from 1982 who became an icon for FIFA Fair play. More recently it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure.

Peru's FIFA Fair Play trophy award. Peru won the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the tournament.
World Cup FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners
1970 Mexico Peru Peru
1978 Argentina Argentina Argentina
1982 Spain  Brazil
1986 Mexico  Brazil
1990 Italy  England
1994 USA  Brazil
1998 France  England
2002 Korea/Japan  Belgium
2006 Germany  Brazil

Most Entertaining Team

The FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team is a fairly new accolade for the FIFA World Cup. It is a subjectively awarded prize for the team which has done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game. The award is always organized through public participation in a poll. Recent awards have been determined by an Internet vote which may not fairly and accurately represent fan demographics.

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
1994 USA  Brazil
1998 France  France
2002 Korea/Japan  Korea Republic
2006 Germany  Portugal

All-Star Team

The All-Star Team, currently named after its current sponsor MasterCard All-Star Team, is a team of the best 23 players, chosen by FIFA's technical study group, from the World Cup Finals. The number of players was expanded from 11 to 16 at the 1998 finals, and then to the current 23. Before 1998, journalists and experts chose a "Dream Team" with outstanding players from each playing position. The teams were chosen mostly by European and South American journalists.

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1930 Uruguay

Uruguay Enrique Ballesteros

Uruguay José Nasazzi
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Milutin Ivković

Argentina Luis Monti
Uruguay Alvaro Gestido
Uruguay José Andrade

Uruguay Pedro Cea
Uruguay Héctor Castro
Uruguay Héctor Scarone
Argentina Guillermo Stábile
United States Bert Patenaude

1934 Italy

Spain Ricardo Zamora

Spain Jacinto Quincoces
Italy Eraldo Monzeglio

Italy Luis Monti
Italy Attilio Ferraris
Spain Leonardo Cilaurren

Italy Giuseppe Meazza
Italy Raimundo Orsi
Italy Enrique Guaita
Austria Matthias Sindelar
Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý

1938 France

Czechoslovakia František Plánička

Italy Pietro Rava
Italy Alfredo Foni
Brazil Domingos da Guia

Italy Michele Andreolo
Italy Ugo Locatelli

Italy Silvio Piola
Italy Gino Colaussi
Hungary György Sárosi
Hungary Gyula Zsengellér
Brazil Leônidas

1950 Brazil

Uruguay Roque Máspoli

Sweden Erik Nilsson
Spain José Parra
Uruguay Víctor Rodríguez Andrade

Uruguay Obdulio Varela
Brazil Bauer

Uruguay Alcides Ghiggia
Brazil Zizinho
Brazil Ademir
Brazil Jair
Uruguay Juan Alberto Schiaffino

1954 Switzerland

Hungary Gyula Grosics

Austria Ernst Ocwirk
Brazil Djalma Santos
Uruguay José Santamaría

Germany Fritz Walter
Hungary József Bozsik

Germany Helmut Rahn
Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti
Hungary Ferenc Puskás
Hungary Sándor Kocsis
Hungary Zoltan Czibor

1958 Sweden

Northern Ireland Harry Gregg

Brazil Djalma Santos
Brazil Bellini
Brazil Nílton Santos

Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower
Brazil Didi

Brazil Pelé
Brazil Garrincha
France Just Fontaine
France Raymond Kopa
Sweden Gunnar Gren

1962 Chile

Czechoslovakia Viliam Schrojf

Brazil Djalma Santos
Italy Cesare Maldini
Soviet Union Valeriy Voronin
Germany Karl-Heinz Schnellinger

Brazil Zagallo
Brazil Zito
Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust

Brazil Vavá
Brazil Garrincha
Chile Leonel Sánchez

1966 England

England Gordon Banks

England George Cohen
England Bobby Moore
Portugal Vicente
Argentina Silvio Marzolini

Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Portugal Mário Coluna
England Bobby Charlton

Hungary Florian Albert
Germany Uwe Seeler
Portugal Eusébio

1970 Mexico

Uruguay Ladislao Mazurkiewicz

Brazil Carlos Alberto
Uruguay Atilio Ancheta
Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Italy Giacinto Facchetti

Brazil Gérson
Brazil Roberto Rivellino
England Bobby Charlton

Brazil Pelé
Germany Gerd Müller
Brazil Jairzinho

1974 West Germany

Germany Sepp Maier

Germany Berti Vogts
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Germany Paul Breitner
Chile Elías Figueroa [8]

Germany Wolfgang Overath
Poland Kazimierz Deyna
Netherlands Johan Neeskens

Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink
Netherlands Johan Cruyff
Poland Grzegorz Lato

1978 Argentina

Argentina Ubaldo Fillol

Germany Berti Vogts
Netherlands Ruud Krol
Argentina Daniel Passarella
Argentina Alberto Tarantini

Brazil Dirceu
Peru Teofilo Cubillas
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink

Italy Roberto Bettega
Italy Paolo Rossi
Argentina Mario Kempes

1982 Spain

Italy Dino Zoff

Brazil Luizinho
Brazil Júnior
Italy Claudio Gentile
Italy Fulvio Collovati

Poland Zbigniew Boniek
Brazil Falcão
France Michel Platini
Brazil Zico

Italy Paolo Rossi
Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

1986 Mexico

Germany Harald Schumacher

Brazil Josimar
France Manuel Amoros
Brazil Júlio César

Belgium Jan Ceulemans
France Jean Tigana
France Michel Platini
Argentina Diego Maradona

Denmark Preben Elkjær Larsen
Spain Emilio Butragueño
England Gary Lineker

1990 Italy

Argentina Sergio Goycochea
Costa Rica Luis Gabelo Conejo

Germany Andreas Brehme
Italy Paolo Maldini
Italy Franco Baresi

Argentina Diego Maradona
Germany Lothar Matthäus
Yugoslavia Dragan Stojkovic
England Paul Gascoigne

Italy Salvatore Schillaci
Cameroon Roger Milla
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann

1994 USA

Belgium Michel Preud'homme

Brazil Jorginho
Brazil Márcio Santos
Italy Paolo Maldini

Brazil Dunga
Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov
Romania Gheorghe Hagi
Sweden Tomas Brolin

Brazil Romário
Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Italy Roberto Baggio

1998 France

France Fabien Barthez
Paraguay José Luis Chilavert

Brazil Roberto Carlos
France Marcel Desailly
France Lilian Thuram
Netherlands Frank de Boer
Paraguay Carlos Gamarra

Brazil Dunga
Brazil Rivaldo
Denmark Michael Laudrup
France Zinedine Zidane
Netherlands Edgar Davids

Brazil Ronaldo
Croatia Davor Šuker
Denmark Brian Laudrup
Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp

2002 Korea/Japan

Germany Oliver Kahn
Turkey Rüştü Reçber

Brazil Roberto Carlos
England Sol Campbell
Spain Fernando Hierro
South Korea Hong Myung-Bo
Turkey Alpay Özalan

Brazil Rivaldo
Brazil Ronaldinho
Germany Michael Ballack
United States Claudio Reyna
South Korea Yoo Sang-Chul

Brazil Ronaldo
Germany Miroslav Klose
Senegal El Hadji Diouf
Turkey Hasan Şaş

2006 Germany

Italy Gianluigi Buffon
Germany Jens Lehmann
Portugal Ricardo

Argentina Roberto Ayala
England John Terry
France Lilian Thuram
Germany Philipp Lahm
Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Italy Gianluca Zambrotta
Portugal Ricardo Carvalho

Brazil Zé Roberto
France Patrick Vieira
France Zinedine Zidane
Germany Michael Ballack
Italy Andrea Pirlo
Italy Gennaro Gattuso
Italy Francesco Totti
Portugal Luís Figo
Portugal Maniche

Argentina Hernán Crespo
France Thierry Henry
Germany Miroslav Klose
Italy Luca Toni

Only two players have been named in three separate All-Star teams: Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany, who was included in the 1966, 1970, and 1974 editions of the All-Star Team, and Djalma Santos in 1954, 1958 and 1962. 18 others have been named to two separate All-Star teams: Luis Monti (1930 and 1934; however, in 1930, he was representing Argentina while in 1934 he represented Italy); Garrincha (1958 and 1962); Pelé (1958 and 1970); Bobby Charlton (1966 and 1970); Teofilo Cubillas (1970 and 1978); Rob Rensenbrink (1974 and 1978); Berti Vogts (1974 and 1978); Paolo Rossi (1978 and 1982); Michel Platini (1982 and 1986); Diego Maradona (1986 and 1990); Paolo Maldini (1990 and 1994); Dunga (1994 and 1998); Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, and Ronaldo (1998 and 2002); Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane (1998 and 2006); Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (2002 and 2006).

Pelé is the only player to be named in All-Star teams 12 years apart (1958 and 1970).

Italy in 2006 and Uruguay in 1930 and 1950 and Germany in 2006 are the only teams to have had a player in every position on the All-Star Team.

With 7 players in 1930, Uruguay is the nation with most players on the same All-Star Team.

34 different Brazilian players were named in All-Star teams, Brazil is also the nation with most nominations with 42 nominees.

There are only two Asian players named in All-Star team. Hong Myung-Bo and Yoo Sang-Chul of Korea Republic. Both selected in 2002.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Source:,4273,4354263,00.html
  2. ^ Classic Football - Garrincha bio
  3. ^ Nance, Roscoe (18 July 1994). "Officials anticipate $ 20M-$ 25M in profits". USA Today: pp. Sports, 8C. "Stoitchkov and Oleg Salenko of Russia are co-recipients of the FIFA/adidas Golden Shoe Award that goes to the tournament's top scorer. They each had six goals and one assist for 19 points. Three points are awarded for each goal and one for each assist. Kennet Andersson of Sweden is the recipient of the bronze shoe after finishing third with five goals and three assists (18 points)." 
  4. ^ "Previous FIFA World Cups" (in English). Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ "FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award" (in English). Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  6. ^ "Pele voted best ever Young Player" (in English). Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  7. ^ "XXI. Special awards and protocol" (PDF). FIFA. pp. 52. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  8. ^ [1] - Diario el Mercurio (Spanish)
  • [6] For Mario kempes & Paolo Rossi 1978
  • [7] For Guillermo Stábile 1930
  • [8] For Wolfgang Overath 1970
  • [9] For Kazimierz Deyna 1974


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