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.The FIFA World Player of the Year is an association football award given annually to the male and female player who are thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams.^ Marta was selected of the FIFA to the world-best Soccer player .
  • Marta was selected of the FIFA to the world-best Soccer player 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.brasil-treff.com [Source type: General]

^ Who won the fifa best player of the year in 1992?
  • WikiAnswers - Who has won the Fifa World Player of the year the most times 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: News]

^ It will soon be that time, when FIFA announce the winner of this year’s World Player of the Year award.
  • ENGLAND captain John Terry was today nominated for Fifa’s world player of the year award along with international colleagues Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney. 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC topics.treehugger.com [Source type: General]

.In a voting system based on positional voting, each coach gets three votes, worth five points, three points and one point, and the winners are ordered based on total number of points.^ In a voting system based on a type of a Borda count, each coach gets three votes, worth five points, three points and one point, and the winners are ordered based on total number of points.
  • FIFA's FIFA World Player of the Year winners since 1991 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.footballdatabase.com [Source type: News]
  • FIFA World Player of the Year Award, History and Information 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.napit.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The FIFA award is based on votes by the national team coaches and captains of the 208 member associations of world soccer's governing body.
  • Maradona hits out at Player of the Year voting - Global - ESPN Soccernet 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC soccernet-att.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

^ The Frenchman, with 264 points, was voted by 142 national team coaches ahead of Thierry Henry (186) and Ronaldo (176) for the prestigious accolade.
  • rediff.com sports channel: Fifa World Player 2003 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC specials.rediff.com [Source type: News]

.The male award has been criticized for focusing mainly on players from the UEFA Champions League and largely ignoring players from the South American Copa Libertadores, which has produced more world club champions than Europe.^ More championships: League champions, World Cup, WEFA League.
  • FIFPlay - Your Ideas for the Next Version of FIFA 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.fifplay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Which club has received more nominees to be named FIFA World Player?
  • Footballer of the Year (2007) 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.slideshare.net [Source type: General]
  • Footballer Of The Year With Answers 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.slideshare.net [Source type: General]

^ UEFA Champions League 2008/2009 .
  • Photo Gallery, Kaka, AC Milan plater, selected as World Player of the Year by FIFA: SportsYA Soccer 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.sportsya.com [Source type: News]

.The international leagues of the remaining confederations are also completely ignored.^ Now the Confederations Cup is completed, The International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa, who organized the promotion, has now switched the focus of the campaign to the World Cup.
  • The Starting 11 – the essential mobile-marketing guide for the 2010 FIFA World Cup | mobiThinking 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC mobithinking.com [Source type: General]

.The award started in 1991 for men and 2001 for women.^ The first award started in 1991.
  • FIFA World Player of the Year Award, History and Information 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.napit.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ A men's World Player of the Year has been awarded since 1991, but this is the first year that a woman was so honored.
  • Mia Hamm Named FIFA World Player of the Year - U.S. Soccer 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.ussoccer.com [Source type: News]

^ I trust that the men and women who will win the FIFA Pusks Award in the future will be appreciative and that football supporters will also be proud of them."
  • Kenya Football .:. Story - New Award For Goal-of-the-year Launched 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.kenyafootball.com [Source type: General]

.Since the award's inception, European-based Brazilian players have dominated the male awards, having won 8 out of 18 editions of the prize, far ahead of the top second country France, which has won it 3 times.^ She's won the award more times than any other soccer player.
  • Amway Global's Marta is FIFA Women's Player of the Year for a Fourth Consecutive Year -- ADA, Mich., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.prnewswire.com [Source type: News]

^ So far, Ronaldo of Brazil is the only player who has won the award three times.
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 2006 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.sfu.ca [Source type: General]

^ Ronaldinho of Brazil (C), second placed Thierry Henry of France (L) and third placed Andriy Shevchenko of Ukraine (R) pose during the FIFA World Player of the Year awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, December 20, 2004.
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: Ronaldinho 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.chinadaily.com.cn [Source type: News]

.The award's youngest winner, male or female, is Ronaldo, who won at the age of 20 in 1996. He won it again in 1997 and 2002. Marta is the only player to win it four times in a row, Birgit Prinz won three times in a row, while Ronaldinho, and Mia Hamm have won twice in a row.^ She's won the award more times than any other soccer player.
  • Amway Global's Marta is FIFA Women's Player of the Year for a Fourth Consecutive Year -- ADA, Mich., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.prnewswire.com [Source type: News]

^ So far, Ronaldo of Brazil is the only player who has won the award three times.
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 2006 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.sfu.ca [Source type: General]

^ Football: Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA World Player award .
  • Football: Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA World Player award | FOOTBALL News 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC tvnz.co.nz [Source type: News]

.Marta is the only four-time winner, while Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and Prinz have won the award three times.^ Marta has won the award three times in succession.
  • Wambach, Sol's Marta Among Five WPS Nominees for FIFA World Player of Year - 100 Percent Soccer 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.insidesocal.com [Source type: News]

^ Both Marta and Prinz have won the award three times and each is looking to win for the record fourth-time.
  • It's down to 3 WPS players (5 total) for FIFA World Player of the Year Award - Women's Professional Soccer 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC fancorner.womensprosoccer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Sol's Marta World Player of the Year Candidate - 100 Percent Soccer 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC blogs.dailynews.com [Source type: News]
  • Women's Professional Soccer :: Women's Professional Soccer :: WPS Features Three Finalists for FIFA World Player of the Year Award 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.womensprosoccer.com [Source type: General]
  • FIFA FINALISTS  Three from WPS up for player of the year 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC bigapplesoccer.com [Source type: News]

^ So far, Ronaldo of Brazil is the only player who has won the award three times.
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 2006 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.sfu.ca [Source type: General]

.The oldest winner is Fabio Cannavaro who won in 2006 at age 33. The oldest female winner is Hamm, who won in 2002 at age 30, and the youngest female winner is Marta, who won in 2006 at age 20 (seven months older than Ronaldo in 1996).^ So far, Ronaldo of Brazil is the only player who has won the award three times.
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 2006 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.sfu.ca [Source type: General]

^ Germany's Birgit Prinz won the women's award, ahead of American Mia Hamm and Brazilian youngster Marta.

^ Brazil's Marta, who announced Monday she will play for the WPS' Los Angeles Sol, won the women's award for the third year in a row.
  • FIFA World Player Topics Page - USATODAY.com 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC content.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

Contents

Nomination and selection process

.Following criticism from some sections of the media over some questionable nominations in previous years, in 2004 FIFA drew up a shortlist of 35 men and 21 women from which national team managers and, for the first time, team captains and representatives from FIFPro (the worldwide representative organization for professional players) could vote.^ It’s the first time any of the three have been up for the honour.
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 2007: Kaka, Ronaldo or Messi? 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Award won by the National Team ranked first in the last FIFA Ranking of each year.
  • FIFA Awards 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.rsssf.com [Source type: News]

^ Ronaldo and Messi on FIFA Player of the Year shortlist .
  • Ronaldo and Messi on FIFA Player of the Year shortlist - World Soccer - Yahoo! Sports 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC sports.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Ronaldo and Messi on FIFA Player of the Year shortlist 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.themalaysianinsider.com [Source type: News]

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.Another criticism brought up against the men's nominations is that no player in activity outside of Europe has ever been nominated for the award.^ Another question that I have is, since this award is for best player of the year, then where are the players that are playing outside of EUROPE???

^ England striker Kelly Smith is up against Brazil's Cristiane and Marta and Germany's Inka Grings and Birgit Prinz for the women's award.
  • La Liga provide finalists for FIFA World Player of the Year - Global - ESPN Soccernet 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC soccernet.espn.go.com [Source type: News]
  • La Liga provide finalists for FIFA World Player of the Year - Global - ESPN Soccernet 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC soccernet-att.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

^ No player from Spain or Argentina has ever won the award, while French midfielder Zinedine Zidane and Brazilian striker Ronaldo both won it three times and Ronaldinho has won twice.
  • Ronaldo on brink of FIFA World Player award - Global - ESPN Soccernet 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC soccernet-assets.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

.Juan Román Riquelme is the only player nominated for the annual award who played for a team outside Europe within the year, on loan to Boca Juniors from Villarreal for the first half of 2007. Although players from several nationalities, of three continents, have been nominated and won the award, they were all playing for European clubs at the time of their nomination or victory.^ She's won the award more times than any other soccer player.
  • Amway Global's Marta is FIFA Women's Player of the Year for a Fourth Consecutive Year -- ADA, Mich., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.prnewswire.com [Source type: News]

^ The award is voted on by all national team managers and captains, and this year's shortlist contains three young players nominated for the first time.
  • RT� Sport: Kaka named FIFA world player of the year 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.rte.ie [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Award won by the National Team ranked first in the last FIFA Ranking of each year.
  • FIFA Awards 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.rsssf.com [Source type: News]

.It has also been suggested that players active in the leagues of other top non-European nations (such as the Argentine, the Brazilian, or the Mexican Leagues), are generally overlooked for the award.^ No player from the English League has won the award since its inception in 1991, when Lothar Matthaus, of Germany and Internazionale, won the trophy.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins Fifa World Player of the Year - Telegraph 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Messi is the first Argentine to win the award, which was opened up to non Europeans in 1995, as two-time winner Alfredo di Stéfano had already acquired Spanish citizenship by the time of his victories.
  • Lionel Messi Wins European Player Of The Year: Barcelona Player Lionel Messi Wins Ballon D’Or 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC european-football.suite101.com [Source type: News]

^ Last updated on February 1, 2009 Sports > Other Sports > Soccer > Through The Years > Annual Awards World Player of the Year Presented by FIFA, the European Sports Magazine Association (ESM) and Adidas, the sports equipment manufacturer, since 1991.
  • http://www.infoplease.com/ipsa/A0111842.html 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: News]

.Brazilian club teams won the first three editions of the FIFA Club World Cup, yet not one player from those teams was nominated for the men's world player of the year award, whereas the European champions that the Brazilian club teams beat in the last two finals had more than a few players nominated for the award.^ Who won the fifa best player of the year in 1992?
  • WikiAnswers - Who has won the Fifa World Player of the year the most times 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: News]

^ FIFA has finally announced its shortlist(s) for the FIFA 2008 World Player of the Year award.
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 2008 Shortlists - World Cup Blog 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: General]

^ World Cup could define FIFA Player of the Year – Rooney .
  • World Cup could define FIFA Player of the Year – Rooney | Premiership News | tribalfootball.com 11 January 2010 15:35 UTC www.tribalfootball.com [Source type: News]

Winners

List of male winners

Year Rank Player Nationality Club
1991
Details
1st Lothar Matthaeus  Germany Italy Internazionale
2nd Jean-Pierre Papin  France France Marseille
3rd Gary Lineker  England England Tottenham Hotspur
1992
Details
1st Marco van Basten  Netherlands Italy Milan
2nd Hristo Stoichkov  Bulgaria Spain Barcelona
3rd Thomas Häßler  Germany Italy AS Roma
1993
Details
1st Roberto Baggio  Italy Italy Juventus
2nd Romário  Brazil Spain Barcelona
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
3rd Dennis Bergkamp  Netherlands Italy Internazionale
Netherlands Ajax
1994
Details
1st Romário  Brazil Spain Barcelona
2nd Hristo Stoichkov  Bulgaria Spain Barcelona
3rd Roberto Baggio  Italy Italy Juventus
1995
Details
1st George Weah  Liberia Italy Milan
France Paris Saint-Germain
2nd Paolo Maldini  Italy Italy Milan
3rd Jürgen Klinsmann  Germany Germany Bayern Munich
England Tottenham Hotspur
1996
Details
1st Ronaldo  Brazil Spain Barcelona
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
2nd George Weah  Liberia Italy Milan
3rd Alan Shearer  England England Newcastle United
England Blackburn Rovers
1997
Details
1st Ronaldo  Brazil Italy Internazionale
Spain Barcelona
2nd Roberto Carlos  Brazil Spain Real Madrid
3rd
(tie)
Dennis Bergkamp  Netherlands England Arsenal
Zinedine Zidane  France Italy Juventus
1998
Details
1st Zinedine Zidane  France Italy Juventus
2nd Ronaldo  Brazil Italy Internazionale
3rd Davor Šuker  Croatia Spain Real Madrid
1999
Details
1st Rivaldo  Brazil Spain Barcelona
2nd David Beckham  England England Manchester United
3rd Gabriel Batistuta  Argentina Italy Fiorentina
2000
Details
1st Zinedine Zidane  France Italy Juventus
2nd Luís Figo  Portugal Spain Real Madrid
Spain Barcelona
3rd Rivaldo  Brazil Spain Barcelona
2001
Details
1st Luís Figo  Portugal Spain Real Madrid
2nd David Beckham  England England Manchester United
3rd Raúl  Spain Spain Real Madrid
2002
Details
1st Ronaldo  Brazil Spain Real Madrid
Italy Internazionale
2nd Oliver Kahn  Germany Germany Bayern Munich
3rd Michael Ballack  Germany Germany Bayern Munich
2003
Details
1st Zinedine Zidane  France Spain Real Madrid
2nd Thierry Henry  France England Arsenal
3rd Ronaldo  Brazil Spain Real Madrid
2004
Details
1st Ronaldinho  Brazil Spain Barcelona
2nd Thierry Henry  France England Arsenal
3rd Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine Italy Milan
2005
Details
1st Ronaldinho  Brazil Spain Barcelona
2nd Frank Lampard  England England Chelsea
3rd Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon Spain Barcelona
2006
Details
1st Fabio Cannavaro  Italy Spain Real Madrid
Italy Juventus
2nd Zinedine Zidane  France Spain Real Madrid
3rd Ronaldinho  Brazil Spain Barcelona
2007
Details
1st Kaká  Brazil Italy Milan
2nd Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona
3rd Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United
2008
Details
1st Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United
2nd Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona
3rd Fernando Torres  Spain England Liverpool
2009
Details
1st Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona
2nd Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal England Manchester United
Spain Real Madrid
3rd Xavi  Spain Spain Barcelona

Wins by country

Table of winners categorised by the player's nationality (not the nationality of his club).
Country First place Second place Third place
1  Brazil 8 (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007) 3 (1993, 1997, 1998) 3 (2000, 2003, 2006)
2  France 3 (1998, 2000, 2003) 4 (1991, 2003, 2004, 2006) 1 (1997*)
3  Portugal 2 (2001, 2008) 2 (2000, 2009) 1 (2007)
4  Italy 2 (1993, 2006) 1 (1995) 1 (1994)
5  Argentina 1 (2009) 2 (2007, 2008) 1 (1999)
6  Germany 1 (1991) 1 (2002) 3 (1992, 1995, 2002)
7  Liberia 1 (1995) 1 (1996) 0
8  Netherlands 1 (1992) 0 2 (1993, 1997*)
9  England 0 3 (1999, 2001, 2005) 2 (1991, 1996)
10  Bulgaria 0 2 (1992, 1994) 0
11  Spain 0 0 3 (2001, 2008, 2009)
12  Croatia 0 0 1 (1998)
12  Ukraine 0 0 1 (2004)
12  Cameroon 0 0 1 (2005)
* There was a tie for that place

Wins by club

Club First place Second place Third place
1 Spain Barcelona 7 (1994, 1996, 1997**, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2009) 6 (1992, 1993*, 1994, 2000**, 2007, 2008) 4 (2000, 2005, 2006, 2009)
2 Spain Real Madrid 4 (2001, 2002*, 2003, 2006*) 4 (1997, 2000*, 2006***, 2009*) 3 (1998, 2001, 2003)
3 Italy Juventus 4 (1993, 1998, 2000, 2006**) 0 2 (1994, 1997)
4 Italy Milan 3 (1992, 1995*, 2007) 2 (1995, 1996) 1 (2004)
5 Italy Internazionale 3 (1991, 1997*, 2002**) 1 (1998) 1 (1993*)
6 England Manchester United 1 (2008) 3 (1999, 2001, 2009**) 1 (2007)
7 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1 (1996**) 1 (1993**) 0
8 France Paris Saint-Germain 1 (1995**) 0 0
9 England Arsenal 0 2 (2003, 2004) 1 (1997)
10 Germany Bayern Munich 0 1 (2002) 2 (1995*, 2002)
11 France Marseille 0 1 (1991) 0
11 England Chelsea 0 1 (2005) 0
13 England Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 2 (1991, 1995**)
14 Italy Roma 0 0 1 (1992)
14 Netherlands Ajax 0 0 1 (1993**)
14 England Blackburn Rovers 0 0 1 (1996**)
14 England Newcastle United 0 0 1 (1996*)
14 Italy Fiorentina 0 0 1 (1999)
14 England Liverpool 0 0 1 (2008)
*Player was a member of the club for the second half of the calendar year (The first part of a new season - August to December)
**Player was a member of the club for the first half of the calendar year (The second part of a finished season - January to May)
***Player retired half way through the calendar year so was a member of the club only for the first half of the calendar year (The second part of a finished season - January to May)

List of female winners

Year Place Player Nationality Club
2001
Details
1st Mia Hamm  United States United States Washington Freedom
2nd Tiffeny Milbrett  United States United States New York Power
3rd Sun Wen  China PR United States Atlanta Beat
2002
Details
1st Mia Hamm  United States United States Washington Freedom
2nd Birgit Prinz  Germany Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Sun Wen  China PR United States Atlanta Beat
2003
Details
1st Birgit Prinz  Germany Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Mia Hamm  United States United States Washington Freedom
3rd Hanna Ljungberg  Sweden Sweden Umeå IK
2004
Details
1st Birgit Prinz  Germany Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Mia Hamm  United States United States W. Freedom retired
3rd Marta  Brazil Sweden Umeå IK
2005
Details
1st Birgit Prinz  Germany Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Marta  Brazil Sweden Umeå IK
3rd Shannon Boxx  United States
2006
Details
1st Marta  Brazil Sweden Umeå IK
2nd Kristine Lilly  United States Sweden KIF Örebro DFF
3rd Renate Lingor  Germany Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2007
Details
1st Marta  Brazil Sweden Umeå IK
2nd Birgit Prinz  Germany Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Cristiane  Brazil Germany VfL Wolfsburg
2008
Details
1st Marta  Brazil Sweden Umeå IK
2nd Birgit Prinz  Germany Germany Frankfurt
3rd Cristiane  Brazil Sweden Linköpings/Brazil Corinthians
2009
Details
1st Marta  Brazil United States Los Angeles Sol/Brazil Santos
2nd Birgit Prinz  Germany Germany Frankfurt
3rd Kelly Smith  England United States Boston Breakers

Players' all-time ranking by places (top 3)

Player First place Second place Third place
1 Brazil Marta 4 1 1
2 Germany Birgit Prinz 3 4 0
3 United States Mia Hamm 2 2 0
4 United States Tiffeny Milbrett 0 1 0
United States Kristine Lilly 0 1 0
6 People's Republic of China Sun Wen 0 0 2
Brazil Cristiane 0 0 2
8 Sweden Hanna Ljungberg 0 0 1
United States Shannon Boxx 0 0 1
Germany Renate Lingor 0 0 1
England Kelly Smith 0 0 1

Wins by country

Table of winners categorised by the player's nationality (not the nationality of her club).
Country First place Second place Third place
1  Brazil 4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) 1 (2005) 3 (2004, 2007, 2008)
2  Germany 3 (2003, 2004, 2005) 4 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009) 1 (2006)
3  United States 2 (2001, 2002) 4 (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006) 1 (2005)
4  China PR 0 0 2 (2001, 2002)
5  Sweden 0 0 1 (2003)
 England 0 0 1 (2009)

Wins by club

Club First place Second place Third place
1 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 3 (2003, 2004, 2005) 4 (2002, 2007), 2008, 2009) 1 (2006)
2 Sweden Umeå IK 3 (2006, 2007, 2008) 1 (2005) 2 (2003, 2004)
3 United States Washington Freedom 2 (2001, 2002) 2 (2003, 2004) 0
4 United States Los Angeles Sol 1 (2009) 0 0
Brazil Santos 1 (2009) 0 0
5 Sweden KIF Örebro DFF 0 1 (2006) 0
United States New York Power 0 1 (2001) 0
7 United States Atlanta Beat 0 0 2 (2001, 2002)
8 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 0 0 1 (2007)
Sweden Linköpings 0 0 1 (2008)
Brazil Corinthians 0 0 1 (2008)
United States Boston Breakers 0 0 1 (2009)

See also

Notes and references


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