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 A 23-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or was compiled by the FIFA Football Committee and a group of experts from France Football. It was announced on 29 October.

A ten-player shortlist was unveiled on Friday, 25 October for the FIFA's Women's Player of the Year, which was chosen by experts from FIFA's Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup and a group of experts from France Football.
These will both be reduced to three players for each award, being announced at a later stage. From the final shortlists, journalists, national coaches and captains will vote for the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or and the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. 
The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 13 January 2014.




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  • uru.gifURU Edinson CAVANI

    The willowy 26-year-old striker capped his fourth and final season with Napoli by making off with Serie A’s coveted capocannoniere title as the league's leading goalscorer, the first time he has won the accolade. El Matador has since taken his finishing skills to Paris Saint-German, his fourth club, where he now forms one of Europe’s most potent strike forces with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Deployed in a variety of positions by Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez, the versatile Cavani also chipped in with five goals in the South American qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

  • col.gifCOL FALCAO

    After figuring in the FIFA/FIFPro World XI for the first time last year, El Tigre finished the 2012/13 season as the third-highest scorer in the Spanish league, a fitting way to end his productive association with Atletico Madrid. Having won the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Europa League and the European Super Cup with Atleti, Falcao moved to French side Monaco, the fourth club of his career, where he has continued to find the back of the net. The 27-year-old Colombian striker is also one of the leaders of his national side, scoring nine goals in their successful qualification bid for Brazil 2014, where they will make their return to the FIFA World Cup™ following absence of 16 years. 

  • bel.gifBEL Eden HAZARD

    Having racked up an impressive silverware collection in France with Lille – including the Ligue 1 title, the Coupe de France and best player plaudits in 2011 and 2012 – Eden Hazard arrived at Chelsea with weighty expectations on his shoulders. The Belgian schemer has not disappointed either, helping the Blues clinch the UEFA Europa League and forging a place for himself in the starting XI at Stamford Bridge. On top of that, he played his part as Belgium secured a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ to end a 12-year absence. Quick, intelligent and possessing an eye for goal and fantastic technique, Hazard can do it all and does it supremely well. And he is still only 22.

  • swe.gifSWE Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic departed Italy in 2012 having just marched his way to the top of the Serie A scoring charts, and he quickly carried on in the same vein at Paris Saint-Germain. Racking up 30 goals in France's top flight, the Swedish international became the first player since Jean-Pierre Papin in 1990 to reach that lofty figure as he powered his side towards the Ligue 1 title, while also helping them reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. He has started the 2013/14 campaign with similar panache too, despite facing competition from Edinson Cavani at the Parc des Princes. Buoyed by championship wins in four different nations (Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France), Ibrahimovic now hopes to experience success on the international stage, the Sweden captain having led his side into the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ play-offs.

  • esp.gifESP INIESTA

    Andres Iniesta has been at the peak of his considerable footballing powers for some time now. Over the last few seasons, the 29-year-old has distinguished himself time and again for club and country, becoming one of the main architects of the exquisite style of play pursued by Spain and Barcelona. Though 2013 has been one of his less prolific years in terms of silverware, with Iniesta winning the Spanish league title and Super Cup and finishing a runner-up at the FIFA Confederation Cup Brazil 2013, he has maintained his impeccably high standards. In winning the adidas Silver Ball behind Neymar at the Festival of Champions, the midfielder consolidated his status one of the greatest players in the game today.


  • ger.gifGER Philipp LAHM

    Philipp Lahm is currently enjoying the most successful period of his already impressive career. The tireless right-back was captain of the Bayern Munich team that won the league, cup and UEFA Champions League treble in 2013. He also captained the Germany side that sealed qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in comprehensive fashion, with nine victories and a draw from ten matches. Lahm, who made his 100th international appearance in September this year, has shown remarkable consistency again this campaign, prompting new Bayern coach Pep Guardiola to deploy the 29-year-old in a holding midfield role.

  • pol.gifPOL Robert LEWANDOWSKI

    It is little wonder that Robert Lewandowski has become one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe. The Polish international’s contract with Borussia Dortmund runs out at the end of the season and he’s scoring goals by the hatful. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, with 12 goals, found the net more often than the 25-year-old in last season’s UEFA Champions League. Lewandowski’s ten goals, including a record-breaking four in the semi-final first leg against Ronaldo’s Real Madrid, were a major factor in helping BVB reach the final at Wembley. The striker’s strength and perseverance, as well as his agility and technical ability, make him a nightmare for opposition defences.

  • arg.gifARG Lionel MESSI

    Since winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive FIFA Ballon d’Or the Barcelona ace has showed no sign whatsoever of letting up, topping the La Liga’s scoring charts as his side made off with the 2012/13 league title. Messi has been just as prolific on the international front, finishing the South American qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ as the second-highest marksman. With a third world finals to look forward to next year, the 26-year-old attacking wizard is bearing downing fast on another record, as he seeks to become the highest goalscorer in the history of the UEFA Champions League.

  • ger.gifGER Thomas MUELLER

    Thomas Muller, who won the adidas Golden Shoe award at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, played a key role in the Bayern Munich team that won the league, DFB-Cup and UEFA Champions League treble. The 24-year-old was the club’s top goalscorer in Europe’s premier club competition last season with eight goals, including three against Barcelona in the semi-final. Intelligent, hard-working and at his best when relying on instinct, Muller helped Germany qualify for the 2014 World Cup with aplomb and is determined to go all the way in Brazil.

  • ger.gifGER Manuel NEUER
    Manuel Neuer is regarded by many as the best goalkeeper in the world. The 27-year-old had to deal with a fair bit of criticism following his move from Schalke to Bayern Munich, however, even from within his own camp. Not only did his outstanding performances in the 2013 UEFA Champions League and DFB Cup finals go some way to silencing the doubters, but his countless saves during the course of the year were also a major factor behind his team’s success. For Germany, Neuer is the undisputed number one: He was an ever-present in die Nationalmannschaft’s successful 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualification campaign and he has a great opportunity to show the world just how good he is in Brazil next year.
  • bra.gifBRA NEYMAR

    Neymar was hardly an unknown quantity before 2013, having earned a reputation for creativity and unpredictability since bursting on to the scene as a teenager at Santos. This year has nevertheless seen the Brazilian starlet join the global elite, his elevation coming on the back of a stunning display at the FIFA Confederations Cup, where he won the adidas Golden Ball in helping the hosts land the title. Neymar's sparkling early months at his new club Barcelona has merely confirmed that the hype surrounding him in his rapid ascent was entirely justified.

  • ger.gifGER Mesut OEZIL

    Mesut Ozil has forged a reputation as one of the best goal-providers in the world. The German international has a zest for the game which is unbounded. Pulling the strings in midfield, his lethal passes often result in goalscoring opportunities for his team-mates. An invaluable player during his time at Real Madrid, Ozil reached the Champions League semi-final with the Spanish giants last season, creating five goals along the way. His eight strikes during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign also made him one of the key protagonists in the German national team. Ozil now plies his trade at Arsenal, where he has instantly become a firm favourite with the fans.

  • ita.gifITA Andrea PIRLO

    A connoisseur of fine wines, Andrea Pirlo possesses his own vineyards and is even considering dedicating his life to his passion when he finally hangs up his boots. And like the best wines, he only gets better with age, the 34-year-old having lost neither his ability to read the game nor his passing and set-piece accuracy. Pirlo was central to Juventus' Scudetto triumphs in 2012 and 2013 and continues to pull the midfield strings in style for Italy, with whom he reached the final of UEFA EURO 2012 before helping them take bronze at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and seal a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

  • fra.gifFRA Franck RIBERY

    Frustration reigned for Franck Ribery in 2012 as Bayern Munich finished runners-up in the Bundesliga, German Cup and UEFA Champions League, but the dangerous France winger did not have to wait long to exorcise the memory. Operating at a different level since those disappointments, he helped his side win all three competitions in 2013, adding the UEFA Super Cup for good measure. Moreover, he has also shone brighter for Les Bleusin recent times, becoming a more convincing and decisive performer on the international stage. Reputed for his mesmerising dribbles, precise shooting ability, and explosive acceleration, those qualities could well keep Bayern on top at home and abroad and inspire France to force their way back into the limelight – just as they convinced UEFA to crown him the Best Player in Europe in 2013.

  • ned.gifNED Arjen ROBBEN
    After missing a penalty in extra time, Arjen Robben was made a scapegoat by many for Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League final defeat to Chelsea in 2012. Robben atoned for his error twelve months later, however, with the winning goal in Bayern’s Champions League final win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. The Dutchman’s career has often been hampered by injuries, but he has remained fit since the beginning of 2013 and has been in scintillating form for both club and country. He recently helped the Netherlands become the first European team to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.


    2013 proved to be another goal-drenched year for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star helped himself to 34 of them in the 2012/13 Liga season, a haul beaten only by Lionel Messi’s 45, and scored a hatful more in Europe and for his national team. Always on top form for Real Madrid and Portugal, the flying forward, who won the FIFA World Player award in 2008, is only gaining in stature with Los Merengues, and it came as no surprise when he extended his contract with the club to 2018 and said he was considering staying put for the rest of his career. 

  • ger.gifGER Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER

    Midfield maestro Bastian Schweinsteiger has long since established himself as one of the most consistent performers for Bayern Munich and Germany. Schweinsteiger has won the lot domestically, but had to wait a while for his first international title: He was on the losing side in two UEFA Champions League finals and in the UEFA EURO 2008 final, but managed to lead Bayern to the Champions League title in 2013. The 29-year-old, who won his 100th cap for die Nationalmannschaft recently, now wants to cap off a glittering career by winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

  • uru.gifURU Luis SUAREZ

    It seems that nothing can sate the 26-year-old Uruguay and Liverpool striker’s appetite for goals. Second in the Premier League scoring charts last season, El Pistolero also contributed 11 goals to his country’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualification campaign, becoming the first ever Uruguayan to top-score in the South American qualifiers. Just for good measure Suarez also became La Celeste’s leading all-time goalscorer during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, displacing fellow Charrúa icon Diego Forlan.



    Thiago Silva is now one of the best central defenders in the world, a status he owes as much to his strength of character and winning mentality as to his unquestionable ability. It is those qualities that have made him an obvious choice as captain wherever he has played. After pulling on the armband at Fluminense, AC Milan and for his country, the imposing Brazilian was made skipper at Paris Saint-Germain after moving to the French capital in 2012. Maintaining the high standards he has always set for himself, Silva helped his new club land the French league title and the Super Cup, establishing himself as one of the icons of the new-lookPSG. The centre-half set the seal on a great year by turning in a commanding display at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, leading the hosts to the title and having the honour of lifting the trophy following their defeat of Spain in the final.

  • civ.gifCIV Yaya TOURE

    Yaya Toure was once again the driving force in Manchester City's midfield in 2012/13, as the holders narrowly missed out on retaining the English Premier League title. Toure scored seven league goals from midfield, one more than the previous campaign, as city rivals Manchester United overcame the Citizens' challenge to see Roberto Mancini's men into second. On the international scene, Côte d'Ivoire fell at the quarter-final stage of the CAF African Cup of Nations, but the towering midfielder enjoyed a good year personally, retaining the CAF African Player of the Year award for 2012 and scoring more international goals in 2013 than in the three previous years combined.

  • ned.gifNED Robin VAN PERSIE

    “Van Persie changed their situation. He is the difference between us." These were the words of then Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini earlier this year, acknowledging the decisive impact of Robin van Persie’s decision to sign for Manchester United. Few could argue with the assertion that the Dutchman was the key reason behind the English Premier League title changing hands between the Manchester clubs last season, with 26 goals having seen him finish as the division’s top scorer. Nor did Van Persie restrict his fine form to the club arena; with 11 goals for the Netherlands in qualifying for Brazil 2014, he was the European Zone’s leading marksman, finishing one clear of City’s Bosnia-Herzegovina star Edin Dzeko.

  • esp.gifESP XAVI

    The years go by, coaches come and go, but Xavi continues to shine. Now 33, he remains Barcelona’s midfield linchpin and keeps on breaking records, having now won seven league titles with Los Azulgranas, more than any other player in the club’s history, and racked up over 600 appearances with them, another club record. This year has also seen him lift the Spanish Super Cup and reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. On the international front he and his Spain team-mates had to be content with the runners-up slot at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 following their heavy defeat to the hosts in the final. He made a typically important contribution, however, as La Roja beat France to first place in the smallest group in the European qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

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A shortlist of three coaches from this will be revealed later on. Journalists, national coaches and captains will now vote for the winner of FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year from this list.
A list of ten male candidates for the FIFA Coach of the Year award will be revealed on 29 October. These will be drawn up by the Committee for Women’s Football and FIFA Women’s World Cup and by the FIFA Football Committee, as well as by a group of experts from France Football.
The voting process will follow that of their counterparts in the women's game, after a shortlist of three will also be revealed at a later stage.




    Carlo Ancelotti has held some of the most pressurised coaching jobs in European football, with stints at the likes of Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain before his current posting at Real Madrid. He has also had to manage some of the most forthright characters in the game, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gennaro Gattuso, John Terry and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the former Italian international has never lost his calm and composure when striving to get his star players to shine. He demonstrated that most recently by taking a PSG squad brimming with big names to the 2012/13 French crown, before taking the reins at Madrid in the summer and plotting another championship success in 2013/14.

  • esp.gifESP Rafael BENITEZ

    Though some sections of the Chelsea support never took to him, Rafael Benitez guided the Londoners to the UEFA Europa League title and third place in the English Premier League in 2013, guaranteeing them a berth in this season’s Champions League. After leaving Chelsea for Napoli in May, the Spanish coach presided over the Italian club’s joint second-best start to the season, as they strung together four consecutive wins. The last of those victories came away to AC Milan at the San Siro, where they had not won in 27 years.



  • ita.gifITA Antonio CONTE

    It is often said that a team resembles its coach, and that has certainly been the case at Juventus since Antonio Conte took over in 2011 following a period learning his trade in the lower divisions. A born winner who was always comfortable on the ball during his days playing for Juve and Italy, the former midfielder has managed to build a side in his own image, putting equal emphasis on combativeness and attractive football. Those qualities lay at the root of Conte's successes in 2013, La Vecchia Signora sealing their second Serie A title and Italian Super Cup in two years.

  • esp.gifESP DEL BOSQUE Vicente

    After being named FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year in 2012, Vicente del Bosque continued his good work with La Roja, even if things did not quite go according to plan at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. Following a spellbinding performance in their opening game against Uruguay, Spain fell to an emphatic defeat to the tournament hosts in the final. Del Bosque responded to the setback by demanding more from his team, and they responded, beating France to top spot in the smallest group in the European qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, where they will defend their world title.



  • sco.gifSCO Alex FERGUSON

    Sir Alex Ferguson ensured that he went out on a high after 26 trophy-laden years at Manchester United by winning the Premier League title, finishing 11-points clear of rivals Manchester City. The Scot’s 13th championship success proved to be one of his sweetest. It ensured that pride was returned to Old Trafford after they had lost out to the Citizens in dramatic circumstances the previous season. Ferguson’s “noisy neighbours” had been silenced. On 8 May 2013, just 16 days after winning the league yet again, Ferguson announced that he was to retire as manager at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, but would remain at the club as a director and ambassador. Ferguson won 49 trophies as a manager, making him the most successful British football manager in history.

  • ger.gifGER Jupp HEYNCKES
    The 2012/13 season will live long in the memory of Jupp Heynckes. The 68-year-old has won countless trophies during a distinguished career as a player and coach, but he marked his place in the history books once and for all with Bayern Munich last term when he became the first ever coach to win the treble with a German men’s team. Under Heynckes’ guidance, Bayern romped to the Bundesliga title with six games to spare. This was soon followed by victory in the UEFA Champions League final in May, before they completed their historic treble by lifting the DFB Cup at the end of the season. Pep Guardiola has since succeeded Heynckes at Bayern.
  • ger.gifGER Jürgen KLOPP
    Since taking the reins at Signal Iduna Park in 2008, Jurgen Klopp has put Borussia Dortmund back on the world map. BVB’s quick, precise passing and high pressing game have made Klopp’s team a force to be reckoned with, both domestically and internationally. After winning the domestic league and cup double in 2012, the 46-year-old not only led the Schwarz-Gelben to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga in 2013, but also gained international recognition by guiding them to the UEFA Champions League final, which they lost narrowly to Bayern Munich. Klopp, whose reputation as a tactical genius is well deserved, is completely committed to the club and his unique style has made him extremely popular amongst fans.
  • por.gifPOR Jose MOURINHO

    Things did not go according to plan for the Portuguese coach in the first half of 2013, as Real Madrid lost out to Barcelona in the league and Atletico Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey. Deciding to leave the Spanish capital for London in the summer, Mourinho received the warmest of welcomes back at Chelsea, whose fans have never forgotten that it was the “Special One” who guided the club back to the top again with consecutive titles in 2005 and 2006, their first championship triumphs in over half a century. With the Stamford Bridge faithful firmly behind him, the Portuguese is back in the thick of it as he aims for more Premier League and UEFA Champions League glory.

  • bra.gifBRA Luiz Felipe SCOLARI

    A world champion at Korea/Japan 2002, Luiz Felipe Scolari is the man Brazil have turned to in their hour of need. Concerned by A Seleçao’sinconsistent form with only 18 months to go before the FIFA World Cup™, the country’s footballing chiefs decided to change coach, entrustingFelipão with the task of getting the national side back on track. Known for his ability to get teams playing as a unit, Scolari has overseen a dramatic turnaround in Brazil’s fortunes, fashioning a versatile and highly effective side that rediscovered its swagger at the FIFA Confederations Cup, where they swept to a 3-0 defeat of Spain in the final and regained their place in the hearts of the fans.

  • fra.gifFRA Arsene WENGER


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How has Hazard wormed his way on there lol.


Busquets, Martínez, Reus and Mata not being there is laughable.


Shame Fergie will win the coach award over Heynckes.

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They shouldn't of merged the 2 awards

As ballon d'or was for the best player and the Fifa one was a popularity award, now this is just a popularity award.

Ribery for me but think it will be messi for the 5th

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Always been a popularity contest

For example

98 Ronaldo should of won but Zidane did

01 Raul should of won but Owen did

02 Ballack should of won but Ronaldo did

04 Deco should of won but Ronaldinho did

06 Henry should of won but Cannavaro did

10 Iniesta should of won but Messi did

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