2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or
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FIFA Ballon d'Or
A shortlist of 23 male players was compiled by members of FIFA's Football Committee as well as a group of experts from France Football. It was announced on 29 October 2012. There were three voters per FIFA member federation, one journalist and the coaches and captain of the national men's team. Each picked a first (5pts), second (3pts) and third choice (1pt), with their choices made public by FIFA. This was cut to a set of three 'finalists', Messi, Iniesta and Ronaldo, on 29 November 2012.
The odds-on favourite Lionel Messi won the award. Messi has won all three FIFA Ballons d'Or since its inception in 2010 and also won both predecessor awards (the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year) in 2009.
The results for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or were:
|2nd||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid||23.68%|
The following 20 men were originally in contention for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or:
|5th||Radamel Falcao||Colombia||Atlético Madrid||3.67%|
|6th||Iker Casillas||Spain||Real Madrid||3.18%|
|8th||Didier Drogba||Ivory Coast||Chelsea / Shanghai Shenhua||2.60%|
|9th||Robin van Persie||Netherlands||Arsenal / Manchester United||1.45%|
|10th||Zlatan Ibrahimović||Sweden||Milan / Paris Saint-Germain||1.24%|
|11th||Xabi Alonso||Spain||Real Madrid||1.09%|
|12th||Yaya Touré||Ivory Coast||Manchester City||0.76%|
|14th||Mesut Özil||Germany||Real Madrid||0.41%|
|15th||Wayne Rooney||England||Manchester United||0.39%|
|17th||Sergio Agüero||Argentina||Manchester City||0.30%|
|18th||Sergio Ramos||Spain||Real Madrid||0.22%|
|19th||Manuel Neuer||Germany||Bayern Munich||0.21%|
|22nd||Karim Benzema||France||Real Madrid||0.11%|
|23rd||Mario Balotelli||Italy||Manchester City||0.07%|
FIFA Women's World Player of the Year
On 25 October 2012, a ten-player shortlist was unveiled 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.
The voting system used was the same as that of the men's award (see above), with coaches and captains of women's national teams and persons from the media making public top-three selections.
|1st||Abby Wambach||United States||20.67%|
|3rd||Alex Morgan||United States||Seattle Sounders||10.87%|
|4th||Homare Sawa||Japan||INAC Kobe Leonessa||10.85%|
|6th||Carli Lloyd||United States||7.99%|
|7th||Camille Abily||France||Lyon Ladies||7.70%|
|8th||Aya Miyama||Japan||Yunogo Belle||7.51%|
|9th||Miho Fukumoto||Japan||Yunogo Belle||7.32%|
|10th||Megan Rapinoe||United States||Seattle Sounders Women||2.89%|
FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football
This award was decided by the same voters and system as that of the men's player award.
|1st||Vicente Del Bosque||Spain||Spain||34.51%|
|2nd||José Mourinho||Portugal||Real Madrid||20.49%|
|4th||Roberto Di Matteo||Italy||Chelsea||12.02%|
|5th||Alex Ferguson||Scotland||Manchester United||5.82%|
|6th||Jürgen Klopp||Germany||Borussia Dortmund||4.78%|
|8th||Roberto Mancini||Italy||Manchester City||3.10%|
|10th||Jupp Heynckes||Germany||Bayern Munich||1.00%|
FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football
This award was decided by the same voters and system as that of the women's player award.
|1st||Pia Sundhage||Sweden||United States||28.59%|
|4th||Patrice Lair||France||Lyon Ladies||7.64%|
|7th||Hiroshi Yoshida||Japan||Japan U17 / Japan U20||5.75%|
|8th||Steve Swanson||United States||United States U20||5.02%|
|9th||Maren Meinert||Germany||Germany U20||3.70%|
|10th||Hope Powell||England||England / Great Britain Olympic||3.29%|
FIFA Puskás Award
The Puskás Award for best goal was decided by a public online vote.
|1st||Miroslav Stoch||Slovakia||Fenerbahçe||Volley into top corner of net, 3 March 2012, Turkish Süper Lig match against Gençlerbirliği|
|2nd||Radamel Falcao||Colombia||Atlético Madrid|
FIFA Presidential Award
FIFA Fair Play Award
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