2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or

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2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala
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2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or logo
Tournament details
Host country Switzerland
City Zürich
Dates 2012
Venue(s) Zürich Kongresshaus
2011
2013

The 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the third year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 7 January 2013.[1]

The gala ceremony was hosted by former Ballon d'Or winner Ruud Gullit and broadcast journalist Kay Murray of Real Madrid TV and Fox Soccer.[2]

Winners[edit]

FIFA Ballon d'Or[edit]

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.[3] It was announced on 29 October 2012.[4][5] 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.[6] This was cut to a set of three 'finalists', Messi, Iniesta and Ronaldo, on 29 November 2012.[7][8]

The odds-on[9] favourite Lionel Messi won the award.[10] 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:

Rank Player[11] Nationality Club Votes
1st Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 65.41%
2nd Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Spain Real Madrid 23.68%
3rd Andrés Iniesta  Spain Spain Barcelona 10.91%

The following 20 men were originally in contention for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or:

Rank Player[11] Nationality Club Votes
4th Xavi  Spain Spain Barcelona 4.08%
5th Radamel Falcao  Colombia Spain Atlético Madrid 3.67%
6th Iker Casillas  Spain Spain Real Madrid 3.18%
7th Andrea Pirlo  Italy Italy Juventus 2.66%
8th Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast England Chelsea / China Shanghai Shenhua 2.60%
9th Robin van Persie  Netherlands England Arsenal / England Manchester United 1.45%
10th Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden Italy Milan / France Paris Saint-Germain 1.24%
11th Xabi Alonso  Spain Spain Real Madrid 1.09%
12th Yaya Touré  Ivory Coast England Manchester City 0.76%
13th Neymar  Brazil Brazil Santos 0.61%
14th Mesut Özil  Germany Spain Real Madrid 0.41%
15th Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United 0.39%
16th Gianluigi Buffon  Italy Italy Juventus 0.35%
17th Sergio Agüero  Argentina England Manchester City 0.30%
18th Sergio Ramos  Spain Spain Real Madrid 0.22%
19th Manuel Neuer  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 0.21%
20th Sergio Busquets  Spain Spain Barcelona 0.20%
21st Gerard Piqué  Spain Spain Barcelona 0.11%
22nd Karim Benzema  France Spain Real Madrid 0.11%
23rd Mario Balotelli  Italy England Manchester City 0.07%

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year[edit]

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.[12]

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.[13]

Rank Player[14] Nationality Club Votes
1st Abby Wambach  United States 20.67%
2nd Marta  Brazil Sweden Tyresö FF 13.50%
3rd Alex Morgan  United States United States Seattle Sounders 10.87%
Rank Player[11] Nationality Club Votes
4th Homare Sawa  Japan Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 10.85%
5th Christine Sinclair  Canada 10.33%
6th Carli Lloyd  United States 7.99%
7th Camille Abily  France France Lyon Ladies 7.70%
8th Aya Miyama  Japan Japan Yunogo Belle 7.51%
9th Miho Fukumoto  Japan Japan Yunogo Belle 7.32%
10th Megan Rapinoe  United States United States Seattle Sounders Women 2.89%

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football[edit]

This award was decided by the same voters and system as that of the men's player award.[15]

Rank Coach[14] Nationality Team Votes
1st Vicente Del Bosque  Spain Spain Spain 34.51%
2nd José Mourinho  Portugal Spain Real Madrid 20.49%
3rd Josep Guardiola  Spain Spain Barcelona 12.91%
Rank Coach[11] Nationality Club Votes
4th Roberto Di Matteo  Italy England Chelsea 12.02%
5th Alex Ferguson  Scotland England Manchester United 5.82%
6th Jürgen Klopp  Germany Germany Borussia Dortmund 4.78%
7th Cesare Prandelli  Italy Italy Italy 3.34%
8th Roberto Mancini  Italy England Manchester City 3.10%
9th Joachim Löw  Germany Germany Germany 1.15%
10th Jupp Heynckes  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 1.00%

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football[edit]

This award was decided by the same voters and system as that of the women's player award.[16]

Rank Coach[14] Nationality Team Votes
1st Pia Sundhage  Sweden United States United States 28.59%
2nd Norio Sasaki  Japan Japan Japan 23.83%
3rd Bruno Bini  France France France 9.02%
Rank Coach[11] Nationality Club Votes
4th Patrice Lair  France France Lyon Ladies 7.64%
5th Silvia Neid  Germany Germany Germany 6.48%
6th John Herdman  England Canada Canada 6.31%
7th Hiroshi Yoshida  Japan Japan Japan U17 / Japan U20 5.75%
8th Steve Swanson  United States United States United States U20 5.02%
9th Maren Meinert  Germany Germany Germany U20 3.70%
10th Hope Powell  England England England / United Kingdom Great Britain Olympic 3.29%

FIFA Puskás Award[edit]

The Puskás Award for best goal was decided by a public online vote.[17]

Rank Player[14] Nationality Team Notes
1st Miroslav Stoch  Slovakia Turkey Fenerbahçe Volley into top corner of net, 3 March 2012, Turkish Süper Lig match against Gençlerbirliği[18]
2nd Radamel Falcao  Colombia Spain Atlético Madrid
3rd Neymar  Brazil Brazil Santos

FIFA Presidential Award[edit]

FIFA Fair Play Award[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Show hosts Ruud Gullit and Kay Murray". FIFA.com. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
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  6. ^ "FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 – Votes". FIFA. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ronaldo, Iniesta and Messi are the three nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012". ESPN. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ballon d'Or finalists: Andrés Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pavanpreet Brar". The Guardian. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (6 January 2013). "Ballon d'Or contenders Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta in profile". BBC. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Korneel Messi wins Ballon d'Or ahead of Ronaldo & Iniesta". BBC. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 – voting results" (PDF). FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Women’s shortlists for FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala 2012 revealed". FIFA. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 – Women's player votes". FIFA. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Messi, Wambach, Del Bosque & Sundhage triumph". FIFA.com. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "FIFA Ballon d'Or - Men's coach". FIFA. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "FIFA BALLON D'OR - Women's coach". FIFA. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "The FIFA Puskás Award". FIFA. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  18. ^ Fenerbahce's Miroslav Stoch wins Fifa's goal of the year after superb volley against Genclerbirligi
  19. ^ "Presidential award". FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Fair play award". FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 

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