2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or

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2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala
2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or logo
Dates 2011
2010
2012

The 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the second year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 9 January 2012 with Lionel Messi claiming the title of world player of the year for the third time in a row.[1][2]

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 Channel with singer-songwriter James Blunt and his band providing musical entertainment. Individual awards were presented by, among others, Ronaldo, Lothar Matthäus, Pelé and FIFA president Sepp Blatter side-by-side with pop singer Shakira.[3]

Winners[edit]

FIFA Ballon d'Or[edit]

The top three nominees for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or were:

Rank Player[2] Nationality Club Votes
1st Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona 47.88%
2nd Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Spain Real Madrid 21.60%
3rd Xavi  Spain Spain Barcelona 9.23%

The following 20 men were also in contention for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011:

Rank Player[4] Nationality Club Votes
4th Andrés Iniesta  Spain Spain Barcelona 6.01%
5th Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United 2.31%
6th Luis Suárez  Uruguay Netherlands Ajax / England Liverpool 1.48%
7th Diego Forlán  Uruguay Spain Atlético Madrid / Italy Internazionale 1.43%
8th Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon Italy Internazionale / Russia Anzhi Makhachkala 1.34%
9th Iker Casillas  Spain Spain Real Madrid 1.29%
10th Neymar  Brazil Brazil Santos 1.12%
1  Argentina Spain Barcelona 0.76%
12th Wesley Sneijder  Netherlands Italy Internazionale 0.72%
13th Thomas Müller  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 0.64%
14th David Villa  Spain Spain Barcelona 0.53%
15th Bastian Schweinsteiger  Germany Germany Bayern Munich 0.50%
16th Xabi Alonso  Spain Spain Real Madrid 0.48%
17th Sergio Agüero  Argentina Spain Atlético Madrid / England Manchester City 0.48%
18th Éric Abidal  France Spain Barcelona 0.36%
19th Dani Alves  Brazil Spain Barcelona 0.34%
20th Karim Benzema  France Spain Real Madrid 0.34%
21st Cesc Fàbregas  Spain England Arsenal / Spain Barcelona 0.29%
22nd Nani  Portugal England Manchester United 0.26%
23rd Gerard Piqué  Spain Spain Barcelona 0.22%

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

The top three nominees for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year were:

Rank Player[2] Nationality Club Notes
1st Homare Sawa  Japan Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 28.51%
2nd Marta  Brazil United States Western New York Flash 17.28%
3rd Abby Wambach  United States United States magicJack 13.26%

The following seven women were also in contention for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year:

Rank Player[4] Nationality Club Votes
4th Aya Miyama  Japan Japan Okayama Yunogo Belle 12.18%
5th Hope Solo  United States United States magicJack 7.83%
6th Lotta Schelin  Sweden France Lyon Ladies 4.85%
7th Kerstin Garefrekes  Germany Germany FFC Frankfurt 4.73%
8th Alex Morgan  United States United States Western New York Flash 4.34%
9th Louisa Nécib  France France Lyon Ladies 3.21%
10th Sonia Bompastor  France France Lyon Ladies 2.99%

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

Rank Coach[2] Nationality Team Notes
1st Josep Guardiola  Spain Spain Barcelona 41.92%
2nd Sir Alex Ferguson  Scotland England Manchester United 15.61%
3rd José Mourinho  Portugal Spain Real Madrid 12.43%
Rank Coach Nationality Club Votes
Rudi Garcia  France France Lille
Jürgen Klopp  Germany Germany Borussia Dortmund
Joachim Löw  Germany Germany Germany
Óscar Tabárez  Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay
Arsène Wenger  France England Arsenal
Vicente Del Bosque  Spain Spain Spain
André Villas-Boas  Portugal Portugal Porto
England Chelsea

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

Rank Coach[2] Nationality Team Notes
1st Norio Sasaki  Japan Japan Japan 45.57%
2nd Pia Sundhage  Sweden United States United States 15.83%
3rd Bruno Bini  France France France 10.28%

FIFA/FIFPro World XI[edit]

Position Player[2] Nationality Club
GK Iker Casillas  Spain Spain Real Madrid
DF Dani Alves  Brazil Spain Barcelona
DF Gerard Piqué  Spain Spain Barcelona
DF Sergio Ramos  Spain Spain Real Madrid
DF Nemanja Vidic  Serbia England Manchester United
MF Xabi Alonso  Spain Spain Real Madrid
MF Andrés Iniesta  Spain Spain Barcelona
MF Xavi  Spain Spain Barcelona
FW Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Spain Real Madrid
FW Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona
FW Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United

FIFA Puskás Award[edit]

Rank Player[2] Nationality Team Notes
1st Neymar  Brazil Brazil Santos
2nd Wayne Rooney  England England Manchester United
3rd Lionel Messi  Argentina Spain Barcelona

FIFA Presidential Award[edit]

FIFA Fair Play Award[edit]

Controversy[edit]

The day after the awards ceremony, Spanish newspaper Marca reported that none of the four captains of the Spanish women's national team had voted for the Women's World Player of the Year award.[5] According to the list of votes published by FIFA, captain Sandra Vilanova had awarded five points to Hope Solo, three to Louisa Nécib and one to Marta.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Messi crowned world's best". ESPN. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Messi, Sawa, Guardiola and Sasaki triumph at FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011". FIFA.com. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wayne Rooney looks starstruck as he meets Shakira dressed in dazzling red at the Fifa Ballon d'Or gala". Daily Mail. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011 - voting results". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ The Ballon d'Or's ghost vote. Marca
  6. ^ List of votes in FIFA's website

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