European Golden Shoe

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The European Golden Shoe, formerly known as the European Golden Boot, is an association football award presented each season to the leading goalscorer in league matches from the top division of every European national league. From its inception in the 1967–68 season the award, originally called Soulier d'Or, which translates from French as Golden Shoe or Boot, was given by L'Équipe magazine to the top goalscorer in all European leagues that season.

History[edit]

Between 1968 and 1991, the award was given to the highest goalscorer in any European league. This was regardless of the toughness of the league in which the top scorer played and the number of games in which the player had taken part. During this period Eusébio, Gerd Müller, Dudu Georgescu and Fernando Gomes each won the Golden Boot twice.[1]

Following a protest from the Cyprus FA, which claimed that a Cypriot player with 40 goals should have received the award (though the official top scorers for the season are both listed with 19 goals), L'Équipe issued no awards between 1991 and 1996.

Since the 1996–97 season, European Sports Media have awarded the Golden Shoe based on a points system that allows players in tougher leagues to win even if they score fewer goals than a player in a weaker league. The weightings are determined by the league's ranking on the UEFA coefficients, which in turn depend on the results of each league's clubs in European competition over the previous five seasons. Goals scored in the top five leagues according to the UEFA coefficients list are multiplied by a factor of two, and goals scored in the leagues ranked six to 21 are multiplied by 1.5.[2] Thus, goals scored in higher ranked leagues will count for more than those scored in weaker leagues.[3]

Winners[edit]

Gerd Müller, who was the first player to win the award twice, in 1970 and 1972.
European Golden Shoe winners
Season Nationality Player Club League Goals Points
1967–68  Portugal Eusébio Benfica Portugal Portuguese Primeira Liga 43 &
1968–69  Bulgaria Zhekov, PetarPetar Zhekov CSKA Sofia Bulgaria Bulgarian A PFG 36 &
1969–70  Germany Müller, GerdGerd Müller Bayern Munich Germany German Bundesliga 38 &
1970–71  Yugoslavia Skoblar, JosipJosip Skoblar Marseille France French Ligue 1 44 &
1971–72  Germany Müller, GerdGerd Müller Bayern Munich Germany German Bundesliga 40 &
1972–73  Portugal Eusébio Benfica Portugal Portuguese Primeira Liga 40 &
1973–74  Argentina Yazalde, HéctorHéctor Yazalde Sporting CP Portugal Portuguese Primeira Liga 46 &
1974–75  Romania Georgescu, DuduDudu Georgescu Dinamo Bucharest Romania Romanian Divizia A 33 &
1975–76  Cyprus Kaiafas, SotirisSotiris Kaiafas Omonia Nicosia Cyprus Cypriot First Division 39 &
1976–77  Romania Georgescu, DuduDudu Georgescu Dinamo Bucharest Romania Romanian Divizia A 37 &
1977–78  Austria Krankl, HansHans Krankl Rapid Vienna Austria Austrian Bundesliga 41 &
1978–79  Netherlands Kist, KeesKees Kist AZ Alkmaar Netherlands Dutch Eredivisie 34 &
1979–80  Belgium Vandenbergh, ErwinErwin Vandenbergh Lierse Belgium Belgian League 39 &
1980–81  Bulgaria Slavkov, GeorgiGeorgi Slavkov Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria Bulgarian A PFG 31 &
1981–82  Netherlands Kieft, WimWim Kieft Ajax Netherlands Dutch Eredivisie 32 &
1982–83  Portugal Gomes, FernandoFernando Gomes Porto Portugal Portuguese Primeira Liga 36 &
1983–84  Wales Rush, IanIan Rush Liverpool England English First Division 32 &
1984–85  Portugal Gomes, FernandoFernando Gomes Porto Portugal Portuguese Primeira Liga 39 &
1985–86  Netherlands van Basten, MarcoMarco van Basten Ajax Netherlands Dutch Eredivisie 37 &
1986–87  Romania Rodion Cămătaru Dinamo Bucharest Romania Romanian Divizia A 44 &
1987–88  Turkey Çolak, TanjuTanju Çolak Galatasaray Turkey Süper Lig 39 &
1988–89  Romania Mateuţ, DorinDorin Mateuţ Dinamo Bucharest Romania Romanian Divizia A 43 &
1989–90  Mexico Sánchez, HugoHugo Sánchez Real Madrid Spain Spanish La Liga 38 &
 Bulgaria Stoichkov, HristoHristo Stoichkov CSKA Sofia Bulgaria Bulgarian A PFG
1990–91  Yugoslavia Pančev, DarkoDarko Pančev Red Star Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslav First League 34 &
1991–92  Scotland McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist Rangers Scotland Scottish Premier Division 34 &
1992–93  Scotland McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist Rangers Scotland Scottish Premier Division 34 &
1993–94  Wales Taylor, DavidDavid Taylor Porthmadog Wales League of Wales 43 &
1994–95  Armenia Avetisyan, ArsenArsen Avetisyan Homenetmen Armenia Armenian Premier League 39 &
1995–96  Georgia Endeladze, ZviadZviad Endeladze Margveti Georgia (country) Georgian Umaglesi Liga 40 &
1996–97  Brazil Ronaldo Barcelona Spain Spanish La Liga 34 68
1997–98  Greece Machlas, NikosNikos Machlas Vitesse Netherlands Dutch Eredivisie 34 68
1998–99  Brazil Jardel, MárioMário Jardel Porto Portugal Portuguese Primeira Liga 36 72
1999–2000  England Phillips, KevinKevin Phillips Sunderland England English Premier League 30 60
2000–01  Sweden Larsson, HenrikHenrik Larsson Celtic Scotland Scottish Premier League 35 52.5
2001–02  Brazil Jardel, MárioMário Jardel Sporting CP Portugal Portuguese Primeira Liga 42 84
2002–03  Netherlands Makaay, RoyRoy Makaay Deportivo La Coruña Spain Spanish La Liga 29 58
2003–04  France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal England English Premier League 30 60
2004–05  France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal England English Premier League 25 50
 Uruguay Forlán, DiegoDiego Forlán Villarreal Spain Spanish La Liga
2005–06  Italy Toni, LucaLuca Toni Fiorentina Italy Italian Serie A 31 62
2006–07  Italy Totti, FrancescoFrancesco Totti Roma Italy Italian Serie A 26 52
2007–08  Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Manchester United England English Premier League 31 62
2008–09  Uruguay Forlán, DiegoDiego Forlán Atlético Madrid Spain Spanish La Liga 32 64
2009–10  Argentina Messi, LionelLionel Messi Barcelona Spain Spanish La Liga 34 68
2010–11  Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Spain Spanish La Liga 40 80
2011–12  Argentina Messi, LionelLionel Messi Barcelona Spain Spanish La Liga 50 100
2012–13  Argentina Messi, LionelLionel Messi Barcelona Spain Spanish La Liga 46 92
2013–14  Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Spain Spanish La Liga 31 62
 Uruguay Suárez, LuisLuis Suárez Liverpool England English Premier League

Multiple winners[edit]

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are currently the only players to have won the European Golden Shoe three times. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first and only player to have won the trophy in two different leagues, with Manchester United in the English Premier League and with Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. Nine more players have won the European Golden Shoe twice. Gerd Müller was the first player to win two Golden Shoes in 1969–70 and 1971–72. Ally McCoist (1991–92 and 1992–93), Thierry Henry (2003–04 and 2004–05) and Lionel Messi (2011–2012 and 2012–2013) are the only players to win in consecutive years. Diego Forlán (Villarreal and Atlético Madrid) and Mário Jardel (Porto and Sporting CP) and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players who have won the trophy with two different clubs.

Multiple European Golden Shoe winners
Player No. Seasons
Portugal Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo 3 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14
Argentina Messi, LionelLionel Messi 3 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13
Portugal Eusébio 2 1967–68, 1972–73
Germany Müller, GerdGerd Müller 2 1969–70, 1971–72
Romania Georgescu, DuduDudu Georgescu 2 1974–75, 1976–77
Portugal Gomes, FernandoFernando Gomes 2 1982–83, 1984–85
Scotland McCoist, AllyAlly McCoist 2 1991–92, 1992–93
Brazil Jardel, MárioMário Jardel 2 1998–99, 2001–02
France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry 2 2003–04, 2004–05
Uruguay Forlán, DiegoDiego Forlán 2 2004–05, 2008–09

By team[edit]

European Golden Shoe winners by club
Team Total Players
Romania Dinamo București 4 3
Spain Barcelona 4 2
Spain Real Madrid 4 2
Portugal Porto 3 2
England Liverpool 2 2
Portugal Sporting CP 2 2
Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 2 2
Netherlands Ajax 2 2
Scotland Rangers 2 1
Portugal Benfica 2 1
Germany Bayern Munich 2 1
England Arsenal 2 1
France Marseille 1 1
Cyprus Omonia Nicosia 1 1
Austria Rapid Wien 1 1
Netherlands AZ 1 1
Belgium Lierse 1 1
Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv 1 1
Austria Austria Wien 1 1
Turkey Galatasaray 1 1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Crvena Zvezda 1 1
Wales Porthmadog 1 1
Armenia Homenetmen Beirut 1 1
Georgia (country) Zestafoni 1 1
Netherlands Vitesse 1 1
England Sunderland 1 1
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 1 1
Spain Villarreal 1 1
Italy Fiorentina 1 1
Italy Roma 1 1
England Manchester United 1 1
Spain Atlético Madrid 1 1
Scotland Celtic F.C. 1 1

By country of player nationality[edit]

European Golden Shoe winners by nationality
Nationality Total Player(s)
 Portugal 7 3
 Netherlands 4 4
 Romania 4 3
 Argentina 4 2
 Bulgaria 3 3
 Brazil 3 2
 Uruguay 3 2
 Wales 2 2
 Italy 2 2
 Yugoslavia 2 2
 France 2 1
 Germany 2 1
 Scotland 2 1
 Austria 2 2
 Cyprus 1 1
 Belgium 1 1
 Mexico 1 1
 Armenia 1 1
 Georgia 1 1
 Greece 1 1
 England 1 1
 Turkey 1 1
 Sweden 1 1

References[edit]

General
  • Arotaritei, Sorin; Di Maggio, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel (29 February 2012). "Golden Boot ("Soulier d'Or") Awards". Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Golden Boot: The Quotients Decide It All". soccerphile.com. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "European Golden Shoe". European Sports Magazine. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Who will win the European Golden Shoe". FIFA. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 

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