FIFA World Cup awards
At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game.
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There are currently six awards:
- the Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Ball") for best player;
- the Golden Boot (also known as the Golden Shoe, commercially termed "adidas Golden Shoe" from 1982, although now referred to again as the Golden Boot) was first awarded in 1930 for top goal scorer;
- the Golden Glove Award for best goalkeeper (first awarded in 1994);
- the Best Young Player (currently commercially termed as "Hyundai Best Young Player") award for best player under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year, first awarded in 2006.
- the FIFA Fair Play Trophy for the team with the best record of fair play (first awarded in 1970);
- the Most Entertaining Team award for the team that has entertained the public the most, during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public, first awarded in 1994.
An All-Star Team (currently commercially termed "Mastercard All-Star Team") comprising the best players of the tournament, is also announced for each tournament since 1990.
The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup finals, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted for by representatives of the media. Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.
If there is more than one player with the same amount of goals, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has contributed the most assists (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has played the least amount of time.
1 FIFA initially credited Nejedlý with only four goals, which would make him joint top scorer with Angelo Schiavio of Italy and Edmund Conen of Germany. However, FIFA changed it to five goals in November 2006, making Nejedlý the outright top scorer.
2 FIFA initially credited Leônidas with eight goals. However, in November 2006, FIFA confirmed that in the quarter-final tie against Czechoslovakia, he had scored once, not twice as FIFA had originally recorded, meaning he had scored only seven goals in total.
3 There was controversy regarding the number of goals Brazilian Ademir had scored in 1950, as a result of incomplete data concerning the Final Round game Brazil vs. Spain (6–1). The 5–0 goal had been credited to Jair, but is now credited to Ademir
5 Salenko is the only player to win the award playing for a team that were eliminated in the group stages. His six goals are the only international goals he ever scored.
6 During the tournament, after the group stage match against Costa Rica, Ronaldo logged a protest against the crediting of a goal as an own goal, and FIFA granted him the change.
7 Müller, Villa, Sneijder and Forlán tied with 5 goals. Müller won by virtue of having more assists (3) than the rest (each had 1). Villa won the Silver Boot due to playing fewer minutes than Sneijder, and Sneijder won the Bronze Boot due to having played fewer minutes than Forlán.
The Golden Glove Award is awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Before 2010, the award was named the Yashin Award in honour of the late Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player's performance throughout the final competition. Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are still eligible for the Golden Ball as well, as when Oliver Kahn was awarded in 2002. Although the Golden Glove Award was first awarded in 1994, every All-Star Team in World Cups prior to 1998 but 1990 included only one goalkeeper.
The Yashin Award was first awarded in 1994.
|World Cup||Yashin Award winner|
|1994 United States||Michel Preud'homme|
|1998 France||Fabien Barthez|
|2002 Korea/Japan||Oliver Kahn|
|2006 Germany||Gianluigi Buffon|
The award was renamed the Golden Glove Award in 2010.
|World Cup||Golden Glove Award winner|
|2010 South Africa||Iker Casillas|
Best Young Player Award
The Best Young Player award was awarded for the first time at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and given to Germany's Lukas Podolski. The award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2014 FIFA World Cup this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1993. The election took place on FIFA's official World Cup website with the help of The FIFA Technical Study Group.
FIFA organised a survey on the Internet for users to choose the "best young player" of the World Cup, between 1958 and 2002, named the best young player of each tournament. With 61% of the overall vote, the winner was Pelé, who finished ahead of the Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas, the best young player at Mexico 1970, and England's Michael Owen, who reached similar heights at France 98.
|World Cup||Young Player||Age|
|1962 Chile||Flórián Albert||20|
|1966 England||Franz Beckenbauer||20|
|1970 Mexico||Teófilo Cubillas||21|
|1974 West Germany||Władysław Żmuda||20|
|1978 Argentina||Antonio Cabrini||20|
|1982 Spain||Manuel Amoros||21|
|1986 Mexico||Enzo Scifo||20|
|1990 Italy||Robert Prosinečki||21|
|1994 United States||Marc Overmars||21|
|1998 France||Michael Owen||18|
|2002 Korea/Japan||Landon Donovan||20|
The Best Young Player Award was first awarded in 2006.
|World Cup||Best Young Player Award||Age|
|2006 Germany||Lukas Podolski||21|
|2010 South Africa||Thomas Müller||20|
FIFA Fair Play Trophy
The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.
The appearance of the award was originally a certificate but from 1982–1994 it had been a golden trophy based on Sport Billy, a football-playing cartoon character from 1982 who became an icon for FIFA Fair play. More recently it is simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure. Peru was the first nation to win the award after receiving no yellow or red cards in the 1970 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico.
|World Cup||FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners|
|1994 United States||Brazil|
|1998 France|| England
|2006 Germany|| Brazil
|2010 South Africa||Spain|
Most Entertaining Team
The FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team was a subjectively awarded prize for the team which had done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game. The award was organised through public participation in a poll. It was last awarded in 2006.
|World Cup||Most Entertaining Team Award|
|1994 United States||Brazil|
|1998 France||France|
|2002 Korea/Japan||South Korea|
The All-Star Team, until 2006 named after sponsor MasterCard All-Star Team (in 2010,Yingli sponsored the award), is a team of players from the World Cup Finals, chosen up to 2006 by FIFA's technical study group, and in 2010 by an online poll on the FIFA.com website.
The ways in which the FIFA All-Star team members have been chosen has varied from year to year. A technical study group consisting of journalists and experts has historically chosen the team. However, in 1998, a FIFA technical group first chose the team. In 2010, the All-Star team was chosen through a popular online voting contest. The number of players was expanded from 11 to 16 at the 1998 finals, and then to 23 in 2006, but returned to 11 in 2010 (which saw the selection of a coach, Vicente del Bosque). Before 1998, journalists and experts chose a "Dream Team" with outstanding players from each playing position. The teams were chosen mostly by European and South American journalists.
|1974 West Germany|
|1994 United States|
|2010 South Africa|
Only two players have been named in three separate All-Star teams: Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany, who was included in 1966, 1970, and 1974, Djalma Santos in 1954, 1958 and 1962. 21 others have been named to two separate All-Star teams: Luis Monti (1930 and 1934; however, in 1930, he was representing Argentina while in 1934 he represented Italy); Garrincha (1958 and 1962); Pelé (1958 and 1970); Bobby Charlton (1966 and 1970); Ruud Krol and Rob Rensenbrink (1974 and 1978); Berti Vogts (1974 and 1978); Paolo Rossi (1978 and 1982); Michel Platini (1982 and 1986); Diego Maradona (1986 and 1990); Paolo Maldini (1990 and 1994); Dunga (1994 and 1998); Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, and Ronaldo (1998 and 2002); Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane (1998 and 2006); Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (2002 and 2006); and Philipp Lahm (2006 and 2010).
Pelé is the only player to be named in All-Star teams 12 years apart (1958 and 1970).
36 different Brazilian players were named in All-Star teams, Brazil is also the nation with most nominations with 44 nominees. No Brazilian goalkeeper has ever been nominated.
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- For Mario kempes & Paolo Rossi 1978
- For Guillermo Stábile 1930
- For Wolfgang Overath 1970
- For Kazimierz Deyna 1974
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