France Football

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France Football
A 2005 issue, featuring Ronaldinho and the Ballon d'Or trophy.
Categories Football
Frequency Bi-weekly
First issue 1946
Country France
Language French

France Football is a French bi-weekly magazine containing football news from all over the world. It is one of the most reputable sports publications in Europe, mostly because of its photographic reports and accurate statistics of the big European Cup matches, and extensive coverage of the European leagues. The magazine was first published in 1946.

Main trophies awarded by France Football[edit]

Ballon d'Or[edit]

Main article: Ballon d'Or

The Ballon d'Or (French for Golden Ball and often referred to as European Footballer of the Year award) is the most notable award distributed by France Football. The award has been given out annually since 1956, with the inaugural winner being Stanley Matthews and the most recent recipient being Cristiano Ronaldo. Since 2010, the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award have been merged. The world’s best player will be awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or each year.[1]

Super Ballon d'Or[edit]

A special Ballon d'Or was given to Alfredo Di Stéfano, In December 1989, under the name of Super Ballon d'Or, which coincided with the 30th anniversary of the French magazine. It was given after a vote where Di Stéfano surpassed Johan Cruyff and Michel Platini.[2]

Football Player of the Century[edit]

In 1999 France Football consulted their former Ballon D'Or winners to elect the Football Player of the Century.[3] Brazilian Pelé received the most votes, been voted as the greatest of all time by 17 of the voters. Among the 34 former Ballon D'Or winners (from 1956 to 1999) 30 of them voted. Stanley Matthews, Omar Sivori and George Best refused to vote, and Lev Yashin was already dead. Each of the 30 voters chose 5 players. 5 points were given for the 1st place, 4 points for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd, 2 points for 4th and 1 point for 5th. Argentinian Alfredo Di Stéfano only chose a 1st place, Michel Platini a 1st and 2nd place, and George Weah 2 players for 5th place (giving ½ point to each one).

Player Nationality Points First place Second place Third place Fourth place Fifth place
1 Pelé  Brazil 122 17 5 4 2 1
2 Diego Maradona  Argentina 65 3 6 5 5 1
3 Johan Cruyff  Netherlands 62 1 4 7 9 2
4 Alfredo Di Stéfano  Argentina/ Colombia/ Spain 44 4 3 3 1 1
5 Michel Platini  France 40 1 5 1 3 6

Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur[edit]

In 2014, Pelé was given an honorary Ballon d'Or, having won three FIFA World Cups with Brazil but never an individual award from FIFA, as during his playing career only European-based players were eligible to win the original Ballon d'Or.[4]

French Player of the Year[edit]

Every year, the magazine elects the best French player of the year. Until 1995, only French players playing in France could win it. Since 1996, French players playing abroad can win the trophy. Since 2001, former winners elect the winner of the year.[5]

Manager of the year[edit]

Every year, the magazine elects the best French manager of the year. The jury is now composed of former laureates.[5]

See also[edit]