The nominees for FIFA’s year-end awards were announced last week, comprising seven categories to acknowledge the best players, keepers, coaches and goals of the year.
- Men’s player: Thiago Alcântara (Spain); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal); Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium); Robert Lewandowski (Poland); Sadio Mané (Senegal); Kylian Mbappé (France); Lionel Messi (Argentina); Neymar (Brazil); Sergio Ramos (Spain); Mohamed Salah (Egypt); Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands).
- Women’s player: Lucy Bronze (England); Delphine Cascarino (France); Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway); Pernille Harder (Denmark); Jennifer Hermoso (Spain); Ji Soyun (South Korea); Sam Kerr (Australia); Saki Kumagai (Japan); Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany); Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands); Wendie Renard (France).
- Men’s keeper: Alisson Becker (Brazil); Thibaut Courtois (Belgium); Keylor Navas (Costa Rica); Manuel Neuer (Germany); Jan Oblak (Slovenia); Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany).
- Women’s keeper: Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany); Sarah Bouhaddi (France); Christiane Endler (Chile); Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden); Alyssa Naeher (USA); Ellie Roebuck (England).
- Men’s coach: Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds); Hans-Dieter Flick (Bayern); Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool); Julen Lopetegui (Sevilla); Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid).
- Women’s coach: Lluís Cortés (Barcelona); Rita Guarino (Italy); Emma Hayes (Chelsea); Stephan Lerch (Wolfsburg); Hege Riise (LSK Kvinner); Jean-Luc Vasseur (Olympique Lyonnais); Sarina Wiegman (Dutch national team).
- Goal:Shirley Cruz; Giorgian De Arrascaeta; Jordan Flores; André-Pierre Gignac; Sophie Ingle; Zlatko Junuzović; Hlompho Kekana; Son Heung-min; Leonel Quiñónez; Luis Suárez; Caroline Weir.
Between the lines: These awards debuted just four years ago and tend to get lost in the shuffle behind the more prestigious Ballon d’Or.
- Yes, but: For the first time in its 64-year history, there will be no Ballon d’Or awarded this year “because we did not want to affix an indelible asterisk” to the prize, said its administrator, France Football.
- Dec. 9: Fan voting ends.
- Dec. 11: Finalists announced.
- Dec. 17: Winners announced.