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The 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the third year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 7 January 2013.,[1] with Lionel Messi winning a record fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or.

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.[2]

Contents

WinnersEdit

FIFA Ballon d'OrEdit

A shortlist of 23 male players was compiled by members of FIFA's Football Committee as well as a group of experts from France Football.[3] It was announced on 29 October 2012.[4][5] There were three voters per FIFA member federation, one journalist and the coaches and captain of the national men's team. Each picked a first (5 points), second (3 points) and third choice (1 point), with their choices made public by FIFA.[6] This was cut to a set of three "finalists" – Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo – on 29 November 2012.[7][8]

The odds-on[9] favourite Lionel Messi won the award.[10] Messi won all three FIFA Ballons d'Or since its inception in 2010 and also won both predecessor awards (the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year) in 2009.

The results for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or were:

Rank Player[11] Nationality Club Votes
1st Lionel Messi   Argentina   Barcelona 41.60%
2nd Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal   Real Madrid 23.68%
3rd Andrés Iniesta   Spain   Barcelona 10.91%

The following 20 men were originally in contention for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or:

Rank Player[11] Nationality Club Votes
4th Xavi   Spain   Barcelona 4.08%
5th Radamel Falcao   Colombia   Atlético Madrid 3.67%
6th Iker Casillas   Spain   Real Madrid 3.18%
7th Andrea Pirlo   Italy   Juventus 2.66%
8th Didier Drogba   Ivory Coast   Chelsea
  Shanghai Shenhua
2.60%
9th Robin van Persie   Netherlands   Arsenal
  Manchester United
1.45%
10th Zlatan Ibrahimović   Sweden   Milan
  Paris Saint-Germain
1.24%
11th Xabi Alonso   Spain   Real Madrid 1.09%
12th Yaya Touré   Ivory Coast   Manchester City 0.76%
13th Neymar   Brazil   Santos 0.61%
14th Mesut Özil   Germany   Real Madrid 0.41%
15th Wayne Rooney   England   Manchester United 0.39%
16th Gianluigi Buffon   Italy   Juventus 0.35%
17th Sergio Agüero   Argentina   Manchester City 0.30%
18th Sergio Ramos   Spain   Real Madrid 0.22%
19th Manuel Neuer   Germany   Bayern Munich 0.21%
20th Sergio Busquets   Spain   Barcelona 0.20%
21st Gerard Piqué[12]   Spain   Barcelona 0.11%
22nd Karim Benzema   France   Real Madrid 0.11%
23rd Mario Balotelli   Italy   Manchester City 0.07%

FIFA Women's World Player of the YearEdit

On 25 October 2012, a ten-player shortlist was unveiled for the FIFA's Women's Player of the Year, which was chosen by experts from FIFA's Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup and a group of experts from France Football.[13]

The voting system used was the same as that of the men's award (see above), with coaches and captains of women's national teams and persons from the media making public top-three selections.[14]

Rank Player[15] Nationality Club Votes
1st Abby Wambach   United States 20.67%
2nd Marta   Brazil   Tyresö FF 13.50%
3rd Alex Morgan   United States   Seattle Sounders 10.87%
Rank Player[11] Nationality Club Votes
4th Homare Sawa   Japan   INAC Kobe Leonessa 10.85%
5th Christine Sinclair   Canada 10.33%
6th Carli Lloyd   United States 7.99%
7th Camille Abily   France   Lyon Ladies 7.70%
8th Aya Miyama   Japan   Yunogo Belle 7.51%
9th Miho Fukumoto   Japan   Yunogo Belle 7.32%
10th Megan Rapinoe   United States   Seattle Sounders Women 2.89%

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's FootballEdit

This award was decided by the same voters and system as that of the men's player award.[16]

Rank Coach[15] Nationality Team Votes
1st Vicente del Bosque   Spain   Spain 34.51%
2nd José Mourinho   Portugal   Real Madrid 20.49%
3rd Pep Guardiola   Spain   Barcelona 12.91%
Rank Coach[11] Nationality Club Votes
4th Roberto Di Matteo   Italy   Chelsea 12.02%
5th Alex Ferguson   Scotland   Manchester United 5.82%
6th Jürgen Klopp   Germany   Borussia Dortmund 4.78%
7th Cesare Prandelli   Italy   Italy 3.34%
8th Roberto Mancini   Italy   Manchester City 3.10%
9th Joachim Löw   Germany   Germany 1.15%
10th Jupp Heynckes   Germany   Bayern Munich 1.00%

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's FootballEdit

This award was decided by the same voters and system as that of the women's player award.[17]

Rank Coach[15] Nationality Team Votes
1st Pia Sundhage   Sweden   United States 28.59%
2nd Norio Sasaki   Japan   Japan 23.83%
3rd Bruno Bini   France   France 9.02%
Rank Coach[11] Nationality Club Votes
4th Patrice Lair   France   Lyon 7.64%
5th Silvia Neid   Germany   Germany 6.48%
6th John Herdman   England   Canada 6.31%
7th Hiroshi Yoshida   Japan   Japan U17
  Japan U20
5.75%
8th Steve Swanson   United States   United States U20 5.02%
9th Maren Meinert   Germany   Germany U20 3.70%
10th Hope Powell   England   England
  Great Britain Olympic
3.29%

FIFA/FIFPro World XIEdit

Position Player[15] Nationality Club
GK Iker Casillas   Spain   Real Madrid
DF Dani Alves   Brazil   Barcelona
DF Sergio Ramos   Spain   Real Madrid
DF Gerard Piqué   Spain   Barcelona
DF Marcelo   Brazil   Real Madrid
MF Xabi Alonso   Spain   Real Madrid
MF Xavi   Spain   Barcelona
MF Andrés Iniesta   Spain   Barcelona
FW Lionel Messi   Argentina   Barcelona
FW Radamel Falcao   Colombia   Atlético Madrid
FW Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal   Real Madrid

This was the first occasion that all 11 FIFPro World XI players were players from the same league (La Liga).[19]

FIFA Puskás AwardEdit

The Puskás Award for best goal was decided by a public online vote.[20]

Rank Player[15] Nationality Team Notes
1st Miroslav Stoch   Slovakia   Fenerbahçe Volley into top corner of net, 3 March 2012, Turkish Süper Lig match against Gençlerbirliği[21]
2nd Radamel Falcao   Colombia   Atlético Madrid
3rd Neymar   Brazil   Santos

FIFA Presidential AwardEdit

FIFA Fair Play AwardEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  12. ^ "Pique Kembali Sindir Madrid?".
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  18. ^ "FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2012". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 10 July 2016. Over 50,000 FIFPro professional players have voted and elected the following FIFA/FIFPro World XI for 2012: IKER CASILLAS, DANI ALVES, MARCELO, GERARD PIQUÉ, SERGIO RAMOS, ANDRÉS INIESTA, XABI ALONSO, XAVI HERNANDEZ, CRISTIANO RONALDO, RADAMEL FALCAO, LIONEL MESSI. Check out if you picked the correct FIFA/FIFPro World XI and if so, you could, perhaps, win a jersey signed by the FIFA/FIFPro World XI players.
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  21. ^ "Fenerbahce's Miroslav Stoch wins Fifa's goal of the year after superb volley against Genclerbirligi".
  22. ^ "Presidential award". FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  23. ^ "Fair play award". FIFA. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013.

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