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The FIFA Order of Merit is the highest honour awarded by FIFA. The award is presented at the annual FIFA congress. It is normally awarded to people who are considered to have made a significant contribution to association football.

FIFA Order of Merit
Awarded by FIFA
TypeOrder of merit
Awarded for"significant contribution to association football"
StatusActive
Statistics
First induction1984
Last induction2012
Total inductees121
Precedence
Next (higher)None
Next (lower)None

At FIFA's centennial congress they made one award for every decade of their existence. These awards were also handed out to fans, organisations, clubs, and one to African Football. These were referred to as the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit.

The winner doesn't have to be directly involved with football to receive it. One such notable non-footballing personality was Nelson Mandela who won it for bringing South Africa back to international football.

Contents

RecipientsEdit

Football associationsEdit

Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol 2004   Uruguay Centennial Award in 2004
African Football 2004 Centennial Award in 2004
International Football Association Board 2004 Centennial Award in 2004

Football clubsEdit

Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Real Madrid C.F. 2004   Spain Centennial Award in 2004
Sheffield F.C. 2004   England Centennial Award in 2004[1]

FootballersEdit

 
Pele (left) was named Athlete of Century by the International Olympic Committee in 1999
 
Johan Cruyff received the award for his contributions as both footballer and a coach
Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Franz Beckenbauer 1984, 2004   Germany Centennial Award in 2004
Bobby Charlton 1984   England
Pele 1984, 2004   Brazil Centennial Award in 2004
Dino Zoff 1984   Italy
Lev Yashin 1988   Soviet Union
Antonio Carbajal 1992   Mexico
Stanley Matthews 1992   England
Francisco Varallo 1994   Argentina
Alfredo Di Stefano 1994   Argentina
Fritz Walter 1994   Germany
Ferenc Puskás 1994   Hungary
Eusébio 1994   Portugal
Just Fontaine 1994   France
Gunn Nyborg 1994   Norway
Obdulio Varela 1994   Uruguay
Zico[2] 1996   Brazil
Bobby Moore 1996   England
Salif Keita 1996   Mali
Michelle Akers 1998   United States
Larbi Benbarek 1998   Morocco
Gilmar 1998   Brazil
Gerd Müller 1998   Germany
Ivan Toplak 2000   Slovenia
David Kipiani 2002   Georgia
Pradip Kumar Banerjee 2004   India Centennial Award in 2004
Lee Ramoon 2004   Cayman Islands
Paolo Maldini 2008   Italy
Bobby Robson 2009   England
Johan Cruijff 2010   Netherlands
Steve Sumner 2010   New Zealand Centennial Award in 2004
Alcides Ghiggia 2010   Uruguay

CoachesEdit

 
Oscar Tabaréz is the last person to receive the FIFA Order of Merit for his contributions as a coach
Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Helmut Schön 1984   Germany
Mário Zagallo 1992   Brazil
Karl Heinz Weigang 1998   Germany
Miljan Miljanić 2002   Serbia
Valeriy Lobanovskyi 2003   Ukraine
Sein Hlaing 2004   Myanmar
Kazimierz Górski 2006   Poland
Nodar Akhalkatsi 2008   Georgia
Johan Cruijff 2010   Netherlands
Winston Chung-Fah 2012   Jamaica
Óscar Tabárez 2012   Uruguay

RefereesEdit

Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Nikolay Latyshev 1987   Soviet Union
Thomas Wharton 1992   Scotland
Farouk Bouzo 1996   Syria
Javier Arriaga Muñiz 1996   Mexico
Fernando G. Álvarez 2005   Philippines
Hari Raj Naicker 2012   Fiji

AdministratorsEdit

 
the 6th President of FIFA Stanley Rous was also serving is the international referee
 
Santiago Bernabeu is generally considered the one to whom much of the credit can be given for transforming Real Madrid C.F. into the most successful football club in Spain and in Europe
 
Miljan Miljanić became the recipient of the award posthumously for his contributions as a coach and the President of the Football Federation of Yugoslavia/Serbia
 
Jules Rimet is FIFA's longest-serving president and the initiator of the first FIFA World Cup
Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Stanley Rous 1984   England
Mihajlo Andrejević 1984   Yugoslavia
Paulo Machado de Carvalho 1987   Brazil
Ferdinand Hidalgo 1987   Ecuador
Teófilo Salinas Fuller 1987   Peru
Marat Gramov 1987   Soviet Union
João Lyra Filho 1988   Brazil
Pedro Escartín 1988   Spain
Yidnekatchew Tessema 1988   Ethiopia
K. Ziauddin 1992   India
Shizuo Fujita 1992   Japan
Juan José Russo 1992   Argentina
Abdel Aziz Mostafa 1992   Egypt
Arthur George 1994   Australia
Chen Chengda 1994   China
Abdel Halim Muhammad 1994   Sudan
Gene Edwards 1994   United States
Vitali Smirnov 1995   Russia
Maurice Burlaz 1996   France
Henry Fok 1998   Hong Kong
Julio Grondona 1998   Argentina
Vyacheslav Koloskov 1998   Russia
Bert Millichip 1998   England
Guillermo Cañedo de la Bárcena 1998   Mexico
Abilio d'Almeida 2000   Brazil
Josep Lluís Núñez 2000   Spain
Nabon Noor 2000   Indonesia
Azrikam Miltchan 2000   Israel
Horace Burrell 2000   Jamaica
Faisal bin Fahd 2000   Saudi Arabia
Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo 2000   Nigeria
Nikita Simonyan 2000   Russia
Juan Antonio Samaranch 2001   Spain
José Ermírio de Moraes Filho 2002   Brazil
Jim Fleming 2002   Canada
Mohamed Khalil El Deeb 2002   Egypt
Santiago Bernabéu 2002   Spain
Miljan Miljanić 2002   Serbia
Hans Ernst Bangerter 2002    Switzerland
René Hüssy 2002    Switzerland
Johnny Warren 2004   Australia Centennial Award in 2004[3]
João Havelange 2004   Brazil Centennial Award in 2004
Jules Rimet 2004   France Centennial Award in 2004
Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah 2004   Kuwait
Jan Peeters 2006   Belgium
Issa Hayatou 2006   Cameroon
Egidius Braun 2006   Germany
Oscar Thamar Torres 2006   Guatemala
Saburō Kawabuchi 2006   Japan
Hamzah Abu Samah 2006   Malaysia
Guyedre Wamedjo 2006   New Caledonia
Per Ravn Omdal 2006   Norway
Kazimierz Górski 2006   Poland
Aleksei Paramonov 2006   Russia
Alan Rothenberg 2006   United States
Nicolás Abumohor 2008   Chile
Zhang Jilong 2008   China
Isaac David Sasso Sasso 2008   Costa Rica
Nodar Akhalkatsi 2008   Georgia
Helen Leuthardt-Petermann 2008    Switzerland
Lisle Austin 2010   Barbados
Holger Obermann 2010   Germany
Junji Ogura 2010   Japan
Molefi Oliphant 2010   South Africa
Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder 2012   Germany
György Szepesi 2012   Hungary
Ahmad Shah of Pahang 2012   Malaysia
Godfried Foli Ekue 2012   Togo

Other individualsEdit

Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Roberto Marinho 1987   Brazil
Everwijn van Steeden 1987   England
Emilio Azcárraga Milmo 1987   Mexico
Diego Lucero 1987   Uruguay
Pedro Ramírez Vázquez 1988   Mexico
Karl-Heinz Heimann 1992   Germany
Walter Lutz 1992    Switzerland
Henry Kissinger 1996   United States
Douglas Ivester 1996   United States
Udo Jürgens 1996   Germany
Fernand Sastre 1998   France
Nelson Mandela 1998   South Africa
Erwin Himmelseher 2000   Germany
Kofi Annan 2002   Ghana
Thaksin Shinawatra 2004   Thailand
Robert Louis-Dreyfus 2006   France
Otto Schily 2006   Germany
Rudi Michel 2006   Germany
Mohammed Yusuf 2008   Fiji
Alpha Oumar Konaré 2008   Mali
Thabo Mbeki 2010   South Africa

Other collectivesEdit

Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Television 2004 Centennial Award in 2004
The City of Sheffield 2004   England Centennial Award in 2004
Fans of Japan 2004   Japan Centennial Award in 2004
Fans of Korea 2004   South Korea Centennial Award in 2004

Commercial brandsEdit

Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Adidas 2004   Germany Centennial Award in 2004
Coca-Cola 2004   United States Centennial Award in 2004
Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive 2004   France Centennial Award in 2004

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Honours of Oldest Soccer Team in World". Sheffield FC. 20 January 2018. Archived from the original on 20 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Anniversary with nine FIFA Order of Merit Awards". FIFA. 9 August 1996. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Global game honours fighter Warren". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 July 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2018.

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