FIFA Ballon D'Or Shortlist
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Quote:Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Spaniards dominated the shortlist for FIFA’s player of the year award for the second straight year with seven candidates.
Iker Casillas, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, David Villa, Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez were among the 23 players shortlisted, along with Argentina’s Lionel Messi who won the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or award in January after soccer’s governing body and France Football merged their accolades.
“I would put my hand in fire that Messi will win the Ballon D’Or,” Fabregas told FIFA’s website. “He is a natural winner and a motivated fighter.”
The list was drawn up by members of FIFA’s football committee, its technical and development committee and France Football magazine staff.
Messi has seven Barcelona teammates on the list including Iniesta and Xavi who were last year’s runner-ups, while there are five players from the club’s rival Real Madrid.
FIFA also announced the candidates for its coach of the year title, with Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson, Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola, Lille’s Rudi Garcia and Borussia Dortmund’s Juergen Klopp among those included on the 10-man list after leading their clubs to domestic league titles.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez was named for securing the nation’s first Copa America title since 1995.
The 2011 winners will be picked by national team captains, coaches and international media. The shortlists will be cut to three candidates in each category, for both men and women, on Dec. 5, with a final announcement on Jan. 9 in Zurich.

FIFA BALLON D’OR PLAYER SHORTLIST: Eric Abidal (France), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Germany), Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Gerard Pique (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Luis Suarez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi Hernandez (Spain).

FIFA WORLD COACH OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST: Vicente Del Bosque (Spain national team), Alex Ferguson (Manchester United), Rudi Garcia (Lille), Pep Guardiola (Barcelona), Juergen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), Joachim Loew (Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid), Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay national team), Andre Villas-Boas (FC Porto, Chelsea), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal).

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Well, (un)surprisingly none from Milan. Not even Allegri and at least Thiago Silva.
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Herbert Kilpin

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Not surprised about Allegri, he is not 'high profile', Thiago just a bit.
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That's the problem with the Ballon D'Or. Del Bosque, Mourinho (unless the Spanish Cup is counted as bigger than Serie A), Loew and Wenger have done absoluetly nothing in the past 12 months, meanwhile Rudi Garcia, Jurgen Klopp, Ferguson and Villas Boas have done nothing more (well, apart maybe from Villas Boas).

Including such players as Abidal, Aguero, Eto'o, Mueller, Nani, Neymar, Schweinsteiger etc ahead of Thiago Silva, Ibrahimovic, Di Natale, possibly Cavani etc is such a joke really.
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The so called shortlist is such a joke I will not be commenting it this year at least. Wenger being shortlisted and he was 4rth in the league. Lost carling cup to Birmingham in the final and lost to Barca in the quarters of CL and not having at least Thiago,Cavani(suarez and forlan included) and Di natale shows how much of a joke this award has become. What to expect more when they omitted D.Milito in 2010 after such an impressive all year round display.
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Fabregas himself said that it was a joke as he was injured for most part of last season.

I was shocked that Thiago Silva was not on the list; Ibrahimovic should be there too. he wouldn't win it, but he was more qualified than some names included there.
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A lot of the German players are probably there mostly for their national team display. It also explains why the German manager is also there. They have an absolutely ridiculous record in Euro 2012 qualifying. I think they won all their qualifying matches. Schweinsteiger, Muller and Ozil have all been excellent for their clubs as well so I don't see why they shouldn't be there. All that is immaterial though because Messi will (deservedly) win it for the third year running.
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I agree that Messi will win it in the end with no doubt. If he won it in Year 2010 when Xavi and Iniesta didn't in a WC year, you can't see any reason that he would let it slip this year.
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