THE BEST FIFA FOOTBALL AWARDS 2017: NOMINEES, VOTING & EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the hot favourite to defend his Men’s Player of the Year crown at FIFA’s annual awards on October 23 FIFA will hold its annual The Best FIFA Football Awards event on Monday in London. Now in its second year, the ceremony recognises the best of men’s and women’s football over the previous season.

Ronaldo 11/8 first scorer v Eibar RELATED Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to successfully defend his crown in the Men’s Player of the Year category but the Women’s field could be more open, with last year’s winner Carli Lloyd once again in the running. Ahead of the ceremony in the English capital, Goal has all the information you need to know about the event. WHAT ARE THE BEST AWARDS? The Best FIFA Football Awards are annual awards presented by FIFA to the game’s top players and coaches. The awards were launched in 2016 to replace the Ballon d’Or.

The Ballon d’Or will still be presented by the magazine France Football but it will no longer be in partnership with FIFA, who will instead hand out their own prizes. Cristiano Ronaldo and Carli Lloyd were the first recipients of the main men’s and women’s awards respectively. WHEN ARE THE BEST AWARDS? This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London, with coverage beginning at 16:30 BST. The ceremony will be hosted by actor Idris Elba and Studs Up presenter Layla-Anna Lee, and will also feature a performance by the band Kasabian. Current and former footballers Roberto Di Matteo, Jay-Jay Okocha, Alex Scott, Andriy Shevchenko and Peter Shilton revealed the final three candidates for each of the main individual awards – as well as the shortlist of 10 for the Puskas Award – on September 22. WHAT ARE THE AWARD CATEGORIES? The main individual award categories are: Men’s Player, Women’s Player, Men’s Coach, Women’s Coach and Goalkeeper. In addition, there are the Fair Play, Fan and Puskas – for the best goal of the year – awards, as well as the FIFPro World XI. HOW CAN I WATCH THE AWARDS? You can watch a live stream of both the ceremony itself and the green carpet on the FIFA TV YouTube channel. Coverage of the ceremony starts at 16:30 BST, while the stars will be arriving on the green carpet from 15:00. No television broadcast details have been announced yet in the UK or the US. MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR On September 22, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi were revealed as the final three contenders for the Men’s Player of the Year award. Player Team Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid / Portugal Lionel Messi Barcelona / Argentina Neymar Barcelona & PSG / Brazil The Men’s Player of the Year award started with a 24-man shortlist drawn by a group of ‘FIFA legends’ that includes Diego Maradona, Cafu and Carles Puyol. The shortlist was then voted on between August 21 and September 7 by national team coaches, national team captains, selected media and fans, with each of the four voting categories weighted evenly. The top three was revealed on September 22, with the winner set to be announced at the ceremony on October 23.

The initial 24 nominees were: Player Team Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund / Gabon Leonardo Bonucci Milan / Italy Gianluigi Buffon Juventus / Italy Dani Carvajal Real Madrid / Spain Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid / Portugal Paulo Dybala Juventus / Argentina Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid / France Eden Hazard Chelsea / Belgium Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United / Sweden Andres Iniesta Barcelona / Spain Harry Kane Tottenham / England N’Golo Kante Chelsea / France Toni Kroos Real Madrid / Germany Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich / Poland Marcelo Real Madrid / Brazil Lionel Messi Barcelona / Argentina Luka Modric Real Madrid / Croatia Keylor Navas Real Madrid / Costa Rica Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich / Germany Neymar Barcelona / Brazil Sergio Ramos Real Madrid / Spain Alexis Sanchez Arsenal / Chile Luis Suarez Barcelona / Uruguay Arturo Vidal Bayern Munich / Chile WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR The final three nominees for the Women’s Player of the Year are United States international Carli Lloyd, Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos and Barcelona star Lieke Martens. Player Team Carli Lloyd Houston Dash / USA Deyna Castellanos Florida State / Venezuela Lieke Martens Barcelona / Netherlands The Women’s Player of the Year award had a 10-woman shortlist that was finalised by legends of the female game including Mia Hamm and Nadine Kessler. After that, the voting process is the same as the men’s award: national team coaches, national team captains, selected media and fans account for a quarter of the vote each, with the top three announced on September 22. The initial 10 nominees were: Player Team Lucy Bronze Lyon / England Deyna Castellanos Florida State / Venezuela Pernille Harder Wolfsburg / Denmark Samantha Kerr Sky Blue / Australia Carli Lloyd Houston Dash / USA Dzsenifer Marozsan Lyon / Germany Lieke Martens Barcelona / Netherlands Vivianne Miedema Arsenal / Netherlands Wendie Renard Lyon / France Jodie Taylor Arsenal / England MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR Back-to-back Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane is joined on the final Men’s Coach of the Year shortlist by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri. Coach Team Antonio Conte Chelsea Massimiliano Allegri Juventus Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid The Men’s Coach of the Year award had a 12-person shortlist selected by the same group of experts that decide on the Men’s Player of the Year field.

The voting process is the same as the two main player awards: national team coaches, national team captains, selected media and fans account for a quarter of the vote each, with the top three announced on September 22. The initial 12 nominees were: Coach Team Massimiliano Allegri Juventus Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich Antonio Conte Chelsea Luis Enrique Unattached Pep Guardiola Manchester City Leonardo Jardim Monaco Joachim Low Germany Jose Mourinho Manchester United Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid Tite Brazil Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman, Lyon boss Gerard Precheur and former Denmark coach Nils Nielsen made it through to the final three for the Women’s Coach of the Year. Coach Team Gerard Precheur Lyon Nils Nielsen Denmark / Unattached Sarina Wiegman Netherlands The Women’s Coach of the Year award had a 10-person shortlist selected by the same group of experts that decide on the Women’s Player of the Year field. The voting process is the same as the two main player awards: national team coaches, national team captains, selected media and fans account for a quarter of the vote each, with the top three announced on September 22.

The initial 10 nominees were: Coach Team Olivier Echouafni France Emma Hayes Chelsea Ralf Kellermann Wolfsburg Xavier Llorens Unattached Nils Nielsen Unattached Florence Omagbemi Nigeria Gerard Precheur Lyon Dominik Thalhammer Austria Sarina Wiegman Netherlands Hwang Yong-Bong North Korea Youth GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR The Goalkeeper of the Year award is voted for by a panel of experts, which is comprised of 11 former goalkeepers and forwards including the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Patrick Kluivert.

The three-man shortlist was announced on September 22 and is as follows: Player Team Gianluigi Buffon Juventus / Italy Keylor Navas Real Madrid / Costa Rica Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich / Germany FIFPRO WORLD XI As well as individual awards, the FIFPro World XI will be announced at the ceremony, identifying the 11 best players in the world for the last year. FIFPro polled around 25,000 professional footballers, asking for their best goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards for the 2016-17 season. A longlist of 55 players was announced on September 20, with Real Madrid boasting a record 13 players in that group. In total, there were five goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards on the longlist. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon are the only two players who have featured on every 55-man longlist since its establishment in 2004-05. PUSKAS AWARD Olivier Giroud, Deyna Castellanos and Oscarine Masuluke are the final three contenders for the Puskas Award, which recognises the most impressive goals scored during the course of the past season. Olivier Giroud: Deyna Castellanos: Oscarine Masuluke: A 10-goal shortlist was initially unveiled in September before fan voting narrowed it down to the final three. A panel of experts, which included the likes of Henrik Larsson, Alan Shearer and Predrag Mijatovic, sifted through thousands of entries to pick 10 candidates worthy of taking the crown from 2016 winner Mohd Faiz Subri. The initial nominees were: Player Team Kevin Prince Boateng Las Palmas (vs. Villarreal) Alejandro Camargo Universidad de Concepcion (vs. O’Higgins) Deyna Castellanos Venezuela U17 (vs. Cameroon) Moussa Dembele Celtic (vs. St. Johnstone) Olivier Giroud Arsenal (vs. Crystal Palace) Aviles Hurtado Xolos (vs. Atlas) Mario Mandzukic Juventus (vs. Real Madrid) Oscarine Masuluke Baroka (vs. Orlando Pirates) Nemanja Matic Chelsea (vs. Tottenham) Jordi Mboula Barcelona U19 (vs. Borussia Dortmund) BEST FIFA FAN AWARD The panel of experts who drew up the shortlist for The Best FIFA Fan Award included the likes of Jay-Jay Okocha, Carlos Valderrama and Jorge Campos. The three groups of supporters who made the final list of nominees are the fans of Borussia Dortmund , Celtic and Copenhagen, who have been recognised for their particularly enthusiastic backing of their clubs over the past year.

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