FIFA has announced the final nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Player and The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year. Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern München, Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool FC) are the three nominees for the Best Men’s Player award.
The virtual awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Home of FIFA in Zurich on January 17. FIFA Legends Kristine Lilly and Sami Khedira discussed the nominees during a live-streamed announcement event and analysed their chances of winning these prestigious prizes.
The final three nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Player are:
Jennifer Hermoso (Spain/FC Barcelona), Sam Kerr (Australia/Chelsea FC Women) and
Alexia Putellas (Spain/FC Barcelona).
These two awards are given to the outstanding players in women’s and men’s football as voted for by an international jury respectively comprising the current coaches of all women’s/men’s national teams (one per team), the current captains of all women’s/men’s national teams (one per team), one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA.com.
The full voting and award process is detailed in the Rules of Allocation. All the winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021, including the recipients of the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award, will be crowned on January 17 during a TV show broadcast live from the Home of FIFA in Zurich.
2022 World Cup: FIFA announces new date for kick off
FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup will now kick off on Sunday, November 20, rather than the initially scheduled date of Monday, November 21.
The first game will now be between the host nation Qatar and Ecuador instead of Senegal’s match against the Netherlands.
This means the tournament will be extended to 29 days, with the final taking place on Sunday, December 18.
FIFA confirmed this on Thursday, in what was a unanimous decision by a committee comprising FIFA president, Gianni Infantino and presidents of the six continental soccer bodies.
“The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions.
“The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country,” FIFA said in a statement.
Rashford takes decision on joining PSG
Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has decided to rule out any possibility of leaving the club to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
PSG are strongly interested in signing Rashford from Man United this summer.
The French Ligue 1 champions have held talks with Rashford’s representatives and want to bring the England international to the Parc des Princes.
But according to Daily Mail, Rashford has now responded to their approach by saying that he is happy at Man United and that his priority is to stay at Old Trafford this summer.
The report added that Man United are relaxed over the situation – despite the fact that Rashford’s contract is set to end on June 30, 2023.
Rashford has scored 93 goals in 304 games for Man United.
The 24-year-old has helped Man United win the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League since he made his debut back in 2015, having progressed through the club’s youth ranks.
Aguero warns Guardiola against selling Man City star
Former Argentina striker, Sergio Aguero, has warned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City against selling Bernardo Silva this summer.
Aguero said Silva is a great player, adding that he would be surprised if City under Guardiola let the Portugal international leave the Etihad this summer.
Silva has been linked with a move to LaLiga giants, Barcelona, this summer.
“Bernardo is a great player. He carries the ball, he sacrifices, has quality to assist and score goals, and he can play in different positions,” Aguero told Stake.
“It would surprise me if City let him go. He’s a player who contributes a lot every season, but everything is possible.
“If he finally arrives at Barca, then he’ll be someone who can be key to the possession game that Xavi likes.”
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