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Barcelona dominates FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist
November 1st, 2011 12:30PM

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[AWARDS] Barcelona has eight players, including 2009-10 winner Lionel Messi, named to the 23-player shortlist for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Four players from Real Madrid were also nominated, giving Spain's two biggest clubs 12 of the 23 nominees.

No player from Concacaf, not even Mexican star Javier Hernandez of Manchester United, was nominated.

The winner will be announced Jan. 9 at ceremonies in Zurich, where the Coach of the Year, FIFA Women's Player of the Year and FIFA Coach of the Year for Women's Soccer will also be revealed.

The Ballon d'Or will be selected by a panel of national team coaches, captains and journalists.

PLAYERS:
Eric Abidal (France, Barcelona)
Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Man. City)
Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid)
Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)
Daniel Alves (Brazil, Barcelona)
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, Anzhi Makhachkala)
Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Barcelona)
Diego Forlan (Uruguay, Inter Milan)
Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona)
Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)
Thomas Mueller (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Nani (Portugal, Man. United)
Neymar (Brazil, Santos)
Mesut Ozil (Germany, Real Madrid)
Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona)
Wayne Rooney (England, Man. United)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands, Inter Milan)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Liverpool)
David Villa (Spain, Barcelona)
Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid)
Xavi (Spain, Barcelona)

COACHES:
Vicente Del Bosque
(Spain, Spain national team)
Alex Ferguson
(Scotland, Man. United)
Rudi Garcia (France, Lille)
Josep Guardiola (Spain, Barcelona)
Joachim Loew (Germany, Germany national team)
Juergen Klopp (Germany, Borussia Dortmund)
Jose Mourinho (Portugal, Real Madrid)
Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay, Uruguay national team)
Andre Villas-Boas (Portugal, Chelsea)
Arsene Wenger (France, Arsenal)



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  1. David V
    commented on: November 1, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.
    It should be noted that Spain is the country with most candidates, seven in total: Xavi , Iniesta, Cesc, Villa, Pique, Casillas and Xabi Alonso. This is well ahead of the three in Germany and two from Portugal, France, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Netherlands, Cameroon and England can boast only one candidate. In addition, the Brazilian Neymar from Santos, is the only player not playing in Europe that has crept into the select list. Leo Messi is the favorite, and has won it 2 years in a row, although last year it should have gone to Xavi or Iniesta (who were World Cup champions, Messi had a very poor showing at the WC). I was shocked Messi won it last year, but would be shocked if he did not win it this year. There is a possibility that Xavi could get it on a sympathy vote, as he (along with Iniesta) rightly deserved it last year and led Spain (along with David Villa) to the European Championship in 2008, and to the World Championship in 2010 and has won the Champions League in Europe 3x (2006, 2009, 2011) and the Club World Cup (2009). Xavi's greatness has only been discovered at the end of his career. http://www.marca.com/index.html?a=0821d577339f132a3f977dc75d760a4d&t=1277599499 Among the ten best coaches Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) repeated application, Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) and Vicente del Bosque (Spain National Team). To mention Chicharito is a complete joke

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