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Seven finalists nominated for adidas Golden Ball
by Paul Kennedy, July 11th, 2014 3:09PM
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TAGS:  argentina, germany, world cup 2014


[AWARDS] Four Germans and three Argentines are among the 10 players nominated for the adidas Golden Ball as the best player of the World Cup. The starting goalkeepers for both teams are among three players on the shortlist for adidas Golden Glove.

The FIFA Technical Study Group nominated the players and will select the winners.

adidas Golden Ball (Best Player):
Angel Di Maria (Argentina)
Mats Hummels (Germany)
Toni Kroos (Germany)
Philipp Lahm (Germany)
Javier Mascherano (Argentina)
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Thomas Mueller (Germany)
Neymar (Brazil)
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
James Rodriguez (Colombia)

adidas Golden Glove (Best Goalkeeper):
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Sergio Romero (Argentina)

Hyundai Young Player Award:
Memphis Depay (Netherlands)
Paul Pogba (France)
Raphael Varane (France)
(Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1993).

  1. Patrick Brazill
    commented on: July 11, 2014 at 3:38 p.m.
    Golden ball: Robben; Golden Glove: Neuer; and, YPA: Pogba.
  1. Karl Schreiber
    commented on: July 11, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.
    Very strange! Tim Howard made more critical saves than the three condidates together.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: July 12, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.
    I find it a bit odd too. Navas has been fantastic and certainly deserves to be a nominee, but Neuer has had very little to do although he excels at sweeping without doubt. Romero has been solid but had zero to do against the Dutch until the shootout. Got to admit I expected Howard to be at least among the nominees. But then, anything involving FIFA is always a puzzlement.
  1. Ginger Peeler
    commented on: July 12, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.
    Perhaps it's based on total goals allowed? Or the average of goals against per game? Otherwise, Howard would HAVE to be included. Before Howard set the bar for spectacular saves, the Mexican goalkeeper also had an extraordinary game.
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: July 12, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.
    I don't expect any player from any team that was eliminated before the quarterfinals to be nominated. And it's fair.
  1. Kent James
    commented on: July 12, 2014 at 2:08 p.m.
    Gus, while you are probably right, if that's true, FIFA should say that, otherwise it does leave people justifiably perplexed, especially with regards to goalkeepers. Both Howard and the Mexican keeper were much more important to their teams than Romero, who had little to do until the shoot-out against the Dutch. Neuer has been much more important to Germany's success than is recognized, especially coming out to shut down Algeria's attacks (which clearly showed Germany's main weakness--a lack of speed in the back) and against Brazil, where he made a couple of incredible saves to keep Brazil off the scoreboard at the start of the second half (and not to mention his one-armed save on Benzema's point blank shot that preserved the win against France).
  1. Sidney Hall
    commented on: July 12, 2014 at 2:28 p.m.
    If teams that are eliminated shouldn't be there, then why is Navas there? Should only be Neuer and Ramero using that logic. Otherwise Tim Howard should certainly be in on the list...

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