FIFA Order of Merit

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FIFA Order of Merit
Awarded by FIFA
Type Order of merit
Awarded for"significant contribution to association football"
StatusActive
Statistics
First induction1984
Last induction2012
Total inductees121
Precedence
Next (higher)None
Next (lower)None

The FIFA Order of Merit is the highest honour awarded by FIFA. The award is presented at the annual FIFA congress. It is normally awarded to people who are considered to have made a significant contribution to association football.

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At FIFA's centennial congress they made one award for every decade of their existence. These awards were also handed out to fans, organisations, clubs, and one to African Football. These were referred to as the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit.

The winner doesn't have to be directly involved with football to receive it. One such notable non-footballing personality was Nelson Mandela who won it for bringing South Africa back to international football.

Recipients

Football associations

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol 2004Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Centennial Award in 2004
African Football 2004Centennial Award in 2004
International Football Association Board 2004Centennial Award in 2004

Football clubs

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Real Madrid C.F. 2004Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Centennial Award in 2004
Sheffield F.C. 2004Flag of England.svg  England Centennial Award in 2004 [1]

Footballers

Pele (left) was named Athlete of Century by the International Olympic Committee in 1999 PeleSheffield.jpg
Pele (left) was named Athlete of Century by the International Olympic Committee in 1999
Johan Cruyff received the award for his contributions as both footballer and a coach Johan Cruijff 2013 Catalonia.jpg
Johan Cruyff received the award for his contributions as both footballer and a coach
RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Franz Beckenbauer 1984, 2004Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Centennial Award in 2004
Bobby Charlton 1984Flag of England.svg  England
Pele 1984, 2004Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Centennial Award in 2004
Dino Zoff 1984Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Lev Yashin 1988Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Antonio Carbajal 1992Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Stanley Matthews 1992Flag of England.svg  England
Francisco Varallo 1994Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Alfredo Di Stefano 1994Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Fritz Walter 1994Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Ferenc Puskás 1994Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Eusébio 1994Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Just Fontaine 1994Flag of France.svg  France
Gunn Nyborg 1994Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Obdulio Varela 1994Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Zico [2] 1996Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Bobby Moore 1996Flag of England.svg  England
Salif Keita 1996Flag of Mali.svg  Mali
Michelle Akers 1998Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Larbi Benbarek 1998Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
Gilmar 1998Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Gerd Müller 1998Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Ivan Toplak 2000Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
David Kipiani 2002Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Pradip Kumar Banerjee 2004Flag of India.svg  India Centennial Award in 2004
Lee Ramoon 2004Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands
Paolo Maldini 2008Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Bobby Robson 2009Flag of England.svg  England
Johan Cruijff 2010Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Steve Sumner 2010Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Centennial Award in 2004
Alcides Ghiggia 2010Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay

Coaches

Oscar Tabaréz is the last person to receive the FIFA Order of Merit for his contributions as a coach 20171114 AUT URU 4562.jpg
Oscar Tabaréz is the last person to receive the FIFA Order of Merit for his contributions as a coach
RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Helmut Schön 1984Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Mário Zagallo 1992Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Karl Heinz Weigang 1998Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Miljan Miljanić 2002Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
Valeriy Lobanovskyi 2003Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Sein Hlaing 2004Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar
Kazimierz Górski 2006Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
Nodar Akhalkatsi 2008Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Johan Cruijff 2010Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Winston Chung-Fah 2012Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
Óscar Tabárez 2012Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay

Referees

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Nikolay Latyshev 1987Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Thomas Wharton 1992Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Farouk Bouzo 1996Flag of Syria.svg  Syria
Javier Arriaga Muñiz 1996Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Fernando G. Álvarez 2005Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines
Hari Raj Naicker 2012Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji

Administrators

the 6th President of FIFA Stanley Rous was also serving is the international referee Stanley Rous.jpg
the 6th President of FIFA Stanley Rous was also serving is the international referee
Santiago Bernabeu is generally considered the one to whom much of the credit can be given for transforming Real Madrid C.F. into the most successful football club in Spain and in Europe Santiago Bernabeu.jpg
Santiago Bernabeu is generally considered the one to whom much of the credit can be given for transforming Real Madrid C.F. into the most successful football club in Spain and in Europe
Miljan Miljanić became the recipient of the award posthumously for his contributions as a coach and the President of the Football Federation of Yugoslavia/Serbia Miljan Miljanić (1971).jpg
Miljan Miljanić became the recipient of the award posthumously for his contributions as a coach and the President of the Football Federation of Yugoslavia/Serbia
Jules Rimet is FIFA's longest-serving president and the initiator of the first FIFA World Cup Jules Rimet 1933.jpg
Jules Rimet is FIFA's longest-serving president and the initiator of the first FIFA World Cup
RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Stanley Rous 1984Flag of England.svg  England
Mihajlo Andrejević 1984Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
Paulo Machado de Carvalho 1987Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Ferdinand Hidalgo 1987Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador
Teófilo Salinas Fuller 1987Flag of Peru.svg  Peru
Marat Gramov 1987Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
João Lyra Filho 1988Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Pedro Escartín 1988Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Yidnekatchew Tessema 1988Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
K. Ziauddin 1992Flag of India.svg  India
Shizuo Fujita 1992Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Juan José Russo 1992Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Abdel Aziz Mostafa 1992Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt
Arthur George 1994Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
Chen Chengda 1994Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Abdel Halim Muhammad 1994Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan
Gene Edwards 1994Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Vitali Smirnov 1995Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Maurice Burlaz 1996Flag of France.svg  France
Henry Fok 1998Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong
Julio Grondona 1998Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Vyacheslav Koloskov 1998Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Bert Millichip 1998Flag of England.svg  England
Guillermo Cañedo de la Bárcena 1998Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Abilio d'Almeida 2000Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Josep Lluís Núñez 2000Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Nabon Noor 2000Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
Azrikam Miltchan 2000Flag of Israel.svg  Israel
Horace Burrell 2000Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
Faisal bin Fahd 2000Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo 2000Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Nikita Simonyan 2000Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Juan Antonio Samaranch 2001Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
José Ermírio de Moraes Filho 2002Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Jim Fleming2002Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Mohamed Khalil El Deeb 2002Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt
Santiago Bernabéu 2002Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Miljan Miljanić 2002Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
Hans Ernst Bangerter 2002Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
René Hüssy 2002Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Johnny Warren 2004Flag of Australia.svg  Australia Centennial Award in 2004 [3]
João Havelange 2004Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Centennial Award in 2004
Jules Rimet 2004Flag of France.svg  France Centennial Award in 2004
Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah 2004Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait
Jan Peeters 2006Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Issa Hayatou 2006Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Egidius Braun 2006Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Oscar Thamar Torres 2006Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala
Saburō Kawabuchi 2006Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Hamzah Abu Samah 2006Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia
Guyedre Wamedjo 2006Flag of FLNKS.svg  New Caledonia
Per Ravn Omdal 2006Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Kazimierz Górski 2006Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
Aleksei Paramonov 2006Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Alan Rothenberg 2006Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Nicolás Abumohor 2008Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
Zhang Jilong 2008Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Isaac David Sasso Sasso 2008Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
Nodar Akhalkatsi 2008Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Helen Leuthardt-Petermann 2008Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Lisle Austin 2010Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados
Holger Obermann 2010Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Junji Ogura 2010Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Molefi Oliphant 2010Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder 2012Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
György Szepesi 2012Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Ahmad Shah of Pahang 2012Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia
Godfried Foli Ekue 2012Flag of Togo.svg  Togo

Other individuals

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Roberto Marinho 1987Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Everwijn van Steeden 1987Flag of England.svg  England
Emilio Azcárraga Milmo 1987Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Diego Lucero 1987Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Pedro Ramírez Vázquez 1988Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Karl-Heinz Heimann 1992Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Walter Lutz 1992Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Henry Kissinger 1996Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Douglas Ivester 1996Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Udo Jürgens 1996Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Fernand Sastre 1998Flag of France.svg  France
Nelson Mandela 1998Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Erwin Himmelseher 2000Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Kofi Annan 2002Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
Thaksin Shinawatra 2004Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Robert Louis-Dreyfus 2006Flag of France.svg  France
Otto Schily 2006Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Rudi Michel 2006Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Mohammed Yusuf2008Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji
Alpha Oumar Konaré 2008Flag of Mali.svg  Mali
Thabo Mbeki 2010Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa

Other collectives

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Television2004Centennial Award in 2004
The City of Sheffield 2004Flag of England.svg  England Centennial Award in 2004
Fans of Japan 2004Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Centennial Award in 2004
Fans of Korea 2004Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Centennial Award in 2004

Commercial brands

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Adidas 2004Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Centennial Award in 2004
Coca-Cola 2004Flag of the United States.svg  United States Centennial Award in 2004
Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive2004Flag of France.svg  France Centennial Award in 2004

References

  1. "Honours of Oldest Soccer Team in World". Sheffield FC. 20 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. "Anniversary with nine FIFA Order of Merit Awards". FIFA. 9 August 1996. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. "Global game honours fighter Warren". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 July 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2018.