The FIFA Puskás Award [ˈpuʃkaːʃ] is an award established on 20 October 2009 by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), at the behest of then-president Sepp Blatter, in order to award the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or "most beautiful", goal of the calendar year.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.
Joseph "Sepp" Blatter is a Swiss football administrator who was the eighth President of the FIFA from 1998 to 2015. He is currently serving a six-year ban from participating in FIFA activities.
The award is in honor of Ferenc Puskás, the striker of Real Madrid at the late 1950s and the 1960s, and central member of the highly successful Hungarian side of the same era. Puskás is widely considered by many to be the most powerful and prolific forward European football produced in first-division football, and scored a once world record of 84 goals in 85 internationals. He is one of the top scorers of the 20th century, with 512 goals in 528 matches.
Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He is the son of former footballer Ferenc Puskás Senior. A prolific forward, he scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, played 4 international matches for Spain and scored 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. He became an Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup where he was named the tournament's best player. He won three European Cups, 10 national championships and 8 top individual scoring honors. In 1995, he was recognized as the top scorer of the 20th century by the IFFHS.
"It is important to preserve the memory of those footballing greats who have left their mark on our history. Ferenc Puskás was not only a player with immense talent who won many honours, but also a remarkable man. FIFA is therefore delighted to pay tribute to him by dedicating this award to his memory," said Blatter at the inauguration of the award in Budapest.
Budapest is the capital and the most populous city of Hungary, and the tenth-largest city in the European Union by population within city limits. The city has an estimated population of 1,752,286 over a land area of about 525 square kilometres. Budapest is both a city and county, and forms the centre of the Budapest metropolitan area, which has an area of 7,626 square kilometres and a population of 3,303,786, comprising 33% of the population of Hungary.
The time-frame for the first award was July 2008 to July 2009. The annual award was presented for the first time during the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year Gala on 21 December in Switzerland, with the Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo being the first (1st) prize winner.
The 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year awards took place on 21 December 2009 at the Kongresshaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. Shortlists of 23 men and 10 women were announced on 30 October 2009. The final five contenders for this year’s FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year awards were announced on 7 December 2009. Lionel Messi was announced as the World Player of the Year with a record points total.
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a sovereign state situated in the confluence of western, central, and southern Europe. It is a federal republic composed of 26 cantons, with federal authorities seated in Bern. Switzerland is a landlocked country bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It is geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi), and land area of 39,997 km2 (15,443 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are located, among them the two global cities and economic centres of Zürich and Geneva.
Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.
Offside is one of the laws of association football, codified in Law 11 of the Laws of the Game. The law states that a player is in an offside position if any of their body parts, except the hands and arms, are in the opponents' half of the pitch, and closer to the opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.
|1st||1–0||2008–09 UEFA Champions League||17.68%|
|2nd||1–1||2008–09 UEFA Champions League||15.64%|
|4th||1–1||2008–09 Israeli Premier League||13.36%|
|5th||4–0||2008–09 Premier League||9.44%|
|6th||1–0||2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A||8.71%|
|7th||1–1||2008–09 UEFA Champions League||7.89%|
|8th||1–1||Liga MX Clausura 2009||7.30%|
|9th||1–1||2008–09 UEFA Champions League||4.04%|
|10th||3–2||2009 FIFA Confederations Cup||2.59%|
|1st||2–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier||40.55%|
|3rd||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup||10.61%|
|Unranked||1–0||2010–11 IFA Premiership||N/A|
|3–0||2009–10 La Liga|
|5–0||2009–10 UEFA Champions League|
|2–1||2010 Campeonato Paulista|
|1–1||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|2–1||2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup|
|1st||4–5||2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A||N/A|
|Unranked||1–2||2011–12 Belgian Pro League|
|4–2||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|3–2||2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup|
|1–1||2010–11 Serie A|
|2–2||Argentine Primera División Apertura 2011|
|3–1||2010–11 UEFA Champions League|
|3–0||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|2–1||2010–11 Premier League|
|2–5||2010–11 UEFA Champions League|
|1st||1–0||2011–12 Süper Lig||78%|
|3rd||3–1||2012 Copa Libertadores||7%|
|Unranked||1–1||2012 Africa Cup of Nations||N/A|
|2–1||2011–12 FA Cup|
|1–1||2012 Canadian Championship|
|2–0||2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup|
|2–2||2011–12 Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano|
|2–2||2011–12 Süper Lig|
The following list includes the nominees for the 2013 award. Voting was possible through the FIFA.com website until 9 December 2013, after a second voting round was held between the top three goals from the first round. The award to the winning goal from the second round was presented on 13 January 2014.
|2nd||2–2||2012–13 Primeira Liga||30.8%|
|3rd||1–0||2013 FIFA Confederations Cup||20.5%|
|5–0||2012–13 Division 1 Féminine|
|5–1||2013 National Women's Soccer League|
|3–1||2012–13 Serie A|
|2–3||2012–13 Serie A|
|2–1||Liga MX Apertura 2013|
|2–0||2013 Copa Sudamericana|
The nominees for 2014 were announced on 12 November.
|1st||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup||42%|
|2nd||2–0||2013–14 Irish Women's National League||33%|
|3rd||5–1||2014 FIFA World Cup||11%|
|Unranked||2–3||2014 FIFA World Cup||N/A|
|7–0||2013–14 La Liga|
|1–0||Liga MX Clausura 2014|
|4–0||2013–14 Ligue 1|
|4–1||2013–14 Premier League|
|2–1||2014 J. League Division 1|
FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 12 November 2015.
|1st||1–0||2015 Campeonato Goiano||46.7%|
|2nd||1–0||2014–15 Copa del Rey||33.3%|
|3rd||1–1||2015–16 UEFA Champions League||7.1%|
|Unranked||2–2||2014–15 League One||N/A|
|2–1||2014–15 La Liga|
|4–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|3–1||Liga FPD Invierno 2014|
|4–0||2014–15 Serie A|
FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 21 November 2016.
|1st||4–1||2016 Malaysia Super League||59.46%|
|2nd||3–0||2016 Copa Libertadores||22.86%|
|3rd||1–0||2016 South American U-17 Women's Championship||10.01%|
|2–1||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|2–0||Copa América Centenario|
|3–0||2015–16 La Liga|
|1–0||2015–16 UEFA Champions League|
|2–1||UEFA Euro 2016|
FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 22 September 2017.
|1st||1–0||2016–17 Premier League||36.17%|
|2nd||1–1||2016–17 South African Premier Division||27.48%|
|3rd||2–1||2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup||20.47%|
|Unranked||1–0||2016–17 La Liga||N/A|
|3–1||Chilean Primera División Apertura 2016|
|5–2||2016–17 Scottish Premiership|
|1–1||Liga MX Clausura 2017|
|1–1||2016–17 UEFA Champions League|
|4–2||2016–17 FA Cup|
|4–1||2016–17 UEFA Youth League|
FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 3 September 2018.
|1st||1–0||2017–18 Premier League||38%|
|2nd||3–0||2017–18 UEFA Champions League||22%|
|3rd||1–0||2018 Campeonato Mineiro||17%|
|Unranked||2–1||2017–18 UEFA Champions League||N/A|
|1–0||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|2–2||2017–18 Superleague Greece|
|1–0||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|1–0||2018 FIFA World Cup|
FIFA announced the list of 10 nominees on 19 August 2019.
|1st||2–1||2018–19 Nemzeti Bajnokság I|
|2nd||4–1||2018–19 La Liga|
|3rd||1–0||2018–19 Argentine Primera División|
|1–3||2018 Major League Soccer season|
|2–1||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|3–0||2018–19 Serie A|
|1–0||2019 National Women's Soccer League season|
|1–2||2018 Women's NIFL Premiership|
|2–1||2018–19 Premier League|
The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos AveiroGOIH ComM is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo has a record-tying five Ballon d'Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes. He has won 29 trophies in his career, including six league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League. A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League (126) and the UEFA European Championship (9), as well as those for most assists in the Champions League (44). He has scored 714 senior career goals for club and country.
The FIFA Club World Cup is an international men's association football competition organised by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The tournament officially assigns the world title. The competition was first contested in 2000 as the FIFA Club World Championship. It was not held between 2001 and 2004 due to a combination of factors, most importantly the collapse of FIFA's marketing partner International Sport and Leisure. Since 2005, the competition has been held every year, and has been hosted by Brazil, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco. The FIFA Club World Cup's prestige is perceived quite differently in different parts of the football world; it struggles to attract interest in most of Europe, and it is the object of heated debate in Brazil and Argentina.
Xavier Hernández Creus is a retired Spanish professional footballer who played as a midfielder, and is currently the manager of Qatar Stars League football club Al Sadd. Highly regarded for his humble persona and team ethos, Xavi is viewed as being the embodiment of the tiki-taka passing style of play, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest central midfielders of all time. He is also considered by many to be the greatest Spanish player ever.
The FIFA Fair Play Award is a FIFA recognition of exemplary behaviour that promotes the spirit of fair play and compassion in association football around the world. First awarded in 1987, it has been presented to individuals, teams, fans, spectators, football associations/federations and even entire footballing communities. One or more awards are presented annually, with there being at least one recipient each year except in 1994, when no award was presented.
The 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the third year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 7 January 2013., with Lionel Messi winning a record fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or.
The FIFA Club World Cup is an international association football competition organised by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship was first contested as the FIFA Club World Championship in 2000. It was not held between 2001 and 2004 due to a combination of factors, most importantly the collapse of FIFA's marketing partner International Sport and Leisure. Following a change in format which saw the FIFA Club World Championship absorb the Intercontinental Cup, it was relaunched in 2005 and took its current name the season afterwards.
The 2016 FIFA Club World Cup was the 13th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. The tournament was hosted by Japan. Real Madrid won their second Club World Cup, defeating hosts Kashima Antlers in the final.
The 2018 FIFA Club World Cup was the 15th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. The tournament was hosted by the United Arab Emirates from 12 to 22 December 2018.
The 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the fifth year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 12 January 2015.
The 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala was the sixth year for FIFA's awards for the top football players and coaches of the year. The awards were given out in Zürich on 11 January 2016.
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 were held on 9 January 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Best FIFA Football Awards are the annual recognitions awarded by FIFA to several individuals across different categories, including: best eleven players of the year, known as FIFA FIFPro World XI, FIFA World Coach of the Year for men's and for women's football, best female player of the year, 2nd best male player of the year, and best goal of the year. The FIFA Fair Play Award is the only award that usually goes to groups or entities instead of individuals.
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 were held on 23 October 2017 in London, England. The ceremony was held at the London Palladium and was hosted by Idris Elba and Layla Anna-Lee. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lieke Martens, Gianluigi Buffon, Zinedine Zidane and Sarina Wiegman were among the award-winners.
Oscarine Masuluke is a South African professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for TS Sporting. He previously played for Premier Soccer League club Baroka.
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 were held on 24 September 2018 in London, England. The selection panels were announced on 4 July 2018.
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 were held on 23 September 2019 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.