January 12th, 2015

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the day of Ballon d' Or

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Ballon D'Or Gala!!!



Press Conferences: 13:30 CET - 16:30 CET
Red Carpet: 17:00 CET - 18:15 CET
Gala: 18:30 CET - 20:00 CET


STREAMS:

FIFATV (FIFA's Youtube Channel)
FIFA.COM

FIRSTROW
ROJADIRECTA
FEED2ALL
LIVEFOOTBALLVIDEO
VIPBOX
STREAM2WATCH
DRAKULA STREAM
FUSSBALL GUCKEN (Live TV in German)
FUSSBALL GUCKEN (Streams)


BROADCASTERS:

UK: Sky Sports 5/British Eurosport 1
Europe: EuroSport
Canada: Sportsnet World
USA: Fox Sports 2/Fox Sports Deportes
Asia: Fox Sports/Star Sports
Africa: SuperSport

NOMINEES:

FIFA Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany).

FIFA Women's Player of the Year: Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Abby Wambach (USA).

Men's World Coach of the Year: Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Joachim Low (Germany), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid).

Women's World Coach of the Year: Ralf Kellerman (Germany), Maren Meinert (Germany), Norio Sasaki (Japan).

Puskas Award: Stephanie Roche, James Rodriguez, Robin Van Persie.
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Ballon d'Or votes



I made a list of the votes from the people most would be interested in, you can see the full lists in the links below ...

Ballon d'Or

NATIONAL CAPTAINS:
• Argentina - Lionel Messi: Di María, Iniesta, Mascherano
• Bosnia and Herzegovina - Džeko: Ronaldo, Messi, Robben
• Brazil - Neymar: Messi, Ronaldo, Mascherano
• Colombia - Falcao: James, Ronaldo, Di María
• England - Rooney: Ronaldo, Kroos, Bale
• France - Lloris: Ronaldo, Benzema, Neuer
• Germany - Schweinsteiger: Neuer, Lahm, Müller
• Italy - Buffon: Ronaldo, Messi, Neuer
• Mexico - Guardado: Lahm, Di María, Ronaldo
• Netherlands - Van Persie: Robben, Ibrahimovic, Neuer
• Poland - Lewandowski: Ronaldo, Neuer, Schweinsteiger
• Portugal - Ronaldo: Ramos, Bale, Benzema
• Serbia - Ivanović: Ronaldo, Messi, Hazard
• Spain - Casillas: Ronaldo, Ramos, Müller
• Sweden - Ibrahimović: Messi, Neuer, Ronaldo
• Turkey - Turan: Ronaldo, Robben, Neuer
• Uruguay - Godín: Costa, Courtois, Robben
• USA - Dempsey: Ronaldo, Messi, Müller

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Thoughts? Any surprises? The best player votes are quite predictable, I was surprised by a few votes for the best coach (like RVP not voting for Van Gaal, Arda Turan voting Mou as #1 and Messi listing Mou). What do you think of the transparent system? I actually think it does more harm than good because the players feel obliged to vote for their teammates. The award is kind of ridiculos in general, though, as you cannot objectively compare players that play in different positions ...
Regarding Puskás, I'm kind of shocked RVP's header got so little votes.