Modric, Marta topped The Finest in London

The Best FIFA Football Awards™

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  • Luka Modric and Didier Deschamps take home top men’s honours
  • Marta and Reynald Pedros awarded top women’s gongs
  • Thibaut Courtois named The Best FIFA Goalkeeper

In a glittering ceremony that saw a host of footballing stars descend on London’s Royal Festival Hall, home to London’s Symphony Orchestra, the beautiful game’s chief conductors were coronated at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ in the United Kingdom’s capital.

Luka Modric and Didier Deschamps were awarded the leading honours for The Best FIFA Men’s Player and Men’s Coach respectively, after their outstanding years and notable contributions at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Legendary Brazilian forward Marta and first-time nominee Reynald Pedros were rewarded as The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Women’s coach respectively.

After Gianluigi Buffon picked up the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award at last year’s ceremony, Thibaut Courtois was crowned his replacement after the now Real Madrid man’s outstanding year with Chelsea and stunning performances at Russia 2018.

The FIFA FIFPro World11 included two of Courtois’ former Blues team-mates and four of his current Los Blancos colleagues. Luka Modric was joined in the star-studded XI by club team-mates Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane with David De Gea, Dani Alves, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi completing the star-studded line-up elected by thousands of players from across the globe.

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The players had their say, and so did the fans, who voted for the Puskás and FIFA Fan Awards, with Mo Salah the ultimate winner of the Puskás Award thanks to his outstanding goal against Everton. Peru supporters scooped the third Fan Award, thanks to the South American country’s dedicated and fanatical following at the World Cup.

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In an evening sprinkled by show business, with star of small and large screen Idris Elba hosting proceedings, it was a heart-warming story fit for Hollywood that saw the FIFA Fair Play Award handed to Lennart Thy. The German forward missed a weeks’ training and a match for his then side VVV-Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie to donate stem cells for potentially life-saving treatment for a patient battling leukaemia.

Musical entertainment was provided by Big Shaq – of ‘Man’s Not Hot’ fame – and British rock god Noel Gallagher, the latter of whom brought the house down with a performance of Don’t Look Back in Anger. One of the best musicians of his generation, in a venue fabled for its musical history, then watched on as the orchestrators of wonderful music on football pitches the world over were honoured as The Best in London.

The Best, in full
Men’s Player: Luka Modric
Women’s Player: Marta
Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps
Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Puskás Award: Mo Salah
Fan Award: Peru supporters
Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy
World11: David De Gea; Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane; Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Luka Modric; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi.

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Soccer household gathers to develop collectively

  • Almost 200 member associations had been represented on the FIFA Soccer Convention
  • On the agenda: an evaluation of the prevalent ways and tendencies at Russia 2018
  • A few of the coaches in attendance gave their opinion on the occasion and its findings

The FIFA Soccer Convention in London, the place coaches and technical administrators from near 200 member associations gathered to determine crucial rising soccer tendencies from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, got here to a profitable conclusion on Sunday.

On the finish of the occasion, a number of the members shared their ideas and experiences and burdened the significance of holding gatherings of this nature, which deliver collectively the soccer household and go away room for reflective evaluation.

“It’s an excellent, constructive factor, having the ability to assist and share concepts, hear different factors of view and analyse the whole lot from a worldwide perspective. I’ve discovered it very attention-grabbing.”

Luis Enrique, Spain coach

“It’s crucial to carry occasions like this. It offers us entry to evaluation carried out by extremely skilled coaches and figures, which is able to undoubtedly be of nice use to us. It’s additionally a incredible alternative to spend a little bit of time with different coaches, as a result of, usually, after we see one another for a match, we don’t have a lot time, whereas at an occasion like this one we are able to relate to one another higher.”

Didier Deschamps, France coach

“It’s important for the soccer group to have the ability to deliver collectively all these nice folks in the identical room and discuss numerous facets of the sport.”

Roberto Martinez, Belgium coach

“It was sensible to be right here and take heed to the presenters on stage, like Didier Deschamps and Carlos Parreira, who’ve each managed to win a World Cup, but in addition simply to talk and blend informally with different coaches, one thing that positively helps us to raised perceive the sport.”

Gareth Southgate, England coach

“It’s been an important occasion for us. We acquired plenty of data and statistics about the newest World Cup, in addition to benefiting from the data and expertise of a number of the coaches on stage. It has helped us to boost our data and to enhance.”

Juan Antonio Pizzi, Saudi Arabia coach

“I believe that having the soccer household collect like this can assist us to develop collectively. The true spirit of the sport is that we don’t play towards one another, however that we play collectively. The nice problem now could be to make sure that we develop collectively with out leaving anybody behind.”

Carlos Queiroz, Iran coach

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