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  1. Football Rankings and Awards

    We live in a world obsessed with superlatives, constantly being sold by marketing ploys promoting their individual items. Football is sadly no different, how often are we told that Cristiano Ronaldo is the World’s best player, only to be told …


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  2. Official FIFA World Rankings

    FIFA’s official ranking system for nations was officially introduced in 1992. Initially it was a rather simplistic system, in which a win gave a team 3 points whilst a draw gave the team 1 point. This created a number of …


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  3. 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final

    Brazil v. Ghana 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final Cairo International Stadium (Cairo, Egypt) Friday, 16th October, 20:00 EET After three exciting weeks of action in Egypt, the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup culminates tomorrow in Cairo with what should …


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  4. Ballon d’Or

    Lionel Messi has won the 2009 Ballon d’Or, awarded to the European footballer of the year, after inspiring Barcelona to the treble last season. The forward was outstanding as the Catalan club won the Champions League, the Spanish title and …


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  5. FIFA World Player of the Year Award

    In 1991, some 30 years after the Ballon d’Or was first awarded to Sir Stanley Matthews, FIFA commenced the awarding of their own award. The FIFA World Player of the Year. The award uses a Borda Count system to tally …


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  6. FIFPro Player of the Year Award

    Whilst the FIFPro player of the year award itself has a relativily short history (having only been awarded since 2005), the origins of the awards could feasibly traced back to 1898 and the formation of the Association Football’s Union in …


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  7. UEFA Coefficients System

    Think for a moment about the organisation of tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League or the European Championships. How do you decide how many teams are eligible for entry into each competition, when those teams should enter the competition …


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  8. World Football Elo Ratings System

    Due to the critisim of the official FIFA world rankings system, alternative rankings systems have surfaced over the years. The most prominent of these awards is the World Football ELO rankings. As the name suggests the system is based of …


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