Player of the tournament (FIFA Golden Ball)

Discussion in 'World Cup 2010 South Africa' started by Maltin, Jul 9, 2010.


Player of the tournament?

  1. Diego Forlan

  2. Asamoah Gyan

  3. Andres Iniesta

  4. Lionel Messi

  5. Mesut Ozil

  6. Arjen Robben

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  7. Bastian Schweinsteiger

  8. Wesley Sneijder

  9. David Villa

  10. Xavi

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  11. Other

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  1. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

    The nominees for the Golden Ball have been announced.

    So who do you think has been the best player of the tournament?

    Diego Forlan (Uruguay)
    Architect of the team’s attack, very influential, great impact for his team, provider of quality final passes, goal scorer, set pieces/shots from long range

    Asamoah Gyan (Ghana)
    Huge work rate, efficient, good dribbler, creates problems to each defence, good goal scorer

    Andres Iniesta (Spain)
    Very fine ball-playing attacking midfielder, a star for the team, impressive dribbling ability

    Lionel Messi (Argentina)
    Outstanding in his pace and creativity for his team, dribbling, shooting, passing – spectacular and efficient

    Mesut Oezil (Germany)
    A real talent for the present and the future, quick feet and great vision, good final and decisive passes

    Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
    Very good pace and dribbling skills, wonderful ability to cut inside from the right, effective to his team

    Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
    Impressive by his first pass (forward and accurate), very good passer, has moments of individual brilliance, ball-winner

    Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)
    A maestro in midfield, exceptional work rate, the engine of Netherland’s attacks, excellent passer and scorer

    David Villa (Spain)
    Top scorer; quick, two footed, very good on one-on-one situations, provides good final passes, excellent finisher

    Xavi (Spain)
    The metronome and the engine of the Spanish team, very influential in the passing style of the game, one of the finest midfielders in the tournament

    FIFA will obviously be hoping that the winner doesn't get himself sent off in disgrace in the final this time!

    A little video here too.
  2. kained&able

    kained&able Here for the football.

    oezil or wesley sneijder for me, with schweinsteiger in third.

    Unless villa does something special in the final.

  3. Infidel Castro

    Infidel Castro Producto Falso

    Sneijder and Villa here. Robben is a one-trick pony.
  4. Silva

    Silva This went well.

    Sneijder. He's been on fire the past few months, and he's not slowing down.
  5. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Schweinsteiger for me, although note the scandalous attacker-bias in the nominees, as usual for these awards. Philipp Lahm should certainnly be in there.
  6. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

    I don't think it is that scandalous that those who attack and score goals are generally more lauded than those who try to stop someone from scoring.

    Cannavaro came second last time round, so it is not always biased towards attacking players.
  7. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    The only defender who's ever won it though was Jose Nasazzi, captain of the 1930 Uruguay team, with Oliver Kahn in 2002 the only other anomoly. Likewise, the only Ballon d'Or winners of my lifetime not to be attackers are Cannavaro and Sammer.
  8. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

    As far as I can tell, there was no award prior to 1982 :confused:
  9. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    I think the 1930-1978 awards were done retrospectively.
  10. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

    By who? Do you have a link to a list?
  11. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    Forlan for me. He was practically the only reason Uruguay got to the Semi.
  12. copliker

    copliker ...

    Van Bommel. Truly artful hatchetman, combining 70's Leeds style truculence with Italian guile.
  13. Jazzz

    Jazzz the truth don't care Banned

    yes, I think it's fair to say that the ability to score goals is the most prized talent for a footballer, the highest transfer fees don't go to defenders.
  14. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    Gyan, took a lot of bottle after missing the goal which would have put them in the semi-finals, to step up a few minutes later and slot away the first of the penalty shoot-out. He always look dangerous, quick and strong, would do well in the premiership, but we need to stop the foreigns coming over, so hopefully he'll stay where he is
  15. mitochondria

    mitochondria full-on emptiness

    it has to be Forlan - he's won a couple of games on his own
  16. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Disappointed Muller is not in there; overall deserves a nom above Ozil who was quiet in the Arg and Spain games. If he gets a brace tonight he could be top scorer.
  17. TrippyLondoner

    TrippyLondoner Well-Known Member

    this. also surprised muller isn't there.
  18. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

  19. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

  20. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    I see he;s in the shortlist of one I mean three for the young player award.

    too close to call. My heart says Schweinsteiger but it depends if any of the nominees in the final has an outstanding game. If not I'd say Forlan for leading a team that got into the tournament through a very unconvincing play-off.
  21. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie BeRightOn

    Forlan for me. An outstanding 5 goal tourney to get Uraquay further than they've ever gone before :)

    Premiership again?
  22. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Why would he?

    Aside from money, of course :(
  23. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie BeRightOn

  24. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

  25. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

    Quite surprised that Forlan won this but quite a few Urbanites chose him as well.
  26. sihhi

    sihhi John 3:30

    Mesut Ozil . He's come a long way baby.

  27. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

  28. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

  29. thriller

    thriller Last of the world's good men Banned

    Glad Forlan won this. Not only did he score more spectacular goals, he also scored vital ones as well. Plus playing in a team that was never expected to get that far.
  30. Placid Casual27

    Placid Casual27 Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae

    re Forlan technically it's not further than they have ever gone before.

    So will my Hill's bet on Forlan to be top goalscorer pay out? I hope they don't pull a fast one and say he didn't win the Golden Boot, as I will then have trump them with his Golden Ball.

    Will it be a quarter of the odds (ie 12.5/1) or less, or more?

    He was fucking brilliant

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