Globe Soccer Awards Ceremony 2015
The first part of football’s 2015 ended with the launch of the award shortlists which are already being assessed by the ECA, the EFAA and the Globe Soccer jury. It will be difficult to ignore names such as the United States, Barcelona or Juventus, when the time comes to present the awards to the game’s international stars.
The Awards in Dubai have become increasingly meaningful and important. Their creation remains linked to the desire to recognise the work of everyone who works in football. Globe Soccer, which takes place on the eve of the last transfer window, decided it should acknowledge to the wider international public the quality of the game’s agents and directors, i.e. those who are most closely involved in organising transfers and creating great champions and great teams.
Jorge Mendes, the 5-time winner of the Award for agents in Dubai, was recently voted the second most influential person in football after Michel Platini, the UEFA President who is a candidate to become the President of FIFA. Globe Soccer has seen the involvement of, among others: José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Franck Ribéry, Xavi, Deco, Eric Abidal, Radamel Falcao, Alessandro Del Piero, Filippo Inzaghi, Riccardo Montolivo, Pinto Da Costa, Adriano Galliani, Miguel Angel Gil, Vadim Vasilyev, Sandro Rosell, Florentino Perez, Nicola Rizzoli, Riccardo Silva, Giovanni Branchini, and Rob Jansen, together with the leading talents from Arabian football, including Mehdi Benatia (Award 2014 as the best Arab player).
On 29 December 2015, during the Awards gala, for the first time an award will be promoted directly by UEFA together with the Asian Confederation – a special Award for the best European player in Asia, providing proof that the football world is increasingly close. Football is about integration, loyalty, fair play and respect.