Globe Soccer Awards 2014
Ancelotti, Rizzoli and Inzaghi together with Real take centre stage
Cristiano Ronaldo wins for the third time, Mendes for the fifth
The closing event of Globe Soccer with the fantastic gala at the Atlantis The Palm Hotel, after a truly interesting edition of the International Sports Conference, was a preordained triumph for Florentino Pérez’ Real Madrid and he took home seven Awards thanks to the best ever season in the 21st century. The trophies won at European and world level, the Spanish Cup, the European Super Cup, and the absolute record for straight wins earned the awards for best team, best coach, best player, best young player, best chairman, as well as the best media executive and the fans’ favourite awards. Real Madrid, Ancelotti (2), Cristiano Ronaldo (2), James Rodriguez and Florentino Pérez were the winners. The celebrations for the tenth Champions League/European Cup triumph are complete.
For Italy consolation came not only from the awards for Ancelotti, but also from the victory of Nicola Rizzoli, voted best referee of 2014, and from the career award presented to Filippo Inzaghi. Benatia of Bayern Munich won the award for best Arab player, above all for the championship he played with Roma. A Special Award went to Montolivo for his elegant style and professional approach.
Jorge Mendes won his fifth consecutive Award, establishing a record for footballing prizes. The Portuguese agent has literally monopolised the winners’ list in Dubai. The final awards went to Atletico Madrid and Monaco for their sporting feats achieved despite the restriction of financial fair play. There was also a special award for Riccardo Silva and his MP& Silva.
The “Club of the Year” award will also be presented in 2014 at the Globe Soccer Conference (Dubai, December 2014). The ECA Executive Board has drawn up a shortlist from which the award-winning club will be chosen.
The jury that will indicate the winner includes the organisers of the Globe Soccer Awards, coaches and former international players and leading directors from the football world who are special guests at the conference.
The shortlist, approved by the ECA Executive Board, is as follows (in alphabetic order):
(the Netherlands), for having won the domestic Championship for the fourth time in a row, with the continuous focus on youth development.
FC Bayern Munich
(Germany), for having won the domestic Championship and Cup and having reached the Champions League semi-finals.
(Italy), for having won the domestic Championship for the third time in a row, with a record number of points (102).
Real Madrid CF
(Spain), for having won the Champions League for the tenth time in the club history.
(Switzerland), for having won the domestic championship for the fifth time in a row and for having reached the UEL quarter-finals.
Agents Award 2014
(Sportstotal): represents, among others, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Toni Kroos – Main transfer in 2014: Toni Kroos to Real Madrid.
(Gestifute): represents, among others, Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel di Maria, James Rodriguez, Falcao, and Diego Costa. Main transfer in 2014: Mendes helped Di Maria and Radamel Falcao in the move to Manchester United, James Rodriguez in his arrival at Real Madrid, Diego Costa and Mourinho in concluding contracts with Chelse.
represents Pep Guardiola, Luis Suarez and Thiago Alcantara –
Main transfer in 2014: Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
(Branchini & Associati): represents, among others, Riccardo Montolivo. Main transfer in 2014: intermediated the transfers involving Toni Kroos (to Real Madrid), Mandzukic (to Atletico Madrid) and Benatia (to Bayern Munich).
The best referee of the year
The candidates refereed the main finals around the globe in 2014.
The competitions considered: FIFA World Cup 2014 and the 6 Champions League finals of the 6 Confederations.
Europe has just one Champions League final, but also had the referee chosen for the World Cup final.
All 6 Confederations have 2 referees as candidates for the Globe Soccer Awards 2014.
Mexico and Tahiti both have two candidates in this shortlist.
The vote to decide the best referee will be the responsibility of the Globe Soccer jury.
WC 2014 Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
UEFA UCL 2014 Björn Kuipers (Netherland)
AFC CL 2014 Alireza Faghani (Iran) and Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
CAF CL 2014 Janny Sikazwe (Zambia) and Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia)
OFC 2014 Abdelkader Zitouni (Tahiti) and Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
CONMEBOL 2014 Wilmar Roldan (Colombia) and Sandro Meira Ricci (Brasil)
CONCACAF 2014 Roberto García (Mexico) and Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Mexico)
Globe Soccer Awards
- Best Player of the Year;
- Best Agent of the Year;
- Agent Career Award;
- Player Career Award;
- Best Coach of the Year;
- Coach Career Award;
- Best Media Attraction in Football;
- Best Club of the Year;
- Marca Fan’s Favourite Player;
- Best Fan of the Year;
- Best referee (announced at the end of the most recent edition, in the presence of the refereeing directors from FIFA, Massimo Busacca, and UEFA, Pierluigi Collina);
- Best Media Executive.