FIFA world footballers 2021: Haaland and Lewandowski nominated

The candidates for “The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021” were announced on Monday evening. The Bundesliga is not very well represented.

BVB is currently out injured: Erling Haaland.
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Who will replace Robert Lewandowski as FIFA world player? Or is the Pole defending his title? This question will be clarified on January 17, 2022. This Monday all candidates for “The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021” have been published.

In addition to Lewandowski, ten other candidates are available for election as world footballer. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Jorginho, N’golo Kanté (both Chelsea), Neymar, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé (all PSG ) and Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

There is not a single Bundesliga player among women, but four professionals each from FC Barcelona (Aitana Bonmati, Caroline Graham-Hansen, Jennifer Hermoso, Alexia Putellas) and FC Chelsea (Magdalena Eriksson, Pernille Harder, Ji So-yun, Sam Kerr). There are also Stina Blackstenius (BK Häcken), Lucy Bronze (ManCity), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Ellen White (ManCity) and Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

The candidates for coach and goalkeeper of the year

From a German point of view, the election for coach of the year will be interesting again: Hansi Flick and Thomas Tuchel will compete against Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Roberto Mancini, Argentina’s national coach Lionel Scaloni and Diego Simeone. Defending champion Jürgen Klopp is not there.

Goalkeeper of the year could be Manuel Neuer again. Bavaria’s number 1 is challenged by Alisson, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Eduard Mendy and Kasper Schmeichel.