FIFA Current Affairs - 2019

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The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 were presented at La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy. It is an association football award presented annually by FIFA, the highest governing body of football. The  FIFA The Best Football Awards

FIFA’s The Best Awards ceremony: List of Winners

Best Men’s Player: Lionel Messi of Barcelona & Argentina

Best Men’s Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker of Liverpool & Brazil

Best Men’s Coach: Jürgen Klopp of Liverpool

Best Women’s Coach: Jill Ellis of United States

Best Women’s Player: Megan Rapinoe of Reign FC & United States

Best Women’s Goalkeeper: Sari van Veenendaal of Arsenal & Atlético Madrid and Netherlands

FIFA Fair Play Award: Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United squad

FIFA Puskás Award for Best Goal of the Year: Daniel Zsori of Hungary who scored for Debrecen against Ferencvaros in Hungarian league

Men’s World 11 team of year:

Alisson Becker (BRA/Liverpool)

Virgil Van Dijk (NED/Liverpool), Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Matthijs De Ligt (NED/Juventus)

Frenkie De Jong (NED/Barcelona), Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid), Eden Hazard (BEL/Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi (ARG/FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/PSG)

Women’s World 11 team of year:

Sari Van Veenendaal (NED/Atletico Madrid)

Lucy Bronze (ENG/Lyon), Nilla Fischer (SWE/Linkopings), Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon), Kelly O’Hara (USA/Utah Royals)

Julie Ertz (USA/Chicago), Amandine Henry (FRA/Lyon), Rose Lavelle (USA/Washington)

Marta (BRA/Orlando), Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando), Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC)

FIFA latest Rankings: India remains static at 101

In the latest FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Ranking Indian football team remains static at 101st place and Belgium continued to top.The FIFA Ranking ranks men’s national teams in association football.

About FIFA Ranking

It was first introduced in December 1992. It is a ranking system by FIFA, football’s world governing body, in which teams of member nations of FIFA are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest.

Top 10 Countries in Latest FIFA Rankings-

(1) Belgium, (2) France (3) Brazil (4) England (5) Portugal (with +2), (6) Croatia (with -1), (7) Spain (with +2), (8) Uruguay (with -2), (9) Switzerland (with-1) and (10) Denmark

Key Highlights

Portugal climbed 2 places in latest FIFA rankings to 5th after it added the inaugural Nations League title to their European Championship crown.

Belgium: It continued to top overall world rankings after back-to-back wins (3-0) over Kazakhstan and Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.

France: The world champions France was ranked 2nd.

India: The Indian football team retained its 101st place in FIFA rankings (same as April 2019) even though India had finished 3rd in King’s Cup in Thailand, which was a FIFA-sanctioned tournament. At present Indian football team is at 18th spot among Asian countries, followed by Iran (20th).

Under newly appointed coach Igor Stimac, although Indian men lost to higher-ranked Curacao (by 1-3) before beating hosts Thailand 1-0, but still these results did not make any difference to India’s rankings as points made by India remained same at 1219 as that of previous list, issued on 4 April 2019.

Other Asian countries: Japan (28), Korea (37), Australia (43) and Qatar (55) form the top five countries in Asia.

Others: Germany is up to rank 11, which it holds as tie with Argentina. Italy rose 3 places to rank 14, which again is a tie with Netherlands which lost Nations League final. Mexico is ranked 18 ahead of Gold Cup 2019 and the United States drops six ranks to currently at 30.