Teams, players vie for World Cup awards

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Durban - As the 2010 FIFA World Cup draws closer to the finals, a more clear indication for potential candidates for the various awards will emerge.

BuaNews takes a look at the awards available for contention.

Golden Ball Award: The best player of the tournament receives this award. A shortlist is provided by the FIFA technical committee and the winner is subject to the vote of media representatives. There is a silver and bronze ball for the second and third place winner.
2006 winner: Zinedine Zidane

Golden Boot Award: This accolade goes to the player who has scored the most goals at the World Cup. 2006 winner: Miroslav Klose.

Best Young Player Award: This honour is only given to footballers 21 and under for an excellent performances during the World Cup and was first given in 2006. 2006 winner: Lucas Podolski.

FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Only teams that make it to the second round can be considered and must show the best record of fair play. 2006 winners: Brazil and Spain

Yashin Award: Considering that goalkeepers face a fair share of pressure, the award has been set aside to acknowledge the top performing goalkeeper during the World Cup and was first awarded in 1994. 2006 winner: Gianluigi Buffon

Most Entertaining Award: Results are based on public voting on a poll for the team that has done the most to entertain the fans by taking a positive approach to the game. 2006 winner: Portugal

With teams and individual players going all out to impress on the field, only time will tell who will emerge victorious.