Alexander-Arnold and Erling Haaland are some of the great absentees in the FIFA The Best awards, who else had arguments to be considered?
The finalists and the finalists for the award The Best of FIFA for the 2019/20 season were announced on Wednesday. While there was no significant surprise on the list of nominees, there are questionable points in the male categories.
For this reason, ESPN.com He listed five names that could be in the dispute for best player and were left out, either for individual performance or also for achievements. Also, three coaches who are out, but who had arguments to be considered.
At 22, the right-back has established himself as the best in the world at his position and was one of the most important players for Liverpool to win the Premier League, the club’s first league title in 30 years. He scored four goals and provided 13 assists.
He is the midfielder for Bayern Munich, a team that dominated Europe and took all the titles the previous season. Author of a great goal that determined the victory of Munich in Dortmund and the direction of the Bundesliga, the midfielder is the one who dictates the rhythm of the team, he has great defensive and offensive importance with his seven goals and 15 assists that prove it. His performance throughout the season was much more consistent and impactful than that of Thiago Alcántara, who is on the top ten list.
He did not win titles, but the 20-year-old Norwegian, who debuted in the Champions League as if he has known it for a long time, was not short of goals – he was the competition’s top scorer with ten goals, although he was eliminated in the round of 16. Voted the best under-21 player in Europe, the forward scored 44 goals in 40 games in the season between his games with Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking of goals, the Italian did not take the Golden Boot for nothing. The forward won the award after scoring 36 goals in the Italian Championship (not counting nine assists), which were essential for Lazio to qualify for the Champions League after a 13-year absence.
The Liverpool captain was voted the best player of the last Premier League campaign by the English press, although in the players’ vote the winner was Kevin de Bruyne. The midfielder can often be overlooked for not scoring or assisting, but he’s more than just a leader for the Reds. He is a key player in the balance and rhythm of such an intense and well-trained team.
Copa Libertadores, Brazilian Championship, Brazilian Super Cup, South American Recopa, Carioca Championship … The Portuguese only did not win the Brazil Cup with Flamengo, we agree that it was not for that reason that he was not on the list of candidates for the award of best coach. In addition to the titles, Jesús was the architect of the team that presented the best football of the decade in Brazil. Not even the distance between South American and European football serves as an excuse for the Portuguese not having been nominated.
Finalist in the German Cup, solid campaign in the Bundesliga finishing third and semifinalist in the Champions League in his second participation in history. RB Leipzig’s success in the 2019-20 season is a huge credit to Julian Nagelsmann, who saw his team play well and be very convincing, even as Timo Werner, the great name of the squad, left the club before the end it’s from the season. Even without his star, the coach managed to get his team to eliminate Atlético de Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Gian Piero Gasperini
A few minutes separated Atalanta from being RB Leipzig’s rival in the Champions League semi-final, as PSG scored two goals in the final minutes of the match and ended the Serie A club’s dreams of winning the Champions League. Frustration over the defeat did not diminish the impact that the Bergamo team had on Europe. On the domestic scene, the team finished third in the Italian championship and once again had the best attack in Serie A with 98 goals. A number that draws both the attention and the absence of Gian Piero Gasperini.
Among the nominees, the absence of players from the United States, the last world champions, stands out. The current best in the world, Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), was not mentioned, not even Marta (Orlando Pride), a six-time champion. The scenario was due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on women’s soccer in the United States. Rapinoe, for example, didn’t want to play the Challenge Cup.
Nominated for ‘The Best’ in men’s soccer:
Thiago Alcántara (Spain / Bayern Munich, currently in Liverpool)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland / Bayern Munich)
Sadio Mané (Senegal / Liverpool)
Kylian Mbappé (Francia / Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Argentina / Barcelona)
Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain)
Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real Madrid)
Mohamed Salah (Egipto / Liverpool)
Virgil van Dijk (Holanda / Liverpool)
Nominated for ‘The Best’ in women’s soccer:
Lucy Bronze (England / Lyon, today at Manchester City)
Delphine Cascarino (France / Lyon)
Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / Barcelona)
Pernille Harder (Denmark / Wolfsburg, today in Chelsea)
Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / Barcelona)
Ji So-yun (South Korea / Chelsea)
Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea)
Saki Kumagai (Japan / Lyon)
Jennifer Marozsán (Alemania / Lyon)
Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal)
Wendie Renard (Francia / Lyon)
Nominated for best goalkeeper:
Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool)
Thibaut Courtois (Bélgica / Real Madrid)
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica / Paris Saint-Germain)
Manuel Neuer (Alemania / Bayern Munich)
Jan Oblak (Slovenia / Atlético de Madrid)
Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany / Barcelona)
Nominated for best goalkeeper:
Ann-Katrin Berger (Alemania / Chelsea)
Sarah Bouhaddi (Francia / Lyon)
Christiane Endler (Chile / Paris Saint-Germain)
Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden / Wolfsburg, now at Atlético de Madrid)
Alyssa Naeher (United States / Chicago Red Stars)
Ellie Roebuck (Inglaterra / Manchester City)
Nominated for best male soccer coach:
Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina / Leeds United)
Hans-Dieter Flick (Germany / Bayern Munich)
Jürgen Klopp (Alemania / Liverpool)
Julen Lopetegui (Spain / Seville)
Zinedine Zidane (France / Real Madrid)
Nominated for best female soccer coach:
Rita Guarino (Italy / Juventus)
Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea)
Stephan Lerch (Germany / Wolfsburg)
Hege Riise (Norway / LSK Women)
Jean-Luc Vasseur (Francia / Lyon)
Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Netherlands National Team)