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FIFA Releases Shortlist For The Best Football Awards 2021



FIFA has revealed the candidates shortlisted for The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021, the winners of which will be revealed at an online ceremony on 17 January 2022.

Two expert panels – one for women’s football and one for men’s football – selected the candidates for each category.

The nominees are listed below in alphabetical order:


The Best FIFA Women’s Player: 

  • Stina Blackstenius (Sweden / BK Häcken)
  • Aitana Bonmatí (Spain / FC Barcelona)
    Lucy Bronze (England / Manchester City WFC)
  • Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / FC Barcelona)
  • Pernille Harder (Denmark / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / FC Barcelona)
  • Ji Soyun (Korea Republic / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal WFC)
  • Alexia Putellas (Spain / FC Barcelona)
  • Christine Sinclair (Canada / Portland Thorns FC)
  • Ellen White (England / Manchester City WFC)

The Best FIFA Men’s Player:

Karim Benzema (France / Real Madrid CF)

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City FC)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus FC / Manchester United FC)


Erling Haaland (Norway / BV Borussia 09 Dortmund)

Jorginho (Italy / Chelsea FC)

N’Golo Kanté (France / Chelsea FC)

Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern München)


Kylian Mbappé (France / Paris Saint-Germain)

Lionel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona / Paris Saint-Germain)

Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool FC).


The Best FIFA Women’s Coach:

Lluís Cortés (Spain / FC Barcelona)

Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden / Swedish national team)

Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women)


Beverly Priestman (England / Canadian national team)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team / English national team)

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach:

Antonio Conte (Italy / FC Internazionale Milano / Tottenham Hotspur FC)


Hansi Flick (Germany / FC Bayern München / German national team)

Pep Guardiola (Spain / Manchester City FC)

Roberto Mancini (Italy / Italian national team)

Lionel Sebastián Scaloni (Argentina / Argentinian national team)


Diego Simeone (Argentina / Atlético de Madrid)

Thomas Tuchel (Germany / Chelsea FC).

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper:

Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany / Chelsea FC Women)


Christiane Endler (Chile / Paris Saint-Germain / Olympique Lyonnais)

Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbé (Canada / FC Rosengård / Paris Saint-Germain)

Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden / Atlético de Madrid Femenino)

Alyssa Naeher (USA / Chicago Red Stars).


The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper:

Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool FC)

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy / AC Milan / Paris Saint-Germain)

Édouard Mendy (Senegal / Chelsea FC)


Manuel Neuer (Germany / FC Bayern München)

Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark / Leicester City FC)

Public voting will run until 23:59 CET on 10 December 2021.

FIFA will announce the three finalists in each of the seven categories listed above in early January 2022.




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FA Cup Third Round: Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea Opponents Confirmed [Full fixtures]




The draw for the FA Cup third round took place on Monday.

Chelsea welcome Chestefield, while Liverpool host Shrewbury at Anfield.

Holders Leicester City take on Watford, Manchester United are at home against Aston Villa and Manchester City are away at Swindon Town.


In an all-Premier League clash, Leeds United travel to West Ham, while Arsenal are away at Nottingham Forest.

The games will be played the weekend of January 8, 2022.


Boreham Wood/St Albans vs AFC Wimbledon


Yeovil Town vs Bournemouth

Stoke City vs Leyton Orient

Swansea City vs Southampton

Chelsea vs Chesterfield


Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town

Cardiff City vs Preston North End

Coventry City vs Derby County

Burnley vs Huddersfield Town


West Bromwich Albion vs Brighton and Hove Albion

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Kidderminster Harriers vs Reading

Leicester City vs Watford


Mansfield Town vs Middlesbrough

Hartlepool United vs Blackpool

Hull City vs Everton

Bristol City vs Fulham


Tottenham Hotspur vs Morecambe

Millwall vs Crystal Palace

Port Vale vs Brentford

Swindon Town vs Manchester City


Wigan Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers

Luton Town vs Harrogate Town

Birmingham City vs Plymouth Argyle

Manchester United vs Aston Villa


Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sheffield United

Newcastle United vs Cambridge United

Barnsley vs Ipswich Town/Barrow

Peterborough United vs Bristol Rovers


West Ham United vs Leeds United

QPR vs Rotherham United

Charlton Athletic vs Norwich City

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal


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EPL: Tuchel Names Club Deserving Of Premier League Top-four This Season




Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has identified West Ham United as the club that deserves to be in the Premier League top-four this season.

Tuchel said this on Friday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with the Hammers on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues boss said West Ham plays strongly in the Europa League, adding that it is always a joy to watch David Moyes’s side play.


West Ham is currently occupying the 4th position on the Premier League table with 9 points behind leaders Chelsea.

“They [West Ham] almost got there [top-four] last season and have been fighting the whole season for these places,” Tuchel said.

“They show huge solidarity, always a huge joy to watch their games. They did not have too many changes, plays as a team and do what they do very good.

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“They deserve to be there [top-four], they play strong in Europe, it is a tough match and a tough team to play against, but it is also tough to play against us.”

Chelsea head to the game following a 2-1 win over Watford in their last game, while West Ham drew 1-1 with Brighton.

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Three Premier League Clubs Planning To Snap Up Aribo




Premier League clubs, Crystal Palace, Watford and Brentford are reportedly preparing their bids for Super Eagles of Nigeria and Rangers midfielder, Joe Aribo.

Aribo, 25, was a key part of Steven Gerrad’s plan at Rangers that saw the club end a ten-year wait for a domestic league title.

Since joining from Charlton in 2019, he has scored 21 times and provided 16 assists in his 116 appearances. He also earned a call-up to the Super Eagles set-up.


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The Premier League clubs on the trail of Aribo already have a number of Super Eagles players and hopefuls and a switch will swell the total number of Nigerian players in English top-flight football.

Aribo’s deal with the The Teddy Bears ends in 2023.

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