Ballon d’Or Roundup

8 Jan

Ballon D'Ork, Part DeuxSergio posted this completely geeky and adorable shot with his FIFA XI Award., Very cute, indeed. 

So another Ballon d’Or has come and gone. There’s been some excitement, some disappointments and this year, half naked dancing men. That part was confusing but probably one of the highlights. Half naked dancing men vs. Sepp Blatter: which would you rather watch? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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4 of our handsome talented gentlemen (Iker, Xabi, Sergio, Marcelo & Cris) made the FIFA/ FIFPRO World XI this year.  They had little mascots during the ceremony and for some reason Cris had 3 children accompanying him. It was very sweet.

They had some nice candid and group shots taken with their awards. Looking very spiffy, gentlemen!

Congrats must go out to the FIFA Puskas Award winner Miroslav Stoch  – watch his stonker of a goal here.

I was very pleased with the choice for both men’s & women’s coach of the year: Vicente Del Bosque and Pia Sundhage.

Iker was very pleased with the result and gave a twinkly eyed smile when VdB’s name was announced.


Pia, in her awesome manner, sang during her acceptance speech to the delight of Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan.  Here’s the voting breakdown for the men’s coaching award. I’ve yet to find the voting breakfdown for the women’s coaching award. If anyone finds it, let me know so I can update this post.

The wonderful Abby Wambach won the Women’s Ballon d’Or which made me cheer at my desk! WHOOOO!!!!!!!!!! ABS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here’s the women’s Ballon d’Or voting breakdown.

BAB1cz_CMAAmsUwAnd the trio of Andres, Cris & Leo waited for the baited breath (TOTAL sarcasm) result of the voting.

BABnoBCCIAAlli1_2RS5403_1Here’s Cristiano’s introduction video. He made a very funny face when he saw pictures of himself as a child. Hey, we’ve all been there.

And we all know how it ended up. Lionel Messi won. Again. The biggest surprise of the event was the polka dotted tux and tie he wore.

tumblr_mg9s0a25Xc1rf0fpjo1_1280Yes, I know it’s Dolce & Gabbana. I don’t really care. It’s… challenging. The internet was in giggle yesterday as some wise soul managed to track down this picture. Is Leo doing an homage?

BACFgVmCMAABVr5Here’s a voting breakdown by rank and country. Much will be made of who voted for who and who didn’t vote for so and so. What it really comes down to is this process is completely arbitrary. There is no bloody criteria (except personal). So is it merely a popularity contest? In a lot of ways, yes.  The Square Root of Cruyff blog wrote a good little piece on how subjective voting is and ESPN offered to “decode” the Ballon d’Or.

People today are talking about Cristiano’s disappointed face in this picture, but the real story to me are the faces of Neymar and Falcao behind him. They’re not looking very pleased either.

BAB5Tl5CUAAoQwmThey’re probably thinking “Shite. If Cristiano Ronaldo can’t get a look in after Euro 2012 semis, winning the Liga and the year before that, the Pichichi, then what the fuck are WE gonna be able to do? Not only do we have to get past Messi, we have to get past Cristiano, FFS!” And that’s a completely valid question. With no set criteria, there’s really no fair way to judge the Player of the Year. It all comes down to personal preference. And even if a Falcao knocks your socks off as a player, there’s the super human Messi & Cristiano ahead of him. I think they should formalize criteria, make this really mean something beyond popularity. I mean, an Iker, a Xavi, a Zlatan – all great players (all in their 30s as well) – but they ain’t gonna get anywhere near that thing unless Messi and Ronaldo ascend heavenwards in a trumpet fanfare because they’re just too damn good to play on earth. While that may happen eventually, I don’t see it going down for at least another year or two. It couldn’t. The press would be clinging to their ankles, dragging them back down because who else would become their GOOD! vs. EVIL! figureheads to fight about endlessly? Sigh.

C’mon, let some of the other players join in the reindeer games! It might be motivating if they actually thought they had a fucking chance.  And poor Leo, when the day comes that he actually doesn’t win the damn thing (I’m assuming they’ll keep giving it to him even after he retires because he’s just so nice), the media is going to be all up on him like sharks, talking about decline, etc. He doesn’t deserve that. I’m sure as proud as he is of winning, there’s probably a wee part of him going “Um, you guys, I’m not ready to be canonized yet. Couldn’t we just..you know, spread the wealth around a bit?” For all intents and purposes, he seems like a good guy. I’m not blaming this on him, because he ain’t voting for himself, you know? Next year, I’m going to start a #FREETHEBALLONDOR campaign. I think it’s time for a more fair and equitable voting system, don’t you? If he still wins, then so be it.

Well, rant over. I actually have to get the concentracion pictures up and have some dinner.
Oh before I go – more media dramz. Here’s the breathless, hysterical freakout over Mou watching Jose Jr’s practice instead of sitting around in a tux in Zurich. OH THE HUMANITY! ::rolls eyes::

– Lozil

28 Responses to “Ballon d’Or Roundup”

  1. Natalie January 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    The voting is very biased. The sad part is that not a lot of people put names of players such a Roney, RVP, Andrea Pirlo had good run in Serie A and Euros. No one from german national team and they did well in Euros. It is like everyone felt off the face of earth and only people from la liga get to be in this competition.

    • Natalie January 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      sorry, fell, not felt (my bad)

  2. Pammie January 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    preach, Lozil!! I fear that even with formalized criteria many people who get to vote will vote for the guys they like best. Also scoring lots of goals is overrated. As someone said on twitter yesterday, those were the days, when defenders would get the nod, or even *gasp* a goalkeeper, way too long ago.

    I think the fact that Cris made it into the top three of votes and the World XI several years in a row shows the quality he got. I for one can live with it. Yes he would have deserved to win it this year too and sure he really wants that trophy, but even with a big image overhaul (can you imagine him giving up on hair gel, facials, eyebrow shaping, flashy clothes and expensive cars to present his new super humble self?) there’s still adorable, unthreatening little Messi who’ll win. One almost hopes for some slip up even the Barca PR team can’t cover up 😛

    That Iker gif ❤

  3. Brishty January 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    The story I made up in my head on why Cristiano had three kid with him is that they had back-up kids that were not needed and Cris being the lovable soul he is, decided to take out all three instead of disappointing any of them. Only logical explanation 😉

    Also…Piqué FORGOT the kid when he got his award!!! Come on guy…you gotta do better than that!

  4. number1barcachick January 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    well unless messi comes out and say’s that if he won a 5th he wouldn’t accept it and they must give someone else a chance it wouldn’t change and that in itself would create a problem of being second best to messi

  5. em January 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    There it is #FreetheBallond’or. now you’ve started.it. how far will you take it? 😉 *smooch*

  6. em January 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    the Brasilian dancing was actually a martial art dance called capoeira.

    • headbandsandheartbreak January 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      I know what capoeira is. I was just commenting in the midst of all this boredom, there was some excitement. They usually just make it straight up boring. 😉 Half naked dancing dudes is a vast improvement.

  7. Mehreh January 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    abby and pia brought me so much joy, especially pia’s singing. *sniff*

    cris’ little army of children was so sweet! seeing the shots of baby cris made me seriously consider having little portuguese babies of my own, if only i could guarantee they’d be that cute.

    pique should get better at looking after bebes since shakira is due to have one any minute now…

    i didn’t notice the displeasure on falcao and neymar’s faces till you pointed it out, lozil. sheesh, poor guys will never even get to sniff the ballon d’or if the barca domination continues.

  8. manie January 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Back before FIFA usurped the ballon d’or, I used to complain that it was so subjective, but that looks like a godsend compared to this massive popularity contest! At least before 2010, it was somewhat tied to achievements during the season!

    HOnestly, I kind of like Messi’s tux. I know I’m in the minority but I feel like it shows he doesn’t take himself too seriously! It definitely made me like him more to know he kind of has a sense of humor about fashion (considering the only images I have in my mind are his underwear ads…which…um, yeah).

  9. Beta January 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    When I saw Messi tux I thought of it – http://bit.ly/11dHINS.

    • jellyace January 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

      A TV comm said maybe each polka dot in Messi’s suit stands for a goal he has made during his career. Nice concept…still an ugly suit. It makes me think of a circus ringmaster.

  10. Allison January 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    I wasn’t digging on the little circles but then I discovered the slideshow feature, which I love! You girls got technical skills going on! 🙂

  11. KristenATL January 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    The hilarious people over at HSPN: Hair & Sports Programming Network had a funny take on Messi’s outfit: http://hspn.tumblr.com/post/40038852294/dot-for-every-goal 😀

  12. Tasha January 9, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    Lozil u really hate sepp blatter ? I think crispy with the three kids was adorable. I like messi’s tux , its nice n different . Falcao n neymar hahaha classic expression !!!!!! I don’t think they’ll give it 2 messi 4 a fifth time , it would make it 2 obvious that its a popularity contest. Falcao , neymar n ronaldo r all probably thinking ” messi is the baine in our existence , not only is he an amazing player , his also a media darling ” .

    • headbandsandheartbreak January 9, 2013 at 12:46 am #

      Sepp Blatter is an obnoxious out of touch piece of shit who is a pimple on the arse of the beautiful game. His comments on racism and homophobia are laughable and deeply shameful. Football would be better for it if that corrupt fuck was removed from power. Does that answer your question? I loathe him.

  13. Sara January 9, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    Aww, Pias singing was definitely one of the highlights of the night! As a patriotic Swede I was kind of hoping for some recognition for Zlatan (don´t know if that was realistic or not) but Pia winning best coach of the year and pulling of that Bod Dylan song definitely compensated the lack of Zlatan.

    I also loved that Iker, Sergio and Marcelo was sitting right behind Marta, Alex and Abby, so that you could see their faces and reactions to Pia singing. Sergio was just one big smile 🙂

  14. JF (@swingingmouse) January 9, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    Lozil, thanks for the post, it is as fabulous as always. I agree with your rant; I just had a similar one to my best friend (who doesn’t have a clue about football, but I’m fixing that) 😀

    By the way, all the documents are at the fifa website: http://www.fifa.com/ballondor/index.html
    If you have a look, all of the documents are at the ‘Documents’ box close to the bottom of the page?

    Otherwise, here’s the link: http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/ballond%27or/coachoftheyear%28women%29/01/98/08/29/fboawardwomencoach2012-bycountry.pdf

    😀

  15. Phédre January 9, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    I love that pic of Sese! I can almost forgive him for that bowtie … ok I can completely forgive him for it if he looks so cute!
    And that ugly face from Cris wasn’t even when they said Messi won, stupid media!

  16. Dr. Heidi January 9, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Sergio can bite me like that anytime……

  17. Jane January 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    As a Madrista, it is indeed upsetting to see Ronaldo not win the Ballon d’Or but to be absolutely honest, nobody but Messi deserved it. His indivdual skill, the way he saves Barca so many times, his consistency all factor into it. Ronaldo no doubt is an amazing player but the he definitely lacks the ingenuity that Messi has. I am a Madritsta, I believe our team is stronger than Barca’s but I do respect Lionel Messi and wholeheartedly believe he is the best player to have ever played the sport.

  18. Sindu January 11, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Hi, can anyone help with the translation for the question the kid asked Iker during the award ceremony. I have been looking for a translation everywhere, but cldnt find it 😦 Thanks in advance 🙂

    • headbandsandheartbreak January 11, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Anyone able to help Sindu? I haven’t seen the translation myself, but I’ll ask around for you.

  19. Jenny January 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    “If Cristiano Ronaldo can’t get a look in after Euro 2012 semis, winning the Liga and the year before that, the Pichichi, then what the fuck are WE gonna be able to do? Not only do we have to get past Messi, we have to get past Cristiano, FFS!”

    OH MY GOD – that is perfection.

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