I have never been one for sports. I have never really understood the rules and I don’t get why people become so competitive towards it that they argue with their mates and family. I find it hilarious that even our political leaders state their favourite team whilst forgetting who they actually support, such as David Cameron’s West Ham mistake!
But sports will always be on the minds of British people. Even during the hard times they can always turn to it and football has stayed the course in the best and worst times for Britain. This is why I was intrigued when flicking the channel to find The Best FIFA Football Awards on ITV. With Idris Elba as presenter, I knew it would be an interesting and entertaining night. The usual frontrunners such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard made an appearance, and Sadiq Khan was also in attendance.
The first win was for the Puskas Award, which went Olivier Giroud who has played for France’s national team and Arsenal. But I was actually surprised that another nominee — Deyna Castellanos did not win. She has a really good kick! This girl is a Venezuelan footballer that plays for Santa Clarita Blue Heat in the US and was also a nominee for best female player but missed out to Lieke Martens.
Just being a nominee for this ward however, has caused some late night controversy. Another player for a woman’s football team — Megan Rapinoe — who plays for Seattle Reign FC stated that she does not understand why she was a nominee, arguing that it felt too ‘random’.
- Winner for the best coach award went to Zinedine Zidane (love saying his name) who coaches for Real Madrid.
- Best goalkeeper went to Gianluigi Buffon who plays for the Italian national team.
- Fans Award: this award is personal as it shows the human side of football and how we care for each other. The nominees included Celtic for how they celebrated their win for the European Cup; Germany’s Borussia Dortmund because of their resistance to not giving in to the bomb attack on the tour bus and offering shelter for Monaco’s fans (team they were playing against) after the match was moved; and Copenhagen after players handed fans their trophy but fans handed it to the wheelchair-bound fans. Celtic fans won this.
- Best woman’s coach went to Sarina Wiegman who coaches the Netherlands women’s national team.
- Another interesting award was the Fair Play award going to Francis Kone who plays for the FC Zbrojovka Brno in the Czech First League.
- The best male footballer, of course, went to Cristiano Ronaldo!!!!
- The final award was for the FIFA FIFPro World 11 for the best footballers in the world. This went to: Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci, Luca Modric, Toni Kroos, Andeas Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Football can certainly be turned to a night of glamour — and I sure did love how they all scrubbed up in their suits! It is the beautiful game but it also comes with its issues, such as the 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar. As it will be too hot to play football in the summer the games are being moved to winter with the World Cup final, incidentally, taking place the night before Christmas Eve. Not only will this scheduling clash with other sports events, but it also seems unfair on the players who may have wanted to spend time with their loved ones.
Concerning women’s football, it is clear that it hasn’t gained the acceptance it deserves given incidents such as FIFA’s decision in 2015 to hold the Women’s World Cup on artificial pitches! Only when society changes its attitude towards seeing woman play football on TV without flicking the channel is when we’ll start to see some real change. It’s ironic that some people think women’s’ football is not exciting enough despite so many women’s teams managing to play a better game than the men!
Anyways, watching the awards has made me more appreciative of football. The hard work that coaches are faced with and the fact that not all fans are beer-guzzling, shouty morons.