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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old October 15th, 2005, 03:12 Thread Starter
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FIFA 2005 POTY

Here are the 24 shortlist candidates for the World Woman Footballer of the Year (alphabetically by country):

Canada: Christine Sinclair
Brazil: Marta
Denmark: Cathrine Paaske Sørensen
England: Kelly Smith
Finland: Laura Kalmari, Satu Kunnas
France: Laura Georges
Germany: Renate Lingor, Sandra Minnert, Birgit Prinz
Japan: Homare Sawa
Mexico: Maribel Domínguez
Nigeria: Perpetua Nkwocha
Norway: Solveig Gulbrandsen, Bente Nordby, Ane Stangeland
South Africa: Portia Modise
South Korea: Sun Hui Ho, Eun Sun Park
Sweden: Hanna Ljungberg, Hanna Marklund, Malin Moström
USA: Shannon Boxx, Christie Welsh

The winner will be announced December 19, 2005 at the FIFA World Player Gala, to be held at the Zurich Opera House in Zurich, Switzerland.

Will it be a 3-peat for Birgit Prinz?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old December 5th, 2005, 14:02
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and the three short listed are:

Birgit Prinz (Germany)
Marta (Brazil)
Shannon Boxx (USA)


unfortunately there are no swedes in it although I agree that they were not brilliant this year but Marta is there and I really think she deserves it this time.

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Marta is way ahead in the prediction poll.
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Yep! I hope we'll have a samba night in Zürich!

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and Birgit Prinz did it again...

3rd time in a row elected Best Player of the Year by FIFA with Marta coming 2nd (again!) and Shannon Boxx 3rd.

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Amazing!

I guess it's the same phenomenon that had Mia Hamm getting all the votes long after she had passed her peak years.

I'm not saying Prinz has passed her peak years, but going by current form only, I can't see she deserves the win this year at least.

BTW the final Prediction Poll figures were:

Shannon Boxx 18.6%
Marta 55.1%
Birgit Prinz 26.3%
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Yes I agree with you. No way Prinz had a year good enough to win it this time.
Marta should have grabbed it.

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