The long wait is over, the six names are revealed: Hamm, Prinz or Sun Wen? Kahn, Ronaldo or Zidane? The best footballers of 2002 are finally revealed according to the votes of more than 200 national team coaches. But who will be queen and king? The FIFA Players of the Year will be crowned at the 12th annual Gala in Madrid on December 17.
The inaugural 2001 FIFA Player of the Year winner has battled back impressively from injury to spearhead both club, Washington Freedom, and country, USA, to success in 2002. Despite ending up on the losing side in the WUSA Founders Cup II in August, the talented playmaker recovered to score the winning goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Canada to send the USA to the FIFA Women's World Cup China PR 2003. Hamm holds the world record number of goals scored in international competition having notched an incredible 136 goals as well as 114 assists for the USA.
The tall German forward has won almost all there is to win in 2002. In Europe, she helped her 1. FFC Frankfurt team to the UEFA Women's Cup as well as German Championship and Cup and across the Atlantic she had the energy to lead the Carolina Courage to victory in the WUSA Founders Cup II being chosen as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the final. Heading for a century of caps, Prinz has maintained an average of a goal every other match for Germany and easily led them to qualification for China 2003.
Runner up for last year's award. the watchable China playmaker has continued to impress with her vision and knowledge of the game. With her country qualified as hosts of next year's FIFA World Cup™, her club, Atlanta Beat, have virtually monopolised Sunny's talent.The diminutive player was voted MVP at the last tournament, FIFA Women's World Cup USA '99, and was awarded the adidas Golden Shoe with seven goals.