Though an action-packed 2012 is nearing its end, 2013 is all set to make a fast start with the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala. The big event takes place on 7 January 2013 at Zurich’s Kongresshaus and will see a host of accolades bestowed on the biggest stars on planet football.
The world’s leading players and coaches are not the only people who make the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala what it is, because YOU too have a part to play. And you do not need to pull on a shirt, shorts and boots to make your mark on the stellar list of award winners.
While the destination of the players’ and coaches’ awards are in the hands of the experts, it is you and you alone who decides the winner of one of the most coveted trophies of all, the FIFA Puskás Award, which is presented to the scorer of the best goal of the year on the sole basis of votes cast by the users of FIFA.com.
Colombia’s Radamel Falcao, Brazil’s Neymar and Slovakia’s Miroslav Stoch are the three contenders in the running for the coveted award that YOU decide the destination of.
Thanks to the votes you have already awarded, the ten-goal shortlist has been whittled down to three finalists, leaving you with one last task of deciding between the Atletico Madrid man’s overhead kick, the Santos player’s solo effort, and the Fenerbahce midfielder’s first-time volley.
You have until 7 January 2013, the day of the gala, to vote for your favourite from the three. You only have one vote, though, so make sure you choose wisely.
Select your dream team
In contrast, you have a little more room for manoeuvre in putting together your dream team of 2012 and predicting which 11 players you think will make the FIFA/FIFPro World XI.
This year FIFA.com is once again giving you the opportunity to play the FIFA/FIFPro World XI Predictor game, which began on 19 November and gives you a 55-man shortlist to choose from in making up your team of 2012.
Select a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards and try to predict the World XI as voted for by over 50,000 professional footballers from all over the world, each one voting for the best player in each position.
You have until 4 January 2013 to play the coach and select your ideal team. You can change your selection as often as you like up until 4 January. If your line-up matches the actual FIFA/FIFPro World XI, you will enter our Grand Prize draw for an exclusive FIFA/FIFPro adidas jersey signed by players from the final world XI of 2012.
There’s no time to lose. The Gala is approaching fast and so is the deadline for voting for the FIFA Puskás Award and for selecting your all-star line-up with the FIFA/FIFPro World XI Predictor. So don’t forget to take part and make 7 January “your” gala evening.