On the evening of 29 June in Frankfurt, the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 winners will collect the spoils of their victory. Semi-finalists Mexico are already reaping the rewards of their success at this tournament, with another of their players winning the latest FIFAworldcup.com poll.
In answer to the question 'Which player is the discovery of the first phase of the tournament?', Mexico forward Jose Francisco Fonseca proved the popular vote. Fonseca's 64th-minute header which won the points in his team's opening game against Japan also made its mark on FIFAworldcup.com users. Mexico's subsequent defeat of five-times world champions Brazil in Group B may also have contributed to Fonseca's accolade.
In all, 28 per cent of voters gave the thumbs-up to Fonseca. He came in ahead of Argentina striker Luciano Figueroa (19 per cent) and Brazil's Robinho (15 per cent). As you might imagine, Fonseca benefited from the huge number of Spanish-speaking voters who registered their preference. Fifty-three per cent of users on the Spanish version of FIFAworldcup.com chose the Cruz Azul attacker, although he was a less popular candidate on the English, French and German sites where his share of the vote dropped to 19 per cent, five per cent and three per cent respectively.
Indeed, the Anglophones (the largest voting group) were undecided between Figueroa, Robinho, Japan's Masashi Oguro and Fonseca himself. This allowed the Spanish-speaking contingent to swing the balance in favour of the Mexican. Not that Fonseca's candidacy does not shine bright - the FIFA Confederations Cup has provided a world stage for him to display his striking talent and he has responded accordingly.
This is how the voting went:
1 José Fonseca (MEX), 28 per cent
2 - Luciano Figueroa (ARG), 19 per cent
3 Robinho (BRA), 15 per cent
4 Masashi Oguro (JPN), 10 per cent
5 Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER), 9 per cent
6 - Lukas Podolski (GER), 8 per cent
7 Tim Cahill (AUS) and Karim Essediri (TUN), 2 per cent
Make sure you continue to have your say by voting in FIFAworldcup.com's regular polls during the FIFA Confederations Cup.