On 10 January, the eyes of the footballing world will turn expectantly to Zurich and the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala, where the awards for the world's best male and female footballer will be handed out. The six short-listed football stars for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award - including Mens' football nominees Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi and Women's football nominees Fatmire Bajramaj, Marta and Birgit Prinz - will be joined in the spotlight by Nenad Stojkovic, winner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2010.
Nenad's victory in last year’s FIWC Grand Final secured him a cash prize of USD20,000 along with a trip for two to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala, where he will receive the world’s best interactive football player award for 2010. In our exclusive interview with Nenad last month, the reigning champion was already eagerly awaiting his trip.
"I am going to the gala with my girlfriend, so it should be an exciting night for us to experience something as wonderful as the gala and to meet players and coaches you watch on television and never thought you would have the chance to meet," said Nenad.
Follow Nenad’s journey!
Nenad’s schedule includes a news conference at which he will be presented with an award honouring his special achievement, and a fabulous supporting programme where he will have the opportunity to meet the stars of the game personally and challenge them to some thrilling duels on EA SPORTS™ FIFA 11 for PlayStation®3 . FIFA.com will be accompanying Nenad throughout his Zurich visit. Follow the FIWC on twitter to join Nenad on his FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala adventure. And just a few days after the gala, make sure you visit FIFA.com for a video report detailing Nenad’s spectacular day at first hand!
You could win a trip to the next FIFA Ballon d'Or
Would you like to shake Lionel Messi by the hand while attend one of football's most prestigious ceremonies? Then sign up now for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2011! The second of a total of six seasons began on 1 January, and the action is already well underway. We’re looking forward to accompanying one of you to next year’s FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala!