Ceni wins best player prize
FIFA's Technical Study Group has announced the award winners at the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005. Their task was far from easy, and the panel of experts waited until the final whistle in today's decider before agreeing on their nominations. The full list of award winners is as follows.
adidas Golden Ball and TOYOTA Award: Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo)
Rogerio Ceni is one of those extrovert goalkeepers that the beautiful game produces from time to time. His lightning reflexes and resolute shot-stopping proved decisive in the final of the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005. As well as his undoubted skill between the posts, the Sao Paulo custodian is also a specialist with the dead-ball. This season alone, he has scored an astonishing 22 goals, a figure any striker would be proud of. In the semi-final against Al Ittihad, he scored what turned out to be the winning goal with a penalty kick after almost netting earlier with a superbly executed free kick.
adidas Silver Ball: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC)
His magnificent goal in the semi-final against Deportivo Saprissa - a low volley from a measured Riise cross - will be remembered as one of the most beautiful goals in the history of the competition. The Liverpool captain was also one of the hardest working men at the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005. Gerard's vision and exquisite technique coupled with his goalscoring and leadership abilities are just some of the attributes that have put him on the road to being a legend of the game.
adidas Bronze Ball: Christian Bolaños (Deportivo Saprissa)
Deportivo Saprissa's young right-winger has been one of the revelations of the tournament. Bolaños battles for everything and is adept at creating space on either flank. Even though his natural flair is for serving up goalscoring opportunities for his team-mates, he had the joy of scoring one of the most important goals in his club's history with his winning strike in the quarter-finals. After a magnificent take-down on his chest, he swept the resulting half-volley into the bottom corner to send his side through. A tireless fighter, he is a youngster with a very promising future ahead of him.
Fair Play Award: Liverpool