The Best FIFA Football Awards™

The Best FIFA Football Awards™

Monday 23 September 2019, Milan

FIFA Fan Award

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The three finalists for the 2019 FIFA Fan Award have been announced. The latest edition of the FIFA Fan Award will recognise one of these outstanding fan moments or gestures, with the shortlist compiled by a panel of experts.

Football fans from across the globe are now able to vote on FIFA.com for their winner of the 2019 FIFA Fan Award. An award for the fans, decided by the fans.

Voting will close during The Best FIFA Football Awards show in Milan on Monday 23 September, where all award winners will be announced.

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The Candidates

Silvia Grecco

Palmeiras supporter

Nickollas Grecco is a massive Palmeiras supporter… and he is blind. He would not appreciate the game nearly as much as he does were it not for his mother, Silvia, who takes him to the matches and narrates them for her adoring son, who is also autistic. Silvia has become something of a famous face amongst Palmeiras fans, thanks to her huge heart and amazing commitment to her son and their shared passion for the beautiful game.

“What gives Nickollas the most pleasure in life is football and being in the stadium,” she said. “I go into details about the atmosphere, the characteristics of each player, and narrating goals is without doubt the most emotional part."

Justo Sanchez

Cerro fan turned Rampla supporter

Justo Sanchez’s son Nicolas was tragically killed in a road traffic accident while travelling back from watching his beloved Rampla Juniors play in Uruguay’s top flight. Justo, himself a lifelong supporter of Rampla’s closest rivals Cerro, switched allegiance to support Rampla, so that his son’s passion could live on through him. The story gained widespread coverage in Uruguay, a nation whose residents live and breathe football as if it is a religion.  

Justo now attends Rampla games, with a flag – which reads: ‘Nico, forever present’ - honouring his late son.

“My blood will be Cerro until the day I die,” Justo said. “But my heart will always be Rampla now.”

Netherlands fans

At the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

One of the enduring images of France 2019 was undoubtedly the Oranje fans invading every city that their team conquered en route to the Final in Lyon. Huge swathes of orange stretched as far as the eye could see as the well-natured and fanatical support highlighted the nation’s passion for the women’s game.

“When I see the fans and all that orange, it gives me goosebumps. It’s something so very, very special,” said Henk, a fan who DJs on the bus that leads the impressive fan marches to the stadiums.

Despite ultimately being defeated in the Final against the USA, the Dutch fans certainly earned everybody’s respect and admiration after their remarkable display of support during the tournament.

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