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Media to select best player of the tournament during Final match

The shortlist of ten candidates for the 2006 adidas Golden Ball, the prestigious award presented at each FIFA World Cup™ to the tournament's outstanding player, was unveiled Thursday by FIFA. The Golden Ball is awarded to the best player on the basis of a vote taken among the media accredited for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.

The shortlist has been drawn up by the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) and, with only players who reached the last four considered eligible for selection, representatives of the media will now pick from a field comprising three Frenchmen, two Germans, four Italians and a solitary Portuguese.

Unlike previous FIFA World Cup's, media will have until the end of the Final match to submit their vote for best player. After the final whistle, the votes will be collected and tabulated with the winner being announced the following day at 10:00.

Past winners of adidas Golden Ball – arguably the most sought-after individual trophy in football – include the likes of Oliver Kahn (2002), Romario (1994) and Diego Maradona (1986), and though there can be only one winner, Silver and Bronze Balls will be awarded to the two runners-up.

There is also a Silver Ball for the second-placed player and a Bronze Ball for the player in third place. The announcement will be made at the end of the tournament, with the trophies presented at the FIFA World Player Gala in December 2006.