Globe Cup champions Carli Lloyd and Jill Ellis amongst finalists for FIFA honors
Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick within the final against Japan gave the U.S. its first Women’s Planet Cup title in 16 years, is among 3 finalists for player from the year award, FIFA announced Monday.
Jill Ellis, who coached the U.S. group to the title, is a finalist for FIFA’s women’s coach of your year. Two American players — Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach — have previously won the player with the year award though Sweden’s Pia Sundhage won the coach’s prize for major the U.S. to an Olympic gold medal in 2012.
On the men’s side Argentina’s Lionel Messi, the only four-time winner in the player on the year award — now called the fifa 16 moedas Ballon o’Or — is among the finalists for this year’s prize together with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, a three-time winner. Messi and Ronaldo play for club teams in Spain, Messi with Barcelona and Ronaldo with True Madrid.
Also to Lloyd, who also plays for the Houston Dash within the National Women’s Soccer League, women’s finalists contain Japan’s Aya Miyama and Germany’s Celia Sasic.
The third men’s finalist is Messi’s Barcelona teammate Neymar of Brazil.
The candidates for the fifa 16 coins world coach of your year are Pep Guardiola (Spain/Bayern Munich), Luis Enrique Mart¨anez (Spain/Barcelona) and Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina/Chilean national team) though Ellis might be competing for the women’s award against Mark Sampson (Wales/English national team) and Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japanese national team).
The winners in each category might be announced at an awards ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 11.