FIFA have finally released the shortlist for the highly awaited Ballon d'Or, naming 23 footballers to contend for the award. The list of 23 male candidates has been drawn up by football experts from the FIFA Football Committee and by a group of experts from France Football. All club and international performances are counted through the calendar year of 2014 and the World Cup...
Dirk Nicolaas AdvocaatAdvocaat replaced Gus Poyet as Sunderland's boss last March 2015. He started his career as a footballer representing the Netherlands twice and having appeared in a total of 543 games in his senior career. He was tapped as a coach for a number of squads, including the national teams of South Korea, Belgium and Russia.
Roger SchmidtRoger Schmidt - currently Bayer Leverkusen’s manager - started his coaching career with Delbrücker SC, followed by a stint at Preußen Münster before signing up with Paderborn 07. In 2012, he transferred to Red Bull Salzburg to lead them towards a 2013–14 Austrian Football Bundesliga and 2013–14 Austrian Cup conquest.
Bruno LabbadiaLabbadia had a notable career as a football player. He was called twice to represent Germany and he played in some of the top teams in the Bundesliga. He recorded 103 goals in the 328 games he played as a professional footballer. Before being named as Hamburger SV's manager, he coached VfB Stuttgart for three years.
Timothy Alan "Tim" SherwoodSherwood played as midfielder from 1987 until 2005, notably as captain of Blackburn Rovers' Premiership title-winning in 1995. He also played for Watford, Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Coventry City and the England national team. He began his coaching career at Tottenham and is now managing Aston Villa.
|Sports : Football|
|Team : FC Barcelona|
|Playing position : Defender, Midfielder|
|Squad number : 14|
|Birth Date : Argentine (30)|
|Nationality : Argentine|
|Estimated Market Value/Salary : 6M EUR (2010)|
|Sports : Football|
|Team : Real Madrid|
|Playing position : Midfielder|
|Squad number : 6|
|Birth Date : 4/4/1987 (28)|
|Nationality : German|
|Estimated Market Value/Salary : 5M EUR (2011)|