The Event will be Highlighted by More Female Soccer Recognitions; the Return of Ronaldo and Messi as Candidates for Best FIFA Men’s Player, and a Premier League Contest for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach
Telemundo Deportes’ Ana Jurka, Sammy Sadovnik and Karim Mendiburu Will Host the Coverage Alongside Carlota Vizmanos reporting from the Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Special Coverage of the “Green Carpet” will precede the Ceremony, Live on Telemundo Deportes Digital platforms at 1 p.m. ET
MIAMI – September 20, 2019 – Telemundo Deportes, the home of the Biggest, Best, Global Sports in Spanish-language, presents live coverage of The Best FIFA Football AwardsTM. The anticipated event that celebrates soccer’s greatest will air on Universo and Telemundo Deportes digital platforms on Monday, September 23 at 2:25 p.m. ET., live from the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.
This year’s event will be hosted by renowned Italian journalist Ilaria D’Amico and AC Milan legend Rudd Gullit. The ceremony will feature 11 categories in total, highlighted by two new awards recognizing excellence in women’s soccer including Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper and FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11. In addition, Messi and Ronaldo are back as candidates for the Best FIFA Men’s Player alongside Virgil van Dijk; and Premier League’s top coaches Guardiola, Klopp and Pochettino make the list of the Best FIFA Men’s Coach candidates.
Telemundo Deportes’ Ana Jurka, Sammy Sadovnik and Karim Mendiburu will host the live coverage alongside Carlota Vizmanos reporting from Milan. In addition to the live broadcast of the ceremony, Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms will live stream the “Green Carpet” arrivals beginning at 1 p.m. ET and provide live reactions and highlights across social media.
The shortlisted candidates for The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2019 are:
The Best FIFA Men’s Player:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona)
Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands/Liverpool)
The Best FIFA Women’s Player:
Lucy Bronze (England/Olympique Lyonnais)
Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando Pride)
Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC)
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach:
Pep Guardiola (Spain/Manchester City)
Jürgen Klopp (Germany/Liverpool)
Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina/Tottenham Hotspur)
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach:
Jill Ellis (USA/USA National Team)
Phil Neville (England/English National Team)
Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands/Dutch National Team)
The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper:
Alisson Becker (Brazil/Liverpool)
Ederson (Brazil/Manchester City)
Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany/Barcelona)
The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper
Christiane Endler (Chile/Paris Saint-Germain)
Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden/Chelsea/VfL Wolfsburg)
Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands/Arsenal/Atlético Madrid)
FIFA Puskás Award:
Lionel Messi (ARG) – Real Betis v. FC Barcelona [La Liga] (March 17, 2019)
Juan Fernando Quintero (COL) – River Plate v. Racing Club [Superliga Argentina] (February 10, 2019
Dániel Zsóri (HUN) – Debrecen FC v Ferencváros TC [Hungarian First Division] (February 16, 2019)
FIFA Fan Award:
Silvia Grecco (Brazilian mother who vividly describes Palmeiras matches to her blind son).
Netherlands fans (the incredible Dutch fans at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019).
Justo Sánchez (Uruguayan father who does not miss a single game of his team's rival in loving memory of his deceased son).