FIFA has today announced the shortlists for the adidas Golden Ball (10), adidas Golden Glove (3) and Hyundai Young Player (3) Awards. The respective lists have been submitted by the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG).
Candidates for the adidas Golden Ball at the 2014 FIFA World Cup (in alphabetical order):
* Angel DI MARIA (ARG)
* Mats HUMMELS (GER)
* Toni KROOS (GER)
* Philipp LAHM (GER)
* Javier MASCHERANO (ARG)
* Lionel MESSI (ARG)
* Thomas MÜLLER (GER)
* NEYMAR (BRA)
* Arjen ROBBEN (NED)
* James RODRIGUEZ (COL)
The adidas Golden Ball will be awarded to the best player of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The adidas Silver and Bronze Ball Awards will be presented to the second and third-best players.
Candidates for the adidas Golden Glove at the 2014 FIFA World Cup (in alphabetical order):
* Keylor NAVAS (CRC)
* Manuel NEUER (GER)
* Sergio ROMERO (ARG)
The adidas Golden Glove will be presented to the tournament’s best goalkeeper.
Candidates for the Hyundai Young Player Award at the 2014 FIFA World Cup (in alphabetical order):
* Memphis DEPAY (NED)
* Paul POGBA (FRA)
* Raphael VARANE (FRA)
The Hyundai Young Player Award will be presented to the best young footballer (born on or after 1 January 1993). All award winners will be decided by the FIFA TSG.
The winners, including the adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Boots for the tournament’s top scorers and the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, will be announced after the 2014 FIFA World Cup final at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July.