De Vanna nominated for FIFA Women's Player of the Year
The honours keep mounting for Matildas striker Lisa de Vanna, after being short-listed for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award, following her outstanding performances at last month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in China.
The honours keep mounting for Matildas striker Lisa de Vanna, after being short-listed for the 2007 FIFA Women-s World Player of the Year award, following her outstanding performances at last month-s FIFA Women-s World Cup in China.
Her four goals in the Matildas run to the quarter finals, saw her named in the FIFA Team of the Tournament and was among the most electrifying talents on display. Her magnificent goal against Norway was also nominated for Goal of the Tournament
The 22-year-old is the only Australian among the 26 women and 30 men that were named by FIFA.
De Vanna will have tough competition though with reigning winner Marta from Brazil, among the front-runners following her performances in leading Brazil to the final, which included a 3-2 win over Australia in the quarter final.
World Champions Germany have five players short-listed, including three-time winner of the award Birgit Prinz, who was again outstanding in leading Germany to back-to-back World Cup wins.
De Vanna is only the second Australian woman to be nominated for the award, after Matildas captain Cheryl Salisbury.
The awards are voted for by the coaches and captains of every national team and will be announced at FIFA's World Player Gala in Zurich on December 17.
Below is a list of the FIFA World Player of the Year nominees (in alphabetical order)
Women Nadine Angerer (Germany), Adjoa Bayor (Ghana), Cristiane (Brazil), Daniela (Brazil), Lisa de Vanna (Australia), Formiga (Brazil), Christie George (Nigeria), Ragnhild Gulbrandsen (Norway), Duan Han (China), Ariane Hingst (germany), Jie Li (China), Kristine Lilly (USA), Renate Lingor (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Pepetua Nkwocha (Nigeria), Bente Nordby (Norway), Cathrine Paaske Sorenson (Denmark), Un Suk Ri (Korea DPR), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Kelly Smith (England), Rebecca Smith (New Zealand), Ane Strangeland Horpestead (Norway), Kerstin Stegemann (Germany), Ingvild Stensland (Norway), Abby Wambach (USA).
Men Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Petr Cech (Czech Republic), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Deco (Portugal), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Michael Essien (Ghana), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Gennaro Gattuso (Italy), Steven Gerrard (England), Thierry Henry (France), Juninho (Brazil), Kaka (Brazil), Miroslav Klose (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Frank Lampard (England), Rafael Marquez (Mexico), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Alessandro Nesta (Italy), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Franck Ribery (France), Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina), Ronaldinho (Brazil), Wayne Rooney (England), John Terry (England), Carlos Tevez (Argentina), Lilian Thuram (France), Fernando Torres (Spain), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands), Patrick Vieira (France)