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Who voted for who in FIFA awards?

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It is always hugely intriguing to see who voted for who after the FIFA awards have been handed out.

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That list was released on Monday following the glitzy show in London where FIFA’s “The Best” awards saw the player, team, coach and goal of the year awards dished out among many other accolades in the male and female game.

Below is a look at some of the most notable selections from national team captains and managers who voted for the player and coach of the year awards in the male game, with one media member from each nation also able to vote.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the Player of the Year award with 43.2 percent of the vote, while Lionel Messi came second and Neymar came in third. Zinedine Zidane won the Coach of the Year with 46.22 percent of the vote, with Antonio Conte in second and Massimiliano Allegri in third.

Here’s how some of the star names across the globe voted with some weird, wonderful and dare I say tactical selections, plus some of the picks say quite a lot about which players managers respect and vice versa.

Cick on these links to pour through who voted for who in further detail with Player of the Year votes here, and Coach of the Year votes here.


Player of the Year voting

Cristiano Ronaldo
1) Luka Modric
2) Sergio Ramos
3) Marcelo

Lionel Messi
1) Luis Suarez
2) Andres Iniesta
3) Neymar

Hugo Lloris
1) Cristiano Ronaldo
2) Lionel Messi
3) Harry Kane

Michael Bradley
1) Cristiano Ronaldo
2) Sergio Ramos
3) Lionel Messi

Manuel Neuer
1) Toni Kroos
2) Robert Lewandowski
3) Arturo Vidal

Bruce Arena 
1) Cristiano Ronaldo
2) Luka Modric
3) Eden Hazard

Ramiro Hernandez Oscar (Costa Rica coach)
1) Keylor Navas
2) Cristiano Ronaldo
3) Luka Modric


Coach of the Year voting

Cristiano Ronaldo
1) Zinedine Zidane
2) Jose Mourinho
3) Leonardo Jardim

Lionel Messi
1) Luis Enrique
2) Pep Guardiola
3) Diego Simeone

Michael Bradley
1) Max Allegri
2) Zinedine Zidane
3) Antonio Conte

Bruce Arena
1) Zinedine Zidane
2) Antonio Conte
3) Max Allegri

Manuel Neuer
1) Joachim Low
2) Carlo Ancelotti
3) Pep Guardiola

Jordan Henderson
1) Zinedine Zidane
2) Mauricio Pochettino
3) Diego Simeone

Juan Carlos Osorio
1) Maurico Pochettino
2) Zinedine Zidane
3) Antonio Conte

Puel insists Chelsea hasn’t inquired about goalkeeper Schmeichel

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Chelsea could very be in the market for a goalkeeper over the summer, but Leicester City’s manager insists that their number one isn’t being targeted by the Blues; or at least not yet.

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With the Blues likely set to lose Belgium international Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid, new manager Maurizio Sarri would have to look elsewhere to solidify the team’s goalkeeping situation.

One player that has drawn significant interest after a strong World Cup performance for Denmark is Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel, who played a big role in the Foxes’ 2015/16 Premier League title.

Although Schmeichel would be a viable replacement for Courtois at Stamford Bridge, Leicester boss Claude Puel says Chelsea hasn’t expressed its interest to this point.

“No, there is no problem with this,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports. “There is a lot of speculation at this moment, it is normal.

“I think he [Ward] can bring more competition to the squad and more possibilities. It is a good thing to have competition between players in the squad to develop desire.

“It gives good focus and concentration.”

The Foxes recently brought in young Liverpool keeper Danny Ward, which raised further questions about the future of Schmeichel at Leicester.

FC Dallas, Houston play to 1-1 after scoring early goals

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HOUSTON (AP) FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo each scored early goals in a 1-1 draw Saturday night.

Matt Hedges put Dallas (11-3-6) ahead 47 seconds into the game with his first goal of the season, converting a header off a cross from Santiago Mosquera.

Houston (7-6-6) tied it in the eight on Mauro Manotas’ 10th goal of the season. He scored on a header off Romell Quioto’s cross.

Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis stuffed Roland Lamah‘s penalty kick at the 61st minute to keep the score knotted. Ten minutes later, Lamah missed an open look and sent a short shot high that ricocheted off the top of the post.

In stoppage time, Houston’s Alberth Elis missed high and wide to the right just outside the box.

Houston is unbeaten in four games.

MLS 3 Things: Resurgent Zardes, Toronto up, New England down

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A busy Saturday in Major League Soccer sees three interesting results bolstering the story lines of the final few months of the season.

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1) Imagine a world with the reigning champs as your reward for finishing first.

With 14 matches to play, Toronto FC has Jozy Altidore back in the fold and has pulled to within eight points of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot after a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Sebastian Giovinco looks like Sebastian Giovinco in scoring another outstanding goal, just his fifth of the season, while Jonathan Osorio also scored in the win.

Before you watch Seba’s goal, picture you’ve won the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Now picture TFC as your semifinal reward.

2) New England is well and truly slumping

Brad Friedel‘s Revs are slipping after losing a third-straight league match, and New England has gained a solitary point since the calendar turned to July following a 2-0 loss at Red Bull Arena.

Fourth through ninth in the East are separated by nine points, and New England is very much in that mix now. Friedel is certainly at the most trying time of his tenure.

Second half goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Daniel Royer did the trick for RBNY, who have claimed 15 of the last 18 points available to them (The lone blemish is the Hudson River Derby).

The Red Bulls are now 8-1-1 at home this season, while New England is 1-4-4 away from Foxboro.

3) Gyasi Zardes’ return to form is surprising and wonderful

Columbus has its second win since May 19, and will be feeling much better about itself following a 3-2 comeback win over Orlando City which included a pair of equalizers.

One of those came in the 88th minute, as Gyasi Zardes completed his brace by converting a penalty won by new arrival Patrick Mullins.

The Crew won late via a rare Wil Trapp goal — the USMNT midfielder has just two in 161 matches — but let’s focus on Zardes.

Zardes’ 13th goal of the season continues an amazing turnaround under striker whisperer Gregg Berhalter. It’s Zardes’ second double-digit season, and his first since 2014. He is firmly in frame for another USMNT look, this time as a center forward, but first there’s plenty to like about the big man.

Surging Galaxy ride Ibrahimovic magic to 3-1 win (video)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a man on fire, and the LA Galaxy are rounding into form.

The Galaxy overcame an early deficit in Chester to clobber the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on Saturday behind a goal and an assist from their world-class striker.

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Romain Alessandrini had two assists, while Michael Ciani and Ola Kamara also scored for LA. CJ Sapong scored for Philly, assisted by Borek Dockal.

Unbeaten-in-seven LA moves into fourth in the West with the win, while Philadelphia remains three points back of sixth in the East.

Ibrahimovic has now scored in six of his last seven matches, and has 12 goals and two assists in 21 matches overall.

Let’s start with the assist, which we must’ve seen two dozen times when the big Swede was with Paris Saint-Germain.

Ibrahimovic takes a difficult pass out of the air with absurd touch, then waits for the right time to send an impeccable through ball into the path of Kamara.

As for the goal, you almost feel for Mark McKenzie.

The Union’s Homegrown defender has to choose between Alessandrini darting into his box and allowing Ibrahimovic a lick of space.

He gives it, understandably, then rushes to close down Ibrahimovic.

It wasn’t fast enough. Boom.