Did you know that former Nigerian skipper Sunday Oliseh is part of the 13-man FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) that voted for Brazil 2014 award winners?
Prominent football voices have aired their approval on the committee’s performance, especially on its decision to award Argentinian captain Lionel Messi the Golden Ball ahead of rising Columbian star James Rodriguez.
While FIFA boss Sepp Blatter expressed shock over the TSG’s decision to give Lionel Messi the Golden Ball (Most Valuable Player of the Tournament), Argentine legend Diego Maradona was less sympathetic.
He said the TSG ignored Rodriguez all in the name of money. He blamed the “robbery” on football “marketers” who would rather have well endorsed players scoop the honours despite shabby performances
FIFA has also been criticised for rating Messi’s world cup performance ahead of Germany’s Thomas Muller’s
The other award winners include:
Rodriguez – Golden Boot (highest goal scorer, 6 goals in 5 matches)
Germany’s Manuel Neuer – Golden Glove (best goalkeeper)
France midfielder Paul Pogba – Young Player of the Tournament.
German forward Thomas Muller – Silver Ball.
Dutch wing forward Arjen Robben – Bronze Ball.
Germany were crowned champions thanks to Mario Gotze lone strike in the second half of extra time.
FIFA’s TSG is a 13-strong committee who analyse matches at international tournaments. Do you agree with their award decisions for the just concluded World Cup?
What do you think about Blatter’s and Maradona’s comments?