Virgil van Dijk, Vivianne Miedema and Sarina Wiegman have a chance to be named FIFA Men’s Player, Women’s Player and Women’s Coach of 2020, respectively. The Dutch were nominated by FIFA on Wednesday for the awards of World Footballer and Coach of the Year.
Van Veenendaal not nominated
Van Dijk has competition from Thiago Alcântara, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mané, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah.
The 29-year-old defender, who has been out for months due to a serious knee injury, finished second behind Messi in this election last year. He played an important part in Liverpool’s first league title since 1990 last season.
Miedema has to fight it out with Lucy Bronze, Delphine Cascarino, Caroline Graham Hansen, Pernille Harder, Jennifer Hermoso, Ji So-yun, Sam Kerr, Saki Kumagai, Dzsenifer Marozsán and Wendie Renard.
The 24-year-old Arsenal attacker was already voted Football Player of the Year in the Women’s Super League by the English press in July. She also recently became the first player to score fifty goals in the leading league.
Wiegman has to compete with Lluís Cortés, Rita Guarino, Emma Hayes, Stephan Lerch, Hege Riise and Jean-Luc Vasseur. The 51-year-old national coach of the Orange Women, who will start working for the England national team next year, already won in 2017.
Sari van Veenendaal is title holder at the Women’s Goalkeeper. However, the thirty-year-old goalkeeper of the Orange Women and PSV (Atlético Madrid last season) is not one of the nominees this year. There is also no Dutch contribution to the Men’s Goalkeeper.
The FIFA gala will take place on December 17. The event was initially scheduled for September, but was then postponed due to the corona crisis. Other elections, such as the presentation of the Golden Ball by the French magazine France Football, will not take place at all in 2020.
FIFA’s Best, which has existed since 2016 after it was separated from the Golden Ball, will be held entirely online. Until December 9, national coaches, captains of national teams, fans and 200 journalists can vote.