More dodgy World Cup refereeing!
How precisely does this...
...turn into this?
The BBC explains:
Podolski won the prize because Fifa had the final say, chosen by a 14–man panel.
Were they all German?
I've already said that I thought Podolski or Messi should have won, but clearly public opinion accounted for just about bugger all in this poll. Not to mention the fact that there clearly was one English player nominated (in fact, somewhat implausibly, Scott Carson and Theo Walcott were on the list).
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It's a good thing public opinion didn't count; the majority of people voting for Luis Valencia done so due to a ridiculous campaign to vote anyone but Ronaldo (the blurb even said 'it doesn't matter who, even if you've never seen them play')
I don't believe FIFA ever said the fans would decide the winner, just the shortlist.
07 Jul 2006, 12:58
Only Messi, C.Ronaldo, Valencia, Podolski, Barnetta, and Fabregas were shortlisted out of the ones born after 1 January 1985. First three nominated by the public (conform your screenshot), last three by the FIFA.
07 Jul 2006, 12:59
You can hardly expect a player who was red–carded to be shortlisted for a best young player award.
And Podolski has scored 3 goals, which (although also done by 6 other players) has only been bettered by Klose with 5.
Another point which should be taken into account is that internet polls are hardly representative of the general public (or even just people who care and are elligible) as it is a very small minority that have access to the internet.
07 Jul 2006, 14:20
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