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History Of World Cup Awards: How It Started

Sports by Published on Updated on 12 Jun, 2018

The Golden Ball, Golden Boot, and Golden Glove have been major awards in the history of World Cups. Among all those awards, there are several other titles that have been in use in the history of FIFA.

Best Young Player Award

The title was first introduced at the 2006 World Cup held in Germany. The title was given to Germany’s professional forward, Lukas Podolski.  The title is awarded to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. It was just a title before the 2006 World Cup.

CAPTION: Pele, 1958 FIFA Cup SOURCE: dfb.de

Brazillian retired professional, Pelé earned the first ever title as the Best Player at the 1958 World Cup at the age of 17.

World Cup

Best Young Player

Age

1958 Sweden

  Pelé

17

1962 Chile

  Flórián Albert

20

1966 England

  Franz Beckenbauer

20

1970 Mexico

  Teófilo Cubillas

21

1974 West Germany

  W?adys?aw ?muda

20

1978 Argentina

  Antonio Cabrini

20

1982 Spain

  Manuel Amoros

21

1986 Mexico

  Enzo Scifo

20

1990 Italy

  Robert Prosine?ki

21

1994 United States

  Marc Overmars

21

1998 France

  Michael Owen

18

2002 Korea/Japan

  Landon Donovan

20

The title started as the Best Young Player Award and was first awarded in 2006.

World Cup

Best Young Player Award

Age

2006 Germany

Lukas Podolski

21

2010 South Africa

Thomas Müller

20

2014 Brazil

Paul Pogba

21

FIFA Fair Play Trophy

The trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the final tournament of the World Cup. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.

CAPTION: West Germany v Peru, 1970 World Cup SOURCE: impromptuinc.wordpress.com

The trophy was officially introduced in 1970 and only teams that qualified for the second round are eligible for the trophy.

The appearance of the award was originally a certificate at the beginning. It had been a golden trophy based on Sports Billy, a football-playing cartoon character from 1982 to 1990. It has been simply a trophy with an elegant footballer figure since 1994.

The first title was won by Peru after receiving no yellow or red cards in the 1970 World Cup.

World Cup

FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners

1970 Mexico

  Peru

1974 West Germany

  West Germany

1978 Argentina

  Argentina

1982 Spain

  Brazil

1986 Mexico

  Brazil

1990 Italy

  England

1994 United States

  Brazil

1998 France

  England

  France

2002 Korea/Japan

  Belgium

2006 Germany

  Brazil

2010 South Africa

  Spain

2014 Brazil

  Colombia

Man of the Match

The title is awarded to the outstanding player in every game of the tournament. The award has been presented since 2002. The first two editions were chosen by the technical group and were picked by an online poll on FIFA’s website since 2010.

CAPTION: Rivaldo SOURCE: Goal.com

World Cup

Most Man of the Match wins

Wins

2002 South Korea/Japan

  Rivaldo

3

2006 Germany

  Andrea Pirlo

3

2010 South Africa

  Wesley Sneijder

4

2014 Brazil

  Lionel Messi

4

CAPTION: Lionel Messi SOURCE: FootTheBall

Argentine Professional, Lionel Messi became the Man of the Match in the 2014 World Cup.

Most Entertaining Team

The FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team was a subjectively awarded prize for the team which had done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game, organized through public participation in a poll. It was awarded between 1994 and 2006.

CAPTION: Brazil SOURCE: worldcupbrazil.net

World Cup

Most Entertaining Team Award

1994 United States

Brazil

1998 France

France

2002 Korea/Japan

South Korea

2006 Germany

Portugal