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Bayern Munich Right to Scrutinize Ballon d’Or Vote After Questionable Changes By FIFA

FC Bayern President Uli Hoeness has publicly stated Bayern Munich will scrutinize balloting for FIFA’s World Footballer of the Year award that came in after the initial November 15 deadline. Bayern’s Franck Ribery, who has already been named European Footballer of the year, was thought to be the favorite for the FIFA award until balloting was extended.

Ribery led Bayern to the treble this past season and also played a major role in France’s qualification for the World Cup.

“We will look at every single vote that came in prior to Nov. 15 and at the votes that came in afterwards,” Hoeness stated in an interview with Munich based paper TZ.

To me, FIFA’s decision to extend the Ballon d’Or vote was simply standard operating procedure for FIFA. Coming off criticism of Sepp Blatter’s public comments about Cristiano Ronaldo, football’s governing body was looking for a way to make amends.

The decision was made to extend the voting deadline just after Ronaldo had single handedly carried Portugal from the brink of elimination to World Cup qualification. Bayern justifiably see foul play, but Hoeness — a veteran of world soccer — should know this is precisely how FIFA operates.

As for me, I would vote for Ribery. Bayern’s record in 2013 speaks for itself while France, despite not having the greatest of odds, did qualify for the World Cup. The French side is filled with younger, inexperienced players and Ribery, who has not always been a model citizen or a natural leader, helped in that process.

But FIFA’s deadline extension almost ensured Ronaldo the prize, and Bayern is rightly fuming.

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  1. KapUSMC

    December 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    It was absolutely ridiculous for voting to be extended (even though I thought CR7 should win before the two legs against Sweeden). The world really deserves better management from FIFA… There is no way Sepp Blather would run a company. How does he get to run the organization that has oversight on the most popular sport in the world? But whats the fix? Boycott the World Cup? The problem is they really can get away with whatever they want, because no matter how much I don’t like FIFA, I still watched MLS Cup, UCL, and EPL and a Serie A match, just like I will still watch the World Cup.

    • Dan

      December 13, 2013 at 1:11 am

      Sepp Blatter is the same guy that said if your racially abused you should shake the hand of your abuser. He’s a real jackass and Fifa is filled with even more. Giving Qatar the World Cup because of their money and then trying to change the world cup to January. Then the fact that Qatar has numerous Human Rights violations yet still given the World Cup.

  2. Bishopville Red

    December 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Just for context, a treble doesn’t mean much in Ballon d’Or voting. When United won the treble in 1999, Rivaldo was the winner. His Barcelona side was eliminated in the group stage, by both CL finalists.

    Treble winning United’s David Beckham – not even the best player in Manchester, let alone the world, was second.

    The top player on Bayern, who almost won the treble themselves that year, was Lothar Mattheus, who came in10th.

    In 2010, when Inter won the treble, it was 1-2-3 for Messi and his Barça pals Iniesta and Xavi. Inter, you recall, eliminated Barçelona.

    Wesley Sneijder, who was as talismanic for Inter as Ribery was for Bayern, was 4th.

    Bayern need to look like they’re supporting their boy, but really, all of this just goes to show that individual awards in team sports are total BS.


  3. Dan

    December 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Ok it’s an individual award not a team award. Take Ronado out of Madrid nd they finish third in La liga last season and they don’t even beat us in the rd of 16. He has 70 goals in the year and ribery has like 25 or something like that. Not to mention Ribery is on the better team and Bayern still win the treble without him. It’s not a goal scoring or assisting award but Ronaldo has just as much if not a little less goals this season than Ribery has this and last season. Bayern rode Robben to the Ucl not Ribery. He’s the best player on the best team simple as that the treble shouldn’t matter. An individual trophy goes to the best individual player and stats don’t mean everything but when Ronaldo has about 20-25 goals more than Ribery has goals and assists combined that’s a massive gap. Not to menti he has like 40-50 goals more than Frank Ribery. When your stats dwarf someone’s by such ridiculous margins it’s hard to argue a point for Ribery. Ronaldo just set a Ucl group stage record and carried Real in the knock out Rounds. If trophies mattered then Sneijddr should have won in 2011 and Ronaldo last year. Fact is Ronaldo and Messi are phenoms and until someone can match these 70-90 goal seasons then they will win the trophy. The voting thing is flawed but if the right guy wins then so be it.

    • Guy

      December 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Ronaldo and Messi play in La Liga. Comparing their goal totals to someone who plays in the Bundesliga is a waste of time.

      At any rate, I’m with Bishopville on this one. It’s just BS, so I won’t get exercised no matter who wins.

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