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2012 Ballon d'Or Shortlist Quiz
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Oct 30th, 2012 at 15:24 GMT
Iniesta already won UEFA Player of the Year and I hope he receives this, too. Great player that is out shadowed by Messi and Ronaldo.
Oct 30th, 2012 at 19:35 GMT
Took about 12 tries but I eventually got them all!
Nov 1st, 2012 at 22:30 GMT
@Hums66 Agreed, especially with his contribution during Euro 2012. Both him and Pirlo would get my votes.
Nov 4th, 2012 at 18:42 GMT
Spelling is Carles Puyol...
Nov 13th, 2012 at 18:28 GMT
I kinda want to see Neuer win it
Game published: Dec 23rd, 2012 at 04:30 GMT
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 04:44 GMT
Even as a City fan, I'm appalled Balotelli's on this list. He had a great year, but not Ballon d'Or-type year
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 05:48 GMT
Have no idea what this is, but I got 9 correct.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 05:52 GMT
Apparently most of the people who took this quiz aren't soccer fans.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 09:14 GMT
I don't know what the Ballon d'Or is, but I got 12 by guessing Spanish-sounding names.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 10:18 GMT
sergio busquets is a god. so underrated
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 11:09 GMT
I agree with bball, yeah Balotelli had a decent year but was it REALLY better than those of Mata/Cavani/Hulk etc? I'd even go so far as to say that Luis Suarez better deserves his place.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 11:43 GMT
Where's Rickie Lambert????????
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 11:44 GMT
I'm assuming this was a minefield at some stage judging by the quiz question. That should probably be edited to remove the "without picking any that aren't" part.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 11:53 GMT
I'd have had Kompany over Balotelli after last season. More seriously though, FIFA need to take a good look at themselves for leaving out Grant Holt.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 12:03 GMT
So sad Heskey isn't on the list.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 12:50 GMT
citkeane: Good spot and fixed. Everyone else interested: I'd suggest checking out The Guardian's top 100 footballers list at bit.ly/RFTVbe (it's being rolled out over a few days and they're currently up to 11). I don't agree with all of their choices of course. But unlike an award like the Ballon d'Or, which is voted on by a huge group, The Guardian's list was voted on by 11 journalists, some of whom like Jonathan Wilson and Michael Cox are rabid in the way they watch soccer that's a little off the beaten path—both in terms of who they watch and how they watch it. That makes their list much more interesting to me and not AS based on reputation or just who's playing for the biggest clubs. This strikes at the core of Balotelli over, say, Cavani as FlyingBarney put it—Balotelli gets as much attention as any player in the world and while Cavani is not exactly obscure there simply isn't much reason for the captain of, say, South Africa to watch Napoli play. Hence, Balo gets votes from people voting who they hear about the most and Cavani doesn't.
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Dec 23rd, 2012 at 13:14 GMT
Where's Fernando Torres?
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 13:25 GMT
I shake my fist at the inclusion of Rooney and Balotelli over Mata, Suarez or Hazard
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 14:30 GMT
Why is there so many Norwich fans on here?
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 14:38 GMT
I admit to voting for Hulk because at least I'd seen his film this year.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 14:43 GMT
Xabi Alonso also wins the award for best facial hair.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 16:33 GMT
@eab: Pirlo would have quite a bit to say about that.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 16:39 GMT
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 16:55 GMT
@Wilfy As a Boro fan, no chance!
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 17:20 GMT
Again, Sporcle is too Euro-centric. Need more American friendly quizzes please.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 17:27 GMT
@philoquin: About 80% of Sporcle is American-friendly. You don't have to play these types of quizzes if you don't want to.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 17:47 GMT
@eab21 I was making a joke since on all the other quizzes people comment on it being too American centric.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 17:54 GMT
@philoquin: Ah, okay. Didn't seem like it.
Dec 23rd, 2012 at 18:33 GMT
I got 13 correct by randomly guessing. I just now figured out they are soccer players. Shame on me...
Dec 24th, 2012 at 12:37 GMT
Rooney and Ballotelli?! If only Suarez had a likeable personality.... apparently biting people, cheating in the world cup and racism don't redeem you to the public. Still a great player, though. Up the 'Pool!
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 00:04 GMT
I avoided picking Balotelli because, I thought there is no he is a serious candidate. I was wrong.
Apr 25th, 2013 at 22:49 GMT
Got 5 wrong because they're such bad picks. Balotelli, Benzema and Pique over Ribery, Silva and Schweinsteiger? jeez
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