England duo in running for Women's Player and Coach of 2010.
Hope Powell and Kelly Smith have both been named on the shortlist for FIFA World Coach of the Year and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year respectively.
2010 has been a significant year for both the England Women’s Head Coach and the England Women’s forward and their nomination by FIFA and France Football magazine rewards their successes over the last 12 months.
Powell led her side to the Finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be staged in Germany next summer, while Kelly Smith’s goal against Switzerland in the first leg of the World Cup play-off saw her become her country’s all-time leading Women’s goalscorer on 41 goals. The Boston Breakers forward is also just one appearance away from winning her 100th international cap.
The full list of nominees in both categories are listed below:
FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football 2010
Bruno Bini (France Women’s Senior Team)
In Cheul Choi (South Korea U20s)
Maren Meinert (Germany U20s)
Albertin Montoya (FC Gold Pride)
Silvia Neid (Germany Women’s Senior Team)
Hope Powell (England Women’s Senior Team)
Norio Sasaki (Japan Women’s Senior Team)
Bernd Schröder (FFC Turbine Potsdam)
Pia Sundhage (USA Women’s Senior Team)
Béatrice von Siebenthal (Switzerland Women’s Senior Team)
FIFA Women’s World Player 2010
Camille Abily (France)
Fatmire Bajramaj (Germany)
So Yun Ji (South Korea)
Birgit Prinz (Germany)
Caroline Seger (Sweden)
Christine Sinclair (Canada)
Kelly Smith (England)
Hope Solo (USA)
Abby Wambach (USA)
Meanwhile, Sunderland’s Asamoah Gyan, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas have all been named on the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or. Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger have been nominated for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football.
The winners will be announced in Zurich on 10 January 2011.