FIFA Order of Merit

FIFA Order of Merit
Awarded by FIFA
Type Order of merit
Awarded for "significant contribution to association football"
Status Active
Statistics
First induction 1984
Last induction 2012
Total inductees 121
Precedence
Next (higher) None
Next (lower) None

The FIFA Order of Merit is the highest honour awarded by FIFA. The award is presented at the annual FIFA congress. It is normally awarded to people who are considered to have made a significant contribution to association football.

At FIFA's centennial congress they made one award for every decade of their existence. These awards were also handed out to fans, organisations, clubs, and one to African Football. These were referred to as the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit.

The winner doesn't have to be directly involved with football to receive it. One such notable non-footballing personality was Nelson Mandela who won it for bringing South Africa back to international football.

Recipients

Football associations

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol2004 UruguayCentennial Award in 2004
African Football2004Centennial Award in 2004
International Football Association Board2004Centennial Award in 2004

Football clubs

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Real Madrid C.F.2004 SpainCentennial Award in 2004
Sheffield F.C.2004 EnglandCentennial Award in 2004[1]

Footballers

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Franz Beckenbauer1984, 2004 GermanyCentennial Award in 2004
Bobby Charlton1984 England
Pele1984, 2004 BrazilCentennial Award in 2004
Dino Zoff1984 Italy
Lev Yashin1988 Soviet Union
Antonio Carbajal1992 Mexico
Stanley Matthews1992 England
Francisco Varallo1994 Argentina
Alfredo Di Stefano1994 Spain
Fritz Walter1994 Germany
Ferenc Puskás1994 Hungary
Eusébio1994 Portugal
Just Fontaine1994 France
Gunn Nyborg1994 Norway
Obdulio Varela1994 Uruguay
Zico[2]1996 Brazil
Bobby Moore1996 England
Salif Keita1996 Mali
Michelle Akers1998 United States
Larbi Benbarek1998 Morocco
Gilmar1998 Brazil
Gerd Müller1998 Germany
Ivan Toplak2000 Slovenia
David Kipiani2002 Georgia
Pradip Kumar Banerjee2004 IndiaCentennial Award in 2004
Lee Ramoon2004 Cayman Islands
Paolo Maldini2008 Italy
Bobby Robson2009 England
Johan Cruijff2010 Netherlands
Steve Sumner2010 New ZealandCentennial Award in 2004
Alcides Ghiggia2010 Uruguay

Coaches

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Helmut Schön1984 Germany
Mário Zagallo1992 Brazil
Karl Heinz Weigang1998 Germany
Miljan Miljanić2002 Serbia
Valeriy Lobanovskyi2003 Ukraine
Sein Hlaing2004 Myanmar
Kazimierz Górski2006 Poland
Nodar Akhalkatsi2008 Georgia
Johan Cruijff2010 Netherlands
Winston Chung-Fah2012 Jamaica
Óscar Tabárez2012 Uruguay

Referees

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Nikolay Latyshev1987 Soviet Union
Thomas Wharton1992 Scotland
Farouk Bouzo1996 Syria
Javier Arriaga Muñiz1996 Mexico
Fernando G. Álvarez2005 Philippines
Hari Raj Naicker2012 Fiji

Administrators

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Stanley Rous1984 England
Mihajlo Andrejević1984 Yugoslavia
Paulo Machado de Carvalho1987 Brazil
Ferdinand Hidalgo1987 Ecuador
Teófilo Salinas Fuller1987 Peru
Marat Gramov1987 Soviet Union
João Lyra Filho1988 Brazil
Pedro Escartín1988 Spain
Yidnekatchew Tessema1988 Ethiopia
K. Ziauddin1992 India
Shizuo Fujita1992 Japan
Juan José Russo1992 Argentina
Abdel Aziz Mostafa1992 Egypt
Arthur George1994 Australia
Chen Chengda1994 China
Abdel Halim Muhammad 1994 Sudan
Gene Edwards1994 United States
Vitali Smirnov1995 Russia
Maurice Burlaz1996 France
Henry Fok1998 Hong Kong
Julio Grondona1998 Argentina
Vyacheslav Koloskov1998 Russia
Bert Millichip1998 England
Guillermo Cañedo de la Bárcena1998 Mexico
Abilio d'Almeida2000 Brazil
Josep Lluís Núñez2000 Spain
Nabon Noor2000 Indonesia
Azrikam Miltchan2000 Israel
Horace Burrell2000 Jamaica
Faisal bin Fahd2000 Saudi Arabia
Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo2000 Nigeria
Nikita Simonyan2000 Russia
Juan Antonio Samaranch2001 Spain
José Ermírio de Moraes Filho2002 Brazil
Jim Fleming2002 Canada
Mohamed Khalil El Deeb2002 Egypt
Santiago Bernabéu2002 Spain
Miljan Miljanić2002 Serbia
Hans Ernst Bangerter2002  Switzerland
René Hüssy2002  Switzerland
Johnny Warren2004 AustraliaCentennial Award in 2004[3]
João Havelange2004 BrazilCentennial Award in 2004
Jules Rimet2004 FranceCentennial Award in 2004
Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah2004 Kuwait
Jan Peeters2006 Belgium
Issa Hayatou2006 Cameroon
Egidius Braun2006 Germany
Oscar Thamar Torres2006 Guatemala
Saburō Kawabuchi2006 Japan
Hamzah Abu Samah2006 Malaysia
Guyedre Wamedjo2006 New Caledonia
Per Ravn Omdal2006 Norway
Kazimierz Górski2006 Poland
Aleksei Paramonov2006 Russia
Alan Rothenberg2006 United States
Nicolás Abumohor2008 Chile
Zhang Jilong2008 China
Isaac David Sasso Sasso2008 Costa Rica
Nodar Akhalkatsi2008 Georgia
Helen Leuthardt-Petermann2008  Switzerland
Lisle Austin2010 Barbados
Holger Obermann2010 Germany
Junji Ogura2010 Japan
Molefi Oliphant2010 South Africa
Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder2012 Germany
György Szepesi2012 Hungary
Ahmad Shah of Pahang2012 Malaysia
Godfried Foli Ekue2012 Togo

Other individuals

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Roberto Marinho1987 Brazil
Everwijn van Steeden1987 England
Emilio Azcárraga Milmo1987 Mexico
Diego Lucero1987 Uruguay
Pedro Ramírez Vázquez1988 Mexico
Karl-Heinz Heimann1992 Germany
Walter Lutz1992  Switzerland
Henry Kissinger1996 United States
Douglas Ivester1996 United States
Udo Jürgens1996 Germany
Fernand Sastre1998 France
Nelson Mandela1998 South Africa
Erwin Himmelseher2000 Germany
Kofi Annan2002 Ghana
Thaksin Shinawatra2004 Thailand
Robert Louis-Dreyfus2006 France
Otto Schily2006 Germany
Rudi Michel2006 Germany
Mohammed Yusuf2008 Fiji
Alpha Oumar Konaré2008 Mali
Thabo Mbeki2010 South Africa

Other collectives

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Television2004Centennial Award in 2004
The City of Sheffield2004 EnglandCentennial Award in 2004
Fans of Japan2004 JapanCentennial Award in 2004
Fans of Korea2004 South KoreaCentennial Award in 2004

Commercial brands

RecipientYearNationalityNotes
Adidas2004 GermanyCentennial Award in 2004
Coca-Cola2004 United StatesCentennial Award in 2004
Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive2004 FranceCentennial Award in 2004

References

  1. "Honours of Oldest Soccer Team in World". Sheffield FC. 20 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. "Anniversary with nine FIFA Order of Merit Awards". FIFA. 9 August 1996. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. "Global game honours fighter Warren". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 July 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
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