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2000-2010: Awards For The Decade

James WillisAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2010

2000-2010: Awards For The Decade

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    Having reached the end of the 00's decade it seems only right to hand out awards for the football feast we've been treated to over the last 10 years. There have been many highs and many lows experienced by everyone, but that is what makes the sport so loveable, and that is why these awards are here.

    Without further ado, I'll get started.. 

Most Improved National Team

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    The award goes to ... Serbia


    Other nominees:

    Ivory Coast
    United States of America 

National Team in Decline Award

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    The award goes to... France

    Other nominees:

    South Africa
    Saudi Arabia 

Most Improved League

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    The award goes to... Australian A-League

    Other nominees:

    Russian Premier League
    Major League Soccer
    Primera División de México

A Star Is Born Award

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    The award goes to... Lionel Messi

    Other Nominees:

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Fernando Torres 

Most Shocking Moment Award

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    The award goes to... Marc Vivien Foe's sudden, sad death at the FIFA Confederations Cup (RIP)

    Other Nominees:

    Zinedine Zidane's 2006 World Cup Final Head Butt
    Liverpool overturn a first half 3-0 deficit against AC Milan to win the Champions League Final
    France flop at 2002 FIFA World Cup
    Cristiano Ronaldo smashes world record transfer fee, moving for £80million ($125million)

Over-Achievers of the Decade

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    The award goes to... Greece 2004 European Championship Winners

    Other nominees:

    Porto 2004 Champions League Winners
    Portsmouth 2008 FA Cup Winners
    Turkey 2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place
    Internacional 2006 FIFA Club World Cup Champions 

Club of the Decade

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    The award goes to... Barcelona

    Other nominees:

    Manchester United
    AC Milan
    Boca Juniors
    Real Madrid 

Manager of the Decade

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    The award goes to... José Mourinho

    Other nominees:

    Sir Alex Ferguson
    Josep Guardiola
    Vicente Del Bosque
    Marcello Lippi 

Player of the Decade

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    The award goes to... Zinedine Zidane

    Other Nominees:

    Luis Figo
    David Beckham

Team of the Decade

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    The awards go to...

    • Goal Keeper - Gianluigi Buffon
    • Right Back - Cafu
    • Left Back - Paolo Maldini
    • Centre Back - Fabio Cannavaro
    • Centre Back - Carles Puyol
    • Right Midfield - David Beckham
    • Centre Midfield - Luis Figo
    • Centre Midfield - Zinedine Zidane
    • Left Midfield - Ronaldinho
    • Striker - Lionel Messi
    • Striker - Ronaldo

    Other nominees:

    • Goal Keeper - Iker Casillas, Oliver Kahn, Edwin Van Der Saar
    • Right Back - Javier Zanetti, Gary Neville, Michel Salgado
    • Left Back - Roberto Carlos, Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra
    • Centre Backs - Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Lucio, Alessandro Nesta
    • Midfielders - Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo, Claude Makelele, Ryan Giggs, Steven Gerrard
    • Strikers - Samuel Eto'o, Andriy Shevchenko, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Kaka, Raul, Thierry Henry

Club To Watch Award

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    The award goes to... Werder Bremen

    Other nominees:

    Rubin Kazan
    Real Madrid
    CFR Cluj 

Player To Watch Award

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    The award goes to... Bojan

    Other nominees:

    Jordan Henderson
    Mario Balotelli

Nation To Watch Award

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    The award goes to... New Zealand

    Other nominees:

    Bosnia & Herzegovina
    United States of America

Manager To Watch Award

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    The award goes to... Josep Guardiola

    Other nominees:

    Aitor Karanka
    Roberto Mancini
    Didier Deschamps 

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