Despite winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics, both Canadian women's soccer star Christine Sinclair and national team coach John Herdman were absent from the shortlists at the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or Awards announced today. Americans Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach are joined by Brazilian Marta as the top 3 women's players in the world.
Meanwhile, former American coach Pia Sundhage is joined by Japanese head coach Norio Sasaki and French coach Bruno Bini. While both Morgan's and Wambach's descriptions on the FIFA site included details on their exploits at the Olympics, scant details were made available on Marta's year 2012. This is once again true for the coaches nominations, but at least Bini's description makes light of the French team's fourth place finish at the Games.
After the results were released, Sportsnet's Gerry Dobson tweeted an accusation that FIFA of using Sinclair's post-match comments after the semi-final against the USA as the sole reason to deny her a slot in the final three. Grant Wahl from Sports Illustrated quickly jumped in, also questioning as to why Sinclair was overlooked in favour of the Brazilian, who had an excellent domestic season in Sweden while only scoring two international goals, and crashing out at the London Games.
Also related to TFC, Eric Hassli's strike against the Reds in the Canadian Championship match earlier this year also missed the finalist cut for the Puskas Award, which will be contested between Neymar, Radamel Falcao and Miroslav Stoch.
We will have more on this story as it develops.