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Mexican fans were not nominated among the best for The Best

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Fans in Mexico City watch Saudi Arabia v Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico - November 30, 2022 A Mexico fan wearing a mask reacts in Mexico City during the Saudi Arabia v Mexico match REUTERS/Henry Romero TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Fans in Mexico City watch Saudi Arabia v Mexico – Mexico City, Mexico – November 30, 2022 A Mexico fan wearing a mask reacts in Mexico City during the Saudi Arabia v Mexico match REUTERS/Henry Romero TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Despite the fact that the Mexican fans were one of the most numerous during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with close to 80,000 fans who came to the Middle Eastern country to see El Tri, they were left out of the nomination for the awards ceremony. The Best.

And it is that FIFA nominated Argentina, Japan and Abdullah Al Salmi from Saudi Arabia in the category of Best Fans of 2022.

Mexican fans gave people something to talk about throughout the World Cup due to their influx and party atmosphere, but this was not enough to attract the attention of FIFA, which put aside the color they put on the stories of the nominees.

“The FIFA Fan Award recognizes that fans around the world are the heart of football. FIFA introduced this distinction in 2016 to honor an exceptional moment or moving gesture by a fan or group of fans; regardless of their league, sex or nationality”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Final - Argentina v France - Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar - December 18, 2022 Argentina fan with a painted face reacts outside the stadium after the match REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Final – Argentina v France – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – December 18, 2022 Argentina fan with a painted face reacts outside the stadium after the match REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The first nominee was Abdullah Al Salmi, who spent 55 days walking in the desert and walked a distance of 1,600 kilometers from Jeddah to Doha, where the Arab team was eliminated in the group stage.

The Argentine fans, world champions, were nominated due to the support they gave their team. “Albiceleste fans came to Doha in large numbers from the start of the championship to support Lionel Messi in his latest attempt to win the only trophy that had remained elusive until then.”

The last nominees are the Japanese fans, who again gave something to talk about due to their customs. “The fans of the Blue Samurai already have a deep-rooted tradition of cleaning all the places where they are; and that includes the interior of each stadium where their national team plays, with an army of Japanese supporters who remain in the stands after the games to remove all the rubbish”.

On an individual level, the candidates for The Best 2022 for the best player in the world are Julián Álvarez (Argentina), Jude Bellingham (England), Karim Benzema (France), Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium), Erling Haaland (Norway), Achraf Hakimi (Morocco ), Robert Lewandowki (Poland), Sadio Mané (Ghana), Kylian Mbappé (France), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Luka Modric (Croatia), Neymar (Brazil), Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Vinicius Junior (Brazil).

Voting began this Thursday and the ceremony will be on February 27. The elections will be divided into four parts: 25% of the journalists; 25%, captains of the world teams; 25% the selectors; and the remaining 25% of the fans.

The categories that will be awarded FIFA will be the following:

FIFA best player

FIFA Best Player

FIFA Best Coach

FIFA Best Coach

best goalkeeper in fifa

Best FIFA goalkeeper

FIFA FIFPRO World 11 Women

FIFA FIFPRO World 11 men

FIFA Fair Play Award

FIFA Puskás Award (for the best goal of the year)

FIFA Fan Award

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