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FIFA Presidential Award

The FIFA Presidential Award is an Association football award given annually at the FIFA World Player Gala. It was first awarded by the incumbent President of FIFA Sepp Blatter in 2001, and has been awarded each year since.[1]

Year FIFA Presidential Award Notes
2001 Marvin Lee Awarded to the former Trinidad and Tobago's U-20 captain who was paralysed after an injury sustained in an international for them in March 2001.[2]
2002 Parminder Nagra Awarded for her role as Jess, in football film Bend It Like Beckham, who portrayed a Punjabi girl growing up in West London determined to play football, despite strong objections from her family. "The film deals with issues of cultural conformity and serves superbly to bring women's football into the spotlight as a game for all women of all cultures."[2][3]
2003 The Iraqi Football Community Awarded for the nation's energy and determination to drive forward the development of football despite the difficult situation in the country.[2][4] The Iraqi Community was represented at the ceremony by Hussein Saeed[A], Bernd Stange[B] and Naji Husam.[C]
2004 Haiti Awarded in recognition of Haiti and Brazil's "Match for Peace" played by the two association's national teams in Port-au-Prince on 18 August, which used football to bring together people and fight against discrimination.[2][5][6]
2005 Anders Frisk Awarded after a premature end to his career as a leading international referee in March 2005, following death threats and abuse to him and his family following a UEFA Champions League match between Chelsea and Barcelona.[2][7]
2006 Giacinto Facchetti Awarded posthumously after he lost his fight to pancreatic cancer[8] earlier in the year. It recognised him as one of the La Grande Inter and a founding fathers of catenaccio defending.[9] The former Inter president was also commended for his service as a member of the FIFA Football Committee and as a FIFA coaching instructor.[2]
2007 Pelé Awarded 50 years after his international debut[10] in recognition of outstanding services to the game and more specifically his immense contribution to football's growth in popularity and as a spectacle.[11] Also for using his unique status as "the best player the world has ever known"[12] to combat social injustice, poverty and discrimination. He fulfills this role as amassadors of WHO, and within UNICEF and football itself, not least through his membership of FIFA's Football Committee.[12]
2008 Women's association football Heather O'Reilly represented women's football and collected the award.[13]
2009 Queen Rania of Jordan For her commitment shown to the 1GOAL: Education for All initiative, encouraging millions of politicians, musicians, footballers and fans of football across the world to provide access to education for all.[14]
2010 Desmond Tutu [15]
2011 Sir Alex Ferguson [16]
2012 Franz Beckenbauer [17]
2013 Jacques Rogge [18]
2014 Hiroshi Kagawa

Notes

A^ : President of the Iraqi Football Association at the time.
B^ :The German coach of the Iraq national football team at the time.
C^ : Iraq national football team captain at the time.

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