FIFA 100


FIFA 100

The FIFA 100 is a list of the world-renowned Brazilian striker Pelé's choice of the "greatest living footballers". Unveiled on March 4, 2004 at a gala ceremony in London, the FIFA 100 marked part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international governing body of football.

The figure 100 refers to the 100th anniversary of FIFA and not the number of players listed, which is actually 125; Pelé had been asked to select 50 active players and 50 retired players, for a total of 100 players, but found it too difficult to limit the number of former players to just 50. [cite news
url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/3533833.stm
title=Fifa names greatest list
publisher=BBC
date=2004-03-04
accessdate = 2007-04-30
] The list contains 123 professional men and 2 women players. At the time the FIFA 100 was selected, 50 of the players were still active, with the remaining 75 retired from the game. __NOTOC__

Criticism

Some football observers have questioned the selection methodology of the list. David Mellor, former politician turned football pundit, wrote in his column in the "Evening Standard", that he felt the selections were politically motivated rather than made on purely footballing grounds. [cite news
first = David
last = Mellor
title = Sing up for Ken, a true Blues man
url =
format =
work = Evening Standard
publisher = Associated Newspapers Ltd.
page = 77
date = 2004-03-05
accessdate = 2007-01-05
] He suggested that the selections looked as if they came from the pen of Sepp Blatter rather than Pelé. As evidence for this, Mellor noted the wide geographical spread of the selected players: a true selection would be more heavily biased to South America and Europe, he claimed. (The list contains the names of 7 players from Asia and Africa, for example.) Such assertions were also forwarded by BBC columnist Tim Vickery. [cite news
url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_football/3542075.stm
title=Pele pays price for popularity
publisher=BBC
first=Tim
last=Vickery
date=2004-03-08
accessdate = 2007-04-30
]

One of Pelé's old team-mates, the former Brazil midfielder Gérson, reacted to his omission from the FIFA 100 by tearing up a copy of the list on a Brazilian television programme.cite news
url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/core/Content/displayPrintable.jhtml?xml=/sport/2004/03/05/sfnpel05.xml&site=2
title=Pele open to ridicule over top hundred
publisher=The Daily Telegraph
first=Christopher
last=Davies
date=2004-03-04
accessdate=2008-02-10
]

Marco van Basten and Uwe Seeler refused to take part in the project on a point of principle. [cite news
url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/core/Content/displayPrintable.jhtml?xml=/sport/2004/03/05/sfnpel05.xml&site=2
title=Pele open to ridicule over top hundred
publisher=Daily Telegraph
first=Christopher
last=Davies
date=2004-03-04
accessdate=2007-04-30
]

List

Following is the list of the "FIFA 100" greatest living footballers as nominated by Pelé.
*Players active at the time of announcement are marked by (*).
*Players who are still active as of the end of the 2008 season are in "italics".

fb|BRA

fb|CHI

fb|CZE

fb|FRA

fb|HUN

fb|JPN

fb|MEX

fb|NIR

fb|POL

fb|RUS

fb|ESP

fb|URU

fb|USA

ee also

*FIFA World Rankings
*World soccer players of the 20th century
*FIFA Women's World Rankings
*Placar Magazine 100 of world cups

References

External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/3533891.stm The FIFA 100]


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