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FIFA Order of Merit

The FIFA Order of Merit is the highest honour awarded by FIFA. The award is presented at the annual FIFA congress. It is normally awarded to people who are considered to have made a significant contribution to association football.

At FIFA's centennial congress they made one award for every decade of their existence. These awards were also handed out to fans, organisations, clubs, and one to African Football. These were referred to as the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit.

The winner doesn't have to be directly involved with football to receive it. One such notable non-footballing personality was Nelson Mandela who won it for bringing South Africa back to international football.


Football Associations

Recipient Year
Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol 2004 (Centennial Award)
African Football 2004 (Centennial Award)
International Football Association Board 2004 (Centennial Award)


Recipient Year Nationality Notes
Franz Beckenbauer 1984, 2004 23x15px Germany Centennial Award in 2004
Bobby Charlton 1984 23x15px England
Pele 1984, 2004 23x15px Brazil Centennial Award in 2004
Stanley Rous 1984 23x15px England
Dino Zoff 1984 23x15px Italy
Lev Yashin 1988 23x15px Soviet Union[1]
Antonio Carbajal 1992 23x15px Mexico
Stanley Matthews 1992 23x15px England
Francisco Varallo 1994 23x15px Argentina
Alfredo Di Stefano 1994 23x15px Argentina/23x15px Spain
Eusébio 1994 23x15px Portugal
Just Fontaine 1994 23x15px France
Zico 1996 23x15px Brazil
Bobby Moore 1996 23x15px England
Salif Keita 1996 23x15px Mali
Michelle Akers 1998 23x15px United States
Larbi Benbarek 1998 23x15px Morocco
Gilmar 1998 23x15px Brazil
Gerd Müller 1998 23x15px Germany
Fernand Sastre 1998 23x15px France
Pradip Kumar Banerjee 2004 Template:Country data India Centennial Award in 2004
Lee Ramoon 2004 23x15px Cayman Islands
Johnny Warren 2004 23x15px Australia
Paolo Maldini 2008 23x15px Italy
Bobby Robson 2009 23x15px England
Johan Cruijff 2010 23x15px Netherlands
Steve Sumner 2010 23x15px New Zealand Centennial Award in 2004

Football Referees

Recipient Year Nationality
Farouk Bouzo 1996 23x15px Syria
Javier Arriaga Muñiz 1996 23x15px Mexico

Football Officials

Recipient Year Nationality
Chen Chengda 1994 23x15px China
Sir Arthur George 1994 23x15px Australia
Maurice Burlaz 1996 23x15px France
Guillermo Cañedo 1998 23x15px Mexico
Henry Fok 1998 Template:Country data Hong Kong/23x15px China
Julio Grondona 1998 23x15px Argentina
Vyacheslav Koloskov 1998 23x15px Russia
Bert Millichip 1998 23x15px England
Karl Heinz Weigang 1998 23x15px Germany
Santiago Bernabéu 2002 23x15px Spain
João Havelange 2004 23x15px Brazil (Centennial Award)
Jules Rimet 2004 23x15px France (Centennial Award)
Nodar Akhalkatsi 2008 23x15px Georgia
Lisle Austin 2010 23x15px Barbados
Junji Ogura 2010 Template:Country data Japan
György Szepesi 2012 23x15px Hungary

Other individuals

Recipient Year Nationality
Henry Kissinger 1996 23x15px United States
Nelson Mandela 1998 23x15px South Africa
Fernando G. Álvarez 2005 23x15px United States
Sein Hlaing 2004 23x15px Burma


Recipient Year Nationality
Real Madrid 2004 23x15px Spain (Centennial Award)
Sheffield F.C. 2004 23x15px England (Centennial Award)


Recipient Year Nationality Corporation
Douglas Ivester 1996 23x15px United States
Adidas 2004 23x15px Germany N/A (Centennial Award)
Coca-Cola 2004 23x15px United States N/A (Centennial Award)
Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive 2004 23x15px France N/A (Centennial Award)


Recipient Year
Fans of Japan 2004 (Centennial Award)
Fans of Korea 2004 (Centennial Award)
Television 2004 (Centennial Award)
The City of Sheffield 2004 (Centennial Award)


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