December 13th, 2011

Winner’s Circle: Mario Goetze & Karim Benzema

It’s nearly the end of 2011 (already!), which means its time for leagues and/or associations to bestow some shiny medal to a few of footy’s fiercest faces and bodies. Personally, we can’t say we have a storied past of winning things and thus, know how it feels since most of the plaques stored beneath our desks say “Dirty Tackle” on them, but we (like most girls) have practised our beauty queen waves all the same.

Just in case, obvi.

Until our regal fates are able to shine brighter than the best Swarovskis pageant directors can buy, we’re taking the high road by congratulating our more fortunate peers.

First off, let’s give a big ‘hip hip, hooray!’ to Borussia Dortmund’s wonderkid, Mario Goetze, who was declared the 2011 winner of the aptly-named Tuttosport Golden Boy award just the other day. Criteria for voting did not include whether a player could wear a scarf well (he can), nor were European journos encouraged to express their blatant anti-night light bigotry anywhere on the ballot. Goetze’s lifted his new hardware before his squad’s Bundesliga match this past weekend. Confirmation that he is tall enough to reach our liquor cabinet’s top shelf, indeed.

Meanwhile, in Paris, Karim Benzema was elected French Player of the Year by France Football magazine after scoring some goals and partially growing in those zig zaggy buzz marks in his hairline in 2011. He beat out Barcelona’s Eric Abidal and Lyon’s Hugo Lloris. As for the big, verbose analysis of this one, don’t hold your breath.

Your thoughts, Kickettes? Did the right players take home these awards? Or is the Balon d’Or all you really give a squizz about?

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19 Responses to “Winner’s Circle: Mario Goetze & Karim Benzema”

  1. Futbolfan says:

    So happy for Benziii!
    It's incredible how much he's improved and a lot of that cred goes to Mou.

  2. JaneSpotting says:

    Da Benz..oh Karim…uber hot. Playa of my year…fo sho. Congrats to him! and a meow from me

  3. Crazy4Borussia says:

    Mario is so adorable!! I am so happy 4 him!

  4. Team Barca says:

    Love Benzi, hate Mourinho

  5. littlegreenpea says:

    now THAT is a sexy scarf-wearer.

  6. TheRamos says:

    Love that pic of JoseM, it looks like he could careless about the Award,probably because he realized it was not for him! In his mind he probably IS the THE player of the year! lol

  7. Agnes Wonka says:

    Congrats to both! I'm sooooo happy for Benzi! he looks so good in the pic :)

  8. blöööööööbliiiiii says:

    REAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!! :D hahahahha

  9. lydia says:

    Congrats to Mario! He def deserves it! :) Even though he looks less than impressed with it…

  10. ChristinaLFP says:

    Benz totally deserved that award. The entire French NT did a wonderful job qualifying for the Euro Cup but Benzi had a lot to do with that.

  11. lone- Brazil says:

    Congratulations to both especially Mario Goetze're playing very well and should lead by FIFA as the best young of the Year Awards in January 2012!

  12. Gladys says:

    Well-deserved on both accounts!

  13. Lily says:

    Go BENZ go!! At the rate you are going next year you will be in the final 3 for the Balon d'Or!!!

  14. Alyssa says:

    YAY BENZI! And as darling Karim says himself, "REAHHHHHHH" (whatever the hell that's supposed to mean :P ).

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Right? His FB is so funny, I thought iker's fb is hilarious, REAHHHH

      • Taz says:

        LOL i just went to check out the fb page now! haha he's so cute with all his gang-ganster tupac stuff and "REEAAAH"

  15. Natalie says:

    Happy for Karim. Wish he was in the final 3 for the Balon d’Or!!!

  16. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I hate the picture btw of Mourinho and Benzema, they look hot, but I don't know why would they post something like that!! what's their aim!!..It is like Mourinho is saying "Benzema, he never be a Zizo"!

    By that said, when I read that yesterday, I was soooo happy for Benzema, he worked his ass off with us and he improved in big big time, congrats Benzema, I was one of these madridista that believed in you and I am just happy!!

  17. Kristina says:

    Congrats to Mario and Benz!