Messi

Messi

In football news, 

Lionel Messi looks set to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for a record 4th time. 

Last night, the Barcelona star along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta were the 3 players, shortlisted for football's most coveted award. 

25 year old Messi is again favourite to win the prize, which will be presented in Zurich in January after votes from journalists, national team captains and coaches. 

Meanwhile, 

Vicente Del Bosque, who led Spain to Euro 2012 glory, well.. he's up for the Best Coach award along with Jose Mourinho and former Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola.

And for the women's 'Player of the Year' title, 5-time Brazilian champion Marta goes up against the US pairing of Aby Wambach and Alex Morgan. 


Onto regional football news, 

Our Singapore Lions suffered a blow yesterday with news of Hariss Harun's tournament-ending injury. 

The central midfielder is out of the Suzuki Cup due to a fracture in his right shin bone. 

The 22 year old who sustained the injury during the 1-nil loss to Indonesia on Wednesday, requires at least 2 months to recover. 

So Hariss and Irwan Shah will both miss tomorrow's final group B clash against Laos due to injury and suspension. 

That could allow national coach Raddy Avramovich to switch Daniel Bennett from the right to his preferred role as left-back. 

And Shi Jiayi could drop back from the right wing to the rightback position instead. 

The Republic needs only a draw against the Laotians tomorrow night in order to reach the semi-finals. 

Meanwhile, 

Team Captain Sharil Ishak will receive his 100th cap tomorrow when he leads the Lions at the Shah Alam Stadium.  

At the age of 28, Sharil is the youngest to be capped 100 times for the Republic and for his centennial achievement, he'll also receive $20,000 from Singapore's Football Association. 

He now joins the list of 9 other former centurion Lions which includes, Aide Iskandar, Malek Awak and Fandi Ahmad. 


In related news, 

Vietnam must defeat Thailand tonight to stand any chance of reaching the semi-finals of the Suzuki Cup. 

The Vietnamese have 1 point after 2 matches, while the Thais are already through to the last 4. 

And in the other Group A match in Bangkok tonight, the Philippines need only a draw against Myanmar to advance. 

The Filipinos have 3 points while Myanmar have 1.