FIFA WCup study praises risk-taking, fast breaksIn this picture taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer poses during an official photo shooting for the new German first division Bundesliga soccer season in Munich, southern Germany. World Cup-winning goalkeeper Neuer has been named Germany's footballer of the year in an annual poll of sports journalists. Kicker magazine said Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, that the Bayern Munich keeper received 144 out of 701 votes in its poll. He finished nine votes ahead of Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, who missed the World Cup because of a knee injury suffered in Germany's final warm-up match. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
The shortlist was announced Thursday by European soccer's governing body. The three topped a poll of journalists from 54 member countries. Those voters selected the original 10-candidate list. The winner will be announced Aug. 28 at the Champions League draw in Monaco.
Neuer, of Germany and Bayern Munich, was honored as outstanding goalkeeper at the World Cup. Ronaldo's 17 Champions League goals for Real Madrid was a competition record. Robben helped the Netherlands and Bayern reach the semifinals of the Champions League and World Cup.