Awards Watch Award watch time! At the conclusion of the Coppa Tradizione, the following awards will be given out: Golden/Silver/Bronze Ball (most MOTMs, with ties broken up by combined goals & assists, then goals, then clean sheets, then final round reached); Golden/Silver/Bronze Boot (most goals, with ties broken up by assists and then least games played); Golden/Silver/Bronze Playmaker, renamed from last season's Golden Creator award (award for players w/ the most assists, with ties broken up by least games played and then goals); Golden/Silver/Bronze Glove (most clean sheets, with ties broken up by GA per game and then most games played); Most Proactive User (user who gets in their games the fastest, i.e. whoever has the lowest average of days it took to get a game in) To be considered for any award, your team must have qualified for the Coppa Tradizione (sorry Confederation Cup'ers!). This season, there will be just 2 writeups- before the quarterfinals and before the semis. Here's where we stand now: Pre-Quarterfinals Awards Watch Golden Ball: Despite his team being eliminated in the Round of 16, Neymar (Santos) has to still be the front-runner for the Golden Ball. The Brazilian earned 3 Man of the Match awards and single-handedly led his club to the top of their qualification group. But with the club's loss, that opens the door for a few other players. Currently sitting with 2 MOTM awards are two players who have yet to play their Round of 16 match- C. Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan) and S. Larsson (Sunderland)- while a third player- P. Aubameyang (Saint-Etienne)- has already moved onto the Quarterfinals. Golden Boot: Unfortunately, despite his Coppa-best 7 goals thus far, D. Bent (Aston Villa) does not qualify for the award since his club failed to qualify for the Coppa Tradizione. That leaves none other than Neymar (Santos) atop the Golden Boot race. But again, with his club now eliminated, that opens the door for this award race (and even more so in this race since goal-scoring tends to be easier to rack up than MOTMs). 3 players have 5 goals and are now just a goal away from tying the Coppa Tradizione lead, with those three being A. Kasaev (Rubin Kazan), P. Aubameyang (Saint-Etienne), and A. Di Natale (Udinese). This race could shake up a bit down the end, as 4 other players each have 4 goals. Golden Playmaker: As of now, there appears to be a 2-man race for the Golden Playmaker award. The miniature A. Di Natale (Udinese) currently leads the way with 5 assists, while a man likely double his height in L. Traore (Anzhi) has 4 assists. With both players advancing to the Quarterfinals, each will still have plenty more chances to add to their total. If someone else in the Coppa can put together a dazzling performance in teaming up with his teammates, then perhaps the award won't go to what is likely the smallest or tallest player in the tournament. Golden Glove: Perhaps the closest race this season is the race for the Golden Glove. 4 goalkeepers, all still alive in the tournament, are tied with 3 clean sheets. With GA per game being the first tiebreaker, that would put I. Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow) in the lead, as the Russian national has yet to allow a single goal. S. Ruffier (Saint-Etienne) and Z. Brkic (Udinese) have each allowed just 1 goal through 4 games, putting them next in line. The fourth keeper with 3 clean sheets would be V. Gabulov (Anzhi), but with 3 goals allowed in 5 games, his 0.60 GA per game looks monstrous compared to his counterparts. It will be interesting to see who can piece together another clean sheet with the competition heating up down the stretch!