YOKOHAMA — Turkey forward Hasan Sas was a surprise nominee on the 10-man list for the honor as the top player in this World Cup, sponsor adidas announced Thursday in Yokohama.

The Golden Ball nominees, who have been selected by FIFA’s technical study group through the tournament so far, feature two players from finalist Germany — midfielder Michael Ballack and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn — as well as Brazil’s “Three Rs,” Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, plus Roberto Carlos.

The list also contains Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf as well as defenders Fernando Hierro of Spain and South Korea’s Hong Myung Bo. Hong formerly played for Bellmare Hiratsuka and Kashiwa Reysol in the J. League.

Media representatives will vote on the nominees on Sunday to decide the winner. The winner will be announced July 2 on the FIFA Web site, www.fifaworldcup.com

German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer, who attended the press conference together with Carlos Alberto Parreira of Brazil and Aime Jacquet of France, praised his country’s goalkeeper Kahn, saying: “He is certainly the most spectacular player so far in the tournament and the greatest goalkeeper in the World Cup. It will be very difficult for Ronaldo, Rivaldo or whoever to beat him.”

Beckenbauer, who won the 1974 World Cup as a player and the 1990 tournament as a coach, then talked about Sunday’s final against Brazil — the first-ever encounter by the two soccer powerhouses in World Cup history.

“It will be a great final because both teams are in very, very good shape. Brazil played an excellent game, Turkey as well, but the winner was Brazil. Germany played an impressive game against Korea.

“Both teams, I think, deserved to be in the final. Brazil has won all six of its games and Germany has five wins and drew once. I hope it will be a very exciting final and I hope Germany will win,” Beckenbauer said.

“The hierarchy has been restored by having Brazil and Germany in the final, the real football is there,” said Parreira, who guided Brazil to the title in the 1994 tournament.

“We have been looking for this game against Germany for so many years. Brazil had a very difficult time in qualifying but it also shows the power of Brazilian soccer as we have reached three World Cup finals in succession. We hope we can do well in this final and we are confident of making it a good final,” Parreira said.

Jacquet called the Brazil-Germany meeting an “exceptional” event.

“Both teams have experience in international games. They are two familiar teams in the game and I expect a lot out of this final,” France’s 1998 World Cup-winning coach said.

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