As probably most of you know Yashin is the only goalkeeper ever who has won the European Footballer of the Year award (1963). The thing I've wondered was - how did he manage that? A GK would certainly have to carry his team to the World Cup/EURO and or CL title to receive this trophy today so I researched what exactly happened back in '63. #1 some facts about the voting: The results of this voting were published on 17 December 1963. There were 21 voters, from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, West Germany and Yugoslavia. Yashin recieved votes from 17 people, 11 1st places. Rivera had 5 #1 and 16 votes overall. #2: What happened in 1963? NT - There was no World Cup and no European Championship. Yashin played 4 games for the UdSSR overall in '63. Two against Italy in the EURO '63 qualifier where they advanced. The 1/16 final so to say. Club - Milan won the European Cup over Benfica. Tottenham the Cup Winners' Cup. Dynamo Moscow participated in neither of those, but won the domestic championship which is rather irrelevant. Neither of those events make a guy from Luxembourg or Portugal vote for Lev Yashin as the best player in Europe, so what was it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_v_Rest_of_the_World_(1963) Sublime performance, there's a DVD available if anyone is interested. So is there any merit in my conclusion that the only reason a GK ever won the Ballon D'or was a remarkable effort in a lost exhibition game? I wasn't around in '63 as most likely 99% of the board. This makes comments from the 1% who were highly appreciated.