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Ibrahimovic nominated for FIFA award

AFP/The Local · 30 Oct 2009, 16:07

Published: 30 Oct 2009 16:07 GMT+01:00

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Ibrahimovic is not widely tipped to take home the award this time around, with Barcelona teammate and Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi regarded as the favourite.

Furthermore Six Spaniards have been named in the shortlist for the FIFA award.

They include three players from Barcelona, Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.

England are the next best represented nation on the shortlist with four players in the running including two from Chelsea in John Terry and Frank Lampard.

Last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who was with Manchester United then and is currently with Real Madrid, is also listed again.

With voting restricted to the coaches and captains of national selections, a final shortlist of five players will be named in early December with the winner announced on December 21st.

FIFA shortlist for World Player of the Year

Spain (6): Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Carlos Puyol (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Liverpool/ENG), David Villa (Valencia), Xavi (Barcelona)

England (4): Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea)

Brazil (3): Diego (Juventus/ITA), Kaka (Real Madrid/ESP), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla/ESP)

France (2): Thierry Henry (Barcelona/ESP), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER)

Germany: Michael Ballack (Chelsea/ENG)

Argentina: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP)

Cameroon: Samuel Eto'o (Inter Milan/ITA)

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Ivory Coast: Didier Drogba (Chelsea/ENG)

Ghana: Michael Essien (Chelsea/ENG)

Italy: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP)

Sweden: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona/ESP)

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19:38 October 30, 2009 by Kevtravels
It's Messi's award to win with Iniesta, Ronaldo, Eto'o, Xavi, Villa, Gerrard, Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Diego rounding out the top 10.

Strange how Diego Forlan scored 32 goals in 35 appearances for Atletico Madrid and yet not even in the running for top 23.
22:47 November 10, 2009 by Per Johansson52
Nice, Hope get win it .
06:03 November 26, 2009 by RileyH
It's the qualifying stage for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which is held in South Africa, on the 10th anniversary of their hosting the Rugby World Cup. For the low and uninitiated, FIFA is soccer. Some of the more vicious and nasty pundits are saying that the only World Cup worth watching will be in 2011 hosted by New Zealand, but no one wants to hear it. No need to waste any payday loans on more TV channels just to get the latest scores; I'll help you out on this one. Whoever won on November 18th - the last day of qualification – goes.
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