Monday, 29 January 2007

Cannavaro dominates Oscar del Calcio awards

Fabio Cannavaro was the big winner at the Oscar del Calcio ceremony as he was named the Italian Player of the Year.

The Italy captain was voted as the Best Overall Player of 2006 by members of the AIC – the Italian Players’ Association – in Milan this evening.

Cannavaro also scooped the Best Italian Player and Best Defender awards tonight.

The Real Madrid man, who left Juventus following the Calciopoli probe, has enjoyed a quite remarkable last 12 months. He won the title with Juve, before it was revoked, and then inspired the Azzurri to an unforgettable World Cup triumph.

The veteran was also voted as the European Footballer of the Year by France Football Magazine and he lifted the FIFA World Player of the Year accolade in December.

Three of Cannavaro’s World Cup colleagues were also rewarded for their efforts in 2006 on Monday in the shape of Daniele De Rossi, Gianluigi Buffon and Luca Toni.

Roma’s De Rossi won the Young Player of the Year award, Juve's No 1 Buffon won the goalkeeping award and Fiorentina's Toni was rewarded for his scoring prowess.

In the other categories, Milan’s Kaka and David Suazo of Cagliari were joint winners in the Best Foreigner category.

Roma’s Luciano Spalletti won the most votes as top boss, while World Cup official Roberto Rosetti triumphed as the leading referee.

Francesco Totti’s second goal against Sampdoria earlier this season in Round 13 was the Goal of the Year. His stunning volley caused the entire Stadio Marassi, including the Samp fans, to rise and offer a standing ovation to the Giallorosso.

Best Overall Player: Fabio Cannavaro
Best Italian: Fabio Cannavaro
Best Foreigner: Kaka and David Suazo
Best Young Player: Daniele De Rossi
Best Goalkeeper: Gigi Buffon
Best Defender: Fabio Cannavaro
Best Coach: Luciano Spalletti
Best Referee: Roberto Rosetti
Top Scorer: Luca Toni
Best Goal: Francesco Totti [26/11/06: Sampdoria 2-4 Roma, Totti's 2nd goal after 74 mins]
Most Loved Player: Gigi Buffon [44,836 votes out of 166,300]

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