Monday, 19 January 2009

Ibrahimovic rewarded for 2008

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named the Italian footballers' player of the year for his starring role in Inter's run to the Serie A title last season.

Zlatan IbrahimovicThe 27-year-old Sweden striker received the award at the AIC Oscar del Calcio ceremony in Milan.

Ibrahimovic was also voted best foreign player by his fellow top-flight professionals, edging out last year's winner Ricardo Kaka.

Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero was named Italian player of the year after finishing top scorer in Serie A last season when his side finished third in their first campaign back in the top-flight following their demotion.

Fiorentina's Cesare Prandelli won the coach of the year award after guiding his side to fourth spot last season and a UEFA Champions League place at the expense of AC Milan.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, one of the few bright spots in Italy's UEFA Euro 2008 campaign, was named best defender and team mate Gianluigi Buffon won the best goalkeeper accolade.

Napoli's Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik was voted most promising young player.

Roberto Rosetti, who officiated the Euro 2008 final between Spain and Germany, was voted as the best referee for a second consecutive year.

The award for best goal of 2008, voted for by fans, went to Ibrahimovic for his strike against Bologna in October.

The awards in full
Best Overall Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter)
Best Italian Player: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
Best Foreign Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter)
Best Young Player: Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
Best Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Best Defender: Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Best Coach: Cesare Prandelli (Fiorentina)
Best Referee: Roberto Rosetti
Best Goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter) v Bologna, 04-10-2008

Source: Reuters

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