There is just over a week left to register your votes for the uefa.com users' Team of the Year 2005. The poll, now in its fifth year, gives the users of uefa.com, Europe's football website, the chance to have their say about the players who made their mark in European football over the last 12 months.
Sixty players and managers have been nominated for 12 positions, including coach, and the final team will be announced on 16 January, three days after voting concludes. The nominees were chosen by uefa.com staff writers on the basis of their coverage of football throughout Europe on a daily basis. The players were selected for their overall performances either for a European club or national side, or in a UEFA club competition in 2005.
The uefa.com Team of the Year is not intended to rival more established awards, and does not bear the official UEFA imprimatur. Nevertheless, it has already proved hugely popular with fans, and more than seven million votes have been cast in previous polls.
English champions Chelsea FC head the list of nominees with eight while Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan each have seven players named. FC Barcelona receive six nominations with European champions Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais getting four apiece. Indeed, players and coaches from some 17 European clubs figure in the list.
uefa.com editor-in-chief David Farrelly said: "Our intention was to examine performances in UEFA club and national team competitions from both the latter stages of the 2004/05 season as well as the start of the 2005/06 campaign, but not forgetting performances in domestic league matches. I am sure the list of nominees will lead to plenty of heated debate and maybe some fans will feel aggrieved that their particular favourites have not made the short list of 60. But having to narrow it down to eleven players plus the top coach is not an easy task, and it will be interesting to see who our users consider worthy of inclusion in the Team of the Year."
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