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Voting tight for Team of the Year

Published: Monday 13 January 2003, 18.53CET
Over 450,000 votes have been cast in the first week of voting for the uefa.com users' Team of 2002.
 
Published: Monday 13 January 2003, 18.53CET

Voting tight for Team of the Year

Over 450,000 votes have been cast in the first week of voting for the uefa.com users' Team of 2002.

Over 450,000 votes have been cast in the first week of voting for the uefa.com users' Team of 2002, and the voting is close in almost every category. The voting ends on Friday 31 January, with the final team announced on Monday 3 February.

Close coach poll
The coach category gives the best indication of the closeness of the voting so far, with less than 50 votes separating current leader Vicente del Bosque of Real Madrid CF and second-placed Senol Günes of Turkey out of a total poll of near 32,000. 

Rüstu ahead
The situation is similar in the goalkeeper voting. This time Turkey come out on top, with FIFA World Cup stars Rüstu Reçber and Oliver Kahn on 33 per cent and 30 per cent of the vote respectively.

Brazilian bias
The full-back voting is more clear-cut so far and has a distinctively Brazilian flavour. Cafu has garnered over 35 per cent of the votes for right-back, but Lilian Thuram and Carlos Puyol have both polled well so far. Roberto Carlos predictably leads in the left-back category with over 58 per cent, although Paolo Maldini and John Arne Riise have both polled well so far.

Milan to the fore
Perhaps buoyed by news coverage on their own official club website, AC Milan players are attracting plenty of interest. Alessandro Nesta comfortably leads the voting in the central defenders category with 23 per cent, with Cristian Chivu less than 400 votes ahead of Rio Ferdinand for the second position in an exceptionally closely contested category.

Surprise leaders
Milan's Clarence Seedorf perhaps surprisingly leads the right- midfield voting with an impressive 34 per cent of the total poll so far, with Joaquín Sánchez also strongly in contention. There is also an unexpected leader in left midfield with Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff narrowly heading Fredrik Ljungberg, Hasan Sas and Juan Valerón in a very open poll.

Ballack and Zidane ahead
Much less surprising is the voting for the other midfield places. Michael Ballack has polled 38 per cent of the votes in the central midfield section to surge over 6,000 votes ahead of nearest rival Patrick Vieira. In the attacking midfield section, Zinedine Zidane enjoys an even more impressive lead with fully 50 per cent of the vote so far, leaving closest contenders Hakan Yakin and Alessandro Del Piero over 12,000 votes behind.

Thierry on top
The voting is most intense for the two places up for grabs in the forwards category, with less than 2,000 votes separating the leading four contenders. In pole position is Arsenal FC and France star Thierry Henry, with his 18 per cent of the vote putting him ahead of Real Madrid CF and Brazil striker Ronaldo. Manchester United FC sharpshooter and last season's UEFA Champions League top scorer Ruud van Nistelrooij trails the World Cup's top scorer by less than 600 votes, while Raúl González is also in close contention.

Team so far
If the voting finished today the team would be as follows: Rüstu Reçber - Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Alessandro Nesta, Cristian Chivu - Clarence Seedorf, Michael Ballack, Zinedine Zidane, Damien Duff - Thierry Henry, Ronaldo. Coach: Vicente del Bosque

Cast your vote
Remember, however, that this selection is a mere snapshot of the voting so far. If your favourite is not there, you can make a difference by accessing www.uefa.com to cast your vote.

Last updated: 22/11/10 16.37CET

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