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Team of the Year contest heats up

Published: Monday 20 January 2003, 21.27CET
The voting for users' Team of 2002 remains on a knife edge in several categories.
Published: Monday 20 January 2003, 21.27CET

Team of the Year contest heats up

The voting for users' Team of 2002 remains on a knife edge in several categories.

After the second week of polling the voting for users' Team of 2002 remains on a knife edge in several categories, with plenty of time for you to affect the outcome before polls close on Friday 31 January, with the final team announced on Monday 3 February.

Fierce contest up front
A huge amount of votes have now been cast, with competition for the two striking berths in the side particularly fierce with Arsenal FC's Thierry Henry, Manchester United FC's Ruud van Nistelrooij and Real Madrid CF pair Ronaldo and Raúl González all within just four per cent of each other. Meanwhile, Filippo Inzaghi, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Rivaldo, Hernán Crespo and Roy Makaay will all be hoping for a late surge in voting to close the gap on the leading four.

Tight category
Another exceptionally tight category is in central defence. AC Milan's Alessandro Nesta is the overall leader at present while just five per cent separates eight of the remaining nine candidates. Meanwhile, FC Barcelona's Carlos Puyol is closing the gap on AS Roma's Cafu at the head of the right-back poll, while Real Madrid CF's Michel Salgado, Valencia CF's Curro Torres and Juventus FC's Lilian Thuram are all still within striking distance. At left-back, Roberto Carlos has opened something of a gap over his nearest challenger Paolo Maldini, but there is still plenty of time for that to change.

Two-way battle?
The goalkeeping position looks to be a two-way battle at the moment. Fenerbahçe SK keeper Rustü Reçber leads on an impressive 36 per cent, with FC Bayern München's Oliver Kahn in hot pursuit. Iker Casillas is at the head of the chasing pack behind the front two.

Seedorf and Duff hang on
Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan and Damien Duff of Blackburn Rovers FC still lead the right and left midfield polls respectively, but their leads have been cut. Likewise with Zinedine Zidane in the attacking midfield category, where the Frenchman has lost six per cent of his overall share and could still be threatened by the likes of Hakan Yakin, Alessandro Del Piero or Pablo Aimar. Finally, in central midfield, Michael Ballack remains in pole position, having extended his lead over Patrick Vieira.

Cast your vote
Remember, however, that this selection is a mere snapshot of the voting so far. If your favourite is trailing, or you want to reinforce the vote of one of the leaders, you can make a difference by clicking here to cast your votes.

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