With the polls for the uefa.com users' Team of the Year closing at midnight, you have one last chance to decide which players shone above all others in 2007.
Sixty players and managers have been nominated for 12 positions, including coach, and after voting closes tonight the final side will be announced on 18 January on uefa.com. The nominees were chosen by uefa.com staff writers on the basis of their daily coverage of football throughout Europe. The players were selected on the strength of their performances for club and country in 2007.
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 proved hugely popular with fans, and nearly 12 million votes have been cast in previous polls with the 2006 version attracting 3,887,556 votes registered by 323,963 users.
uefa.com and UEFA will be donating money to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 'Score for the Red Cross' appeal as part of the uefa.com users' Team of 2007. Users can also make donations to the appeal should they wish after voting. Under the Score for the Red Cross appeal, the long-standing partnership between UEFA and the ICRC will continue at UEFA EURO 2008™ next summer. The fundraising campaign will enable football fans to buy virtual goals for their teams online. The ICRC will use the money raised to support landmine victims in Afghanistan.
Milan lead way
European champions AC Milan have the most nominees with ten, while UEFA Champions League runners-up Liverpool FC have five. English title-holders Manchester United FC received eight nominations, two more than Chelsea FC, and two-time UEFA Cup winners Sevilla FC, Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona have five apiece. In total, 17 clubs have players nominated while the newly-appointed England manager Fabio Capello is in the running for the coach award.
uefa.com site manager Adrian Harte said: "It was again a difficult task to select a group of nominees this year, with some excellent UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying performances. One thing we noticed this year was a changing of the guard with a new generation of young players emerging in 2007. We are again confident that this list highlights the best players and coaches in 2007 and we can't wait to see who our users consider worthy for inclusion in their Team of the Year."
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