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uefa.com Team of 2001: Left Midfielders

Published: Wednesday 19 December 2001, 21.00CET
Vote for the best left-sided midfielder of the year for the uefa.com users' Team of 2001.

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Published: Wednesday 19 December 2001, 21.00CET

uefa.com Team of 2001: Left Midfielders

Vote for the best left-sided midfielder of the year for the uefa.com users' Team of 2001.

uefa.com users have been voting in huge numbers for the uefa.com users' Team of 2001. Voting continues until 30 December and this week the focus is mainly on midfielders. Read the profiles, view the video and have your say.

Mehmet Scholl (FC Bayern München and Germany)
The first left midfield player on our list is FC Bayern München's Mehmet Scholl, a dynamic player with technique and style in abundance. He is also the longest-serving player in the current Bayern squad but remains as influential as ever in his midfield role. Free-kicks are a speciality for the 31-year-old, along with pace and his mesmerising dribbling skills. Injured for much of the 2001/02 season, Scholl scored five goals in Bayern's successful UEFA Champions League campaign last term as well as adding nine league strikes to his name.

Kily González (Valencia CF and Argentina)
The former Rosario Central, Boca Juniors, Real Zaragoza midfield player was signed for Valencia CF by Hector Cuper - now with Internazionale - at the start of the 2000/01 season. Kily has a great left foot but also a fiery temper and is certainly committed to the Valencia cause. The 27-year-old a member of the Valencia teams that lost two consecutive UEFA Champions League finals but injuries have ensured that his appearances this term have been limited to cameo roles. Blessed with electric pace and a tireless work rate, the Argentinian international has impressed all and sundry over the past two seasons.

Ryan Giggs (Manchester United FC and Wales)
Giggs, a flying left winger, made his debut for Manchester United FC as a 17-year-old substitute against Everton FC in March 1991, and has since gone on to become the most decorated player in the history of the club. With a dribbling style that has struck fear into the hearts of many a defence in Europe, Giggs is blessed with pace, power and skill and acts as the perfect foil for United's right-winger David Beckham. The Welsh international scored twice in the Champions League last term, including a goal in the 2-1 quarter final second-leg defeat against FC Bayern München.

Harry Kewell (Leeds United AFC and Australia)
Used by Leeds United AFC as either a left winger or a forward, Kewell is one of the most celebrated midfield players in Europe. Having joined the club from the Australian Academy of Sport, the 23-year-old has been in fine form for both club and country this term. Only defeat by Uruguay at the final hurdle ended Australia's hopes of qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, while his performances in the FA Premiership have earned him praise from all areas. Kewell already has seven league and two UEFA Cup strikes to his name this season and is fast becoming an increasingly valuable member of the Leeds team.

Juan Valerón (RC Deportivo La Coruña and Spain)
After 65 games in two seasons for Club Atlético de Madrid, RC Deportivo La Coruña swooped to take Juan Valerón to the Municipal de Riazor stadium for the 2000/01 season. He broke into the Spanish international set-up in November 1998, winning his first cap against Italy and went on to represent his country at EURO 2000™. The left midfielder is renowned for his passing ability and is highly-rated among his colleagues. He is the source of many of Deportivo's attacks and played eight times for the club in the UEFA Champions League campaign of 2000/01 while notching up 31 games, and four goals, in the domestic campaign. This term has seen Valerón confirm himself as a key player in the Deportivo set up.

Voting closed
Many thanks for participating in the voting to find the uefa.com users' team of 2001. Voting has now closed, with the complete results to be announced on 3 January 2002.

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