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Published: Thursday 26 August 2010, 15.13CET
FC Internazionale Milano players won all five UEFA Club Football Awards with Diego Milito named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and Júlio César, Maicon and Wesley Sneijder honoured.

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Published: Thursday 26 August 2010, 15.13CET

Inter monopolise UEFA Club Football Awards

FC Internazionale Milano players won all five UEFA Club Football Awards with Diego Milito named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and Júlio César, Maicon and Wesley Sneijder honoured.

FC Internazionale Milano have achieved a clean sweep of the 2010 UEFA Club Football Awards at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, the first time such a feat has been achieved since the awards' inception in 1998.

Diego Milito, who scored both goals in Internazionale's 2-0 UEFA Champions League final defeat of FC Bayern München in Madrid in May, secured the overall prize as UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, voted for, like all these accolades, by the coaches of the teams that reached the round of 16 last season. The 12 nominees for the four positional awards were all eligible for the main honour.

Milito was also named UEFA Club Forward of the Year, emulating the double claimed by Ronaldo for Inter in 1998, after beating off fellow nominees Lionel Messi – who lifted both prizes in 2009 – and Wayne Rooney. Both individual trophies were fully merited according to another UEFA Champions League final hero, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who was Manchester United FC's match-winner against Bayern in 1999.

"Of course you have talent and all the best players have talent, but what sets the best players apart from the others is the attitude, the determination and work rate, and that's what impressed me with Inter last season and not just Milito," he told UEFA.com. "Of course when you get the bonus of scoring two goals in the final, I think his work rate made him deserve that as well.

"They were top-class goals," continued Solskjær. "In a final any goal you score is [great] but he took them really, really well and that shows not only determination but that he has the mental strength and toughness of playing in big games. It is one thing to be talented and play well in the easy games but when you go to the big games and do that, that shows strength of character."

Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder took the plaudits as UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year, for which his Netherlands colleague Arjen Robben and Xavi Hernández were also nominated. Full-back Maicon was voted the UEFA Club Defender of the Year, a category in which his Nerazzurri team-mate Lúcio was a nominee along with Gerard Piqué. And Júlio César completed the Inter clean sweep, getting the nod as UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year ahead of Hugo Lloris and Víctor Valdés.

Roll of honour
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
YearPlayerClub
2010Diego Milito
FC Internazionale Milano
2009Lionel MessiFC Barcelona
2008Cristiano RonaldoManchester United FC
2007KakáAC Milan
2006RonaldinhoFC Barcelona
2005Steven GerrardLiverpool FC
2004DecoFC Porto
2003Gianluigi BuffonJuventus FC
2002Zinédine ZidaneReal Madrid CF
2001Stefan EffenbergFC Bayern München
2000Fernando RedondoReal Madrid CF
1999David BeckhamManchester United FC
1998RonaldoFC Internazionale Milano
UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year
YearPlayerClub
2010Júlio CésarFC Internazionale Milano
2009Edwin van der SarManchester United FC
2008Petr ČechChelsea FC
2007Petr ČechChelsea FC
2006Jens LehmannArsenal FC
2005Petr ČechChelsea FC
2004Vítor BaíaFC Porto
2003Gianluigi BuffonJuventus
2002Oliver KahnFC Bayern München
2001Oliver KahnFC Bayern München
2000Oliver KahnFC Bayern München
1999Oliver KahnFC Bayern München
1998Peter SchmeichelManchester United FC
UEFA Club Defender of the Year
YearPlayerClub
2010MaiconFC Internazionale Milano
2009John TerryChelsea FC
2008John TerryChelsea FC
2007Paolo MaldiniAC Milan
2006Carles PuyolFC Barcelona
2005John TerryChelsea FC
2004Ricardo CarvalhoFC Porto
2003Roberto CarlosReal Madrid CF
2002Roberto CarlosReal Madrid CF
2001Roberto AyalaValencia CF
2000Jaap StamManchester United FC
1999Jaap StamManchester United FC
1998Fernando HierroReal Madrid CF
UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year
YearPlayerClub
2010Wesley Sneijder
FC Internazionale Milano
2009Xavi HernándezFC Barcelona
2008Frank LampardChelsea FC
2007Clarence SeedorfAC Milan
2006DecoFC Barcelona
2005KakáAC Milan
2004DecoFC Porto
2003Pavel NedvědJuventus
2002Michael BallackFC Bayern München
2001Gaizka MendietaValencia CF
2000Gaizka MendietaValencia CF
1999David BeckhamManchester United FC
1998Zinédine ZidaneJuventus
UEFA Club Forward of the Year
YearPlayerClub
2010Diego Milito
FC Internazionale Milano
2009Lionel MessiFC Barcelona
2008Cristiano RonaldoManchester United FC
2007KakáAC Milan
2006Samuel Eto'oFC Barcelona
2005RonaldinhoFC Barcelona
2004Fernando MorientesAS Monaco FC
2003Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United FC
2002Raúl GonzálezReal Madrid CF
2001Raúl GonzálezReal Madrid CF
2000Raúl GonzálezReal Madrid CF
1999Andriy ShevchenkoFC Dynamo Kyiv
1998RonaldoFC Internazionale Milano

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