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Five Inter Milan Players Vie for UEFA Recognition

Nominations for Club Footballer of the Year chosen by 16 coaches whose teams reached knockout rounds of Champions League last season

European Champions League winner Inter Milan of Italy has five of the 12 players in contention for UEFA's Club Footballer of the Year.

Nominations announced Monday were chosen by 16 coaches whose teams reached the knockout rounds of the Champions League last season. Their votes also created a three-player shortlist for each of four positional categories - forward, midfielder, defender and goalkeeper.

Nominations from Inter include Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder and Argentine striker Diego Milito, who scored both goals in the 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. The German champions are represented by Netherlands winger Arjen Robben.

Barcelona - which was eliminated by Inter in the semifinals - has four contenders, including Argentine forward Lionel Messi, who won the award last year.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris of France is included after helping Lyon reach the semifinals. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is the only candidate from England after no Premier League club advanced beyond the quarterfinals.

The winners will be announced on August 26 in Monaco, when the draw for this season's group stage is made.


Forward of the Year: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Midfielder of the Year: Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)
Defender of the Year: Lucio (Inter Milan), Maicon (Inter Milan), Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
Goalkeeper of the Year: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Some information for this report was provided by AP.