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14.10.2005 Football News

Essien makes FIFA award shortlist

By Ibrahim Sannie
Essien makes FIFA award shortlist
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Ghana's Michael Essien has made the shortlist for Fifa's World Player of the Year awards. The coaches and captains of every national team will cast their votes in the coming weeks. The award, which was won last year by Barcelona's Ronaldinho, will be announced on 19 December in Zurich. The list of 30 male players will be whittled down to three players, with their names being announced in late November or early December. Complete shortlist of male nominees: Adriano (Inter), Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich), David Beckham (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cafu (AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd), Deco (Barcelona), Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Michael Essien (Chelsea), Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus), Kaka (AC Milan), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Paolo Maldini (AC Milan), Pavel Nedved (Juventus), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan), Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton), Raul (Real Madrid), Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Man Utd), Zidane Zinedine (Real Madrid).