Italy’s annual Oscar del Calcio awards have been held this evening, with Milan dominating the proceedings.
There were nine categories awarded in the 15th edition of Serie A’s annual Player of the Year awards held in Milan, with the winners chosen from a confirmed list of nominees announced in December. The winner of Best Player then goes to one of the winners of Best Italian and Best Foreign Player.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scooped the Best Foreign Player and Best Player of 2011 awards, whilst Massimiliano Allegri was chosen as the year’s Best Coach.
Thiago Silva was handed the Best Defender prize whilst Stephan El Shaarawy, also now at Milan, was awarded the Best Serie B Player of 2011. The Rossoneri also had the most players in the Team of the Year.
Samir Handanovic picked up the Best Goalkeeper award to avoid a Diavolo clean sweep, whilst Udinese were awarded Best Club and Nicola Rizzoli Best Referee.
Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro Del Piero picked up lifetime achievement awards whilst Fabio Capello was given a special Critics Award.
Oscar del Calcio winners
Best Coach: Massimiliano Allegri
Runners up: Francesco Guidolin, Walter Mazzarri
Best Goalkeeper: Samir Handanovic
Runners up: Christian Abbiati, Morgan De Sanctis
Best Defender: Thiago Silva
Runners up: Andrea Barzagli, Mehdi Benatia
Best Foreigner: Zlatan Ibrahimovic also awarded Best Player
Runners up: Edinson Cavani, Samuel Eto’o
Best Referee: Nicola Rizzoli
Runners up: Paolo Tagliavento, Paolo Valeri
Best Club: Udinese
Most Points: Milan (80)
Highest Goalscorer: Edinson Cavani (28)
Team of the Year: Handanovic; Maggio, Thiago Silva, Nesta (tied with Ranocchia), Armero; Hamsik, Boateng, Motta (tied with Marchisio; Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Di Natale
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition  - £11,000 to be won monthly!