Thursday November 23 2017
Serie A stars up for Team of the Year

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Napoli forward Dries Mertens are among the names nominated for UEFA’s Team of the Year.

European football’s governing body is looking to find the best XI from 2017, with a poll on its official website.

Club and international performances over the calendar year are taken into account, and there are several Serie A stars nominated.

Buffon is nominated for best goalkeeper, with Juventus teammates Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro among the candidates for the defence.

Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci has also been given the nod, as has Dani Alves who spent last season with Juve.

Another Bianconeri star, Miralem Pjanic, is a nominee in midfield while up-front Paulo Dybala is joined by Napoli’s Dries Mertens.

UEFA Team of the Year Nominees:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon [Juventus], David De Gea [Manchester United], Keylor Navas [Real Madrid], Manuel Neuer [Bayern Munich], Thibaut Courtois [Chelsea]

Defenders: Dani Alves [Paris Saint-Germain], Leonardo Bonucci [Milan], Giorgio Chiellini [Juventus], Dani Carvajal [Real Madrid], Kamil Glik [Monaco], Diego Godin [Atletico Madrid], Joshua Kimmich [Bayern Munich], Marcelo [Real Madrid], Benjamin Mendy [Manchester City], Thomas Meunier [Paris Saint-Germain], Gerard Pique [Barcelona], Sergio Ramos [Real Madrid], Davinson Sanchez [Tottenham Hotspur], Alex Sandro [Juventus], Antonio Valencia [Manchester United]

Midfielders: Dele Alli [Tottenham Hotspur], Marco Asensio [Real Madrid], Casemiro [Real Madrid], Kevin de Bruyne [Manchester City], Christian Eriksen [Tottenham Hotspur], Fabinho [Monaco], Eden Hazard [Chelsea], Andres Iniesta [Barcelona], Isco [Real Madrid], Toni Kroos [Real Madrid], Henrik Mkhitaryan [Manchester United], Luka Modric [Real Madrid], Miralem Pjanic [Juventus], Paul Pogba [Manchester United], Saul Niguez [Atletico Madrid]

Forwards: Sergio Aguero [Manchester City], Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [Borussia Dortmund], Karim Benzema [Real Madrid], Edinson Cavani [Paris Saint-Germain], Paulo Dybala [Juventus], Radamel Falcao [Monaco], Antoine Griezmann [Atletico Madrid], Harry Kane [Tottenham Hotspur], Robert Lewandowski [Bayern Munich], Kylian Mbappé [Paris Saint-Germain], Dries Mertens [Napoli], Lionel Messi [Barcelona], Neymar [Paris Saint-Germain], Cristiano Ronaldo [Real Madrid], Luis Suarez [Barcelona]

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