Monday January 28 2013
Juventus rule at player awards

Italian champions Juventus dominated at the 2012 Gran Gala del Calcio on Sunday – the Italian Players’ Association award ceremony.

Formerly known as the Oscar del Calcio, the Bianconeri were the big winners after collecting the Scudetto last season and reaching the Italian Cup Final.

Four of their players made it into the Dream XI, while midfielder Andrea Pirlo was named as the Best Overall Player of the Year.

Juventus were voted as the Best Club and Antonio Conte won the Best Coach gong.

The winners were selected by playing members of the Italian Players’ Association, Coaches, referees and journalists – around 600 voters in total.

The winners…

Best Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Best Right-back: Christian Maggio (Napoli)

Best Centre-backs: Thiago Silva (Milan/PSG) and Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)

Best Left-back: Federico Balzaretti (Roma)

Best Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Antonio Nocerino (Milan), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus).

Best Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan/PSG), Edinson Cavani (Napoli), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese).

Best Overall Player: Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

Best Coach: Antonio Conte (Juventus)

Best Young Players in Serie A: Luis Muriel (Lecce/Udinese) and Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan)

Serie B revelations: Ciro Immobile (Genoa), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Marco Verratti (PSG) – all were with Pescara

Best Club: Juventus

Best Referee: Nicola Rizzoli

Lifetime Achievement Award: Pippo Inzaghi

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