Monday January 17 2011
Oscar del Calcio: Nominees released

The nominations for the Oscar del Calcio are released, including Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli, Jose Mourinho and Wesley Sneijder.

The awards are voted for by the AIC (Italian Players' Association) and is the Italian equivalent of the PFA Awards, with the ceremony held on January 24.

The Player of the Year will be decided from the winners of Best Italian Player and Best Foreign Player.

There are some intriguing nominations, including Cassano battling Capocannoniere Antonio Di Natale and Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo for Best Italian Player.

The Best Foreign Player award is an all-Inter affair, as was expected in the year of the Treble. Samuel Eto'o challenges Diego Milito and Sneijder for the trophy.

Manchester City's Balotelli has a tough category with Alexandre Pato of Milan and Palermo revelation Javier Pastore for Best Young Player.

Best Goalkeeper is between Morgan De Sanctis, Julio Cesar and Salvatore Sirigu.

There is a nod to the injured Walter Samuel in his nomination for Best Defender along with Giorgio Chiellini and Thiago Silva.

Mourinho is naturally up for the Coach of the Year award along with Massimiliano Allegri for his time at Cagliari and Milan, plus Sampdoria and Juventus boss Gigi Del Neri.

The nominations were chosen by counting the votes from players during summer training camps.

There will also be awards for Best Goal of 2010, Team of the Year, Top Scorer of the Year and the Fair Play Award.

Best Italian Player: Antonio Cassano, Antonio Di Natale, Andrea Pirlo

Best Foreign Player: Samuel Eto'o, Diego Milito, Wesley Sneijder

Best Young Player: Mario Balotelli, Alexandre Pato, Javier Pastore

Best Goalkeeper: Morgan De Sanctis, Julio Cesar, Salvatore Sirigu

Best Defender: Giorgio Chiellini, Walter Samuel, Thiago Silva

Best Coach: Massimiliano Allegri, Luigi Del Neri, Jose Mourinho

Best Referee: Emidio Morganti, Nicola Rizzoli, Paolo Tagliavento

Player of the Year: Between winner of Best Italian Player and Best Foreign Player

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