Serie 2011/2012: Top Ten Players of the Season

Date: 22nd May 2012 at 8:11pm
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It has been a fantastic season for Serie A fans. Who would have thought that Juventus would go undefeated, or that Napoli would make it to round of sixteen in the Champions League?

Sometimes the top ten of the season is the hardest and easiest list to make, but there should be some familiar names here for everyone. So let’s take a look at the top ten players of the season.

10. Daniele De Rossi (Roma) – Roma may have had an up and down year, but De Rossi really showed a lot of improvement over last season. Even when many thought that he may be leaving his hometown club he managed to be one of the best midfielders in the world. He even sacrificed his spot in the midfield several times this season to help out in the defense, and at times looked to be a natural center back.

9. Miroslav Klose (Lazio) – Lazio took a gamble on Klose and it paid off with twelve goals and eight assists for the season. The team seemed to play much better with him on the field then off.

8. Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina) – He was injured at the beginning of the season, but the young Montenegran managed to score fourteen goals. If Fiorentina did not have Jovetic, they would surely be relegated for next season.

7. Samir Handanivic (Udinese) – Another huge part of Udinese’s success was in their defensive game. Handonivic had one hundred and twelve saves this season and only thirty-five goals conceded. That is quite an accomplishment for Udinese and the fans should be proud to have such an outstanding player in front of goal.

6. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) – The ticking metronome of the Juventus midfield, “Il Maestro” has reacted superbly to the contractual disappointment that saw him swap Milan for Juve last summer. Rolling back the years week after week with a constant stream of superlative performances, Andrea Pirlo reaffirmed his status as a truly world class midfielder.

5. Diego Milito (Inter) – He had a rough first half of the season, but came back with a vengeance in the second half with twenty-four goals. His highlight was leading his team to victory in both Milan derbies.

4. Edinson Cavani (Napoli) – Napoli are the Cinderella team of Serie A. Much credit should be given to Cavani who had twenty-three goals for the season. He also scored five times in the Champions League and lead the team to the round of sixteen against Chelsea. If Napoli can keep him the team could do some damage in the Europa League.

3. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) – Many would not have predicted that Juventus would go undefeated all season. Much in part to the great goalkeeping of Buffon, who once again showed us why he is Italy’s number one. Many fans thought for sure that they would lose a few times this season, but Buffon was there to make sure the team stayed in the game.

2. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) – What else can be said about one of the great players of Italian football. He seemed to work extra hard this year and played for most of the season. A complete leader on the field he netted twenty-three goals. He also lead his team to third place, so they have a Champions League playoff next season.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan)
– A constant threat on goal all season, and the twenty-eight goals he scored will certainly strike fear into the hearts of keepers all over Italy. He was a real source of creativity and energy on the team. He seems to have the ability to latch onto any pass and can score on the most difficult shots. Although Milan lost out on the Scudetto, they certainly gave Juventus a challenge they won’t soon forget.

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