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Zidane among nominees for FIFPro Player of the Year October 9, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Football.

Zinedine Zidane was among the nominations by his fellow professionals for 2006 player of the year despite finishing his career by head butting Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final.

Materazzi, the Italy defender whose insults provoked Zidane’s attack in the July 9 final in Berlin, was also nominated.

While Zidane went into retirement with a three-game suspension, Inter Milan’s Materazzi was banned for two games for the incident. Italy won the title on a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

FIFPro, the organization that represents professional players worldwide, announced a list of 55 from its 43,000 members at its congress in Rio de Janeiro.

The winner and FIFPro’s team of the year will be announced at a gala evening in Athens, Greece, on November 6. Last year’s award went to Ronaldinho, who is among the 2006 nominations.

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