Football Italiano’s Team of the Year 2008/09

Football Italiano’s Team of the Year 2008/09

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The Football Italiano Team of the Year was always going to throw up a few surprises, but the first choice XI – featured in a 4-3-3 formation – are all worthy selections. Scroll down to see the names that kept players such as Daniele De Rossi, Alexandre Pato and Alessandro Del Piero out of recognition for fantastic 2008/09 terms. Rejuvenated striker Alberto Gilardino and Fiorentina teammate Adrian Mutu, Juventus lynchpin Gianluigi Buffon and Roma’s record-breaking legend Francesco Totti all missed out, but we weren’t going to please everyone.

Included below is a strikeforce that has netted 73 goals between it, a truly tough-tackling midfield that collected a total of 21 yellow cards and three red over the season and a defence containing two Italian names to certainly look out for next summer in South Africa.

Goalkeeper – Julio Cesar (Inter) – Appearances – 36 Conceded – 28

Appearances – 36

Goals Conceded- 28

Yellow Cards – 3

Red Cards – 0

Right-back – Douglas Maicon (Inter)

Appearances – 31

Goals Scored – 1

Yellow Cards – 9

Red Cards – 1

Centre-back – Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Appearances – 27

Goals Scored – 4

Yellow Cards – 5

Red Cards – 0

Centre-back – Simon Kjaer (Palermo)

Appearances – 27

Goals Scored – 3

Yellow Cards – 4

Red Cards – 0

Left-back – Domenico Criscito (Genoa)

Appearances – 35

Goals Scored – 3

Yellow Cards – 8

Red Cards – 0

Midfield – Thiago Motta (Genoa)

Appearances – 27

Goals Scored – 6

Yellow Cards – 9

Red Cards – 1

Midfield – Esteban Cambiasso (Inter)

Appearances – 35

Goals Scored – 4

Yellow Cards – 1

Red Cards – 0

Midfield – Felipe Melo (Fiorentina)

Appearances – 29

Goals Scored – 2

Yellow Cards – 11

Red Cards – 2

Forward – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter)

Appearances – 35

Goals Scored – 25

Yellow Cards – 8

Red Cards – 0

Forward – Diego Milito (Genoa)

Appearances – 31

Goals Scored – 24

Yellow Cards – 2

Red Cards – 0

Forward – Marco Di Vaio (Bologna)

Appearances – 28

Goals Scored – 24

Yellow Cards – 3

Red Cards – 0

12 Julio Cesar


13 Maicon – 3 Chiellini – 24 Kjaer – 4 Criscito


88 Thiago Motta – 19 Cambiasso – 88 Melo


8 Ibrahimovic


22 Milito – 9 Di Vaio


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