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Okocha up for world player of the year

Posted by By Aaron Haley on 2005/10/13 | Views: 730 |

Okocha up for world player of the year


Jay Jay Okocha has been nominated for the FIFA World player of the year award. The Nigerian midfielder joins fellow Premiership stars from Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool on the shortlist.

Jay Jay Okocha has been nominated for the FIFA World player of the year award. The Nigerian midfielder joins fellow Premiership stars from Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool on the shortlist.

Jay Jay Okocha has been nominated for the FIFA World player of the year award. The Nigerian midfielder joins fellow Premiership stars from Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool on the shortlist.

The award is to be announced on the 19th of December, with one of the 50 on the shortlist winning the prize.

Despite many considering the captain to have had an average season, Okocha joins fellow Premier League players Gerrard, Lampard, Henry and van Nistelrooy, as well as last years winner Ronaldinho, on the shortlist for the prize.

Those up for the prize are, in alphabetical order:

Adriano (Inter, Brazil), Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich, Germany), David Beckham (Real Madrid, England), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy), Cafu (Milan, Brazil), Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd, Portugal), Deco (Barcelona, Portugal), Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast), Michael Essien (Chelsea, Ghana), Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona, Cameroon), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England), Thierry Henry (Arsenal, France), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus, Sweden), Kaka (Milan, Brazil), Frank Lampard (Chelsea, England), Paolo Maldini (Milan, Italy), Pavel Nedved (Juventus, Czech Republic), Alessandro Nesta (Milan, Italy), Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton, Nigeria), Raul (Real Madrid, Spain), Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal, Argentina), Arjen Robben (Chelsea, Holland), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Brazil), Robinho (Real Madrid, Brazil), Ronaldinho (Barcelona, Brazil), Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Brazil), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd, England), Andrei Shevchenko (Milan, Ukraine), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Man Utd, Holland), Zidane Zinedine (Real Madrid, France)

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