Voting for the uefa.com users' Team of 2003 is well under way. The poll, now in its third year, gives the users of uefa.com, the official UEFA website, the chance to have their say about the players who made their mark in European football over the last 12 months.
Sixty players and coaches have been nominated for 12 positions, including coach, and the final team will be announced on 12 January. The nominees were chosen by uefa.com staff writers on the strength of their coverage of football throughout Europe on a daily basis. The players were selected for their overall performances either for a European club or national team, or in a UEFA club competition in 2003.
The uefa.com Team of the Year is not intended as a rival to more established awards, and does not bear the official UEFA imprimatur. Nevertheless, it has already proved hugely popular with fans, with some four million votes cast in the 2001 and 2002 polls.
European champions AC Milan head the list of nominations with nine nominees. Former champions Real Madrid CF have eight players nominated and Juventus FC seven. In total, players and coaches from 19 European clubs figure in the list of nominations.
uefa.com Editor-in-Chief David Farrelly said: "We have no doubt the list of nominees will lead to plenty of heated debate across the continent and we are aware that some fans will feel aggrieved that their particular favourites have not made the short list of 60.
"Then again, we also feel sure that the final selection you make will be a fair reflection of the names that made the news in 2003. We hope fans have a lot of fun choosing their particular selections and it will be fascinating to see who makes the final team."
How to vote
By accessing www.uefa.com and clicking on the Team of the Year banner, you can access the extensive Team of the Year section. The section includes profiles, video compilations and photo galleries for each player and your chance to vote in the 12 categories.
Stars of 2002
The uefa.com users’ Team of 2002 was: Rüstu Reçber; Carlos Puyol, Alessandro Nesta, Cristian Chivu, Roberto Carlos; Clarence Seedorf, Michael Ballack, Zinedine Zidane, Damien Duff; Thierry Henry, Ronaldo. The coach was Turkey's Senol Günes. Rüstu, Puyol, Seedorf and Günes have not been nominated on this occasion, but French duo Zidane and Henry are in line to be included in the final team for the third successive year.
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