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Ibrahimovic voted Italian player of year

2009-01-20 01:15:49 GMT2009-01-20 09:15:49 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Inter Mila's Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a shot during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Napoli at San Siro stadium in Milan November 30, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Inter Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic r reacts after scoring a goal against Cagliari during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan January 10, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Inter Milan's striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic smiles after he was awarded "The Ball of Gold" as the best Swedish soccer player 2008 at the Swedish Soccer Award 2008 Gala dinner at the Globen Arena in Stockholm November 17, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

ROME, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Inter Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic Monday was named Italian player of the year for his brilliant performance in his club's run for the Serie A title last season.

The 27-year-old received the award from the Italian players' association whose members also voted the Swede best foreign player while Brazilian world player of year Kaka failed to win this time.

Veteran Italy and Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero, who topped the scoring charts last season, picked up the best Italian award while Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli was named best coach after steering his side into the Champions League at the expense of AC Milan.

Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus was named best goalkeeper, his team-mate Giorgio Chiellini best defender, Napoli's Marek Hamsik best young player and Roberto Rosetti best referee.

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