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Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Juve scoop five top awards

ROME, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Serie A leaders Juventus have picked up five of the top awards at the annual Italian football 'Oscars', which are based on the votes of their fellow footballers.

Juve's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic won two awards, for Best Foreign Player and Most Loved Player.

'Winning prizes is always a pleasure, and especially these because they come from your colleagues,' Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying in La Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday.

His team mates Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro came out top in the Best Goalkeeper and Best Defender categories respectively.

Juventus boss Fabio Capello was voted Best Coach. Capello won the Serie A title with Juve in his first season in charge and this year his team looks even stronger, leading their nearest rivals Inter Milan by eight points after 21 matches.

Juve's dominance was broken by AC Milan striker Alberto Gilardino, who scooped the award for the Best Player in Serie A.

Six-times World Referee of the Year Pierluigi Collina, who retired at the start of this season, capped his career by winning the Best Referee award.

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