Ladies & Gentlemen, the end of the Serie A season means that we have to choose a Best XI. The following 11 players and coach were our standout players from an exciting Serie A season. Here are the Serie A’s Best XI for 2008-09:
Julio Cesar (Inter Milan)
The Nerazzurri & Brazil #1 has become the best keeper in Italy and the 2nd best keeper in the world behind Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas.
Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina)
The center back known as “Super Gambero” by the Viola faithful was the rock of a Fiorentina side that had 4th best defense in the Serie A and led I Viola in Serie A appearances.
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
The other center back in the Best XI is seen as the best center back in Italy. The 24-year old will be the future rock in the middle of the Azzurri defense and helped Juve to the 2nd best defense in the Serie A.
Domenico Criscito (Genoa)
The youngest member of the Best XI is well known in Italy as the one of the best young defensive talents. He is on loan from Juventus and helped Genoa surprise the Serie A with their 5th place finish and a place in the Europa League.
Felipe Melo (Fiorentina)
The hard tackling, often fouling Brazilian midfielder gave Cesare Pirandelli’s men and edge & toughness that helped Fiorentina get a Champions League spot. Felipe Melo led Serie A in red cards & was in the Top 10 in yellow cards.
Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan)
The Argentine midfielder is arguably the most under appreciated midfielder in the Serie A. He is a fixture in Inter’s lineup, has a knack of scoring timely goals, and a massive contributor for The Nerazzurri.
Kaká (AC Milan)
The new Real Madrid midfielder was AC Milan’s leading scorer and the face of The Rossoneri. Kaká’s influence on & off the pitch was essential to Milan returning to the Champions League.
Gaetano D’Agostino (Udinese)
The Udinese playmaker was 2nd leading goalscorer among midfielders and was the key to Udinese finishing with the 5th best attack in the Serie A and a surprise 7th place finish.
Marco Di Vaio (Bologna)
The well traveled 32-year old striker finished tied for 2nd in the Capocannoniere race with 24 goals and helped Bologna avoid relegation.
Diego Milito (Genoa)
The man known as El Principe tied Di Vaio for 2nd in the Capocannoniere race with 24 goals and was the face of Genoa’s amazing 5th place finish. The Argentine hitman will now take his goal scoring touch to Inter.
Gian Piero Gasperini (Genoa)
2 seasons ago Genoa was in the Serie B, since then Gasperini has led Genoa to a Top 5 finish and into a European competition. The former Juventus midfielder has received praise for Genoa’s attacking style of play as I Rossoblu was the clear positive surprise team in the 08-09 season.
GK: Gigi Buffon (Juventus)
DEF: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan) & Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)
MID: Michele Fini (Cagliari) & Simone Vergassola (Siena)
ATT: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) & Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina)
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