Nerazzurri centre-back named Best U-23 Italian Defender in Serie A; Thiago Silva Best Overall Defender

CASCIANA TERME (PISA)(Ansa) Thiago Silva and Andrea Ranocchia are the winners of the inaugural edition of the Armando Picchi award, established by the Town Hall of Casciana Terme in memory of the man who captained the Great Inter side, on the 40th anniversary of his death (27 May 1971).

The philosophy of the award is to recognise each season the achievements of defenders who have excelled in terms of technical ability, fair play and personality – characteristics that distinguished Picchi during his career. Picchi was a friend of many generations of people from Casciana Terme and a great enthusiast of the Casciana Spa.

AC Milan's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva was the winner in the "Best Overall Defender in Serie A 2010/11" category, while Inter centre-back Andrea Ranocchia was named the "Best U-23 Italian Defender in Serie A 2010/11".

The two players were chosen by a panel made up of editors from Corriere dello Sport - Stadio, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Tuttosport, La Nazione and Il Tirreno, and the sports news editors of La7, Mediaset, Rai and Sky.

In the "Best Overall Defender" category, Thiago Silva picked up 6 votes, Andrea Ranocchia 2 votes and Giorgio Chiellini 1 vote. In the "Best Italian U-23 Defender" Ranocchia received 7 votes compared to Michele Camporese's 2 votes.

The award, which is supported by the FIGC (Italian F.A.), the Italian Coaches' Association, the Italian Footballers' Association and the Province of Pisa, will be presented on Monday 16 May at the Spa village in Casciana. (Ansa)

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