Four Bayern players make shortlist of European Footballer of Year
Published 09/07/2013 | 14:54
Unlike last year, when the final three contenders came from Barcelona or Real Madrid, only two of the 10 were drawn from the Spanish clubs - Barca's 2011 winner Lionel Messi and Real's Cristiano Ronaldo.
The top 10 players will be whittled down to three candidates in a second vote, with the ultimate winner decided in a live poll on Aug. 29 during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco.
UEFA said in a statement that it had also launched a Best Women's Player in Europe award, with the first winner to be unveiled on Sept. 5.