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The Australian professional footballers selected the 2011/12 PFA A-League Team of the Season. The vote was organized by the professional footballers’ association PFA Australia. Brazilian midfielder Fred received the highest honor: he was picked as captain of the team.


Fred is the fourth player to have been selected as captain of the A-League Team of the Season following Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar 2010/11), Kevin Muscat (Melbourne Victory 2009/10) and Craig Moore (Brisbane Roar 2008/09).


Fred said: ‘It is a great honour for me to have been voted by my peers onto the PFA A-League Team of the Season. I am very pleased to have been selected in this way. I am also pleased that my teammates, Michael Marrone, Aziz Behich and Clint Bolton have been selected. It is of course an even greater honour to have been named Captain of the team.’


The team as selected by PFA members would play with a goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards as well as five players on the bench. The 3-4-3 formation was chosen, both because it is consistent with the FFA National Curriculum and also to accommodate the two left-sided defenders selected by the players.


The PFA A-League Team of the Season:
Goalkeeper: Matt Ryan (Central Coast Mariners).
Defenders: Michael Marrone (Melbourne Heart), Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast Mariners) and Josh Rose (Central Coast Mariners).
Midfielders: Fred (Melbourne Heart), Mitch Nicholls (Brisbane Roar), Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar) and Aziz Behich (Melbourne Heart).
Forwards: Paul Ifill (Wellington Phoenix), Besart Berisha (Brisbane Roar) and Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory).
Subs: Clint Bolton (Melbourne Heart), Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix), Nicky Carle (Sydney FC), Carlos Hernández (Melbourne Victory) and Harry Kewell (Melbourne Victory).


The PFA A-League Team of the Season starting lineup includes five foreign players, and players from five different clubs. Three clubs had three players in the starting team, Central Coast, Melbourne Heart and Brisbane Roar.


PFA President Simon Colosimo and Chief Executive Brendan Schwab were present with Melbourne Heart players to make the presentation to the four Heart players who featured in the Team. Colosimo said: ‘The side shows a strong emphasis on attack which has been one of the hallmarks of the 2011/12 season. The excitement generated by players in the A-League has been the reason why crowds and TV audiences have been up this year. The players have done their bit on the field and shown what a great product the A-League can be.’


Brendan Schwab added: ‘The PFA A-League Team of the Season highlights the incredible attacking talents in the A-League, and the strength of the A-League as a competition.'


‘The PFA A-League Team of the Season has a strong balance of clubs and players who have lit up the league, and more than half of the team are from the two clubs who fought out the Premiership. It is also a demonstration of how in the right environment, the A-League can develop young Australian players with Mitch Nicholls, Matt Ryan and Aziz Behich all playing for the Olyroos, while Michael Marrone was called up to the Socceroos.’