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Charmaine makes the cut


There were 35 men and 25 women on the FIFA shortlists for World Player of the Year which will be announced on Dec. 20 in Zurich.

ZURICH (CP-AP) -- Canadian veteran Charmaine Hooper is one of 21 women on a short list for FIFA's women's World Player of the Year award, the world governing body of soccer announced Tuesday.

The 36-year-old defender/striker from Ottawa has 62 goals in 116 appearances for Canada.

Other female nominees include last year's winner, Germany's Birgit Prinz, and recently retired America star Mia Hamm.

On the men's side, Brazil has the most nominations with six on the short list of 35.

The Brazilan nominees are Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, AC Milan's Cafu and Kaka, Adriano of Inter Milan, and Barcelona's Ronaldinho.

England has five nominees with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Real Madrid's David Beckham and Michael Owen, Chelsea's Frank Lampard, and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool.

Euro 2004 winner Greece has just one nomination, Theo Zagorakis, while runner-up Portugal has three: Christiano Ronaldo, Deco and Luis Figo.

Former champion France has last year's winner Zinedine Zidane, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry in the running.

Czech striker Milan Baros -- top scorer at Euro 2004 -- is also nominated, along with international teammate Pavel Nedved.

FIFA said it was changing the panel of voters for this year's awards, which will be decided Dec. 20 in Zurich.

Male and female captains of every national team will be able to vote, as well as their coaches and the global organization for professional soccer players.

Voting takes place this month and each list will be narrowed down to three players by November, FIFA said.

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