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ANNOUNCEMENT: Ligue 1 Team of the Year 2012-2013

We are delighted to announce that, with the help of some very special friends, a Ligue 1 Team of the Year for this season will be published. We have got together a pick of the finest French football journalists, enthusiasts and even footballers to take part in a voting and nominating process to give you the best and most accurate picture of who has shone consistently in the top division in France this season.

How does it work?

A total of 31 French football experts have submitted a squad of 22 players (plus 2 managers) who they believe deserve nominations for this season’s Ligue 1 Team of the Year. These nominations have been collected and has been thinned down to the top 24 most picked players/managers. From this, the team of experts will have to vote for their best XI shortly.

How can you get involved?

On the 20th of April, the experts will receive the final voting form they have to fill in by the end of the month, giving them plenty of time to make their final decisions. On the 20th, you too will be able to access a form which would allow you to contribute to this year’s Ligue 1 Team of the Year simply by emailing us with your interest: getfootballnewsfrance@hotmail.com, or by leaving your email address, which only we can see, as a comment on this page.

The experts’ votes will count for more, but you can certainly have a big input in the taking shape of this exciting project.

Who are the experts?

Here is the full list of experts who will be involved in deciding this year’s Ligue 1 Team of the Year:

Andrew Smith, Journalist: Commentator for Ligue 1 official highlights on YouTube.

Nicolas Vilas, Journalist: RMC, MCS, Ma Chaine Sport.

Andrew Gibney, Journalist: French Football Weekly, Daily Mirror.

Cyril Olives, Journalist: L’Equipe, Eurosport, La Magazine Hospitalier.

Raphael Raymond, Journalist: L’Equipe.

Jonathan Johnson, Journalist: ESPN, Bleacher Report, Sky Sports, French Football Weekly.

Ian Holyman, Journalist: ESPN, Ligue 1 Official Commentator and Reporter.

David Crossan, Journalist: Ligue 1 Official Commentator and Reporter.

Tanguy Le Seviller, Journalist: L’Equipe, France Football.

Cedric Chapuis, Journalist: L’Equipe, France Football.

Sylvain Lartaud, Journalist: L’Equipe.

Gregory Hangard, Journalist: Head of Football.fr.

Mohammed Ali, Journalist: Goal.com

Thomas Simon, Journalist: France Football.

Johnny Severin, Journalist: BeIN Sport.

Jeremy Smith, Journalist: French Football Weekly.

Nicolas Faure, Journalist: Man UTD TV, Contre Attaque.fr, Talksport, Opta, Ligue 1 and South American football specialist.

Jordan Galtier, Footballer: Arles-Avignon (Ligue 2)

Bastien Leclair, Journalist: Stade Rennais, French Football Weekly.

Wayne Brown, Journalist: Transfer News Central.

Maher Mehzani, Journalist: French Football Weekly.

Ivan Bonet, Journalist: Olympique de Marseille.

Jean Claude Leblois, Journalist: La Provence.

Philippe Launay, Journalist: Stade de Reims.

Francois Piraux, Journalist: Transfer News Central, Stadium Sport.com.

Matthew Richards, Journalist: French Football Weekly, TNC Ligue 1.

Thomas Bourges, Enthusiast: TNC Ligue 1.

Max Quelch-Wools, French Football Analyst: Football Radar

James Lubwama, French Football Analyst: Football Radar

Christian Nourry, Get French Football News.

James Martland, Get French Football News.

Charles Stone, Get French Football News.

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