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Gio up for top WC award

Posted on 9 July 2010  - 12:00

Giovani dos Santos has been shortlisted by FIFA for the World Cup's Hyundai Best Young Player Award.

Giovani dos Santos has been shortlisted by FIFA for the World Cup's Hyundai Best Young Player Award.

The young winger was in fine form for Mexico and started every match in the tournament in South Africa.

Gio, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Galatasaray in Turkey, shone as the eyes of the world watched the tournament's opening fixture, a 1-1 draw between hosts South Africa and Mexico.

He went on to impress in Mexico's group games against Uruguay and France as his country made it into the knockout phase of the competition.

They were eventually knocked-out as Argentina turned on the style in the last 16.

FIFA's Technical Study Group (TSG) announced the shortlist for the Hyundai Best Young Player Award on Friday.

Gio is up against Thomas Mueller of Germany and Ghana's Andre Ayew.

The award continues the tradition of officially recognising the positive impact made by young footballers and is open to all participating players born on or after January 1, 1989.

The winner will be selected by the FIFA TSG and announced on FIFA.com after the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. The winner will receive the coveted Hyundai Best Young Player Award trophy and a new Hyundai Tucson ix 35.