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It has undoubtedly been Inter's most difficult season in years.

It began with star striker Samuel Eto'o moving to pastures new at Anzhi Makhachkala and influential midfielder Thiago Motta later left for Paris Saint-Germain in January. Their respective replacements, Diego Forlan and Angelo Palombo, have barely made an impact and after seven campaigns of success, Inter will end 2011-12 without any trophies and perhaps even without qualification to next season's Champions League.

A revolving door of coaches starting with Gian Piero Gasperini, then on to Claudio Ranieri, and eventually former Primavera boss Andrea Stramaccioni has resulted in a turbulent term for captain Javier Zanetti and his team-mates. Gasperini never settled in a short-lived reign and Ranieri's string of eight wins was followed by a negative run of equal measure that eventually led president Massimo Moratti to appoint Stramaccioni.

The results under the new coach so far (four wins and two draws) indicated the patron's latest choice may have been the right decision, but reaching third place remains a complicated task as Inter have a difficult final spell of matches against Parma, AC Milan and Lazio. But within a few weeks, the Nerazzurri have pulled themselves back into contention to reach Europe's premier club competition.

Below, in alphabetical order, are's three nominees for Inter’s Player of the Season, based on their club performances in all competitions. We then cast our vote at the bottom before leaving it up to you, the readers, to have your say.

Competition Games
Conceded Clean Sheets Booked
Sent off
Serie A 31 39 10 3 1
Cup 0 0 0 0 0
Europe 6 6 1 0 0
Other 1 2 0 0 0
Total 38 47 11 3 1

Since his arrival in Italy, Julio Cesar has never been as accustomed to picking the ball out of the back of his net as the 47 times he has had to do so in 38 competitive appearances this season. In what has been an unfortunate campaign for Inter, the 32-year-old has conversely been one of their better players and the fault for so many goals conceded should lie more with the team's defence and the lack of reinforcements than with the Brazil international.

The games against Palermo, Roma and Genoa were his most difficult outings as he conceded four times in each fixture. However, as the Serie A campaign winds to a close he has been in fine form and made some fantastic stops - including a recent penalty save against Fiorentina - to assist in the club's late-season revival.

Competition Games
Goals Assists Booked
Sent off
Serie A 30 20 3 2 0
Cup 1 0 0 1 0
Europe 7 2 1 1 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0
Total 38 22 4 4 0

'Il Principe' is back after a 2011 to forget. Twenty-two goals in 38 games have made for an impressive campaign and in the new year, he has carried the team on his shoulders, with a majority of his 20 league goals coming in 2012. If Inter are still fighting for third place, a large share of the merit must go to the striker, who is looking to ensure a return to the Champions League after a disappointing showing this term.

Memorably he struck four goals against Palermo, even if the match ended in a 4-4 draw, while he scored a hat-trick against his former team Genoa. Under Stramaccioni he has become the side's primary attacking weapon, making the centre-forward position his own ahead of Giampaolo Pazzini.

Competition Games
Goals Assists Booked
Sent off
Serie A 32 0 4 2 1
Cup 2 0 0 0 0
Europe 8 0 2 1 0
Other 1 0 0 0 0
Total 43 0 6 3 1

The captain, who will be 39 in August, is still the soul of the Nerazzurri. It's no coincidence that, despite his age, he is the player with the second-most appearances for the club this term, just one shy of Esteban Cambiasso. The coaches may have changed from Gasperini to Ranieri to Stramaccioni, but the veteran's place has never been in doubt.

Despite being deployed everywhere across the back line, in midfield, at right-back and left-back, he always puts in an effective display regardless of his position, and in a tumultuous season he has continued to be a presence in the dressing room - holding the team together, as any good skipper should.


Parma (h) W 5-0

Palermo (h) D 4-4

Genoa (h) W 5-4

In a season that lacked passion and the typical recent successes for Inter, Milito was the only one to stand out and really give the fans something to cheer about. He may have lacked consistency, as did the entire Inter side, but the last few months have seen a return of the old Milito, the player who led them to the treble in 2009-10.

The 32-year-old was the only Beneamata star who gave the impression he could decide a match and earn a result on his own. Should those vital points bring Inter back into the Champions League, then Moratti will have Milito to thank again.