World Player of the Week: Fabrizio Miccoli - Palermo

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Welcome to's regular feature: World Player of the Week. Each week our worldwide team of editors will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday. It won't necessarily be the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we nominate will have accomplished something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance or for something praiseworthy off the pitch - either way, the person in question deserves special attention... World Player of the Week #121: Fabrizio Miccoli
Inspired Palermo to home win against Inter

Inter are one of the strong candidates to win Serie A this season, but their confidence and morale were shaken on Sunday evening by a certain Fabrizio Miccoli.

The Palermo captain was the hero for the Sicilian side as they defeated Gian Piero Gasperini's team 4-3 at the Renzo Barbera in their opening game of the new season.

Miccoli scored Palermo's first goal three minutes into the second half and then their third on 86 minutes. He was a menace to the Inter backline throughout the match and put in a real virtuoso performance.

Palermo have lost key midfield players this summer in Javier Pastore and Antonio Nocerino, but Miccoli proved once again on Sunday that he remains a talisman for the Eagles.

Congratulations to Fabrizio Miccoli,'s 121st World Player of the Week!

Honourable Mentions

Andrea Pirlo - Juventus

Juventus' summer recruit rolled back the years with a world-class performance in his league debut. Pirlo was the man who pulled the strings in the midfield for the Turin giants as they registered a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Parma at home in Serie A on Sunday. He created two of those four goals.

Maximiliano Moralez - Atalanta

The Argentine scored twice in his Serie A debut as Atalanta earned a credible 2-2 away draw with Genoa on Sunday. The summer signing thrived in the trequartista role for his team, exhibiting his qualities to the full.

Eden Hazard - Lille

The star of the weekend in Ligue 1 was Eden Hazard, as he blew away 10-man Saint Etienne with a fantastic display. The Lille striker scored twice in their 3-1 away victory, one of which was achieved by racing past four defenders and slotting the ball beyond Stephane Ruffier.

Leandro Damiao - Internacional

The Brazil international striker continued his hot streak of form and scored a hat-trick for Internacional to grant them a 3-0 away win against Palmeiras.

David Silva - Manchester City

The Spain international attacker was Man City's best player against Wigan Athletic in their 3-0 win at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday. Silva was all over the visitors' backline, won a penalty that Carlos Tevez failed to convert, set up Sergio Aguero's first goal and played important roles in the remainder of his side's goals.

Sergio Aguero - Manchester City

The Argentina international striker continued to impress in his debut season in the Premier League as he scored a hat-trick against Wigan Athletic in their 3-0 home victory on Saturday afternoon. Aguero was a threat to the Wigan defence throughout and is showing the class and quality that he has in abundance.

Wayne Rooney - Manchester United

Wayne Rooney extended his great run of form in the early stages of the season as he scored three goals against Bolton Wanderers in their comfortable 5-0 win at the Reebok Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday evening. It was the England international's second hat-trick in as many games, which he combined with a typical hard working display.

Mario Gomez - Bayern Munich

The German international striker took five shots and scored four goals against Freiburg in Bayern Munich's 7-0 win at home in the Bundesliga on Saturday. He also provided an assist in that match. A month into the season, Gomez has already bagged 10 goals in all competitions.

Ryuji Bando - Cerezo Osaka

The 32-year-old striker came in in the second half of Cerezo Osaka's game against Sanfrecce Hiroshima with his team 3-0 down. Bando then scored three goals and provided two assists to eventually turn around the game 5-4 in his team's favour.

Imanol Agirretxe - Real Sociedad

Agirretxe emerged as the best player on the pitch as Real Sociedad drew 2-2 with Barcelona at home. He scored the Basques' first goal with a brilliant header, and it was his superb chip onto the crossbar that Antoine Griezmann turned home for the equaliser.

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