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USA star Wambach on FIFA shortlist

Abby Wambach is on the shortlist for FIFA's world player of the year award.
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ZURICH (AP)

FIFA has named women's world player of the year Abby Wambach as a candidate for the 2013 award.

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The United States forward is joined by teammate Alex Morgan on the 10-player list, which includes five-time winner Marta of Brazil.

Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who won the European award this year, is included with teammate Lena Goessling.

Also nominated are: Christine Sinclair (Canada); Saki Kumagai (Japan); Yuki Ogimi (Japan); Nilla Fischer (Sweden); and Lotta Schelin (Sweden).

A three-player shortlist will be announced next month. The winner is announced on Jan. 13 at the FIFA Ballon d'Or event in Zurich.

Candidates were chosen by a panel from the FIFA women's football committee and France Football magazine.

Voting is by national team coaches and captains, and selected journalists.

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