Asian Footballer of the Year

The Asian Footballer of the Year is an annual prize awarded to the best Asian player in a calendar year, organized by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

HistoryEdit

The origin of the award was an unofficial poll launched to mark the first edition of a football handbook in 1985.[1][2] The award began in 1988 through IFFHS with sport magazines and journalists, then the presenter was changed to the AFC in 1994.[3][4]

Since 2005, the award gives its qualification to nominees who attend the awards ceremony, and so the rule caused much controversy about excluding players who could not attend the ceremony by playing for European clubs.[5][6][7][8][9] Among them, Park Ji-sung and Shunsuke Nakamura were nominated for Ballon d'Or. The AFC is awarding the "International Player of the Year" award to reduce the controversy since 2012, but AFC awards were still having problems that the process and criteria of selection were obscure. Eventually, the "Best Footballer in Asia" award inspired by Ballon d'Or was made in 2013.[10]

When continental confederations including AFC cancelled their awards ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, IFFHS restarted to select the Players of the Year about the world and each continent.

WinnersEdit

IFFHS award (1988–present)Edit

 
Son Heung-min, won the award in 2020 and 2021.
Year Rank Player Team Points Ref.
1988 1st   Ahmed Radhi   Al-Rasheed 26 [3]
2nd   Kim Joo-sung   Daewoo Royals 16
3rd   Majed Abdullah   Al-Nassr 14
1989 1st   Kim Joo-sung   Daewoo Royals 38 [3]
2nd   Majed Abdullah   Al-Nassr 12
3rd   Ahmed Radhi   Al-Rasheed 6
1990 1st   Kim Joo-sung   Daewoo Royals 36 [3]
2nd   Farshad Pious   Persepolis 28
3rd   Adnan Al-Talyani   Al-Shaab 16
1991 1st   Kim Joo-sung   Daewoo Royals 31 [11]
2nd   Chung Yong-hwan   Daewoo Royals 28
3rd   Samad Marfavi   Esteghlal 16
1992 1st   Kazuyoshi Miura   Verdy Kawasaki 30 [3][12]
2nd   Fahad Al-Bishi   Al-Nassr 17
3rd   Mehdi Fonounizadeh   Esteghlal 13
Not awarded from 1993 to 2019
2020 1st   Son Heung-min   Tottenham Hotspur [13]
  Sardar Azmoun   Zenit Saint Petersburg
  Takumi Minamino   Liverpool
2021 1st   Son Heung-min   Tottenham Hotspur [14]

AFC award (1994–present)Edit

 
Hidetoshi Nakata won the award in 1997, and 1998.
 
Server Djeparov won the award in 2008, and 2011.
Year Rank Player Team Points Ref.
1994 1st   Saeed Owairan   Al-Shabab [3]
1995 1st   Masami Ihara   Yokohama Marinos [3]
1996 1st   Khodadad Azizi   Bahman [3]
  Ali Daei   Al Sadd
  Ko Jeong-woon   Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma
  Mohamed Al-Deayea   Al-Tai
  Yousuf Al-Thunayan   Al-Hilal
1997 1st   Hidetoshi Nakata   Shonan Bellmare [3]
  Khodadad Azizi   1. FC Köln
  Karim Bagheri   Arminia Bielefeld
  Choi Yong-soo   Sangmu FC
1998 1st   Hidetoshi Nakata   Perugia [3]
  Fan Zhiyi   Crystal Palace
  Jasem Al Huwaidi   Al-Salmiya
  Ali Daei   Bayern Munich
1999 1st   Ali Daei   Hertha BSC [3]
  Hidetoshi Nakata   Perugia
  Masashi Nakayama   Júbilo Iwata
  Sun Wen[note 1]   Shanghai SVA
  Hwang Sun-hong   Cerezo Osaka
  Bashar Abdullah   Al-Salmiya
2000 1st   Nawaf Al-Temyat   Al-Hilal [3]
  Hiroshi Nanami   Júbilo Iwata
  Ryuzo Morioka   Shimizu S-Pulse
  Lee Dong-gook   Pohang Steelers
2001 1st   Fan Zhiyi   Dundee [3]
  Li Tie   Liaoning Fushun Tegang
  Abdullah Al-Shehan   Al-Shabab
  Ali Karimi   Al-Ahli
  Mirjalol Qosimov   Krylia Sovetov Samara
2002 1st   Shinji Ono   Feyenoord [3]
  Junichi Inamoto   Fulham
  Ahn Jung-hwan   Perugia
  Li Tie   Everton
2003 1st   Mehdi Mahdavikia   Hamburger SV [3]
  Therdsak Chaiman   BEC Tero Sasana
  Maxim Shatskikh   Dynamo Kyiv
2004 1st   Ali Karimi   Al-Ahli [3]
  A'ala Hubail   Al-Ahli
  Shunsuke Nakamura   Reggina
2005 1st   Hamad Al-Montashari   Al-Ittihad [note 2]
2nd   Maxim Shatskikh   Dynamo Kyiv
2006 1st   Khalfan Ibrahim   Al Sadd [17]
  Bader Al-Mutawa   Qadsia
  Mohammad Al-Shalhoub   Al-Hilal
2007 1st   Yasser Al-Qahtani   Al-Hilal [18]
  Younis Mahmoud   Al-Gharafa
  Nashat Akram   Al-Ain
2008 1st   Server Djeparov   Bunyodkor [19]
  Yasuhito Endō   Gamba Osaka
  Yuji Nakazawa   Yokohama F. Marinos
  Sebastián Soria   Qatar SC
  Ismail Matar   Al-Wahda
2009 1st   Yasuhito Endō   Gamba Osaka 120 [note 3]
2nd   Kengo Nakamura   Kawasaki Frontale 100
  Sayed Mohamed Adnan   Al-Khor 100
2010 1st   Saša Ognenovski   Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma [21]
  Bader Al-Mutawa   Qadsia
  Farhad Majidi   Esteghlal
  Farshid Talebi   Zob Ahan
  Hussain Salman   Al-Riffa
2011 1st   Server Djeparov   Al-Shabab [note 2]
2nd   Hadi Aghily   Al-Arabi
2012 1st   Lee Keun-ho   Ulsan Hyundai [22]
  Ali Karimi   Persepolis
  Zheng Zhi   Guangzhou Evergrande
2013 1st   Zheng Zhi   Guangzhou Evergrande [23]
  Javad Nekounam   Esteghlal
  Ha Dae-sung   FC Seoul
2014 1st   Nasser Al-Shamrani   Al-Hilal [24]
  Ismail Ahmed   Al-Ain
  Khalfan Ibrahim   Al Sadd
2015 1st   Ahmed Khalil   Al-Ahli [25]
  Omar Abdulrahman   Al-Ain
  Zheng Zhi   Guangzhou Evergrande
2016 1st   Omar Abdulrahman   Al-Ain [26]
  Wu Lei   Shanghai SIPG
  Hammadi Ahmed   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2017 1st   Omar Kharbin   Al-Hilal [27]
  Omar Abdulrahman   Al-Ain
  Wu Lei   Shanghai SIPG
2018 1st   Abdelkarim Hassan   Al Sadd [28]
  Kento Misao   Kashima Antlers
  Yuma Suzuki   Kashima Antlers
2019 1st   Akram Afif   Al Sadd [29]
  Alireza Beiranvand   Persepolis
  Tomoaki Makino   Urawa Red Diamonds
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [30]
2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [31]
  1. ^ The only woman player to be nominated for the award.
  2. ^ a b Only two players of the shortlist competed for the award under a new rule to omit nominees who didn't attend the ceremony.[15][16]
  3. ^ Points of the AFC were exceptionally released in this year.[20]

International AFC award (2012–present)Edit

 
Son Heung-min, won the award in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Year Rank Player Team Ref.
2012 1st   Shinji Kagawa   Manchester United [32]
  Yuto Nagatomo   Internazionale
  Mark Schwarzer   Fulham
2013 1st   Yuto Nagatomo   Internazionale [33]
  Keisuke Honda   CSKA Moscow
  Son Heung-min   Bayer Leverkusen
2014 1st   Mile Jedinak   Crystal Palace [34]
  Tim Cahill   New York Red Bulls
  Ki Sung-yueng   Swansea City
2015 1st   Son Heung-min   Tottenham Hotspur [35]
  Ki Sung-yueng   Swansea City
  Massimo Luongo   Queens Park Rangers
2016 1st   Shinji Okazaki   Leicester City [36]
  Shinji Kagawa   Borussia Dortmund
  Son Heung-min   Tottenham Hotspur
2017 1st   Son Heung-min   Tottenham Hotspur [37]
  Aaron Mooy   Huddersfield Town
  Shinji Kagawa   Borussia Dortmund
2018 1st   Makoto Hasebe   Eintracht Frankfurt [38]
2019 1st   Son Heung-min   Tottenham Hotspur [39][40]
  Sardar Azmoun   Zenit Saint Petersburg
  Makoto Hasebe   Eintracht Frankfurt
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[note 1] [30]
2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [43]
  1. ^ Instead, AFC held the Fan Awards.[41] The polls of fans were taken in its website to be responsible for 60 percent of points and as a result, Son Heung-min was selected as the International Player of the Fan Awards.[42]

StatisticsEdit

Multiple winnersEdit

The asterisk means international winner.

Player IFFHS AFC Total
  Son Heung-min 2 (2020, 2021) 3 (2015*, 2017*, 2019*) 5
  Kim Joo-sung 3 (1989, 1990, 1991) 3
  Hidetoshi Nakata 2 (1997, 1998) 2
  Server Djeparov 2 (2008, 2011) 2

Wins by nationalityEdit

Nation Total Players
  Japan 10 9
  South Korea 9 3
  Saudi Arabia 5 5
  Iran 4 4
  Qatar 3 3
  China PR 2 2
  Australia 2 2
  United Arab Emirates 2 2
  Uzbekistan 2 1
  Iraq 1 1
  Syria 1 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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