Danish Football Player of the Year

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The Danish Player of the Year award is an annual prize, which has been given to the best Danish football (soccer) player by the Danish Football Association since 1963. The winner is decided in a vote amongst the professional Danish footballers.

Jens Petersen was the first player to win the award in 1963. When receiving the award in 1975, Henning Munk Jensen became the first player to win the prize for a second time. Up until 1978, the Danish Football Association's rule of amateurism meant only players in the domestic league could win the prize. Even after the emergence of paid football in Denmark in 1978, no players in foreign clubs were eligible for the award - in part, the reason why 1977 European Footballer of the Year striker Allan Simonsen didn't win the award, as he played abroad from 1972 to 1983. When the award was finally opened to all Danish players in 1983, national team captain Morten Olsen was the first player to win the award. Record title holder is Brian Laudrup, with four "Danish Player of the Year" honours to his name. Brøndby IF is the football club with most players selected for the award: In total, the honour was given on eight occasions to a player who played that year at Brøndby.

Since 2000, there has also been an award for the top female player. The winner is decided by a vote amongst all Elitedivisionen players.

Winners[edit]

Men[edit]

Women[edit]

Danish Football Association's award[edit]

Since 2006 has Danish Football Association, in association with the TV-station TV2, also awarded the best football player in Denmark. The winner of the award is announced at the annual award show called Dansk Fodbold Award.

The past winners of DBUs "Danish player of the year".

Young Players of the Year[edit]

Sponsored by Arla Foods, the awards were initially known as Mælkens talentpriser (the milk's talent awards) in order to promote the line of dairy products of the company then known as "MD Foods". DBU found new sponsor DONG (later DONG Energy), an oil company, in 2004 but Arla went on to sponsor the prize which was renamed Arla's talentpriser (Arla's talent awards) in 2005.[1][2][3]

Year U/21 U/19 U/17
1987 *Johnny Mølby, Vejle Anders Maibom, B 1909 Diego Tur, B 1903
1988 *Henrik Risom, Vejle Jens Madsen, Brøndby Ronnie Ekelund, Brøndby
1989 *Brian Steen Nielsen, Vejle *Jacob Laursen, Vejle Jeppe Tengbjerg, KB
1990 Steen Nedergaard, Odense *Martin & *Michael Johansen KB Kenni Sommer, Silkeborg
1991 *Miklos Molnar, Servette Christian Duus, Silkeborg Jesper Søgaard, Vejle
1992 *Jakob Kjeldbjerg, Silkeborg Thomas Jensen, AaB Simon Karkov, Esbjerg
1993 *Jesper Kristensen, Brøndby *Ulrik Laursen, Odense Michael Kremer, Brøndby
1994 *Thomas Rytter, Lyngby *Jon Dahl Tomasson, Køge Carsten Lektonen, Odense
1995 *Niclas Jensen, Lyngby *Jesper Grønkjær, AaB Dan Anton Johansen, Brøndby
1996 *Martin Jørgensen, AGF Aarhus Stefan K. Hansen, Copenhagen *Kasper Bøgelund, Odense
1997 *Ole Tobiasen, Ajax *Lars Jacobsen, Odense Jesper Håkansson, Frem
1998 Mikkel Jensen, Brøndby *Peter Løvenkrands, AB Tom Christensen, AGF Aarhus
1999 Christian Magleby, Lyngby *Hjalte Bo Nørregaard, Copenhagen Claus Pedersen, Odense
2000 *Martin Albrechtsen, AB Allan Olesen, Brøndby Martin Bergvold, KB
2001 *Christian Poulsen, Copenhagen *Rasmus Würtz, Skive *Kasper Lorentzen, Brøndby
2002 *Jan Kristiansen, Esbjerg Jeppe Curth, Feyenoord *Michael Jakobsen, B 93
2003 *Stephan Andersen, AB *Morten "Duncan" Rasmussen, AGF Aarhus Lasse Qvist, Lyngby
2004 *Thomas Kahlenberg, Brøndby Søren Christensen, Nykøbing FA *Nicklas Bendtner, Arsenal
2005 *Daniel Agger, Liverpool Magnus Troest, Midtjylland Rasmus Christiansen, Lyngby
2006 *Niki Zimling, Esbjerg *Mike Jensen, Brøndby Mads Albæk, Midtjylland
2007 Kasper Schmeichel, Manchester City *Simon Kjær, Midtjylland Nikola Saric, Herfølge
2008 *Michael Lumb, AGF Aarhus *Mathias "Zanka" Jørgensen, Copenhagen *Christian Eriksen, OB
2009 *Anders Randrup, Brøndby Thomas Delaney, Copenhagen Niels Bisp Rasmussen, Vejle
2010 Jonas Lössl, Midtjylland Jannik Vestergaard, Hoffenheim Kenneth Zohore, Copenhagen
2011 *Nicolai Boilesen, Ajax Uffe Manich Bech, Lyngby Pierre Højbjerg, Brøndby

(*) Players who have played at least one match for the senior national team.

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