Ghana Player of the Year

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Ghana Player of the Year
Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG)
Location Accra International Conference Centre
Country Republic of Ghana
First awarded 1975

Ghana Player of the Year (or Ghanaian Footballer of the Year) is an annual prestigious award from Football Association of Ghana in recognition of excellence to the best Ghanaian professional association footballer of the year.

Kwadwo Asamoah is the 2012 and 2013 Ghana Player of the Year

The prestige title Ghana Footballer of the Year has been yearly awarded in Ghana since 1975. The prestigious Ghana Player of the Year award is determined annually by the members of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) since 1974 with additional votees from the Ghana Premier League team captains and the coaches of the Ghana Premier League in collaboration with Goal.com corporate subdivision of Perform Group; the leading global digital media player corporate group in the world, acquired for $30,000,000 (GH₵70.3 million and CN¥183.4 million) and is published by the Ghana Football Association (GFA). Eligible are all Ghanaian professional association footballers. The prestigious award of Ghana Player of the Year has been presented on 21 occasions as of 2013.

Three-time African Footballer of the Year, Abedi Pele was the fourth Player of the Year; and the most successful player is Samuel Kuffour, who was chosen as Ghana Player of the Year three times and he was the sixth, seventh and ninth to receive this prestigious award of Ghana Player of the Year; followed by the joint second most successful player Stephen Appiah, who was chosen as Ghana Player of the Year twice consecutively and Stephen Appiah was the twelfth and thirteenth to receive the prestigious Ghana Player of the Year award. John Paintsil was chosen as 2009 Ghana Player of the Year. The player to be chosen as 2009 Ghana Player of the Year was Dominic Adiyiah, and by the age of 20 years at his election in 2010, Dominic Adiyiah is the youngest player to receive the prestigious honor of Ghana Player of the Year. In 2011, Asamoah Gyan was awarded 2010 Ghana Player of the Year. André Ayew of Olympique de Marseille was chosen as 2011 Ghana Player of the Year, and Kwadwo Asamoah of Juventus was awarded the prestigious honor of 2012 and 2013 Ghana Player of the Year and became the joint second most successful professional footballer of Ghana along with Stephen Appiah and followed by Samuel Kuffour, with Kwadwo Asamoah being chosen as Ghana Player of the Year twice consecutively and Kwadwo Asamoah is the twentieth and twenty-first professional footballer of Ghana to receive the prestigious Ghana Player of the Year award.

Winners[edit]

Abedi Pele was the receiver of the 4th Player of the Year award in 1993
Samuel Kuffour was the receiver of the 6th, 7th and 9th Player of the Year award in 1998, 1999 and 2001
Stephen Appiah was the receiver of the 12th and 13th Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005
John Mensah was the receiver of the 14th Player of the Year award in 2006
Michael Essien was the receiver of the 15th Player of the Year award in 2007
John Paintsil was the receiver of the 16th Player of the Year award in 2008
André Ayew was the receiver of the 19th Player of the Year award in 2011
Year Name Nationality Club Position
1975 Ahmed Polo, MohammedMohammed Ahmed Polo  Ghana Hearts of Oak ( Ghana) Forward
1979 John Nketia Yawson  Ghana Hearts of Oak ( Ghana) Midfielder
1984 Joe Odoi  Ghana Hearts of Oak ( Ghana) Defender
1993 Pele, AbediAbedi Pele  Ghana Marseille ( France) Forward
1997 Yeboah, TonyTony Yeboah  Ghana Hamburger SV ( Germany) Forward
1998 Kuffour, SamuelSamuel Kuffour  Ghana Bayern Munich ( Germany) Defender
1999 Kuffour, SamuelSamuel Kuffour  Ghana Bayern Munich ( Germany) Defender
2000 Kuffour, EmmanuelEmmanuel Kuffour  Ghana Hearts of Oak ( Ghana) Midfielder
2001 Kuffour, SamuelSamuel Kuffour  Ghana Bayern Munich ( Germany) Defender
2002 Asampong, CharlesCharles Asampong  Ghana Hearts of Oak ( Ghana) Forward
2003 Ansah, AzizAziz Ansah  Ghana Asante Kotoko ( Ghana) Defender
2004 Appiah, StephenStephen Appiah  Ghana Juventus ( Italy) Midfielder
2005 Appiah, StephenStephen Appiah  Ghana Juventus ( Italy) Midfielder
2006 Mensah, JohnJohn Mensah  Ghana Rennes ( France) Defender
2007 Essien, MichaelMichael Essien  Ghana Chelsea ( England) Midfielder
2008 Paintsil, JohnJohn Paintsil  Ghana Fulham ( England) Defender
2009 Adiyiah, DominicDominic Adiyiah  Ghana AC Milan ( Italy) Forward
2010 Gyan, AsamoahAsamoah Gyan  Ghana Sunderland ( England) Forward
2011 Ayew, AndréAndré Ayew  Ghana Marseille ( France) Forward
2012 Asamoah, KwadwoKwadwo Asamoah  Ghana Juventus ( Italy) Midfielder
2013 Asamoah, KwadwoKwadwo Asamoah  Ghana Juventus ( Italy) Midfielder

Players[edit]

Place Name Number of wins Winning years
1 Kuffour, SamuelSamuel Kuffour 3 1998, 1999, 2001
2 Appiah, StephenStephen Appiah 2 2004, 2005
Asamoah, KwadwoKwadwo Asamoah 2 2012, 2013
3 Ahmed Polo, MohammedMohammed Ahmed Polo 1 1975
John Nketia Yawson 1 1979
Joe Odoi 1 1984
Pele, AbediAbedi Pele 1 1993
Yeboah, TonyTony Yeboah 1 1997
Asampong, CharlesCharles Asampong 1 2002
Ansah, AzizAziz Ansah 1 2003
Mensah, JohnJohn Mensah 1 2006
Essien, MichaelMichael Essien 1 2007
Paintsil, JohnJohn Paintsil 1 2008
Adiyiah, DominicDominic Adiyiah 1 2009
Gyan, AsamoahAsamoah Gyan 1 2010
Ayew, AndréAndré Ayew 1 2011

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by league[edit]

Place League Number of wins Winning years
1 Ghana Ghana Premier League 6 1975, 1979, 1984, 2000,
2002, 2003
2 Italy Serie A 5 2004, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013
3 Germany Fußball-Bundesliga 4 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
4 England Premier League 3 2007, 2008, 2010
France Ligue 1 3 1993, 2006, 2011

Winners by club[edit]

Place Club Number of wins Winning years
1 Ghana Hearts of Oak 5 1975, 1979, 1984, 2000, 2002
2 Italy Juventus 4 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013
3 Germany Bayern Munich 3 1998, 1999, 2001
4 France Marseille 2 1993, 2011
5 Germany Hamburger SV 1 1997
Ghana Asante Kotoko 1 2003
France Rennes 1 2006
England Chelsea 1 2007
England Fulham 1 2008
Italy AC Milan 1 2009
England Sunderland 1 2010

Winners by position[edit]

Place Position Number of wins
1 Defender 7
Midfielder 7
Forward 7
0 Goalkeeper 0

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