Ilta-Sanomat Player of the Year Award

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Ilta-Sanomat Player of the Year Award (Finnish: IS-tähtikisa) is an annual award given by the Finnish evening paper Ilta-Sanomat for the best individual players of Finnish top leagues in ice hockey (SM-liiga), basketball (Korisliiga), volleyball (Mestaruusliiga) and floorball (Salibandyliiga). Due to sponsorship reasons the award has not been given in football Veikkausliiga since 2009.

The award is based on post-match ratings made in every single match by a sport journalist and two local sportpersons or celebrities. Best player of the match is awarded with three points ("stars"), second best with two and third best with one. The player collecting most "stars" during the season wins the award.

Winners[edit]

Football[edit]

Season Player Club
1983 Finland Mika Lipponen TPS Turku
1984 Finland Heikki Suhonen TPS Turku
1985 Finland Jukka Ikäläinen KePS Kemi
1986 Finland Ismo Lius FC Kuusysi
1987 Finland Jarmo Alatensiö PPT Pori
1988 Finland Ismo Lius FC Kuusysi
1989 Finland Jari Litmanen Reipas Lahti
1990 Finland Jari Litmanen Reipas Lahti
1991 Finland Jari Litmanen HJK Helsinki
1992 Russia Vasili Karatayev RoPS Rovaniemi
1993 Brazil Piracaia FC Jazz
1994 Russia Alexei Eremenko Sr. FF Jaro
1995 Russia Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
1996 Brazil Luiz Antônio FC Jazz
1997 Russia Alexei Eremenko Sr. FF Jaro
1998 Zambia Zeddy Saileti RoPS Rovaniemi
1999 Russia Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
2000 Finland Shefki Kuqi FC Jokerit
2001 Finland Antti Pohja Tampere United
2002 Finland Jari Niemi Tampere United
2003 Russia Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
2004 Finland Fredrik Svanbäck FF Jaro
2005 Russia Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
2006 Algeria Farid Ghazi HJK Helsinki
2007 Russia Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
2008 Finland Mikko Hyyrynen FF Jaro

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