Oceania Footballer of the Year

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The Oceania Footballer of the Year award is presented each year to the best football (soccer) player from the Oceania region, as chosen by a panel of football journalists. The award was dominated by Australian players until that nation became part of the Asian Football Confederation, and is now similarly dominated by New Zealand players. New Zealand's Wynton Rufer is tied with Harry Kewell for the most titles with three awards each, whilst New Caledonia's Christian Karembeu, New Zealand's Shane Smeltz and Ryan Nelsen and Australia's Robbie Slater have each won the award twice.

Recipients[edit]

Year Player Club Country
1988
Australia Frank Farina Belgium Club Brugge Australia Australia
1989
New Zealand Wynton Rufer (1) Switzerland Grasshopper-Club Zürich New Zealand New Zealand
1990
New Zealand Wynton Rufer (2) Germany Werder Bremen New Zealand New Zealand
1991
Australia Robbie Slater (1) France Lens Australia Australia
1992
New Zealand Wynton Rufer (3) Germany Werder Bremen New Zealand New Zealand
1993
Australia Robbie Slater (2) France Lens Australia Australia
1994
Australia Aurelio Vidmar Belgium Standard Liège Australia Australia
1995
New Caledonia Christian Karembeu (1) Italy Sampdoria New Caledonia New Caledonia[1]
1996
Australia Paul Okon Italy Lazio Australia Australia
1997
Australia Mark Bosnich England Aston Villa Australia Australia
1998
New Caledonia Christian Karembeu (2) Spain Real Madrid New Caledonia New Caledonia[1]
1999
Australia Harry Kewell (1) England Leeds United Australia Australia
2000
Australia Mark Viduka England Leeds United Australia Australia
2001
Australia Harry Kewell (2) England Leeds United Australia Australia
2002
Australia Brett Emerton Netherlands Feyenoord Australia Australia
2003
Australia Harry Kewell (3) England Liverpool Australia Australia
2004
Australia Tim Cahill England Everton Australia Australia
2005
French Polynesia Marama Vahirua France Lorient French Polynesia Tahiti
2006
New Zealand Ryan Nelsen (1) England Blackburn Rovers New Zealand New Zealand
2007
New Zealand Shane Smeltz (1) New Zealand Wellington Phoenix New Zealand New Zealand
2008
New Zealand Shane Smeltz (2) New Zealand Wellington Phoenix New Zealand New Zealand
2009
New Zealand Ivan Vicelich New Zealand Auckland City New Zealand New Zealand
2010
New Zealand Ryan Nelsen (2) England Blackburn Rovers New Zealand New Zealand
2011
New Caledonia Bertrand Kaï New Caledonia Hienghène Sport New Caledonia New Caledonia
2012
New Zealand Marco Rojas Australia Melbourne Victory New Zealand New Zealand

Winners by Country[edit]

Tally Country
12 Australia Australia
9 New Zealand New Zealand
3 New Caledonia New Caledonia
1 French Polynesia Tahiti

Other Oceania Awards[edit]

Wynton Rufer was voted as the Oceania Footballer of the Century.

Mark Bosnich was voted Oceania Goalkeeper of the Century.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Karembeu was born in New Caledonia, although he represented France at international level