Prva HNL Player of the Year

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The Prva HNL Player of the Year award (Croatian: Najbolji nogometaš HNL) is an annual association football award given by the Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija. It is awarded to the best football player who plies his trade in the Prva HNL (or "1. HNL"), Croatian top flight and winners are chosen by the newspaper's sports editors. Winners for the preceding year are usually announced around 1 January and all players who had spent the entire calendar year playing in the league are eligible for the award, regardless of their nationality.[1]

The award was established in 1992. Igor Cvitanović holds the record for most wins with three awards won between 1992 and 1997, followed by Stipe Pletikosa and Niko Kranjčar with two wins each.[1] The current award holder is Sammir of Dinamo Zagreb.[2]

Another similar award is the Yellow Shirt Award which is based on aggregate player ratings in matches throughout the season as judged by the country's only sports daily Sportske novosti.

Winners[edit]

† denotes shared wins

Year Player (Wins) Club(s)
1992 † Croatia Bilić, SlavenSlaven Bilić (1) Hajduk Split
1992 † Croatia Cvitanović, IgorIgor Cvitanović (1) Varteks / HAŠK Građanski
1992 † Croatia Kozniku, ArdianArdian Kozniku (1) Hajduk Split
1993 Croatia Jeličić, JoškoJoško Jeličić (1) Hajduk Split / Croatia Zagreb
1994 Bosnia and Herzegovina Hibić, MirsadMirsad Hibić (1) Hajduk Split
1995 Croatia Pralija, NenadNenad Pralija (1) Hajduk Split
1996 Croatia Cvitanović, IgorIgor Cvitanović (2) Croatia Zagreb
1997 † Croatia Cvitanović, IgorIgor Cvitanović (3) Croatia Zagreb
1997 † Croatia Jurić, GoranGoran Jurić (1) Croatia Zagreb
1998 Croatia Ladić, DraženDražen Ladić (1) Croatia Zagreb
1999 Croatia Rukavina, TomislavTomislav Rukavina (1) Croatia Zagreb
2000 Croatia Bjelica, NenadNenad Bjelica (1) Osijek
2001 Croatia Pletikosa, StipeStipe Pletikosa (1) Hajduk Split
2002 † Croatia Olić, IvicaIvica Olić (1) NK Zagreb / Dinamo Zagreb
2002 † Croatia Pletikosa, StipeStipe Pletikosa (2) Hajduk Split
2003 Croatia Kranjčar, NikoNiko Kranjčar (1) Dinamo Zagreb
2004 Croatia Kale, TvrtkoTvrtko Kale (1) Zadar / Hajduk Split
2005 Croatia Kranjčar, NikoNiko Kranjčar (2) Hajduk Split
2006 Croatia Eduardo (1) Dinamo Zagreb
2007 Croatia Modrić, LukaLuka Modrić (1) Dinamo Zagreb
2008 Croatia Kalinić, NikolaNikola Kalinić (1) Hajduk Split
2009 Croatia Mandžukić, MarioMario Mandžukić (1) Dinamo Zagreb
2010 Croatia Sammir (1) Dinamo Zagreb

Notes on club name changes:

  • Dinamo Zagreb changed their name to "HAŠK Građanski" in June 1991 and then again in February 1993 to "Croatia Zagreb". They reverted to "Dinamo Zagreb" in February 2000.
  • The present-day NK Varaždin was called "Varteks" from 1958 until June 2010.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alfirević, Slaven (1 January 2010). "Tradicionalni izbor Slobodne Dalmacije: na vrhu usamljen Mandžukić" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Vulas, Frane; Alfirević, Slaven (5 January 2011). "Najbolji u HNL-u 2010. godine: Sammir ipak ispred Ibričića i Vukušića" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 

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