Asian Footballer of the Year

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Asian Footballer of the Year is an annual prize awarded to the best Asian player in a calendar year, organized by Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The award began in 1984 through International Federation of Football History & Statistics with sport magazines and journalists , then it was adopted by the AFC in 1994 with the allocation of annual award.[1][2][3]

Winners[edit]

Majed Abdullah, won the award in 1984,1985,1986.[4]
Kazuyoshi Miura, won the award in 1993.
Hidetoshi Nakata, won the award in 1997,1998.
Ali Daei, won the award in 1999.
Shinji Ono, won the award in 2002.
Mehdi Mahdavikia, won the award in 2003.
Ali Karimi, won the award in 2004.
Khalfan Ibrahim, won the award in 2006.
Yasser Al-Qahtani, won the award in 2007.
Yasuhito Endō, won the award in 2009.
Lee Keun-Ho, won the award in 2012.
Zheng Zhi, won the award in 2013.
Omar Abdulrahman, won the award in 2016.

Before AFC adoption (1984–1994)[edit]

Year Rank Player Team Points
1984 1st Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 66
2nd China Gu Guangming China Guangdong 40
3rd Kuwait Faisal Al-Dakhil Kuwait Qadsia 30
1985 1st Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 66
2nd China Gu Guangming China Guangdong 47
1986 1st Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 68
2nd South Korea Choi Soon-ho South Korea POSCO Atoms 32
1987 No award
1988 1st Iraq Ahmed Radhi Iraq Al-Rasheed 26
2nd South Korea Kim Joo-sung South Korea Daewoo Royals 16
3rd Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 14
1989 1st South Korea Kim Joo-sung South Korea Daewoo Royals 38
2nd Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 12
3rd Iraq Ahmed Radhi Iraq Al-Rasheed 6
1990 1st South Korea Kim Joo-sung South Korea Daewoo Royals 36
2nd Iran Farshad Pious Iran Persepolis 28
3rd United Arab Emirates Adnan Al-Talyani United Arab Emirates Al-Shaab 6
1991 1st South Korea Kim Joo-sung South Korea Daewoo Royals 31
2nd South Korea Chung Yong-hwan South Korea Daewoo Royals 28
3rd Iran Samad Marfavi Iran Esteghlal 16
1992 No award
1993 1st Japan Kazuyoshi Miura Japan Verdy Kawasaki
2nd Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Bishi Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
3rd Iran Mehdi Fonounizadeh Iran Esteghlal

After AFC adoption (1994–present)[edit]

Year Rank Player Team Points
1994 1st Saudi Arabia Saeed Owairan Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
1995 1st Japan Masami Ihara Japan Yokohama Marinos
1996 1st Iran Khodadad Azizi Iran Bahman
2nd Iran Ali Daei Iran Persepolis
3rd South Korea Ko Jeong-woon South Korea Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma
1997 1st Japan Hidetoshi Nakata Japan Shonan Bellmare
2nd Iran Khodadad Azizi Iran Bahman
3rd Iran Karim Bagheri Iran Persepolis
1998 1st Japan Hidetoshi Nakata Italy Perugia
2nd China Fan Zhiyi England Crystal Palace
3rd United Arab Emirates Jasem Al Huwaidi United Arab Emirates Al-Salmiya
1999 1st Iran Ali Daei Germany Hertha BSC
2nd Japan Hidetoshi Nakata Italy Perugia
3rd South Korea Hwang Sun-hong Japan Cerezo Osaka
2000 1st Saudi Arabia Nawaf Al-Temyat Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2nd Japan Hiroshi Nanami Japan Júbilo Iwata
3rd Japan Ryuzo Morioka Japan Shimizu S-Pulse
2001 1st China Fan Zhiyi Scotland Dundee
2nd Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Shehan Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
3rd China Li Tie China Liaoning Fushun Tegang
2002 1st Japan Shinji Ono Netherlands Feyenoord
2nd Japan Junichi Inamoto England Fulham
3rd South Korea Ahn Jung-hwan Italy Perugia
2003 1st Iran Mehdi Mahdavikia Germany Hamburger SV
2nd Thailand Therdsak Chaiman Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
3rd Uzbekistan Maxim Shatskikh Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
2004 1st Iran Ali Karimi United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli
2nd Bahrain A'ala Hubail Bahrain Al-Ahli
3rd Japan Shunsuke Nakamura Italy Reggina
2005 1st Saudi Arabia Hamad Al-Montashari Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
2nd Uzbekistan Maxim Shatskikh Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
3rd Saudi Arabia Sami Al-Jaber Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2006 1st Qatar Khalfan Ibrahim Qatar Al Sadd
2nd Kuwait Bader Al-Mutawa Kuwait Qadsia
3rd Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Shalhoub Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2007 1st Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2nd Iraq Younis Mahmoud Qatar Al-Gharafa
3rd Iraq Nashat Akram United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
2008 1st Uzbekistan Server Djeparov Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
2nd United Arab Emirates Ismail Matar United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
3rd Qatar Sebastián Soria Qatar Qatar SC
2009 1st Japan Yasuhito Endō Japan Gamba Osaka 120
2nd Bahrain Sayed Mohamed Adnan Qatar Al-Khor 100
3rd Japan Kengo Nakamura Japan Kawasaki Frontale 100
2010 1st Australia Saša Ognenovski South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 102
2nd Iran Farhad Majidi Iran Esteghlal 90
3rd Kuwait Bader Al-Mutawa Kuwait Qadsia 87
2011 1st Uzbekistan Server Djeparov Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 100
2nd Iran Hadi Aghily Qatar Al-Arabi 95
3rd Japan Keisuke Honda Russia CSKA Moscow 87
2012 1st South Korea Lee Keun-ho South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 102
2nd Iran Ali Karimi Iran Persepolis 94
3rd China Zheng Zhi China Guangzhou Evergrande 86
2013 1st China Zheng Zhi China Guangzhou Evergrande 93
2nd Iran Javad Nekounam Iran Esteghlal 91
3rd South Korea Ha Dae-sung South Korea FC Seoul 75
2014 1st Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2nd United Arab Emirates Ismail Ahmed United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
3rd Qatar Khalfan Ibrahim Qatar Al Sadd
2015 1st United Arab Emirates Ahmed Khalil United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli
2nd China Zheng Zhi China Guangzhou Evergrande
3rd United Arab Emirates Omar Abdulrahman United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
2016 1st United Arab Emirates Omar Abdulrahman United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
2nd Iraq Hammadi Ahmed Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
3rd China Wu Lei China Shanghai SIPG

Wins By Country[edit]

Nation Winners Runners-up Third places
 Saudi Arabia 8 3 2
 Japan 6 4 3
 Iran 4 7 3
 South Korea 4 3 4
 China PR 2 4 3
 United Arab Emirates 2 2 2
 Uzbekistan 2 1 1
 Iraq 1 2 2
 Qatar 1 2
 Australia 1
 Bahrain 2
 Kuwait 1 3
 Thailand 1

Wins By Club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Third places
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 3 2 1
South Korea Daewoo Royals 3 2
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 3 2
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 2 1
Italy Perugia 1 1 1
China Guangzhou Evergrande 1 1 1
Iraq Al Rasheed 1 1
Qatar Al Sadd 1 1
South Korea Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma /
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
1 1

Wins By Player[edit]

Player Winners Runners-up Third places
Saudi Arabia Majed Abdullah 3 1 1
South Korea Kim Joo-sung 3 1
Japan Hidetoshi Nakata 2 1
Uzbekistan Server Djeparov 2
China Zheng Zhi 1 1 1
Iran Khodadad Azizi 1 1
Iran Ali Daei 1 1
China Fan Zhiyi 1 1
Iran Ali Karimi 1 1
Iraq Ahmed Radhi 1 1
Qatar Khalfan Ibrahim 1 1
United Arab Emirates Omar Abdulrahman 1 1

AFC Asian International Player of the Year[edit]

Year Rank Player Team
2012 1st Japan Shinji Kagawa England Manchester United
2nd Japan Yuto Nagatomo Italy Internazionale
3rd Australia Mark Schwarzer England Fulham
2013 1st Japan Yuto Nagatomo Italy Internazionale
2nd Japan Keisuke Honda Russia CSKA Moscow
3rd South Korea Son Heung-min Germany Bayer Leverkusen
2014 1st Australia Mile Jedinak England Crystal Palace
2nd Australia Tim Cahill United States New York Red Bulls
3rd South Korea Ki Sung-yueng England Swansea City
2015 1st South Korea Son Heung-min England Tottenham Hotspur
2nd South Korea Ki Sung-yueng England Swansea City
3rd Australia Massimo Luongo England Queens Park Rangers
2016 1st Japan Shinji Okazaki England Leicester City
2nd South Korea Son Heung-min England Tottenham Hotspur
3rd Japan Shinji Kagawa Germany Borussia Dortmund

AFC Foreign Player of the Year[edit]

Year Player Team
2012 Brazil Rogerinho Kuwait Kuwait SC
2013 Brazil Muriqui China Guangzhou Evergrande
2014 Ghana Asamoah Gyan United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
2015 Brazil Ricardo Goulart China Guangzhou Evergrande

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asian Player of the Year". infoplease.com. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Asian Player of the Year". rssssf.com. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lee Keunho crowned Asian player of the year". fifa.com. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Asian Player of the Year 1984". rssssf.com. Retrieved 19 November 2015.