Friday, October 07, 2005

Asia's best players getting global recognition

The Asian Football Confederation's 2005 Asian Player of the Year award is being noticed world-wide. The final 10 nominees will be trimmed to three finalists on 14 November with the winner to be announced at the AFC player of the year awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on 30 November.

Full list of nominees: Sami Al Jaber (Saudi Arabia - Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia) Hamad Al Montashari (Saudi Arabia - Al Ittihad, Saudi Arabia) Ali Karimi (Iran - Bayern Munich, Germany) Lee Young-pyo (South Korea - Tottenham Hotspur, England) Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan - Celtic, Scotland) Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan - Bolton Wanderers, England) Javad Nekounam (Iran - Pas, Iran) Park Ji-sung (South Korea - Manchester United, England) Maksim Shatskikh (Uzbekistan - Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine) Mabrouk Zayed (Saudi Arabia - Al Ittihad, Saudi Arabia).

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