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ASIAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The Asian Football Confederation has awarded this since 1994. Any Asian player can win the award. A list of finalists is announced before the winner is awarded with the prize in a presentation. The results in 1999 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY
1 Ali Daei Iran
FINALISTS Hidetoshi Nakata Japan
  Hwang Sun Hong Korea Republic
  Bashar Abdullah Kuwait
  Masashi Nakayama Japan
  Sun Wen China (female)

Ali Daei won the award after impressive performances for Hertha Berlin in the European Champions League. Hidetoshi Nakata, the Japanese star, failed to win his third consecutive award. Sun Wen from China became the first woman to be nominated for the award. Previous winners of the award are:

YEAR NAME NATIONALITY
1994 Saeed Al-Owairan Saudi Arabia
1995 Masami Ihara Japan
1996 Khododad Azizi Iran
1997 Hidetoshi Nakata Japan
1998 Hidetoshi Nakata Japan

 

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