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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 2000 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY
1 Nawaf Al Temyat Saudi Arabia
FINALISTS Ryuzo Morioka Japan
  Lee Dong Gook Korea Republic
  Hiroshi Nanami Japan

Al Temyat was the best player for Saudi Arabia in their Asian Cup run which ended in the final to Japan. He also helped Al Hilal win the Asian Super Cup. The other finalists also performed well at the Asian Cup in 2001 with two coming from the winners Japan and the other Lee Dong Gook being the top goalscorer of the tournament. 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
1999 Ali Daei Iran

 

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