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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 2001 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY
1 Fan Zhiyi China
FINALISTS Li Tie China
  Ali Karimi Iran
  Mirdjalal Kasimov Uzbekistan
  Abdullah Al Shehan  Saudi Arabia

China's first ever qualification for the World Cup led to two finalists including the winner Fan Zhiyi. World Cup qualifiers determined the finalists with Kasimov scoring three goals in the final round, Al Shehan five to help Saudi Arabia qualify and Karimi also starred for Iran who just missed out. 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
2000 Nawaf Al Temyat Saudi Arabia

 

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