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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 2002 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY
1 Shinji Ono Japan
FINALISTS Ahn Jung-hwan Korea Republic
  Li Tie China
  Junichi Inamoto Japan

Shinji Ono was impressive with Feyenoord, becoming the second Asian after Cha Bum-Kun to win a European trophy when Feyenoord won the UEFA Cup in 2002. The four finalists all impressed with their World Cup performances as well.  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
2001 Fan Zhiyi China

 

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