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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 2003 are:

RANK NAME NATIONALITY
1 Mehdi Mahdavikia Iran
FINALISTS Therdsak Chaiman Thailand
  Maksim Shatskikh Uzbekistan

Mahdavikia had a good season, helping Hamburg to fourth in the Bundesliga for 2002/03. For the other finalists Chaiman had performed well in the Asian Champion's League for BEC Tero Sasana and Shatskikh had finished top goalscorer in the Ukraine league with Dynamo Kieve. 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
2002 Shinji Ono Japan

 

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