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Uzbek Djeparov named Asian Player of the Year

11-24-2011 17:11 BJT

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Asia's top football awards have been handed out a glittering affair with the winner of the Asian Footballer of the Year no stranger to the award.

Of the six players nominated for the Asian footballer of the year -- only two were present at the Asian Football Confederation's award ceremony --- Uzbekistan midfielder Server Djeparov and Hadi Aghily of Iran. And it was the Uzbek who got the nod as the continent's best player. The 29-year-old Djeparov helped Uzbekistan reach the semifinals of the 2011 Asian Cup -- the team's best ever finish. That was a strong factor in helping him won the award. It's the second time Djeparov has earned the honor.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter (L) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the
Year Server Djeparov from Uzbekistan are photographed together during the AFC Player
of the Year ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur on November 23, 2011.

Djeparov said: "It is very important for me. It's my dream to win this honor again after 2008 when I first won it. I think all the players want to win this award. I hope it will not be the last time I can win this. I hope I can win more trophies in the future."

What's more, the women's Player of the Year went to Aya Miyama of Japan.

She said: "We have the same goal to win; all of us want to win. I think for Asian countries, we must compete with each other, and then we can make improvements."

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Player of the Year winner Aya Miyama from
Japan (R) addresses the audience while AFC Player of the Year winner Server Djeparov
from Uzbekistan (L) and looks on during the AFC Player of the Year ceremony held in
Kuala Lumpur on November 23, 2011.

Japan was the big winner, as they picked up 9 awards, including team of the year for both their men’s and women's national squads.

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