02 December 2016

First continent to name its best footballers

Asia is the first region to name its best players for the current year. For men and women, the confederation gave 19 prizes in total and here we are naming the most significant ones.

Men's coach of the year: Choi Kang-hee is the best coach for the current year. The South Korean trainer did not defended the title with his Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors from 2015 (as it came in second place), but with the same team has won the AFC Champions league this season.
- Women's coach of the year: Manager Chan Yuen-ting from Hong Kong has won the 2016 prize. The 28 year old talent may easily become first female coach in AFC Champions league in 2017.
- Asian international player of the year: Leicester's and Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki took the Asian international player award for 2016. He beat his national teammate Shinji Kagawa (playing for Borussia Dortmund) and South Korea's Son Heung-min (Tottenham).
- Women's player of the year. Tan Ruyin from PR China along with Australia's Lisa de Vanna have lost the prize to her compatriot Caitlin Foord. She is the youngest Australian female player that won the 2011 FIFA women's World cup with just 16 years of age.
- Men's player of the year: In the main category, the best Asian men footballer for 2016 is Al Ain's player Omar Abdulrahman. In the three list candidates this United Arab Emirates midfielder / striker has won the award ahead of Iraq's Ahmed Hammadi and Lei Wu from PR China.


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