Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski voted best outfield player of the season 


Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski has been voted best outfield player this season by his fellow Bundesliga players.

Lewandowski scored 30 goals in 33 appearances (31 starts) for Bayern and 25 percent of the 248 Bundesliga players voting in kicker’s poll rated him the best outfield performer over the course of the season — ahead of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

Lewandowski, 28, secured his third straight Bundesliga title this season (2015, 2016, 2017), adding to successive title wins under Jurgen Klopp at former club Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and 2012.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund could only finish third, despite being voted the best performer during the first half of the season and outscoring Lewandowski 31-30 to win Kicker’s prestigious Torjagerkanone for finishing Bundesliga top scorer, aided by two goals on the final day of the season, while Lewandowski drew a blank against Freiburg.

Fernando Torres’ overhead kick wins La Liga goal of the season

​Fernando Torres’ superb overhead kick against Celta Vigo has been voted La Liga goal of the season by Sky Sports users.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool man picked up 25 per cent of the votes, beating Lionel Messi’s Clasico winner from April (23 per cent) and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s finish to a superb team move for Las Palmas against Villarreal (16 per cent).

A shortlist of 13 brilliant goals from the past campaign were compiled, and we asked for your help in picking the best, with nearly 9,000 votes in total.

Messi featured twice, the first his stunning late strike against Real Madrid in El Clasico and the second his solo run and finish at home to Eibar on the final day of the season.

His Barcelona team-mate Neymar was also recognised for his goal against Celta Vigo in March, while Real star Isco scored a beauty at Sporting the following month.

And, of course, Las Palmas’ fantastic team goal against Villarreal made the cut.

  • Raul Garcia – Deportivo v Athletic Bilbao 

4 %

  • Nicola Sansone – Villarreal v Real Sociedad

1 %

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng – Villarreal v Las Palmas

16 %

  • Jonathan Viera – Las Palmas v Athletic Bilbao

1 %

  • Dani Garcia – Valencia v Eibar

2 %

  • Andreas Pereira – Granada v Las Palmas

2 %

  • Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo

25 %

  • Antoine Griezmann – Deportivo v Atletico Madrid

4 %

  • Neymar – Barcelona v Celta Vigo

3 %

  • Isco – Sporting v Real Madrid

6 %

  • Lionel Messi – Real Madrid v Barcelona

23 %

  • Gabriel – Leganes v Real Betis

1 %

  • Lionel Messi – Barcelona v Eibar

13 %

Harry Kane wins PFA fans’ Premier League player of the Season award

Harry Kane has won the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Season award, ahead of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

Over 49,000 votes were cast in the poll, which was held on the Sky Sports website and apps, and Kane, who finished as the Premier League’s top goalscorer, came out on top with 16,378 votes ahead of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who received 13,515 votes.

Hazard, who scored 16 goals and grabbed five assists, finished third with 8,412 votes ahead of Alexis Sanchez (6,727), Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (3,507) and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku (955).

The top six were chosen by our expert panel, which includedSky Sportspundits Paul Merson and Peter Beagrie, Mike Riley – general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke – chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation.

And it is Kane who has come out on top thanks to your votes, which have been verified by an independent party.

The 23-year-old scored 29 goals and provided seven assists to help Tottenham finish second behind champions Chelsea – their highest Premier League finish.
Kane finished as the league’s top scorer for a second successive season and his performances also saw him named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Manchester United players dominate Europa League squad of the season

Eight Manchester United players were named in the Europa League squad of the season, selected by UEFA’s technical observers.

United, who won the competition with a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday, had by far the most players in the 18-man selection, with Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all included.

Runners-up Ajax and semifinalists Celta Vigo and Lyon each contributed three players, while quarterfinalists Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans — who joined Monaco in a €25 million deal this week — completes the selection.

Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was among UEFA’s technical observers in Stockholm along with former Romania internationals Cristian Chivu and Ioan Lupescu, ex-Serbia and Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic, former Poland defender Stefan Majewski and Mixu Paatelainen, who played for and managed Finland.
Herrera drew particular praise from the panel, who said he was “the Man of the Match in the final and extremely important throughout United’s campaign,” while they said Ibrahimovic — injured in the quarterfinal win over Anderlecht — had been a “talisman” until that point.

The ever-present Pogba, meanwhile, was described as the “complete midfield player” and Blind drew praise for his “excellent reading of the game in the final [which] helped to nullify Ajax’s potent attack.”

Others to draw notable praise were 17-year-old Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, whose “mature performances belied his years,” and Tielemans, labelled an “impressive young player who was outstanding throughout competition.”

Alexandre Lacazette, in talks over a move to Atletico Madrid, was “Lyon’s key attacker” and the French side’s Corentin Tolisso was hailed for “one of the goals of the tournament versus Roma.”
Goalkeepers

Sergio Alvarez (Celta Vigo), Sergio Romero (Manchester United)
Defenders

Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Gustavo Cabral (Celta Vigo), Jeremy Morel (Lyon), Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax), Daley Blind (Manchester United), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Midfielders


Pablo Hernandez (Celta Vigo), Ander Herrera (Manchester United), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United), Amin Younes (Ajax)
Forwards


Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Bertrand Traore (Ajax)

Chelsea’s  Antonio Conte wins LMA Manager of the Year

Antonio Conte was named Manager of the Year by the League Managers Association in recognition of his title-winning first season as Chelsea head coach, at their 25th annual awards dinner on Monday night.

Conte led the Blues, who finished 10th last campaign, to the Premier League title and this weekend’s FA Cup final during his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea claimed a Premier League-record 30 victories under the stewardship of Conte, including 13 in a row from Oct. 1, to finish seven points ahead of second-placed Tottenham.
The Italian becomes only the third non-British winner of the prestigious award after Claudio Ranieri was honoured for guiding Leicester to the title last year and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger claimed the accolade in 2002 and 2004.
Conte, also voted Premier League Manager of the Year, is the second Italian boss in two years to win the Premier League following the Foxes’ triumph.

The Championship award went to Chris Hughton for the second year running, after he led Brighton to England’s top flight.

The 58-year-old ensured the Seagulls responded to last season’s disappointment, when they lost in the play-offs to Sheffield Wednesday, by securing automatic promotion alongside his former club Newcastle.

Chris Wilder was also honoured for the second time is as many years, winning the trophy for League One Manager of the Year after he capped a superb first season in charge of Sheffield United with a top-of-the-table finish and an impressive 100 points.

Wilder was recognised for his achievements in the fourth tier at the end of last season when he guided Northampton to the title before announcing his departure from the Cobblers to join the Blades.

Paul Cook was voted the LMA League Two Manager of the Year after leading newly-promoted Portsmouth to title glory.

The LMA marked their 50th Manager of the Year award with the presentation of the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy to “the manager who has made the greatest use of the resources available in the current campaign.”

Chelsea’s  N’Golo Kante wins EA Sports Premier  League  player of the year 


Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has been named the EA Sports Premier League Player of the Year, the third major award he has collected after an outstanding season for the champions.

The 26-year-old Frenchman had already been named Player of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association.

The dynamic midfielder has become just the second player to win the Premier League with different clubs in back-to-back seasons, having been an integral part of Leicester’s title-winning campaign last term.

As well as Kante, the eight-man shortlist for the award comprised his team mates Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta, Tottenham Hotspur trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

And Kante won the most combined votes from a panel of experts, Premier League captains and fans.

He told the Premier League website: “It’s a huge honour to be named player of the year by such big names in football and I want to thank everyone who voted for me.

“I work hard in training, I try to give my best, and I work with so many very good players – that’s why we won the league two times.
Asked about his favourite memories of the season, he added: “We played many good games but we won 5-0 against Everton, which was a very beautiful game, and also my goal against Manchester United (in a comprehensive 4-0 victory).

“It is always good to score and I am happy for these two games.”

Chelsea’s Pedro wins April  Goal of the month award

Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez has won April’s Premier League Goal of the Month award for his stunning 25-yard strike in Chelsea’s win at Everton.

Pedro’s goal was voted the best from a shortlist that also included Roberto Firmino’s superb effort for Liverpool at Stoke and a fine Dele Alli finish for Tottenham Hotspur at home to Watford.

The Spain international found the top corner with a fierce left-foot strike to put Antonio Conte’s men on course for a crucial victory in their charge towards the Premier League title.
He has contributed eight goals and eight assists in 32 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, and also won the November goal of the month award for a curling effort from outside the box in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.