Huddersfield’s David Wagner wins premier league August manager of the month award

Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner won the Premier League manager’s award for the month of August.

Following an impressive start to their first Premier League campaign, Wagner has led Huddersfield Town to third in the league, behind only Manchester United and Liverpool, on seven points.

Wagner, who guided the Terriers to promotion during his first managerial campaign in England, saw his side open their Premier League account with a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the opening day.

Wagner, a former understudy toJurgen Klopp, then watched on as his side kept a third consecutive clean sheet during a 0-0 draw with Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton.

David Wagner beat a shortlist of Pep Guardiola [Manchester City], Tony Pulis [West Brom], Jurgen Klopp [Liverpool] and Jose Mourinho [Manchester United].

“It’s an honour for me but I’d like to take this award for the whole club, especially my players,” Wagner said. “I’d hoped that we would start well but I didn’t expect it! It’s only the start and now we need to be focused for the next one.”

Should Huddersfield continue their defensive record against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Monday night, they will become the first Premier League newcomers to keep four consecutive clean sheets from as many opening games.

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Cristiano Ronaldo named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award after another impressive campaign for his club and country.

Ronaldo beat off competition from his Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to take the prestigious award at a ceremony in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday.

Ronaldo’s outstanding performances helped Los Blancos to become the first club to retain the Champions League trophy.

He scored five goals in the quarterfinal victory over Bayern Munich, with a hat trick in the second leg at the Bernabeu.

Another treble followed in the first leg of the semifinal against Atletico Madrid, and two more goals came in the final success over Juventus.

Ronaldo also helped his country claim an unexpected triumph in the European Championship in France last summer.

Barcelona’s Messi scored 54 goals for his club, but they had only the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey to show for their efforts.

Buffon, 39, was the losing goalkeeper as Madrid beat Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff, but helped his club to an Italian Double.

Ronaldo vowed to maintain his high standards after accepting the award from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

“Every year is the same challenge – to win everything, if possible,” he said.

“With my club, the international team, we are not qualified [for the World Cup] yet, we have that to do.

“I’m so glad to be here and win this trophy again. I have to say thank you to my team-mates, I’m so happy for them too.”

Lieke Martens was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year after leading the Netherlands to the 2017 Women’s Euro title this summer on home soil.

The 24-year-old Martens, who plays her club football at Barcelona, scored three goals and was named player of the tournament at the Euro.

“This is so amazing,” she said upon receiving the award.

“It’s a big honour. I’m really proud, but I couldn’t achieve this without my teammates. I’m speechless!”

Francesco Totti was the recipient of the President’s Award, which recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities.

The Roma legend, who spent his entire career at the Rome club before retiring at the conclusion of last season, became the third Italian to be given the honour, joining AC Milan legends Gianni Rivera and Paolo Maldini.

“I am honoured — wearing a single shirt my entire career was my dream, and I managed to do it,” he said.

As expected, Buffon was awarded Goalkeeper of the Year after helping Juventus finish as runners-up to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Sergio Ramos took home the award for the top defender in Europe.

Luka Modric was named the best midfielder.

Ronaldo was also presented with the Forward of the Year award after claiming his fourth Champions League title.

Awards in full

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo UEFA

Women’s Player of the Year: Lieke Martens

Best Goalkeeper of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Gianluigi Buffon

Best Defender of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Sergio Ramos

Best Midfielder of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Luka Modrić

Best Forward of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season: Cristiano

Ronaldo UEFA President’s Award: Francesco Totti

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.

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino wins April Manager of the month award

​Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has won April’s Manager of the Month award – his first this season.

The Argentinian helped Spurs to six consecutive Premier League victories as his side chased down Chelsea for the title last month, scoring 16 goals and conceding just once.

That goal came in a 3-1 triumph at Swansea – one of three away victories that also included 1-0 wins at Burnley and Crystal Palace.

At home, Tottenham thrashed both Bournemouth and Watford 4-0 before a 2-0 victory in the last-ever north London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane, which will be demolished at the end of the season to make way for their new 61,000-seater stadium.
The run came to an end in their first game in May – a defeat to West Ham all but ending their title hopes – but Pochettino’s team remain on course to finish second – their highest-ever finish in the Premier League – with a record points tally.
Pochettino last won the Premier League Manager of the Month award in February 2016.
The Spurs boss beat Marco Silva of Hull City, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Leicester City’s Craig Shakespeare and Antonio Conte of Chelsea to the manager’s award.

Tottenham’s Heung-min Son win April Player of the Month award

Tottenham winger Heung-Min Son has been named Player of the Month for April, his second monthly award of the season, after he won the accolade in September.

Son beat teammates Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen as well as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, Sergio Aguero of Man City and Manchester United’s Eric Bailly to the player’s award.
The South Korea international scored five goals during Spurs’ winning run, including two goals in the home win over the Hornets.
“I’m really thankful to my team-mates,” Son told Tottenham’s official website. “This is my second time [winning the award] but I’m not finished with my second – I want to get a third one.

“It’s not just for me, I think it’s for everyone and I’m really proud of the way we played in April. We won against Arsenal, I scored many goals, we fought in every game and we conceded just one goal in the league so it’s just an unbelievable thing and I have good memories of April.

“It’s very special and I’m really, really thankful to everyone who voted for me – the Tottenham fans, the Korean fans – it makes it a special moment for me. I want to just keep going really hard now.”

2015 Ballon D’or Awards

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for the fifth time.
The Barcelona forward reclaimed the biggest individual accolade in world football in Zurich on Monday, beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the three-time winner he has been runner-up behind for the last two years.
He also finished ahead of fellow Barca frontman Neymar after a calendar year in which the Catalan outfit claimed five titles.

Argentina international Messi, who scored 48 goals for his club in 2015, said after being presented the award by 2007 Ballon d’Or winner Kaka: “It is a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win.
“It’s incredible this is my fifth. It’s much more than anything I’ve dreamed of as a kid.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for me and I want to thank my team-mates – without them none of this would be possible.
“Lastly, I want to thank football in general for everything it has brought me, both the bad and the good, because it has made me grow and learn.”

Ronaldo scored more goals than Messi over the calendar year, netting 54 for Madrid, but it was not enough for his side to win any silverware.

Messi secured 41.33 per cent of the vote, with Portugal hitman Ronaldo getting 27.76 per cent and third-placed Brazil striker Neymar 7.86 per cent.

Messi and Neymar helped Barca win the Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble in 2015, plus the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

United States midfielder Carli Lloyd claimed the women’s world player of the year gong.
Carli scored a hat-trick in the final against Japan, including a sensational strike from the halfway line. She earned the Golden Ball for best player in the tournament.
Former Germany striker Celia Sasic finished second despite retiring halfway through 2015 at the age of 27. In the first half of the year she was top scorer in the World Cup with six goals and won the Champions League with Frankfurt.
Third was Japan midfielder Aya Miyama, 30, captained her country to the World Cup final, where they lost to the USA.

Lloyd said:”It has been a dream ever since I started with the national team. Keep your dreams and just go after them.”

Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique won the men’s world coach of the year award as he came ahead of his predecessor, Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola.
Enrique led his side to five of the six trophies on offer in 2015, including the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
Chile’s Copa America-winning coach Jorge Sampaoli came third.

In the category for world coach of the year for women’s football, England boss Mark Sampson was beaten to the award by United States counterpart Jill Ellis.
Jill led her country to World Cup glory in the summer.
Second was Japan coach Norio Sasaki, whose side beat England in the semi-finals, but lost to USA in the final.
England coach Mark Sampson finished third with 10.68% of the vote after their third-place finish in Canada.
“It is a true honour,”said Ellis.” To Fifa, to our own federation, thank you for your belief, your vision and your investment in women’s football.”

Atletico Goianiense’s Wendell Lira won the goal of the year award for a spectacular overhead kick in Brazil’s Goiano state league game against Goianesia.
Messi’s run from halfway and finish in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao was second, with Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi’s 55-yard goal against Barca third.

The Fair play award winner announced by Former Leeds and South Africa captain Lucas Radebe went to – all football clubs and organisations supporting refugees.

Real Madrid had as many players as Barcelona, four, in the world team of the year despite not winning a trophy.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was German champions Bayern Munich’s only representative. The Premier League was the only of Europe’s top five leagues to not have anyone in the team.

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, Germany)

Defenders: Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Dani Alves (Barcelona, Brazil)

Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain), Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia), Paul Pogba (Juventus, France)

Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona, Brazil), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal)

LIST OF WINNERS —–

Ballon d’or winner: Lionel Messi

2015 FIFA Female Player Of The Year: Carli Lloyd (USA)

2015 FIFA Coach Of The Year: Luis Enrique (Barcelona)

2015 FIFA Female Coach Of The Year: Jill Ellis (USA)

201 FIFA Puskas Award: Lira Wendell (Goianesia, Brazil)

GLO CAF Awards: Aubameyang crowned African Player Of The Year

Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been crowned African Footballer of the Year over Manchester City’s Yaya Toure on Thursday night.
The result ends a streak of four consecutive awards from the Confederation of African Football for the Ivorian Toure, who had won every year since 2011.
Aubameyang, who finished second to Toure a year ago, earned 143 points this time, barely edging runner-up Toure’s 136 in CAF’s rankings.
Swansea’s Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew finished third with 112 points.
Aubameyang becomes the first from his country, Gabon, to win the prize.
He has scored 24 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season for Dortmund. He also scored 16 Bundesliga goals in the previous campaign.

Herve Renard was named coach of the year after leading Ivory Coast to glory in the African Nations Cup.

Tanzanian Mbwana Aly Samatt was recognised as the best player on an African club, the first time a player from east African has won the award.
Samatta garnered 127 points, ahead of his TP Mazembe teammate and DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Muteba Kidiaba, who amassed 88 points. Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah trailed in third place with 63 points.

Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen was named Youth Player of the Year while his countryman Etebo Peter Oghenekaro received Most Promising Talent of the Year.

Cameroonian Gaelle Enganamouit was adjudged Women’s Player of the Year becoming the first from her country to pick up the prize.

Cameroon scooped the Women’s National Team of the Year prize and DR Congo giants

TP Mazembe won Club of the Year.

Gambian Papa Bakary Gassama went home with the Referee of the Year award.

Former Ghana coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi and Cameroonian Samuel Mbappe Leppe were honoured posthumously in the African Legend category.

The Full List

African Player Of The Year:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)

For the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa:
Mbwana Aly Samatta (Tanzania)

Women’s Player Of The Year:
Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon)

Coach Of The Year:
Herve Renard

National Team Of The Year:
Ivory Coast – ‘Les Elephants’

Club Of The Year:
TP Mazembe

Youth Player Of The Year-
Victor Osimhen (Nigeria)

Most Promising Talent Of The Year:
Etebo Peter Oghenekaro (Nigeria)

African Legends:
Charles Kumi Gyamfi (Ghana)
Samuel Mbappe Leppe (Cameroon)

Referee Of The Year:
Papa Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

Javier Hernandez wins Bundesliga Player Of The Month award again

Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has been named Bundesliga player of the month for December, the second consecutive month that the Mexican international has received the honour.
Hernandez scored five times for Leverkusen in December, or once every 52 minutes — the best rate in the league.

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Hernandez, 27, completed a hat trick in his side’s 5-0 rout of Borussia Monchengladbach and added a goal each against Hertha Berlin and Ingolstadt.

The former Manchester United man also scored in all five games that Leverkusen played in December, including a Champions League draw against Barcelona and a German Cup win over Unterhaching.
He has scored 11 goals in the Bundesliga and 19 in all competitions since joining his new club in the summer.

It is the first time a Mexican will be winning the award back to back.

Anthony Martial wins 2015 Golden Boy award

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has won the prize for Europe’s best young player: the 2015 Golden Boy award.

Martial joined United in the summer for £36 million and has bagged seven goals in 20 games to date.

Martial, 20, scooped the prize — which is reserved for players under the age of 21 — ahead of Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, while teammates Luke Shaw and Adnan Januzaj were also on the 40-man shortlist.
Wayne Rooney (2004) and Anderson (2008) were the club’s previous winners, with Man City star Raheem Sterling (then at Liverpool) winning the 2014 version.

Italian publication Tuttosport first began the voting in 2003, with journalists from 30 major newspapers across the continent, including L’Equipe (France), Marca (Spain) and The Times (England) now invited to join.

Leicester’s Vardy wins November award

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Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has been named November’s Premier League Player of the Month.

Vardy wins the accolade for the second successive time after sealing October’s prize, having continued his scoring run in consecutive games to break Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record and extend it to 11 matches.

 

The 28-year-old forward, who recently made his England debut, has been in superb form this season with 14 goals in all competitions.

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Vardy has beaten fellow England forwards Harry Kane and Ross Barkley to his prize, as well as Troy Deeney, Romelu Lukaku and Dejan Lovren.

Ranieri wins November award

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has been named November’s Premier League Manager of the Month.

Ranieri took Leicester back to the top of the Premier League with victory over Swansea last weekend a position they hit during an impressive unbeaten November which saw them record wins away to Newcastle, at home to Watford, and a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
The award will boost the Italian further ahead of his first Premier League clash with former club Chelsea, from whom he was sacked in 2004, on Monday evening.

Ranieri was up against Jurgen Klopp, who had been on a run of four straight wins with Liverpool, Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino and Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Vardy wins Barclays Player Of The Month for October

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Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has been named the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for October.

The 28-year-old, currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 12 goals.

Vardy scored five goals in the month of October keeping his scoring streak that now stands at nine consecutive games.

Vardy beat Watford striker Odion Ighalo, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Arsenal duo of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud and Stoke’s Jack Butland to the award.

He will be aiming to match Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of 10 consecutive goals when Leicester City travel to Newcastle in matchday 13.

Pochettino wins Barclay’s Manager Of The Month Award

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino with the Barclays Manager of the month award for September
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Louis van Gaal was piped to the manager’s award by Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino bagged the Premier League manager of the month award guiding Spurs to win all their three of their Premier League fixtures in September, including an impressive 4-1 win over leaders Manchester City.

It is the first manager of the month award for Pochettino since the Argentinian took over at Spurs, although he also won it with Southampton in January 2013.

Pochettino said the award was recognition for the efforts of everyone at the club.

“It’s a collective honour because we must recognise first our players, all coaching staff and the fans,” he told the club website.

“It’s good not just for me but for the whole club. It’s very important. Okay it’s ‘manager of the month’ but we need to recognise all people involved in the team. The whole club deserve this award.”

Anthony Martial wins Barclay’s Player Of The Month Award

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Anthony Martial has been named Premier League player of the month, despite Juan Mata winning the September award at Manchester United.

This comes just 43 days after he completed a £36m move from Monaco in a record transfer for a teenager, potentially rising to £58m, on the final day of the transfer window.

Martial scored on his debut in the 3-1 victory over Liverpool on September 12 and then added a brace in a 3-2 away win at Southampton on September 20.

The France international grabbed another in the Capital One Cup win over Ipswich three days later.

It is the first time a United player has clinched Player of the Month since Robin van Persie in April 2013.

However, Mata was the club’s player of the month after starting all six games, scoring against Southampton, Sunderland and Wolfsburg and claiming three assists.

However, the French teenager also scooped the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month prize for September.

Martial becomes just the ninth player to secure the award in his first full month in the Premier League, joining Jurgen Klinsman, David Ginola, Jose Antonio Reyes, Deco, Peter Odimwingie, Edin Dzeko, Diego Costa and Andre Ayew as those to have won the award following a transfer to the top flight.