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PLC Announces The Nominees of AGL Awards 2014

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Abu Dhabi: 7 May 2014
 
Concluding a campaign full of great action and memorable matches, the Pro League Committee will host the Arabian Gulf League Awards 2013-2014 to honor the star performers of the season in an Awards ceremony on 17th May 2014.
 
The Arabian Gulf League Awards2013-2014 will celebrate the strongest candidates from players, coaches, clubs and even fans across a total of 10 different Awards categories: Emirati Player of the Year, Foreign Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, The Best XI, Top Scorer of the Year, Professional Club of the Year, Fans’ Player of the Year, and Fantasy Football Manager of the Year. 
 
HOW DO WE PICK THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR?
 
PLC’s Technical Committee has shortlisted 10 players in the Emirati Player of the Year and Foreign Player of the Year categories, and 5 players in the Goalkeeper of the Year,Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year categories, based upon technical and statistical evaluation of their contributions and performances in the League throughout the season.
 
Emirati Player of the Year
 
The nominated players shortlisted by the Technical Committee are:
 
BASHEER SAEED, AL AHLI; EISSA AHMED SANTO, AL WAHDA; ABDELAZIZ HAIKAL, AL AHLI; ISMAEEL AL HAMADI, AL AHLI; OMAR ABDULRAHMAN, AL AIN; HABIB AL FARDAN, AL NASR; BANDAR AL AHBABI, AL DHAFRA; MAJED HASSAN, AL AHLI; ISMAEIL MATAR, AL WAHDA; ALI MABKHOUT, AL JAZIRA.
 
Foreign Player of the Year
 
The nominated players shortlisted by the Technical Committee are:
 
SIMON FEINDOUNO, AJMAN; HUGO VIANA, AL AHLI; CIEL, AL AHLI; ABDELAZIZ BARRADA, AL JAZIRA; KIM JUNG WOO, SHARJAH; LUIZ HENRIQUE, EMIRATES; GRAFITE, AL AHLI; ASAMOAH GYAN, AL AIN; SEBASTIAN TAGLIABUE, AL WAHDA; 
MAKHETE DIOP, AL DHAFRA.
 
Coach of the Year
 
The nominated coaches shortlisted by the Technical Committee are:
 
COSMIN OLAROIU, AL AHLI; DR. ABDULLAH MISFER, AL DHAFRA; MARCOS PAQUETA, AL SHABAB; JOSE PESEIRO, AL WAHDA; PAULO BONAMIGO, SHARJAH.
 
Rookie of the Year
 
The nominated players shortlisted by the Technical Committee are:
ALI H. SALMEEN, AL WASL; ABDULLA AL NAQBI, AL DHAFRA; AHMED RABEYA AL GHILANI, AL JAZIRA; BADER BILAL, AL SHAAB; YOUSIF SAEED, SHARJAH.
 
Goalkeeper of the Year
 
The nominated players shortlisted by the Technical Committee are:
 
SAIF YOUSIF, AL AHLI; KHALID ESSA, AL AIN; ALI KHASEIF, AL JAZIRA; ISMAIL RABEE, AL SHABAB; MOHAMED YOUSIF, SHARJAH.
 
From the above shortlists, Industry Experts, the Head Coaches of all 14 AGL clubs, the Captains of all 14 AGL clubs, and selected Media representatives will rank their Top 5 in each category and submit their rankings to PLC. The weighting of voting will be as follows:
Industry Experts: 30%; Coaches: 30%; Captains: 20%; Media: 20%.
Total points will then be tallied and calculated by the Technical Committee to decide the overall winner of each category. 
 
THE BEST XI
 
The Best XI will be decided upon by the Technical Committee based upon technical and statistical evaluation to compose the season’s strongest starting line-up of Arabian Gulf League players.
 
WHAT ABOUT AWARDS BASED ON STATS?
 
There are two Awards categories based purely on statistics:
Top Scorer of the Year
Professional Club of the Year
 
Top Scorer of the Year will crown the player who has netted the most Arabian Gulf League goals during the season, as tallied statistically and verified by the Technical Committee, whilst the title of Professional Club of the Year will be awarded to the club with the best position in the AFC Club Licensing Criteria ranking. 
 
AND FOR THE FANS?
 
There are two fan-oriented Awards categories:
Fans’ Player of the Year
Fantasy Football Manager of the Year
 
The Fans’ Player of the Year category will be based purely upon public vote, with fans able to select their top AGL performer of the season by voting via a dedicated app on the official AGL Facebook page – www.facebook.com/AGLeague - and also via SMS voting, due to launch soon. Fans may vote once every 24 hours for their best player once voting is open. Meanwhile, the Fantasy Football Manager of the Year Award will celebrate the highest-scoring manager from the AGL’s online Fantasy Football game. 
 
Voting by Industry Experts, Coaches, Captains and Media will take place this week and further details of the Arabian Gulf League Awards 2013-2014 will be announced over the coming days.