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BBC AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2011

BBC AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2011

Nominees:

* Dede AYEW (Ghana and Olympique Marseille, FRA)

* Samuel ETO'O (Cameroon and Anzhi Makhachkala, RUS)

* GERVINHO (Ivory Coast and Arsenal, ENG)

* Seydou KEITA (Mali and FC Barcelona, ESP)

* Yaya TOURÉ (Ivory Coast and Manchester City, ENG)


VOTE HERE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/foot...ca/default.stm



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Player Profile: DEDE AYEW

Andre 'Dede' Ayew's rise to football prominence has been swift but not without its challenges.

The 21-year-old comes from a famous football family; his father Abedi 'Pele' Ayew was a three-time CAF African Footballer of the Year, his uncle Kwame Ayew was a Ghanaian international and represented the country at the 1992 Olympics.

With that background, Dede has really had to prove himself from day one and it looks like the youngster is up for the challenge.

The winger has become the key player in Marseille’s success this year, helping them to clinch the French League Cup and Super Cup.

In fact it was his hat-trick that helped Marseille to rally from two goals down to beat champions Lille 5-4 in the Super Cup in July.

By the end of the season in May he had scored 11 goals for Marseille and so far this season he has netted four times for the French giants.

He was also instrumental in the Black Stars qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with an unbeaten record.

But things have not always been smooth sailing for Dede who is now beginning to come into his own.

It was his performances for Ghana at the 2010 World Cup that went a long way to giving him an identity of his own.

That tournament came after another great display for the Black Stars at the 2010 Nations Cup and a year earlier at the 2009 Under 20 World Cup when he captained Ghana to Africa's first title at that level.

A year earlier, it was all so different for him.

He had been picked by Claude LeRoi, Ghana's then French coach for the 2008 Nations Cup despite widespread criticism and when he failed to shine in the semi-finals, the criticism only got louder.

But he has risen from that remarkably, maturing on loan at Arles Avignon from Olympic Marseille before finally convincing Didier Deschamps he is good enough for the Marseille first team.

So far this season he has proved his worth and with 32 caps already at age 21, there is more to come.

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Player Profile: SAMUEL ETO'O

A move from Italian champions Inter Milan to the Russian Premier League was not perhaps the most obvious move for a player of Eto’o’s calibre, but money talks.

Now he is one of the world’s highest paid footballers having signed a three year deal with Anzhi Makachkala.

There he is reportedly earning around $475,000 a week.

But the striker says it’s about more than just the money.

Anzhi have only had one full season back in the Russian top flight but has become a major player under an owner who has poured money into the club.

Suleiman Kerimov is an oil tycoon whose fortune has been estimated at US$7.8bn.

Anzhi players live and train at a training camp outside Moscow for security reasons and travel to Makhachkala for home games, flying about 1,250 miles 15 times a season.

Despite the dangers in Dagestan, where a low-level Islamic insurgency has made the republic very unstable, Anzhi have already managed to attract players such as former Brazil international Roberto Carlos and Yuri Zhirkov.

Eto’o calls this project at Anzhi "Something incredible, these people have thrown themselves into their dream,".

"It’s good to dream, and I was born a dreamer. I want to dream with these people".

The striker immediately endeared himself to Anzhi fans by scoring on his debut for the club in August and has continued to find the back of the net.

Eto’o says he dreams of winning the Russian league title and returning to the European Champions League with Anzhi.

To leave one of Europe’s biggest stages and move to Russia is an unusual move, but Eto’o says he could not ask God for anything more.

Earlier in the year while still at Milan, Eto’o helped his club overcome Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Having lost the first leg at home 1-0, he scored Inter’s opening goal and set up the other two in a 3-2 victory to see Inter through on away goals.

He left Milan with two goals in the Italian Cup Final, in which Inter defeated Palermo 3-1 to take his tally to 37 for the season, a personal record.

Eto'o, who has previously played in Spain with Barcelona, Mallorca and Real Madrid, is the most decorated player in African history.

He has been named Caf's African Footballer of the Year four times and has won the European Champions League three times.

He has also won the Spanish and Italian leagues, an Olympic gold medal and the Africa Cup of Nations, twice with Cameroon.

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Player Profile: GERVINHO

Gervinho, 24, won the first silverware of his career this year, though he is still trying to find his feet at his new club Arsenal.

Before his transfer to the English Premiership in July, he was instrumental in Lille winning the double, as they won the French league and also the Coupe de France.

He scored a total of 18 goals last season, 15 of them in the league, and a crucial one in the semi-final of the Coupe de France against Nice.

At the end of the season he was linked with several big clubs including Paris Saint Germain, and Atletico Madrid.

But in July he completed a transfer to Arsenal for a reported fee of almost US$17m.

He scored twice in his first 15 minutes in an Arsenal shirt, which was a friendly against German outfit FC Koln.

However his Premier League debut against Newcastle Utd was in stark contrast as he was sent off for slapping Joey Barton.

He was subsequently given a three match ban for violent conduct.

Since then he has been a regular in the first team and at the time of the launch of this vote he has scored twice in eight appearances.

Born Gervais Yao Kouassi, he was given the Brazilian style nickname Gervinho during his early playing days at Asec Mimosas, having come through the club's famous youth academy.

From there he moved to Ivorian second division side Toumodi FC where he turned professional.

He arrived in Europe in 2004 to play for Belgian side Beveren, before moving to France.

He played first for Le Mans alongside fellow Ivorian international Romaric, and joined Lille in 2009.

For the last two years he’s been named Ivory Coast’s best footballer, but for the time being Arsenal fans remain divided about their new signing.

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Player Profile: SEYDOU KEITA

Mali international Seydou Keita of Barcelona remains among the most enduring talents in the African game.

In 2011 he achieved a league and Champions League double, a rare feat for any player.

Now he has being linked with a move to Liverpool in the English Premier League which shows that at 31, he is still considered a great get for any club.

But the Reds will have to wait until the summer to discover whether they can sign the talented midfielder.

Keita was flattered at Liverpool’s enquiries about him in a season where he has been struggling to get into the starting line-up at the Nou Camp.

"Liverpool are a great club and it is fantastic to hear they are interested in me but you know how I feel about Barcelona," he said, adding that he wants to play more games than he is at present.

"In football nothing is an absolute, so let's wait until the end of the season.

"The Premier League is very attractive and exciting for anyone," he added.

This year also saw Keita return to international duty for the first time in more than a year and a half.

After last year's Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola, the midfield star, 27, took a break from the international game.

Following his return the Mali coach Alain Giresse expressed his gratitude to Keita and others for their personal sacrifices which helped the team book their place at African football’s high table.

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Player Profile: YAYA TOURE

Yaya Toure has not only cemented his place in a star-studded Manchester City side, he has added another winners medal to his collection and helped Ivory Coast to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The midfielder played in all but three of City's league matches last season as he made a total of 50 appearances in all competitions and has been ever present this season up until the launch of this vote.

Manchester City in the early part of the season have proved that they could challenge for the English Premier League title this season.

The highlight of his year so far though, was scoring the goal that secured City's first trophy in 35 years as they beat Stoke 1-0 at Wembley to lift the FA Cup in May.

That's just the latest honour he has picked up in his career so far.

While at Barcelona he won the European Champions League, the European Super Cup, the Fifa Club World Cup, two Spanish league titles and a Copa del Rey medal, not to mention the Greek league title he earned at Olympiacos.

On the international scene in 2010 he helped Ivory Coast remain unbeaten and ensure the Elephants were the only side to win all of their qualifiers for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

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I voted for Keita. An unsung hero who has managed to maintain a very high quality at the highest possible level of club football.

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Andre 'Dede' Ayew named BBC African Footballer of 2011

Ghana and Marseille winger Andre "Dede" Ayew has been named the BBC's African Footballer of the Year for 2011.

The 21-year-old took over a third of the votes to follow in the footsteps of his father, Abedi "Pele" Ayew, who won the inaugural BBC award in 1991.

Ayew beat Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Samuel Eto'o and Seydou Keita to the title.

"I'm honoured and surprised to receive this prestigious award, especially considering the great players who have won it in the past," said Ayew.

"I thank all the people who voted for me - in Ghana, in Africa and in the world.

"I'm going to work hard to show them they made a good choice."

The award was voted for by African football fans who nominated their favourites either by text or email.

They chose from a shortlist which was drawn up by football experts from every country in Africa, who based their choices on players' skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency and fair play.

After making an impact on the international stage in 2010, when he impressed observers at both the Africa Cup of Nations and Fifa World Cup, 2011 marked a year when Ayew became a key figure at club level.

He finished the 2010-11 campaign as a regular starter for Marseille for the first time in his career, with his goal tally of 11 aiding his cause.

At the start of this season, he struck a hat-trick to help Marseille win the French Super League - and has since contested all but one of his side's 17 league games, scoring six times.

Injury ruled him out of Marseille's opening Champions League group game but the Ghanaian has gone on to miss just one minute of European action since then, as the 1993 champions reached the knockout stages.

At international level, Ayew also played a key role in ensuring that the Black Stars qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with an unbeaten record.

Abedi "Pele" Ayew was the first winner of the BBC African Sports Star of the Year award for his achievements in 1991, with the title later turning into the current BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

"Dede" becomes the fifth Ghanaian to win after his father, Sammy Kuffour (2001), Michael Essien (2006) and last year's winner Asamoah Gyan.


Previous winners of BBC African Footballer of the Year award:

2010 - Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana)

2009 - Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)

2008 - Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2007 - Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)

2006 - Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)

2005 - Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2004 - Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2003 - Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2002 - El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal)

2001 - Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)

2000 - Patrick Mboma (Parma & Cameroon)



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No Doumbia?! Screw this.

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It's absolute garbage. Etoo never won this
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old January 6th, 2012, 00:04
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Title of the award says it all really.

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One of the downfalls of bringing up the African Football Forum up during the ACN is this...EE enlightened commentators. p

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No need to be hostile brother, just pointing out the shortfall of the award as the 'real' one hasn't been handed out yet. Plus I quite enjoy the ACN, nice break and change up from the usual Euro-centricism.

Anyone can vote for this one but I'm glad Pele Jr. has won it, he's played well lately and showed good heart for OM.

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No need to be hostile brother, just pointing out the shortfall of the award as the 'real' one hasn't been handed out yet. Plus I quite enjoy the ACN, nice break and change up from the usual Euro-centricism.

Anyone can vote for this one but I'm glad Pele Jr. has won it, he's played well lately and showed good heart for OM.
I wasn´t being hostile, at least not against you. Anyway I actually think that this award is generally more balanced and less hyped by the usual corporate cocksucking of the FIFA/UEFA type prizes amongst which we can include the Confederation of African Football one which I believe it´s the one you were probably referring to as being "the real one". That one was actually already handed out and guess what...Yaya "Man Shitty" Touré won it. Go figure. p

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