Awards are a dime a dozen, every year there's a 1000 establishements
giving out awards to the point where anybody can win one because there
are so many out there.
In Portugal I would say the most prestigious are the ones given by
Daily Newspaper "O Pblico" which should be given out in the coming
IMHO the short list of players eligible for player fo the year would
Other players who also did well were: Polga, Paulo Assun??o, Ricardo,
Lucho Gonzlez, Tonel.
I think any of the first 4 could receive the ward without much
controversy but I personally would give it to Pepe as best player and
Moutinho as best Portuguese player.
For Portuguese player of the year I'd give to Moutinho over Quaresma
because Moutinho played every game of the season from first to last, in
the league alone he played 3133 minutes (Quaresma 2111), Moutinho
scored 4 goals to Quaresma's 5 but Quaresma is a forward, Moutinho
received 3 yellow cards in 34 games while Quaresma got 6 in 25 games.
Moutinho played 90 minutes 27 times out of 34 starts to Quaresma's 10
out of 25 and with JM getting an average of 92 minutes per game to
Quaresma's 72 minutes per game.
Rookie of the year? Nani, nobody even came close.
Keeper fo the year? I'd give it to Helton, he didn't play as many games
as Ricardo but he's just a spectacular keeper and keep in mind Ricardo
had his best season in quite a while.
Best Centre-Back? I give to Pepe.
Best Centre-Back Duo? Polga and Tonel.
Best Defensive Midfielder? Paulo Assun??o.
Best Right-Back? Abel.
Best Left-Back? Leo.
Best Left-Winger? Quaresma.
Best Striker? Liedson although he was not the top scorer.
Best Centre-Midfielder? Moutinho.
Best Coach? Paulo Bento.
Yesterday the "National Club of Sports Journalists" awarded Ricardo
Quaresma player of the year award, in my list for POTY there's 2
Brazilians and 2 Portuguese, ironically Scolari decided not to take
both Portuguese (Moutinho and Quaresma) to the World Cup.
For Scolari to take a player like Sim?o instead of Quaresma, Hugo
Viana instead of Moutinho and Ricardo Costa over Tonel is an exercise
in stubborn stupidity and apparently Scolari hasn't learned how he
costs us the Euro 2004 by insisting on taking Rui Costa, Fernando Couto
with him instead of the better players.
After 4 years he still hasn't grasped which are the best players, maybe
if he left his mansion and attended a game live at least once a year he
might be able to pick up on a few things.
A National Squad Manager that doesn't attend games live? What will they
think of next?