Holman and Foord honoured by football media
13 June 2012
Brett Holman made it two in a row and Caitlin Foord became the first when they were named the Football Media Association’s (FMA) International Players of the Year for 2011-12 at the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Awards in Brisbane.
“Both Brett and Caitlin were clear favourites of FMA members for this year’s award,” said FMA President, Ray Gatt of The Australian.
The period of the award covers approximately the twelve months to the end of May this year and, for the women, includes the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the Olympic qualifiers.
“It was a real breakthrough year for Caitlin,” said Gatt.
“She won the Best Young Player at the Women’s World Cup as well as the Asian Football Confederation’s Young Player of the Year – and it was easy for FMA members to agree with that assessment.
“Her mobility, speed and timing on the tackle allows Caitlin to quell opposition attackers, but she also transitions the ball well from defence into attack.”
Foord, who is not yet 18, played 7 matches for the Matildas in the voting year scoring one goal.
Other nominees for the award were Emily Van Egmond, Elise Kellond-Knight, Kyah Simon and Lydia Williams.
It is the first year the FMA has given an International Player of the Year award to women.
In the men’s category, Gatt said Brett Holman was again a clear favourite, as he was last year when he won the same award.
“His stunning form, which started in South Africa in 2010, has just kept going.
“He is at the stage and age in his career where he is enjoying the best form of his life and he’s had solid performances for his club as well as for the Socceroos.
“He has pace to burn, skills to match and he is growing more and more confident with every appearance in the green and gold,” Gatt said. “He gives the Socceroos a threatening look when he’s in full flight.”
The other nominees in the International Player of the Year were Alex Brosque, Josh Kennedy, Lucas Neill and Luke Wilkshire. Winners of the award in the first two years in 2009 and 2010 were Mark Schwarzer and Tim Cahill.
The winners were named at the PFA Awards which was held in conjunction with the FMA.
Gatt said the FMA was delighted to link-up with the PFA.
“Players and coaches are our lifeblood in the media and we value a good and professional relationship with them as individuals, as well as with the PFA” said Gatt.
“As people who watch every minute of every game the players play, we hope that our awards are valued and appreciated by PFA members.”
“Love them or hate them, the football media is part of the fabric of the game and has contributed to the development of football in Australia over many years,” CEO the PFA, Brendan Schwab, added.
The PFA Awards were presented with the support of PFA’s sponsors, LUCRF Super and the Adecco Group.
Further information here:
Alex Tobin Medal
FMA International Player of the Year: Men
FMA International Player of the Year: Women