Cheeta Posted January 7, 2009 Share Posted January 7, 2009 It is with great pleasure that The Voyageurs wish to announce TOMASZ RADZINSKI as their International Player of the Year for 2008. For the 35 year old striker this award recognizes the inspiring contributions made during 2008's World Cup Qualifying campaign along with the continuing goal scoring successes which Mr. Radzinski has been enjoying with his club side Lierse S.K. of the Belgian 2nd division and his previous club in 2008, Skoda Xanthi SC of the Greek top flight. Being blessed with the faults of being too outspoken and too honest for his own good has done little to dampen the Wee Man's growing popularity with Canadian soccer fans over the past several years as Mr. Radzinski has used his seniority within the Canadian Mens National team to publicly act as player advocate as well as enthusiastically promoting the sport of football both at home and abroad. Easily the most famous Canadian footballer of this generation, Mr. Radzinski has lived a charmed life these past several seasons escaping serious injury while producing impressive goal scoring results in both Greece and of late, Belgium. No small achievement for a footballer who has seen both his career and on-field role evolving with the advancing years. Mr. Radzinski is currently enjoying his 2nd stint in Belgian football with Belgian 2nd division side, and promotion favourates, K. Lierse S.K. of Lier, Antwerp. Mr. Radzinski's pro career which began in Canada has also brought him to England and Greece and includes the honour of the highest ever transfer fee paid for a Canadian player when the mans goal scoring exploits at both the club and Champions league levels with Anderlecht produced a 2001 move to Everton of the English Premier League at 4.5 million pounds. Along with the highest aggregate total, Mr. Radzinski also finished with both the greatest number of 1st and 2nd place votes. Polling was conducted on The Voyageur Mens National Team forum during the last two weeks of December. Tomasz Radzinski, The Voyageurs International Player of the Year 2008. Born; Poznan, Poland December 14th, 1973 Height; 1.74m Position; Striker, attacking midfield Footed; Right (decent left to) Club; K. Lierse S.K., EXQI League (Belgian 2nd tier) National Team Appearances in 2008; 9 (1goal, 1 caution) Total caps; 45 Last years run away winner of the International Player of the Year award, Julian de Guzman of Spanish top flight side, Deportiva la Coruna finished a strong 2nd in polling after enjoying another wonderful year in 2008 which included recognition from the players, fans, and staff when he was named Depor's Player of the Year for the 2007/2008 season. The first time a Canadian has been so honoured at such a high level. Ali Gerba's impressive play, and equally impressive goal scoring exploits during World Cup Qualifying did not go unnoticed during voting. Strong performances with the national team, including home and away goals against Mexico, out weighed the near invisibility to Canadian fans which comes with playing club football with English League One side Milton Keynes Dons and allowed the striker to finish a comfortable third in polling. Tomasz Radzinski K. Lierse S.K. Belgium 42(1st)-22(2nd)-13(3rd) for 289 pts appearing on 87.5% of submissions for a per sub average of 3.75 pts. Julian de Guzman Deportiva La Coruna Spain 28-17-11 for 202 pts appearing on 63.6% of submissions for a per sub average of 3.61 pts Ali Gerba Milton Keynes Dons England 12-13-18 for 117 pts appearing on 48.8% of submissions for a per sub average of 2.72 pts Rob Friend Borussia Monchengladbach Germany 3-13-13 for 67 pts appearing on 32.9% of submissions for a per sub average of 1.31 pts Dwayne de Rosario Toronto Football Club MLS(USA/Canada) 5-2-3 for 34 pts appearing on 11.4% of submissions for a per sub average of 3.40 pts Mike Klukowski Club Brugge Belgium 1-7-11 for 33 pts appearing on 21.6% of submissions for a per sub average of 1.95 pts Adrien Serioux Football Club Dallas MLS(USA/Canada) 0-5-4 for 19 pts appearing on 10.2% of submissions for a per sub average of 2.11 pts Lars Hirschfeld CFR Cluj Romania 0-3-3 for 12 pts appearing on 6.8% of submissions for a per sub average of 2.00 pts Charles Gbeke Vancouver Whitecaps USL D1(USA/Canada) 1-0-0 for 5 pts appearing on 1.1% of submissions for a per sub average of 5 pts Iain Hume, Adrian Cann and Daniel Imhof 0-1-0 for 3pts appearing on 1.1% of submissions for a per sub average of 3 pts Paul Stalteri, Pat Onstad, Richard Hastings, Atiba Hutchinson and Issey Nakajima-Farran 0-0-1 for 1 pt appearing on 1.1% of submissions for a per sub average of 1 pt In total 17 different players would receive 1st, 2nd or 3rd place votes on 88 ballots during polling in 2008. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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