The Arabic sports magazine Super has named the first shortlists for its new football awards, which will be handed out in January.
Super names shortlists
The Arabic sports magazine Super has named the first shortlists for its new football awards, which will be handed out in January. The titles of best Asian, African and Arab player are all up for grabs, with 121 journalists from 73 countries helping draw up the preliminary list of contenders. On Nov 18, the Super Awards Technical Committee will whittle each list down to just 10 players, before fans, players, coaches and experts decide who the final winners are. The final round of voting will be broken down as follows: - 40% experts and coaches - 40% media - 10% captains of national teams - 10% fans Supporters will be able to vote in a variety different ways: - SMS messages (details to be announced) - The Super Awards website - which will be launched on Nov 18. - Nomination forms that will be published in Super on Nov 19 and 26 and Dec 3. FULL LIST OF NOMINEES Best Asian player: Mohammed Nour, Abdoh Otaif, Saad Al-Harthi, Yasser Al-Qahtani, Hussein Abdulghani (all Saudi Arabia); Mehdi Mahdavikia, Gholamreza Rezaei, Javad Nekounam, Ali Karami, Ebrahim Sadeghi (all Iran); Yuji Nakazawa, Yasuhito Endo, Shunsuke Nakamura, Shinji Kagawa, Marcus Tulio Tanaka (all Japan); Noor Sabri, Nashat Akram, Hawar Mulla Mohammed, Mahdi Karim, Younis Mahmoud (all Iraq); Jason Culina, Brett Emerton, Tim Cahill, Travis Dodd (all Australia); Odil Ahmedov, Server Djeparov, Maksim Shatskikh, Jasur Hasanov (all Uzbekistan); Park Ji-Sung, Kim Do-Heon (both South Korea); Hong Yong-Jo, Jong Tae-Se (both Korea DPR),Ismail Matar (UAE), Alaa Hebeel (Bahrain), Baichung Bhutia(India), Nantawat Thansopa (Tailand), Ali Al Habsi (Oman), Sebastián Soria (Qatar), Ali Ishfaq (Maldives), Ahmed Ajab (Kuwait), Khurshed Makhmudov (Tajikistan), Bambang Pamungkas (Indonesia), Vu Nhu Thanh (Vietnam). Best African player: Mahamadou Diarra, Seydou Keita, Frederic Kanoute, Mohamed Sissoko (all Mali); Mohamed Aboutrika, Amr Zaki, Essam El-Hadary (all Egypt); Obafemi Martins, Steven warjo, John Obi Mikel (all Nigeria); Michael Essien, Sulley Ali Muntari, Junior Agogo (all Ghana); Didier Drogba, Solomon Kalou (both Ivory Coast); Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo), Younes Al Shibane (Libya), Stephane Sessegnon (Benin), Faisal Al-ajab, Haitham Mustafa (both Sudan), Ibrahim Kargbo (Sierra Leone), Tresor Mputu (DR Congo), Ousman Jallow (Gambia) Best Arab player: Mohamed Aboutrika, Amr Zaki, Essam El-Hadary, Hosny Abdrab Ahmed Hassan (all Egypt); Mohammed Nour , Mohamed Al-Deayea ,Yasser Al-Qahtani, Hussein Abdulghani (all Saudi Arabia); Marouane Chamakh, Hicham Aboucherouane , Tarik Sektioui , Soufiane Alloudi (all Morocco); Ismail Matar (UAE); Alaa Hebeel, Mahmoud Abdulrahman (both Bahrain), Khalfan Ibrahim, Sebastián Soria (both Qatar), Ahmed Ajab (Kuwait), Ali Al Habsi (Oman), Nashat Akram, Hawar Mulla Mohammed (both Iraq), Tarik El Tayeb (Libya), Rafiq Saife (Algeria) Amine Chermiti (Tunisia) Faisal Al-ajab (Sudan). Each award winner will get a sculpture and US$100,000 in prize money.