Brazilian-origin footballer may win Vietnam’s Golden Ball Award
Thanh Luong and Kieu Trinh.
This is the second Golden Ball Award for Thanh Luong, a midfielder of the Hanoi FC, after the first in 2009. Luong had 205 points, 57 points more than that of Nguyen Trong Hoang, who ranked second.
Brazilian-origin striker Huynh Kesley received the Bronze Ball Award, with 117 points. However, he was very happy to become the first naturalized player who won a football award of Vietnam.
Female player Kieu Trinh of Hanoi FC did not have a rival, with 226 points. Le Thi Thuong, who won the Silver Ball Award, had only 132 points. The Bronze Ball Award was granted to Nguyen Thi Muon of Hanoi FC.
Midfielder Pham Van Quyet of Hanoi T&T won the outstanding young player of the year. This is also the second time Quyet took this title.
The best foreign player of 2011 title went to Merlo of Da nang.
The nominees for men’s Golden Ball Award 2011: Nguyen Quang Hai (Navibank Saigon), Nguye Trong Hoang (Song Lam Nghe An), Pham Thanh Luong (Hanoi Club), Nguyen Minh Phuong(Danang), Bui Tan Truong (Dong Thap– Saigon FC), Le Phuoc Tu (Saigon FC), Le Tan Tai (Khanh Hoa), Huynh Quang Thanh (Binh Duong), Le Cong Vinh (Hanoi T&T-Hanoi Club), Huynh Kesley (Saigon FC), Nguyen Hoang Helio (SLNA – Binh Duong), Nguyen Van Quyet (Hanoi T&T).
The nominees for women’s Golden Ball Award 2011: Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh (Hanoi), Tran Thi Kim Hong (HCM City), Nguyen Thi Hoa (Hanoi), Nguyen Hai Hoa (Thai Nguyen), Nguyen Thi Muon (Hanoi), Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet (Hanoi), Tu Thi Phu (Hanoi), Nhieu Thuy Linh (Vinacomin), Dang Thi Kieu Trinh (HCM City), Nguyen Thi Kim Tien (Hanoi), Le Thi Thuong (Vinacomin), Bui Thi Nhu (Ha Nam), Luong Thi Xuyen (Thai Nguyen), Le Thi Tuyet Mai (HCM City).
The nominees for the Best Young Player: Bui Xuan Hieu (Hoang Anh Gia Lai), Nguyen Van Quyet (Hanoi T&T), Nguyen Huu Khoi (Nam Dinh), Hoang Nhat Nam (Nam Dinh), Ha Minh Tuan (Danang), Ngo Hoang Thinh (Song Lam Nghe An).
The nominees for the Best Foreign Player: Philani (Binh Duong), Gaston Merlo (Đà Nẵngn), Antonio (Dong Tam - Saigon FC), Samson (Dong Thap-Hanoi T&T), Evaldo (HAGL), Timothy (Hanoi Club). S. Tung