Nominees unveiled for Vietnamese Golden Ball Awards

The Organizing Committee of the 18th Vietnamese Golden Ball Awards has prepared a list of nominees who will be honored this year at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on April 25.

Nguyen Thanh Loi (C), deputy editor-in-chief of SGGP, at the meeting to announce nominees of the 18th Vietnamese Golden Ball Awards (Photo: SGGP)

An awards ceremony will take place at 7pm on May 7 at the Military stadium in Tan Binh District in Ho Chi Minh City.

Nguyen Thanh Loi, deputy editor-in-chief of Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper, organizer of the Vietnamese Golden Ball Awards, said that although the national football team was not successful in the international arena, nominees will be selected for the award.

The criteria is not just based on achievements of the football team but also the entire year’s performance by players, including their behavior on and off the field, he added.

Loi affirmed that they will name the final winners immediately at the end of the 27th Southeast Asian Games (Sea Games).

This year, the organizing committee will give an additional prize for ‘Best Young Female Player of the Year’ of below 21-years-of-age.
At present, the top five male players nominated for the 18th Golden Ball Awards are midfielders.

The annual Vietnamese Golden Ball Awards has been organized by Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper since 1995. The Award is recognized as an annual national award by the Vietnam Football Federation.

This year, Vietnam Export and Import Bank (Eximbank) will once again be the main sponsor for the third consecutive year.

List of players with most nominations

Male Golden Ball: Nguyen Minh Phuong and Huynh Quoc Anh (Club: SHB. Da Nang), Nguyen Trong Hoang (Song Lam Nghe An), Le Tan Tai (Khanh Hoa), Nguyen Van Quyet (Hanoi T&T). All are midfielders.

Female Golden Ball: Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh and Nguyen Thi Muon (Hanoi), Tran Thi Kim Hong and Dang Thi Kieu Trinh (HCMC), Le Thi Thuong (Than Khoang San Vietnam)

Best Foreign Player: Antonio Carlos (Saigon. XT), Gonzalo (Hanoi.T&T), Merlo (SHB.Da Nang)

Young Male Player: Duong Thanh Hao (Dong Thap), Tran Phi Son and Ngo Hoang Thinh (Song Lam Nghe An)

Young Female Player: Chuong Thi Kieu (HCMC), Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung and Nguyen Thi Nguyet (Ha Nam).

By Nguyen Nhan – Translated by Hai Mien

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