19 April 2013

TDTR Awards: The story so far

It's almost time for TDTR's very own Oscars... sans Seth MacFarlane.

The PFA have announced the nominees for their annual football awards, and it'll soon be time for The Daily Transfer Request to follow suit.

On Sunday, I will reveal the names of those in contention for no fewer than 15 awards, with nominees picked by an elite judging panel of esteemed football experts... by which I mean just myself. Then, on the final day of the Premier League season, I will confirm the winners and losers.

Although this will be the first time that my personal football awards are made public on the interweb, I've actually been giving them out, figuratively speaking, since 2005. Chelsea captain John Terry was my first Premier League Player of the Year, although I'm sure he was more honoured to receive that accolade from his fellow professionals than from a 15-year-old schoolboy!

Ahead of the announcement of the nominees for this years's TDTR Awards - or, if you like, the FULLERs - I'll fill you in on all the previous winners and wieners from the past eight seasons.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
This is the premier award, going to the player who, in my opinion, is the best of the Premier League season.
2005: John Terry (Chelsea)
2006: Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
2007: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
2009: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
2010: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
2011: Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)
2012: Robin van Persie (Arsenal)

The story so far... The former 'Big Four' have had a firm grip on this award, although surprisingly, only one player has taken it home twice, that being Cristiano Ronaldo. Robin van Persie could repeat that feat this year, and also become the first winner with two different clubs. I haven't even nominated a goalkeeper since Chelsea's Petr Cech in 2005 - will that change this year?

(WORST) PLAYER OF THE YEAR
This is the one award that no player wants to win! The award goes to who I believe is the Premier League's worst player this season.
2005: Mauricio Pellegrino (Liverpool)
2006: Jonathan Stead (Sunderland)
2007: Souleymane Diawara (Charlton Athletic)
2008: Robert Earnshaw (Derby County)
2009: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United)
2010: Alberto Aquilani (Liverpool)
2011: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
2012: Roger Johnson (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

The story so far... Liverpool are the only team who have had two different players 'win' this award. Two ex-chumps have moved onto better things, with Fabricio Coloccini getting very close to a Player of the Year nomination last season and Souleymane Diawara establishing himself as a key part of Marseille's defence.

TEAM OF THE YEAR
This award goes to the Premier League team that I think has been the most outstanding this season.
2005: Chelsea
2006: Chelsea
2007: Manchester United
2008: Manchester United
2009: Manchester United
2010: Chelsea
2011: Manchester United
2012: Manchester City

The story so far... Every year without fail, the Premier League champions have also won this award. Therefore, you won't be surprised to learn that Chelsea and Manchester United have dominated the list of previous winners. Last year saw Manchester City break the stranglehold, but will anyone stop United from claiming their fifth award this term?

MANAGER OF THE YEAR
This award is given to the Premier League manager who, in my opinion, has done the best job this season.
2005: Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)
2006: Martin Jol (Tottenham Hotspur)
2007: Steve Coppell (Reading)
2008: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
2009: Roy Hodgson (Fulham)
2010: Harry Redknapp (Tottenham Hotspur)
2011: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
2012: Alan Pardew (Newcastle United)

The story so far... After Jose Mourinho and Martin Jol took the first two Manager of the Year awards out of these shores, the next six winners have all been British. A certain Sir Alex Ferguson is the only boss, to date, to have won more than once. Could his double become a treble in 2013?

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
This is for the young bucks - the winner is, in my opinion, the best young player of the Premier League season. Nominees for this award must be aged 21 or under at the end of the season (1 June).
2005: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
2006: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
2007: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
2008: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
2009: Jonny Evans (Manchester United)
2010: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
2011: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
2012: Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

The story so far... Well, well, well: three double winners! It was the Rooney and Fabregas show for the first four years, and Gareth Bale was the head boy at the turn of the decade. None of the previous winners are eligible in 2013, so there'll be a new victor this year.

VETERAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
This is for the golden oldies - the winner is, in my opinion, the best older player of the Premier League season. Nominees for this award must be aged 33 or over at the end of the season (31 May).
2005: Alan Shearer (Newcastle United)
2006: Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
2007: David James (Portsmouth)
2008: David James (Portsmouth)
2009: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United)
2010: Shay Given (Manchester City)
2011: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United)
2012: Paul Scholes (Manchester United)

The story so far... It's not a great surprise that goalkeepers have traditionally well when it comes to this award. David James and Edwin van der Sar have both won twice, although there's no chance of either of them getting a third win. Again, Manchester United have had the most wins - noticing a pattern, here?

DEVIL OF THE YEAR
There's no set criteria for this award. The winner, or more appropriately the SINNER, is a Premier League player that has been particularly ill-disciplined or just generally nasty this season.
2005: El Hadji Diouf (Bolton Wanderers)
2006: Arjen Robben (Chelsea)
2007: Joey Barton (Manchester City)
2008: Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers)
2009: Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
2010: Ricardo Rocha (Portsmouth)
2011: Lee Cattermole (Sunderland)
2012: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)

The story so far... Eight years, eight different recipients. A couple of clubs have had the indignity of seeing two of their players named as the biggest sinner - Manchester City, and Sam Allardyce-era Bolton Wanderers.

CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER OF THE YEAR
It's my only lower-league award, and it goes to the most outstanding player in the Championship this season.
2005: Nathan Ellington (Wigan Athletic)
2006: Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United)
2007: Gareth Bale (Southampton)
2008: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
2009: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
2010: Kevin Nolan (Newcastle United)
2011: Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers)
2012: Rickie Lambert (Southampton)

The story so far... Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (remember him?) is the only player so far that I have picked as the Championship's best player on more than one occasion. The man who won the award the season before Ebanks-Blake hit top form, Gareth Bale, has done pretty well for himself since he excelled in the second tier as a 17-year-old.

SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
This award should be sponsored by Ronseal, because it does exactly what it says on the tin. The most surprising moment of the football season gets the award.
2005: Liverpool reach Champions League Final
2006: Burton Albion hold Manchester United to draw
2007: Reading storm up the table
2008: Kevin Keegan back at Newcastle United
2009: Joe Kinnear joins Newcastle United
2010: Fulham reach Europa League Final
2011: Manchester United sign Portuguese forward Bebe
2012: Manchester clubs flop in UEFA Champions League

The story so far... The first winners, Liverpool, won Surprise of the Year before that memorable night in Istanbul. Since then, two Uniteds have surprised me more than once for the wrong reasons... Newcastle for two shock managerial appointments, and Manchester for a couple of cup horror shows and a dreadful signing.

MATCH OF THE YEAR
Introduced in 2009, this award is given to the most classic match of the season, in my opinion at least. Matches from the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup or UEFA Champions League are eligible.
2009: Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)
2010: Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona (Champions League)
2011: Inter Milan 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur (Champions League)
2012: Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City (Premier League)

The story so far... Arsenal were the great entertainers in 2009 and 2010, and a year later, their North London rivals triumphed with a spirited performance in Milan. City's derby thrashing of United was the best match of last season, but what about this year?

GOAL OF THE YEAR
Introduced just two years ago, this award goes to the scorer of the most outstanding goal of the Premier League season.
2011: Cheik Tiote (NEWCASTLE UNITED vs Arsenal)
2012: Hatem Ben Arfa (NEWCASTLE UNITED vs Bolton Wanderers)

The story so far... This may be a young award, but it has very much been nominated by Newcastle. Cheik Tiote won for his stunner against Arsenal which turned a 4-0 deficit to a 4-4 draw. Another Magpie, Hatem Ben Arfa, then took the spoils last year, but only because team-mate Papiss Cisse's fluke goal against Chelsea came too late to be nominated. Guess who one of the favourites for THIS season's award is? Hatem Ben Arfa.

MERIT AWARD
This is another young award, which I only began giving out in 2009. It goes to the team(s) or individual(s) who have set an inspirational example for their peers in the season just gone.
2009: Luton Town
2010: not awarded
2011: Howard Webb
2012: Fabrice Muamba

The story so far... Luton won in 2009 for bravely battling on in League Two, despite a ridiculous 30-point deduction. Nobody was deemed worthy of the award a year later, so the next recipient was Howard Webb, for becoming one of world football's leading referees. Fabrice Muamba is the most recent winner, for reasons which I am sure you will know about.

WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR
This award goes to the most outstanding team from anywhere in the world this season.
2005: Chelsea
2006: Barcelona
2007: AC Milan
2008: Manchester United
2009: Manchester United
2010: Inter Milan
2011: Barcelona
2012: Real Madrid

The story so far... Barcelona and Manchester United are both double winners, and either team could get their third World Team of the Year nod in 2013. Most of the nominees, and indeed all of the previous winners, come from Europe, but any non-European team which reaches the FIFA Club World Cup Final is automatically entitled to a nomination, so that means Corinthians are one of the outsiders for this year's accolade.

WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
It's the big one. This award goes to the player that I believe has been the best footballer in the world this season.
2005: Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona & Cameroon)
2006: Ronaldinho (Barcelona & Brazil)
2007: Kaka (AC Milan & Brazil)
2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United & Portugal)
2009: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
2010: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
2011: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
2012: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)

The story so far... Four different winners in the first four years, and then one footballing phenomenon cleans up for the next quadrennial! Senor Messi is odds-on to be named as my World Player of the Year for an incredible fifth successive season, but Cristiano Ronaldo still has a reasonable chance of upsetting the applecart.

There will also be one NEW award introduced this season, to mark my awards' first year on The Daily Transfer Request...

WORLD STAR OF THE FUTURE
This is like a global version of the Young Player of the Year award. The winner is the player who I believe is the best teenage footballer anywhere in the world this season. Nominees for this award must be aged 19 or under at the end of the season (1 June).

Come back here on Sunday to find out who I've nominated this year!

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