Kuala Lumpur, Nov 26, 2013: China national team and Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi won the AFC Player of the Year award at a glittering ceremony on Tuesday. Zheng Zhi became the first Chinese player to win this accolade since Fan Zhiyi claimed Asian football’s highest individual accolade in 2001.
Guanzhou Evergrande’s Brazilian striker Muriqui ((Luiz Guilherme Da Conceicao Silva) won the AFC Foreign Player of the Year while Inter Milan winger Yuto Nagatomo clinched the AFC Asian International Player of the Year.
Asian football’s highest individual accolade – the Diamond of Asia – was presented to former Korea Football Association President and honorary FIFA Vice-President Dr. Chung Mong-joon.
FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS AFC DIAMOND OF ASIA
Dr. Chung Mong-Joon AFC DREAM ASIA AWARD Myanmar Football Association
AFC FAIR PLAY ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR China Football Association
AFC FUTSAL TEAM OF THE YEAR Chonburi Bluewave (Thailand)
AFC FUTSAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR Suphawut Thueanklang (Chonburi Bluewave: Thailand)
AFC FOREIGN PLAYER OF THE YEAR Luiz Guilherme Da Conceicao Silva (Guangzhou Evergrande; Brazil)
AFC ASIAN INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR Yuto Nagatomo (Japan; Inter Milan)
AFC ASSISTANT REFEREE OF THE YEAR WOMEN Flynn Allyson Clare (Australia) MEN Nagi Toshiyuki (Japan)
AFC REFEREE OF THE YEAR WOMEN Yamagishi Sachiko (Japan) MEN Benjamin Williams (Australia)
AFC CLUB OF THE YEAR Guangzhou Evergrande (China)
AFC INSPIRING MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR China Football Association
AFC DEVELOPING MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR Jordan Football Association
AFC ASPIRING MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR Pakistan Football Federation
AFC MA OF THE YEAR FOR GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL Japan Football Association
AFC NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR WOMEN Korea Republic U-19 National Team MEN Iraq U-20 National Team
AFC COACH OF THE YEAR WOMEN Asako Takemoto (Japan) MEN Choi Yong-Soo (FC Seoul; Korea Republic)
AFC YOUTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR WOMEN Jang Sel-Gi (Korea Republic) MEN Ali Adnan Kadhim (Iraq)
AFC PLAYER OF THE YEAR Zheng Zhi (Guangzhou Evergrande: China). —- AFC