Oceanian Player of the Year

This award is open to all players originating from Oceania, no matter
where they play.  The winner is chosen by a forum of journalists.

The award was discontinued after 2004, but on December 22, 2008, the 
OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) announced the re-establishment 
of the award for 2008 and named, retrospectively, winners for the 2005,
2006, and 2007 'elections'.

As of January 1, 2006, Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation,
therefore Australian players became ineligible.

List of winners

1988    Frank FARINA            Australia
1989    Wynton RUFER            New Zealand
1990    Wynton RUFER            New Zealand
1991    Robert SLATER           Australia
1992    Wynton RUFER            New Zealand
1993    Robert SLATER           Australia
1994    Aurelio VIDMAR          Australia
1995    Christian KAREMBEU      New Caledonia
1996    Paul OKON               Australia
1997    Mark BOSNICH            Australia
1998    Christian KAREMBEU      New Caledonia
1999    Harry KEWELL            Australia
2000    Mark VIDUKA             Australia
2001    Harry KEWELL            Australia
2002    Brett EMERTON           Australia
2003    Harry KEWELL            Australia
2004    Tim CAHILL              Australia
2005    Marama VAHIRUA          Tahiti
2006    Ryan NELSEN             New Zealand
2007    Shane SMELTZ            New Zealand
2008      to be announced

NB: Christian Karembeu played for the French National team.

Players' Ranking by places

NB: up to and including 2004

                       1   2   3   4   5  

Wynton Rufer           3   2   2 
Harry Kewell           3   2   1 
Christian Karembeu     2   1   1   1   1
Robert Slater          2       1   1   2
Mark Viduka            1   3       1   
Mark Bosnich           1   2       2 
Frank Farina           1   2   
Brett Emerton          1       1       1
Paul Okon              1       1 
Aurelio Vidmar         1           1   1
Tim Cahill             1
Pascal Vahirua             1   3  
Ned Zelic                  1   2 
Mark Schwarzer             1   1   1   1
Stanley Lazaridis          1   1       1
Alan Davidson              1  
Antoine Kombouaré              1   2
Simon Elliot                   1   1
Marco Bresciano                1
Richard Iwai                   1
Ryan Nelsen                    1
Graham Arnold                      1
Vince Grella                       1
Zeljko Kalac                       1
Commins Menapi                     1
Craig Moore                        1
Michael McGarry                    1 
Batram Suri                        1 
Vlado Bozinoski                        1
Craig Foster                           1
Eduard Krncevic                        1
Damian Mori                            1
Josip Skoko                            1
Paul Trimboli                          1
Tony Vidmar                            1
Paul Wade                              1
 
 
NB: two fourth places in 1988, 2003; two third places in 1989, 2000; 
    two fifth places in 1996; fifth place 2004 not known.

Country's Ranking by places

NB: up to and including 2004

                       1   2   3   4   5  

Australia             12  13   9  10  14
New Zealand            3   2   4   2    
New Caledonia          2   1   2   3   1
Tahiti                     1   3
Vanuatu                        1        
Solomon Islands                    2   
 
NB: two fourth places in 1988, 2003; two third places in 1989, 2000;
    two fifth places in 1996; fifth place 2004 not known.

Other Awards

Oceania Player of the Century  (given by IFFHS)

1. Wynton RUFER  (New Zealand)             62 pts
2. Frank FARINA  (Australia)               41 pts
3. Christian KAREMBEU  (New Caledonia)     40 pts

Oceania Goalkeeper of the Century  (given by IFFHS)

Mark BOSNICH  (Australia)


About this document

With thanks to John Punshon (Melbourne) and Andre Kruger (Hannover).

Prepared and maintained by José Luis Pierrend for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: José Luis Pierrend (josepie@hotmail.com)
Last updated: 26 Feb 2009

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