Sunil Chhetri voted India Player of the year for 2014
Suresh Kumar Lau
Indian skipper Sunil Chherti was awarded the 2014 AIFF “Player of the Year” recently at FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi following a vote by Football coaches from I League clubs.
Earlier, I. M.Vijayan’s had won in 1992, 1997, 2000. While Chhetri emerged the most oustanding Indian footballer in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Last season in the I league, Chhetri finished with the highest 14 goals and also stays the highest ever Indian goal scorer in global Football (with 45 goals in 80 matches). Sunil Chhetri Indian Player is the star of the I .League and has scored 54 goals (for East Bengal, Dempo, Chirag United, Churchill Brothers and Bengaluru FC) Manipuri’s striker Bala Devi was declared the 2014 “AIFF Woman Football of year “. In 2014 Bala scored sixteen goals to help India to retain the SAFF women’s title in Islamabad (Pakistan). Defender Sandesh Jhighan was named the 2014 emerging Footballer of the year.
Moreover, Western Football Association (WIFA) bagged the award for the best Grassroots Development Programme. In 2014 WIFA organized 19 Grassroots festivals (GR) and 5 GR courses besides training 128 G.R leaders.
2014: AIFF Player of the Year: Sunil Chhetri
2014: AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year: Bala Devi
2014: Emerging Player of the Year: Sandesh Jhingan
Award for Best Grassroots Development Programme: WIFA
Award for long time contribution to Indian Football: ONGC
Winners List Mens:
1992: IM Vijayan, 1993; VP Sathyan ;1994: Jo Paul Ancheri ; 1995: Bhaichung Bhutia ; 1996: Bruno Coutinho ; 1997: IM Vijayan ; 2000: IM Vijayan ; 2001: Jo Paul Ancheri ; 2002: Deepak Mondal ; 2003: Tomba Singh ; 2004: S. Venkatesh ; 2005: Climax Lawrence ; 2006: Surkumar Singh; 2007: Sunil Chhetri ; 2008: Bhaichung Bhutia ; 2009: Subrata Paul ; 2010: Gouramangi Singh ; 2011: Sunil Chhetri ; 2012: Syed Rahim Nabi ; 2013: Sunil Chhetri ; 2014: Sunil Chhetri
Winners List Womens:
2012: Oinam Bembem Devi ; 2013: Oinam Bembem Devi ; 2014: Bala Devi