UNFP Awards the best in French Football
Last night in Paris the best and brightest of Ligue 1 gathered to find out who would be crowned the best in France. The UNFP awards would honour the Best Player, Best Young Player, Best Goalkeeper, Best Coach and a Best XI of the season.
With 17 goals and 15 assists for his club Lille’s Eden Hazard was names Ligue 1’s Best Player for the second year running. The Belgian wingers pipped Olivier Giroud, Younes Belhanda and Nene to the prize. Hazard used the awards ceremony to announce that he had made a decision and he would be moving to Manchester…although he wouldn’t confirm that it was City.
Montpellier are on the verge of the title and picked up two individual awards. Younes Belhanda won Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Year and Rene Girard won Coach of the Year. The awards are a fitting tribute to a team that is on the verge of lifting Le Championnat for the first time.
Hugo Lloris was named Ligue 1’s Goalkeeper of the year. A very nice way for France’s #1 to end the season giving him a massive confidence boost before the European Championships get underway in June. Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas was quoted afterwards that he expected Lloris to return to Lyon in the summer. However a good showing at this summer’s championships could see a few clubs come in for the shot stopper.
Ligue 1’s team of the season was as follows: (4-2-3-1)
Hugo Lloris (Lyon) – Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Hilton (Montpellier), Nicolas N’Koulou (Marseille), Henri Bedimo (Montpellier) – Rio Mavuba (Lille), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse) – Eden Hazard (Lille), Younes Belhanda (Montpellier), Nene (Paris Saint-Germain) – Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)
The event also saw awards handed out to the best in Ligue 2. And it was the champions that enjoyed a clean sweep. SC Bastia’s Jerome Rothen was voted Ligue 2 Player of the Year. Magno Novaes won Goalkeeper of the Year and Frederic Hantz picked up Coach of the Year.
To top off the evening Bastia had five players named in the Team of the Year; which was as follows.
Magno Novaes (Bastia) – Abdallah Kassim (Sedan), Anthony Weber (Reims), Mickael Tacalfred (Reims), Fethi Harek (Bastia) – Abdou Diallo Sadio (Bastia), Wahbi Khazri (Bastia), Romain Alessandrini (Clermont), Jerome Rothen (Bastia) – Ryan Mendes (Le Havre), Kamel Ghilas (Reims)
FFW will be releasing their own awards at the end of the season…stay tuned.