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    Sports Research Center named candidates for 'Winners of Year 2016'

    The award ceremony will take place at the end of December

    Baku. 9 December. REPORT.AZ/ Next phase of "Winners of Year 2016" project have started. With the organization of Sports Research Center and information support of Report News Agency, the football candidates out of 8 nominations were announced.

    Nominations include "Player of the Year," "Coach of the Year," "Team of the year ", "Press secretary of the Year". 

    At the same time, selection of candidates for nomination "Sports figure of the year" started. The list was officially announced after the completion of the competition in Europa League group stage where Azerbaijani clubs also took part.

    Winners of nominations "Local athlete of the Year", "Foreign athlete of the year", as well as "Coach of the Year", "Team of the Year", "Press Secretary of the Year" and "Sports journalist of the year" will be announced after the final taekwondo championship on December 13.

    The poll will be held among sports journalists working in different media. In this case, journalists besides proposed candidates can name individual or a team as winner. Finally, the candidate who gained the most votes will be declared the winner and will be awarded at a ceremony in late December.

    The candidates are as follows:

    Sports figure of the year:

    Azad Rahimov (Youth and Sports Minister) - For Chairmanship of the Organizing Committee of the Formula 1 European Grand Prix at the appropriate level in Baku and for 18 medals won by Azerbaijani team for the first time at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    Elchin Zeynalov (President of the Azerbaijani National Rowing Federation ) - Due to the winning 2 Olympic medals in 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and representing all kinds of rowing (rowing, kayaking, canoeing, canoe-slalom) for the first time in Olympics;

    Fazil Mammadov (Presidentof Wrestling Federation of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan Cycling Federation) - due to the winning 9 medals out of 18 by wrestlers, holding "Tour dAzerbaijan" cycle race for the 4th year in a row, for the victory in "Synergy Baku" race for second year in a row;

    Kamaladdin Heydarov (President of Azerbaijan Boxing Federation and Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation) - due to the winning only gold medal by taekwondo fighter in 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and for the first time 3 medals in taekwondo and silver medal in boxing;

    Rovnag Abdullayev (President of Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) and Judo Federation of Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani national football team for the first time scored 7 points in 4 games of 2018 World Cup qualifying matches and, 2 Azerbaijani judokas won silver medal in 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro;

    Local player of the year:

    Kamran Aghayev (Baku "Inter"/Portugal "Boavista" club and the national team of Azerbaijan) - goalkeeper who provided maximum protection prevented number of dangerous attacks;

    Maksim Medvedev ("Qarabag" and national team of Azerbaijan) - for stable performance in Club and Azerbaijani national team, author of the winning goal in qualifying cycle against Norway;

    Rashad Sadigov ("Qarabag" and national team of Azerbaijan )

    Rashad Sadygov ("Qarabag" and the national team of Azerbaijan) - for a special role as a captain in the club's promotion to the Premier League and Azerbaijan cup, including to the group round of the Euro league;

    Rovshan Huseynli (club "Araz" Nakhchivan and Azerbaijan national futsal team) - for reliable performance as a goalkeeper and promotion to the elite-round and in the national team - to the 1/4 final of the world championship, which was attended for the first time ;

    Ruslan Gurbanov ("Neftchi" / "Gabala" and the national team of Azerbaijan) - for the fact that in the "Neftchi" became the scorer of the Premier League of Azerbaijan among domestic players for goals in the Euroleague as part of both teams, and winning goal of team in an away match with San Marino;

    Team of the Year (football):

    Azerbaijan national football team - for the first time in history ended the year with 7 points in 4 matches of the qualifying group round of the World Cup 2018;

    Azerbaijan national futsal team - for reaching the quarter finals of the World Cup, in which participated for the first time;

    "Kapaz" - for the license to the Euroleague in the first season after returning to the Premier League of Azerbaijan;

    "Qarabag" - for the victory in the Premier League of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan cup, winning 7 points for the first time in the history of Azerbaijan football in the group stage of the Euroleague;

    "Gabala" - for winning license to the group stage of the Euroleague for the second year in a row;

    Head coach of the year (football teams):

    Gurban Gurbanov ("Qarabag") - for gold medals of the club in the Premier League of Azerbaijan 3 consecutive seasons, the club's entrance in the group stage of the Europa League, the first "golden double" and 7 points scored in the Europa League group;

    Robert Prosinecki (Team Azerbaijan) - for gold medal of the club in the Premier League of Azerbaijan 3 consecutive season, the club's entrance in the group stage of the Euroleague, the first "golden double" and scored 7 points in the Euroleague group;

    Roman Grigorchuk ("Gabala") - for bronze medal of the club in Premier League of Azerbaijan in two consecutive seasons;

    Shahin Diniyev ("Kapaz") - for the license to the Euroleague in the first season after returning to the Premier League of Azerbaijan;

    Yashar Vahabzadeh (U-21 team of Azerbaijan) - for the first time in the history of the national team completed qualifying group round of European Championship-2017 at the 4th position with 9 points among 6 teams.

    A spokesman for the year (in football):

    Anar Hajiyev - "Gabala"

    Aslan Shahgyaildiyev - PFL

    Azad Mustafayev - "Kapaz"

    Jamila Sultanova - Baku Olympic Stadium

    Mikayil Narimanoghlu - AFFA

    Nurlan Ibrahimov - "Qarabag"

    Sabuhi Mammadov - "Inter"


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