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PFA Footballer of the Year 2010

2009/2010 PFA Footballer of the Year Nominee Profiles.


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Mark Bresciano, Lazio, Italy (formerly Palermo)
Appearances: 18    Goals: 1

Mark had an excellent start to the season, but was hampered by injuries mid-way through. The attacking midfielder scored his goal at the San Siro against AC Milan in Lazio’s 2-1 win in December. Mark was a mainstay in the Socceroos’ starting line up throughout the season and started in both the Ghana and Serbia matches at the FIFA World Cup setting up Australia’s first goal with a dipping free kick. Mark was named the PFA Footballer of the Month in December.  

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Tim Cahill – Everton Football Club, England
Appearances: 42    Goals: 10

As the PFA’s inaugural Footballer of the Year, Tim overcame an injury early on in the season, to have another stand out  English Premier League campaign.  He stepped up and captained Everton for the period that regular skipper, Phil Neville missed through injury. Tim has also been an outstanding performer for the Socceroos, scoring important goals including the first goal against Serbia in Australia’s 2-1 win in the final game of Australia’s 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign. Tim was the PFA Footballer of the Month in January.


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Jason Culina, Gold Coast United, Australia
Appearances: 26    Goals: 3

Jason captained Gold Coast United to 3rd place in the club’s debut season. In his first A-League season, Jason finished on top of the league in assists (10). Jason was also an influential member of the Socceroos squad captaining the team to a 1-0 win against Indonesia in an Asian Cup qualifier and starting in all 3 matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Jason was the PFA Player of the Month in August. He was also named in the 2010 PFA A-League Team of the Season.

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Scott Chipperfield, FC Basel, Switzerland
Appearances: 26    Goals: 13

After a slow start to the season due to injury, Scott returned for his club in fine form as an attacking midfielder scoring 13 goals in 26 Swiss Super League and UEFA Cup matches. Chipperfield was also an important member of the Socceroos campaign and proved his adaptability appearing in all 3 matches both in defense and midfield. Scott was named the PFA Footballer of the Month in April.

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Simon Colosimo, Melbourne Heart, Australia (formerly Sydney FC)
Appearances: 29    Goals: 0

Simon marshaled Sydney’s backline to a league leading 12 clean sheets and the A-League double. Simon stepped up when it mattered most in the A-League final and was awarded the Marston Medal for the best player of the match. The PFA President narrowly missed out on the Socceroos squad for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, but was a stellar performer against Indonesia in the Asian Cup Qualifier in February. Simon was named the PFA Footballer of the Month in March. Simon was also named in the 2010 PFA A-League Team of the Year.

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Carlos Hernandez, Melbourne Victory, Australia
Appearances: 28    Goals: 13

Carlos took his game to a new level in the 2009/2010 A-League seasonleading Melbourne’s offence and the team to second place. The recipient of the Johnny Warren Medal, Carlos not only regularly scored goals, but also racked up 9 assists which was the second highest in the A-League. His goal against Gold Coast United in round 1 is considered by many to be one of the greatest goals in A-League. Carlos was named PFA Footballer of the Month in February. Carlos was also named in the 2010 PFA A-League Team of the Year.


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Brett Holman, Az Alkmaar, Holland
Appearances: 19    Goals: 5

Brett had an outstanding season for Az Alkmaar in both the Dutch league and UEFA Cup scoring 5 goals and assisting on 2. The attacking midfielder had a breakout season for the Socceroos. He scored the winner against New Zealand in a friendly match before the 2010 FIFA World Cup and then crucial goals against Ghana and Serbia during the campaign. Brett was one of Australia’s best performers at the World Cup.



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Josh Kennedy, Nagoya Grampus, Japan
Appearances: 24 (2009), 11 (2010) Goals: 12 (2009), 9 (2010)

Since moving to the J-League last year, Josh has been a frequent goal scorer in both Japan’s domestic competition and the Asian Champions League (ACL). Josh was instrumental in Nagoya’s 2009 ACL campaign scoring a last minute goal to ensure his club’s place in the 2009 final. Josh was also a member of the 2020 FIFA World Cup team playing in both the Ghana and Serbia matches. Josh was the PFA Player of the Month in September.


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Harry Kewell, Galatasaray, Turkey
Appearances: 16    Goals: 11

Harry got off to a flying start to the 2009/2010 season scoring several cracking goals in both the Turkish Super League and UEFA Cup. Harry was hampered by a groin injury that saw him miss the last part of the Turkish season before returning to fitness for the Socceroos world cup campaign. Harry was the PFA Footballer of the Month in November.



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Mark Schwarzer – Fulham Football Club, England
Appearances:     50    Clean Sheets: 16

Mark was instrumental in Fulham’s most successful season in the club’s history  reaching the UEFA Cup final. He had 16 shut outs in all competitions his club played in: the English Premier League, FA Cup and the UEFA Cup. Mark was also outstanding in all matches leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and then at the World Cup itself playing every minute of Australia’s campaign. Mark was the PFA Footballer of the Month in October.


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Shane Smeltz, Gold Coast United, Australia
Appearances: 26    Goals: 19

Shane earned the A-League golden boot after smashing the old A-League scoring record of 12 goals in a season by scoring 19. The silky forward scored an impressive 4 goals against the Fury in round 1 of the A-League. Shane’s A-League form followed him to the 2010 FIFA World Cup where he led New Zealand’s attacking line, memorably scoring in the All-Whites famous 1-1 draw against Italy. Shane became the first A-League player to score in a World Cup. Shane was named in the 2010 PFA A-League Team of the Year.


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Luke Wilkshire, Dynamo Moscow, Russia
Appearances:  31 (2009), 10 (2010) Goals: 1 (2009), 0 (2010)

Luke has been a consistent performer for Dynamo and the Socceroos this season. Hardworking and reliable, Luke rarely missed a game for his club and Socceroos all season. Luke took on a leadership role at the 2010 FIFA World Cup playing every minute at right back and setting up Tim Cahill’s goal against Serbia.


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