Nominees for ‘3’ FAI International Football Awards

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Updated: February 22, 2012

The Football Association of Ireland with primary sponsor Three, today (Tuesday) announced the nominations for the 22nd ‘3’ FAI International Football Awards, which will take place on Sunday February 26, 2012 at RTÉ studios, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. The awards will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two at 8.00pm and streamed live on RTÉ.ie within the Republic of Ireland.

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Among the nominees are; Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne and Keith Andrews who have been nominated for the Senior International Player of the Year Award while Simon Cox, Darren O’Dea and Seamus Coleman have all been shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year Award.

Former Derry City duo Eamon Zayed and James McClean, along with former Shamrock Rovers defender Pat Sullivan have all been given the nod as nominees for the Airtricity League Player of the Year Award.

Three goals have been nominated for the Three International Goal of the Year, and again this year the public will be able to vote for their favourite goal by logging on to www.rte.ie.tv/competitions.

The nominees are; Robbie Keane for his goal against Scotland in the Carling Nations Cup (29/05/11), Darron Gibson for his stunning strike against Wales last February (8/2/11) while Keith Andrews is nominated for his header against Estonia in the Euro 2012 play-off last November (11/11/11). The winner of the competition will collect a trip for two to Irelands final game before Euro 2012, in Budapest v Hungary on 4th June. Flights and 4* accommodation for two nights for two people, and two VIP match tickets. €500 spending money is also included.

The nominations, which were chosen by a panel from the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland, are divided into 18 categories. Among the awards being presented at the special ceremony, a former Republic of Ireland great will be inducted into the FAI’s Hall of Fame, while there will also be a Special Merit Award, and an International Personality of the Year Award, all of which will be announced at the event.

‘3’FAI International Football Awards Nominees

Category First Name Surname Club
Senior International Player of the Year Keith Andrews West Bromich Albion
Richard Dunne Aston Villa
Robbie Keane Aston Villa
Young International Player of the Year Seamus Coleman Everton
Simon Cox West Bromich Albion
Darren O’Dea Leeds United
Three International Goal of the Year Robbie Keane v Scotland, 29th May 2011
Darren Gibson v Wales, 8th February 2011
Keith Andrews v Estonia, 11th November 2011
Airtricity League Player of the Year Pat Sullivan Currently not with a club
Eamon Zayed Persepolis
James McClean Sunderland AFC
Under 21 International Player of the Year Robbie Brady Manchester United (on loan to Hull City)
Rob Kiernan Wigan
Aidan White Leeds United
Under 19 International Player of the Year John Egan Sunderland FC
Jeff Hendrick Derby County FC
Anthony O’Connor Blackburn Rovers
Under 17 International Player of the Year Luke Gallagher Burnley
Seán Kavanagh Fulham
Darragh Lenihan Blackburn
Under 16 International Player of the Year Sam Byrne Manchester United
Jack Grealish Aston Villa
Kyle McFadden Norwich City
Senior Women’s International Player of the Year Emma Byrne Arsenal
Niamh Fahey Arsenal
Denise O’Sullivan Cork Women’s FC
Under 19 Women’s International Player of the Year Emma Farmer Cork Women’s FC
Emma Hansberry Castlebar Celtic FC
Grace Moloney Reading FC
Under 17 Women’s International Player of the Year Rianna Jarrett Wexford Youths Women’s AFC
Chloé Mustaki Peamount FC
Clare Shine Cork Ladies League
Junior International Player of the Year Chris Barbour Mountview United
David O’Sullivan Wicklow Rovers
James Walsh St Michaels FC
Intermediate Player of the Year Shaun McElwaine Fanad United
Brendan O’Connell Rockmount
Ray Whelehan Wayside Celtic
Football for All International Player of the Year Adrian Clarke Irish Special Olympics International Squad
Richard Stilwell Irish Football For All Schools International Squad
Michael Walsh Irish Deaf International Squad
FAI School’s International Player of the Year Stephen Chambers Bohemians
Niall Cooney Crumlin United
Hugh Douglas Belvedere

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