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.
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
|Senior International Player of the Year||Keith||Andrews||West Bromich Albion|
|Young International Player of the Year||Seamus||Coleman||Everton|
|Simon||Cox||West Bromich Albion|
|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|
|Under 21 International Player of the Year||Robbie||Brady||Manchester United (on loan to Hull City)|
|Under 19 International Player of the Year||John||Egan||Sunderland FC|
|Jeff||Hendrick||Derby County FC|
|Under 17 International Player of the Year||Luke||Gallagher||Burnley|
|Under 16 International Player of the Year||Sam||Byrne||Manchester United|
|Senior Women’s International Player of the Year||Emma||Byrne||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|
|Under 17 Women’s International Player of the Year||Rianna||Jarrett||Wexford Youths Women’s AFC|
|Clare||Shine||Cork Ladies League|
|Junior International Player of the Year||Chris||Barbour||Mountview United|
|James||Walsh||St Michaels FC|
|Intermediate Player of the Year||Shaun||McElwaine||Fanad United|
|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|