Experienced FC Rostov midfielder Aleksandr Kulchiy has been voted Belarussian player of the year.
The 36-year-old secured 811 points in the poll of 364 experts, including top-flight coaches and captains, referees and other specialists, more than double the tally of the runner-up, FC Moskva goalkeeper Yuri Zhevnov. Sergei Krivets, who moved last week from FC BATE Borisov to Lech Poznań, finished third with PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara midfielder Timofei Kalachev and AS Bari forward Vitali Kutuzov making up the top five.
Kulchiy, who this autumn overtook Sergei Gurenko as Belarus's most-capped player on 82 appearances, said: "Frankly I'm a bit surprised by the decision of the voters," he said. "It wasn't such a brilliant year for me to become first in Belarus. I think Yuri Zhevnov and Timofei Kalachev are worth this title as much as me."
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