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Hyypiä named Finland's player of the year

Published: Tuesday 16 November 2010, 10.21CET
Sami Hyypiä retained his Finnish player of the year title at the country's annual football gala in Helsinki, equalling Jari Litmanen's record of nine such successes.
by Mikael Erävuori
from Helsinki
Hyypiä named Finland's player of the year
Sami Hyypiä celebrates scoring for Leverkusen ©Getty Images

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Published: Tuesday 16 November 2010, 10.21CET

Hyypiä named Finland's player of the year

Sami Hyypiä retained his Finnish player of the year title at the country's annual football gala in Helsinki, equalling Jari Litmanen's record of nine such successes.

Sami Hyypiä retained his Finnish player of the year title at the country's annual football gala in Helsinki.

The 37-year-old was recognised for a record-equalling ninth time by the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) after impressing for his German club Bayer 04 Leverkusen. In the women's category, Sky Blue FC's Laura Österberg Kalmari also won for a second successive year and a fifth time overall, while Esbjerg fB goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky scooped the Under-21 award.

In separate Veikkausliiga awards voted for by the players, midfielder Medo was named the top player despite moving from HJK Helsinki to FK Partizan before the campaign concluded. TPS Turku striker Roope Riski, 21, carried off the young player gong after scoring 12 goals in 18 matches in what his first season in the top flight.

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