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Ten things: Goalscorers

Published: Tuesday 16 December 2003, 10.25CET celebrates ten of the players whose talents set nets rustling in 2003. features

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Published: Tuesday 16 December 2003, 10.25CET

Ten things: Goalscorers celebrates ten of the players whose talents set nets rustling in 2003.

As ever in football, it is goals that count and the time has come for to celebrate the players who set nets rustling in 2003 with our ten-point guide to some of Europe's top goalscorers.

1) Goals mean prizes
When it came to the voting for Armenia's player of the year, there was only one candidate in the frame. The astonishing feats of FC Banants striker Ara Hakobyan meant he was a landslide winner. Hakobyan scored a record 45 league goals, a tally which included nine hat-tricks, as well as one four-goal and one five-goal haul.

2) Flora lay on goal spread
FC Flora scored 105 goals in just 28 games as they romped to the Estonian title. Therefore, it is not surprising that they had a number of players whose goalscoring achievements warranted a mention. The player whose record really stood out was Tor Henning Hamre, who scored 39 league goals as Flora went through the season unbeaten.

3) Viktors shines for Metalurgs
FHK Liepajas Metalurgs were another side who reached three figures in the goals for column but that was not enough to steal the Latvian title from Skonto FC. One man who must have been particularly frustrated by that failure was Viktors Dobrecovs, who scored 36 goals.

4) Harald far from horrible
Harald Brattbakk was the man to beat in Norway. The former Celtic FC player helped Rosenborg BK to rack up their 12th successive Tippeligaen title, scoring 17 goals as the Trondheim club won the league by a huge 14-point margin.

5) Skoog leads Malmö charge
Malmö FF could only manage third place in the Swedish league but the exploits of 29-year-old Niklas Skoog deserve closer attention. The striker scored 22 league goals, which was not enough to move the club closer to the top two, Hammarby and champions Djurgårdens IF.

6) No stress for Streller
Marco Streller is one of the brightest up-and-coming talents in Europe and the 22-year-old's goalscoring ability has become crucial for his club FC Basel 1893. He scored 13 league goals before this season's Swiss First Division winter break and has also been in fine form for the Switzerland Under-21 side.
7) Loskov the creator
Dmitri Loskov is not only the top scorer in the Russian league but also the chief creator for FC Lokomotiv Moskva. Loskov scored 14 goals but Lokomotiv failed to defend their Russian title, finishing the season in fourth position.

8) Kollmann the goal man
Grazer AK will hope to mount a serious title challenge when their season resumes following the winter break. And if they can keep Roland Kollmann fit then they stand a good chance. Kollmann is the Austrian Bundesliga's top scorer with 17 goals.

9) Van driving forward
Ruud van Nistelrooij is the goalscoring phenomenon behind which Manchester United FC aim to conquer Europe. The top scorer in the Champions League last season, the Dutch international has now scored 28 times in 30 European games for United, equalling the record of the great Denis Law.

10) Prinz the princess of German football
With seven goals at the FIFA Women's World Cup finals, Birgit Prinz played a major part in Germany's first-ever global triumph. At only 25, the striker has scored 61 goals for her country with the seven she scored in the United States earning her the World Cup's Golden Shoe as leading striker and Golden Ball as top player.

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