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Brede Hangeland and Caroline Graham Hansen were voted Norwegian Players of the Year. Both prize winners were celebrated at the award ceremony organized by the Norwegian players union NISO.

 

For Brede Hangeland it was already the third time that he was called on stage to receive his Player of the Year trophy. The tall central defender also was named Norwegian’s Best Player in 2009 and 2010.

 

‘I want to thank my colleagues at Fulham FC and the Norwegian national team’, Hangeland said. ‘I want to thank all the fantastic people around those teams.’

 

Currently, Hangeland is the captain of both Fulham and Norway (81 caps). The 31-year old defender is known for his calm demeanor and defending skills. Last season he also proved himself as a goalscorer, making six goals for Fulham in the Premier League. Only Clint Dempsey scored more goals for the London side.

 

Caroline Graham Hansen is the youngest Player of the Year-winner in the twelve year prize award tradition. She is 17-years old. The Stabæk winger made her league debut at the age of 15 years and 192 days. Currently, she is a regular figure in the national team.

 

‘I want to thank everyone who voted for me, and a special thanks to everyone at my club Stabaek’, said Graham Hansen, who also picked up the award of Best Young Player of the Year. Stefan Johansen (Stromsgodset) was the Best Young Player of the Year in the men’s election.