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Magnus Eriksson and Killian Brennan received the ultimate praise from their colleagues, as both players were chosen by their peers as the Player of the Year in their respective countries Sweden and Ireland.


Magnus Eriksson is the winner of the Swedish Player of the Year Award which was organized for the first time by Swedish players association SFS.


Because it was the first time, SFS decided to limit the participants to the players in the country’s premier league Allsvenskan. In total 213 out of 352 players voted, and most of them picked Eriksson, who played a key role in Malmö FF capturing the championship with 14 goals and 11 assists.


SFS also handed out the award to the Best Female Player, Ramona Bachmann from LdB FC Malmö. And the Swedish players also selected their Team of the Year:


Goalkeeper: Etrit Berisha (Kalmar);
Defense: Miiko Albornoz (Malmö), Pontus Jansson (Malmö), Loret Sadiku (Helsingborg)and Richardino (Helsingborg);
Midfield: Jiloan Hamad (Malmö), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Celso Borges (AIK) and David Accam (Helsingborg);
Attack: Magnus Eriksson (Malmö) and Tobias Hysen (IFK Göteborg).


‘We believe that the players will appreciate these awards, as they have been chosen by their colleagues in the game’, explained Magnus Erlingmark, SFS Secretary General and former Swedish international (37 caps, pictured left). 




Killian Brennan (St Patrick’s Athletic) was named PFAI Player of the Year. during the PFAI Gala, last Friday. The 29-year-old midfielder  beat off competition from team -mate Greg Bolger as well as Dundalk pair Richie Towell and Pat Hoban to lift the coveted prize.


Brennan played a key role in St Patrick’s Athletic’s title success in what was his first season at the club. The creative midfielder scored eight goals and created many assists.


Richie Towell (Dundalk) picked up the Young Player’s Award ahead of Hoban and Daryl Horgan with the Dundalk midfielder recognised for his central role as a link between defense and midfield in the team’s remarkable season (2nd in the League). Dundalk coach Stephen  Kenny was named Manager of the Year.


The Irish players also selected their team of the year. Six players of champions St Patrick’s Athletic made the team.


Goalkeeper: Brendan Clarke (St Patrick’s Athletic);
Defense: Ger O’Brien (St Patrick’s Athletic), Kenny Browne (St Patrick’s Athletic), Andy Boyle (Dundalk), Ian Bermingham (St Patrick’s Athletic);
Midfield: Killian Brennan (St Patrick’s Athletic), Greg Bolger (St Patrick’s Athletic), Daryl Horgan (Cork City);
Attack: Richie Towell (Dundalk), Patrick Hoban (Dundalk), Rory Patterson (Derry City).