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I’m not crying, but it’s emotional: Kitchee’s Krisztian Vadocz scoops four at Hong Kong Top Footballer Awards

The midfielder, who plays for the Premier League champions, steals the limelight as he is named Hong Kong Footballer of the Year at a ceremony in Kowloon Bay

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 May, 2018, 9:58pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 May, 2018, 10:44pm

Kitchee’s Krisztian Vadocz scooped a staggering four awards at this year’s Hong Kong Top Footballer Awards after a sensational history-making season with the club.

The former Hungary midfielder kept his cool on stage but conceded that receiving the awards nearly brought a tear to his eye.

“I’m not a very sentimental guy but this is a very emotional moment,” said the 32-year-old, who won the Hong Kong Footballer of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, Most Favourite Player and Top Midfielder in Kowloon Bay on Thursday evening.

“I feel very honoured to receive these trophies – as a foreigner this moment is even sweeter and it’s evidence that I’ve played in the Hong Kong Premier League.”

In just his second season, the midfield talisman guided Kitchee to back-to-back Hong Kong Premier League titles and Hong Kong’s first ever win at the AFC Champions League after defeating Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol earlier this year.

“I have come far and signed for the best team in Hong Kong. It’s good to be a part of such a successful family, and when you look back at what we did and share the good moments, the feelings show up … I’m not crying but it’s emotional,” said Vadocz.

Vadocz’s near-clean sweep was testament to his consistent performances and popularity with both the players and fans, who had a say in all awards but the Player’s Player of the Year. He modestly praised his teammates and was slightly surprised at the multiple nominations.

“I’m not that type of player [to win awards] because I’m not offensively attractive,” he said. “But when you’re playing in a good team – in my case Kitchee, almost dominating the whole year – it’s easier to collect individual [awards].”

Kitchee head coach Chu Chi-kwong deservedly took the Coach of the Year after securing the league title, winning Hong Kong’s first regional top tier competition and signing Manchester United and Uruguay legend Diego Forlan. A host of other Kitchee team members also collected awards.

Kitchee’s dominant season – most goals scored (67), least goals conceded (12) and joint most clean sheets (7) – came to a bittersweet close as top signing Forlan departed the club last week. The forward was not nominated for any awards due to only playing in the second half of the season.

THE WINNERS

Footballer of the Year: Krisztian Vadocz (Kitchee)

Coach of the Year: Chu Chi-kwong (Kitchee)

Players’ Player of the Year: Krisztian Vadocz (Kitchee)

Young Players of the Year (2): Cheng Chin-lung (Kitchee), Lam Hin-ting (Dreams)

Most Favourite Player: Krisztian Vadocz (Kitchee)

Top scorer: Lucas Espindola da Silva (Kitchee)

Goal of the season: Fong Pak-lun (Pegasus)

Save of the season: Yuen Ho-chun (Pegasus)

Top Searched Player: Yapp Hung-fai (Eastern)

Top Goalkeeper: Wang Zhenpeng (Kitchee)

Top Defender (4): Tong Kin-man (Kitchee), Fabio Lopes Alcantara (Yuen Long), Cheung Chi-yung (Pegasus), Kim Bongjin (Kitchee)

Top Midfielder (4): Krisztian Vadocz (Kitchee), Fernando Augosto Azevedo Pedreira (Kitchee), Wong Wai (Tai Po), Huang Yang (Kitchee)

Top Forward (2): Everton Camargo (Yuen Long), Lucas Espindola da Silva (Kitchee)