Spain - Footballer of the Year


Since 1975-76, different prizes were awarded to the best players and trainers of the Spanish championship by the magazine Don Balón.


Don Balón Awards

Best Spanish Player

Season  Player                                          Club
1975-76	MIGUEL ÁNGEL González Suárez	         	Real Madrid CF
1976-77	Juan Gómez González, ‘JUANITO’       		Real Burgos CF
1977-78	Miguel Bernardo Bianqueti, ‘MIGUELI’       	FC Barcelona
1978-79	Enrique Castro González, ‘QUINI’        	Real Sporting de Gijón
1979-80	Rafel GORDILLO Vázquez	                    	Real Betis Balompié
1980-81	Francisco José González Urrutikoetxea, ‘URRUTI’	RCD Español
1981-82	Miguel TENDILLO Berenguer	         	Valencia CF
1982-83	Juan Antonio SEÑOR Gómez	           	Real Zaragoza CD
1983-84	CERVANTES                              		Real Murcia CF
1984-85	Miguel Bernardo Bianqueti, ‘MIGUELI’		FC Barcelona
1985-86	José Miguel González Martín del Campo, ‘MÍCHEL’	Real Madrid CF
1986-87	Andoni ZUBIZARRETA Urreta	        	FC Barcelona
1987-88	José Antonio LARRAÑAGA Gurrutxaga		Real Sociedad de Fútbol
1988-89	FERNANDO Gómez Colomer	                	Valencia CF
1989-90	Rafael MARTÍN VÁZQUEZ                 		Real Madrid CF
1990-91	Jon Andoni GOIKOETXEA Lasa             		FC Barcelona
1991-92	Agustín de Carlos ELDUAYEN	        	Real Burgos CF
1992-93	Francisco Javier González Pérez, ‘FRAN’		RC Deportivo A Coruña
1993-94	Julen GUERRERO López                 		Athletic Club de Bilbao
1994-95	José Emilio AMAVISCA Gárate	         	Real Madrid CF
1995-96	José Luis Pérez CAMINERO	          	Club Atlético de Madrid
1996-97	RAÚL González Blanco                 		Real Madrid CF
1997-98	ALFONSO Pérez Muñoz	                	Real Betis Balompié
1998-99	RAÚL González Blanco            		Real Madrid CF
1999-00	RAÚL González Blanco                		Real Madrid CF
2000-01 RAÚL González Blanco                		Real Madrid CF
2001-02 RAÚL González Blanco                		Real Madrid CF
2002-03 XABI ALONSO Olano                               Real Sociedad de Fútbol

Best Foreign Player

Season  Player                                          Club
1975-76	Johan NEESKENS (Netherlands)       		FC Barcelona
1976-77	Johan CRUIJFF (Netherlands)	         	FC Barcelona
1977-78	Johan CRUIJFF (Netherlands)	          	FC Barcelona
1978-79	Ulrich STIELIKE (Germany)	          	Real Madrid CF
1979-80	Ulrich STIELIKE (Germany)            		Real Madrid CF
1980-81	Ulrich STIELIKE (Germany)          		Real Madrid CF
1981-82	Ulrich STIELIKE (Germany)           		Real Madrid CF
1982-83	Juan Alberto BARBAS (Argentina) 		Real Zaragoza CD
1983-84	Juan Alberto BARBAS (Argentina)	        	Real Zaragoza CD
1984-85	Bernd SCHUSTER (Germany)	          	FC Barcelona
1985-86	Jorge Alberto VALDANO Castellanos (Argentina)	Real Madrid CF
1986-87	HUGO SÁNCHEZ Márquez (Mexico)	           	Real Madrid CF
1987-88	Ricardo Rogerio de Brito, ‘ALEMÃO’ (Brazil)	Club Atlético de Madrid
1988-89	Óscar Alfredo RUGGERI (Argentina)		CD Logroñés
1989-90	HUGO SÁNCHEZ Márquez (Mexico)          		Real Madrid CF
1990-91	Bernd SCHUSTER (Germany)          		Club Atlético de Madrid
1991-92	Michael LAUDRUP (Denmark)	        	FC Barcelona
1992-93	Miroslav DJUKIC (Yugoslavia)       		RC Deportivo A Coruña
1993-94	Hristo STOICHKOV (Bulgaria)	         	FC Barcelona
1994-95	Iván Luis ZAMORANO Zamora (Chile) 		Real Madrid CF
1995-96	Predrag MIJATOVIC (Yugoslavia)	         	Valencia CF
1996-97	RONALDO Luiz Nazario da Lima (Brazil)		FC Barcelona
1997-98	Vitor Borba Ferreira, ‘RIVALDO’ (Brazil)	FC Barcelona
1998-99	Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro, ‘FIGO’ (Portugal)	FC Barcelona
1999-00	Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro, ‘FIGO’ (Portugal)	FC Barcelona
2000-01 Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro, ‘FIGO’ (Portugal)	FC Barcelona
2001-02 Zinedine ZIDANE (France)                        Real Madrid CF
2002-03 NIHAT Kahveci (Turkey)                          Real Sociedad de Fútbol

Best Trainer

Season  Trainer                                         Club
1975-76	Miljan MILJANIC (Yugoslavia)       		Real Madrid CF
1976-77	Luis ARAGONÉS Gárate (Spain)	         	Club Atlético de Madrid
1977-78	Luis MOLOWNY Arbelo (Spain)	        	Real Madrid CF
1978-79	Luis MOLOWNY Arbelo (Spain)           		Real Madrid CF
1979-80	Luis MOLOWNY Arbelo (Spain)           		Real Madrid CF
1980-81	Alberto ORMAECHEA (Spain)           		Real Sociedad de Fútbol
1981-82	Alberto ORMAECHEA (Spain)	         	Real Sociedad de Fútbol
1982-83	Javier CLEMENTE Lázaro (Spain)	         	Athletic Club de Bilbao
1983-84	Javier CLEMENTE Lázaro (Spain)	        	Athletic Club de Bilbao
1984-85	Terry VENABLES (Inglaterra)        		FC Barcelona
1985-86	Luis MOLOWNY Arbelo (Spain)	          	Real Madrid CF
1986-87	Javier CLEMENTE Lázaro (Spain)         		RCD Español
1987-88	Leo BEENHAKKER (Netherlands)          		Real Madrid CF
1988-89	John B. TOSHACK (Wales)	                     	Real Sociedad de Fútbol
1989-90	John B. TOSHACK (Wales)	                    	Real Madrid CF
1990-91	Johan CRUIJFF (Netherlands)	          	FC Barcelona
1991-92	Johan CRUIJFF (Netherlands)          		FC Barcelona
1992-93	Arsenio IGLESIAS (Spain)	          	RC Deportivo A Coruña
1993-94	Víctor FERNÁNDEZ (Spain)          		Real Zaragoza
1994-95	Arsenio IGLESIAS (Spain)	        	RC Deportivo A Coruña
1995-96	Radomir ANTIC (Yugoslavia)          		Club Atlético de Madrid
1996-97	Vicente CANTATORE (Uruguay)          		Real Valladolid
1997-98	Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano, ‘IRURETA’	        RC Celta de Vigo
1998-99	Héctor CÚPER (Argentina)	         	RCD Mallorca
1999-00	Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano, ‘IRURETA’		RC Deportivo A Coruña
2000-01 José Manuel Esnal Pardo, ‘MANÉ’ (Spain)         Deportivo Alavés
2001-02 Rafael BENÍTEZ Maudes (Spain)                   Valencia CF
2002-03 Raynald DENOUEIX (France)                       Real Sociedad de Fútbol

Another award is organised by Madrid newspaper El País.


El País Awards

Best Spanish Player

Season  Player                                          Club
1989-90 Manuel SANCHIS                                  Real Madrid CF
1990-91 Jon Andoni GOIKOETXEA                           FC Barcelona
1991-92 Manuel Sánchez MANOLO                           C Atlético Madrid
1992-93 Miguel González del Campo MICHEL                Real Madrid CF
1993-94 JULEN GUERRERO                                  Athletic Bilbao
1994-95 Emilio AMAVISCA                                 Real Madrid CF
1995-96 RAÚL González Blanco /                          Real Madrid CF /
        José Luis Pérez CAMINERO                        C Atlético Madrid
1996-97 Fernando HIERRO /                               Real Madrid CF /
        RAÚL González Blanco                            Real Madrid CF
1997-98 LUIS ENRIQUE Martínez                           FC Barcelona
1998-99	RAÚL González Blanco                		Real Madrid CF
1999-00	RAÚL González Blanco                		Real Madrid CF
2000-01 RAÚL González Blanco                		Real Madrid CF
2001-02 Diego TRISTÁN                                   RC Deportivo A Coruña

Best Foreign Player

Season  Player                                          Club
1989-90  not awarded
1990-91  not awarded
1991-92 Hristo STOICHKOV (Bulgaria)                     FC Barcelona
1992-93 Michael LAUDRUP  (Denmark)                      FC Barcelona
1993-94 Michael LAUDRUP (Denmark) /                     FC Barcelona /
        ROMÁRIO de Sousa (Br)                           FC Barcelona
1994-95 Iván Zamorano (Chile)                           Real Madrid CF
1995-96 Pedja Mijatovic’  (Yugoslavia)                  Valencia CF
1996-97 RONALDO Luiz Nazário de Lima (Brazil)           FC Barcelona
1997-98 Vitor Borba Ferrerira, RIVALDO (Brazil)         FC Barcelona
1998-99	Vitor Borba Ferreira, ‘RIVALDO’ (Brazil)        FC Barcelona
1999-00	Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro, ‘FIGO’ (Portugal)	FC Barcelona
2000-01 Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro, ‘FIGO’ (Portugal)	FC Barcelona
2001-02 Zinedine ZIDANE (France)                        Real Madrid CF

Best Rookie (Revelación)

Season  Player                                          Club
1989-90 Luis MILLA                                      FC Barcelona
1990-91 LUIS ENRIQUE Martínez                           R Sporting Gijón 
1991-92 Josep GUARDIOLA                                 FC Barcelona
1992-93 JULEN GUERRERO                                  Athletic C Bilbao
1993-94 SERGI Barjuan                                   FC Barcelona
1994-95 Emilio AMAVISCA                                 Real Madrid CF
1995-96 Fernando MORIENTES /                            R Zaragoza / 
        Jordi LARDÍN /                                  RCD Espanyol / 
        Iván DE LA PEÑA                                 FC Barcelona
1996-97 Iván DE LA PEÑA                                 FC Barcelona
1997-98 Albert CELADES                                  FC Barcelona 
1998-99 XAVI Hernández                                  FC Barcelona
1999-00 GERARD López                                    Valencia CF
2000-01 JAVI MORENO                                     Deportivo Alavés
2001-02 JOAQUÍN Sánchez                                 Real Betis Balompié

Best Trainer

Season  Trainer                                         Club
1989-90 not awarded
1990-91 not awarded
1991-92 not awarded
1992-93 not awarded
1993-94 ARSENIO Iglesias (Spain) /                      RC Deportivo A Coruña /
        VICTOR Fernández (Spain)                        Real Zaragoza
1994-95 Jorge VALDANO (Argentina)                       Real Madrid CF
1995-96 LUIS ARAGONÉS (Spain)                           Valencia CF
1996-97 Vicente CANTATORA (Chile)                       Real Valladolid
1997-98 Louis VAN GAAL (Netherlands) /                  FC Barcelona 
        Javier IRURETA (Spain) /                        RC Celta 
        Héctor CÚPER (Argentina)                        RCD Mallorca 
1998-99	Héctor CÚPER (Argentina)	         	RCD Mallorca
1999-00	J.A. CAMACHO		                        Spain (national team)
2000-01   not awarded
2001-02 Rafael BENÍTEZ Maudes (Spain)                   Valencia CF


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El País awards thanks to Carles Lozano (ferrer@economistes.com)

Prepared and maintained by Emilio Pla Diaz for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: Emilio Pla Diaz (pladiaz@aol.com)
Last updated: 28 Jan 2004

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