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J-league Awards
The J-league Awards Ceremony took place Tuesday in Yokohama. >>Click to see previous entry that lists all the nominees.

MVP Award: Araujo (Gamba Osaka)
Top Scorer: Araujo
>>Click to see video of Araujo accepting his award

(Araujo in tux accepting his awards; click photo below to go to J-league site)

Best Newcomer: Robert Cullen (Jubilo Iwata)
>>Click to see Cullen accepting award

Best Eleven:

GK: Motohiro Yoshida (Cerezo Osaka)
DF: Marcus Tulio Tanaka (Urawa Reds)
DF: Stoyanov (Jef Chiba)
DF: Yuji Nakazawa (Yokohama F Marinos)
MF: Mitsuo Ogasawara (Kashima Antlers)
MF: Yuki Abe (Jef Chiba)
MF: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka)
MF: Fernandinho (Gamba Osaka)
MF: Tatsuya Furuhashi (Cerezo Osaka)
FW: Hisato Sato (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
FW: Araujo (Gamba Osaka)

Individual Fairplay Award: Teruyuki Moniwa (FC Tokyo) & Masashi Oguro (Gamba Osaka)
>>Click to see Moniwa accepting award

Best Manager: Akira Nishino (Gamba Osaka) >>Click to see acceptance speech

Manager Special Recognition: Ivica Osim (Jef Chiba) & Shinji Kobayashi (Cerezo Osaka) >>Click to see Kobayashi acceptance speech

Recognition of Services to the J-league: Leslie Mottram (Chief Referee Instructor) & Bismark >>Click to see acceptance speeches

JLeague Best Pitch: Saitama Stadium 2002

Join Award: To the supporters of the J-league who banded together and organized a nationwide effort to collect donations to pay for Baby Ayaka (>>Click to see website) to fly to the United States and get an organ transplant. They collected about US$895,000, and Baby Ayaka has now safely undergone surgery and is currently under ICU care.
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