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Berbatov receives Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award

Author: Alex Bivol Date: Mon, Mar 24 2008 708 Views
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Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitur Berbatov was handed his fourth Bulgaria's Footballer of the Year award in a ceremony held on March 24, Focus news agency reported.

Berbatov won the award for 2007 after ranking top in the voting organised among 139 reporters from 46 media outlets by the Bulgarian Football Union, Bulgaria Professional Football League and Daks Media publishing house, with 327 points and 93 first places.

Berbatov joined Tottenham in August 2006 for 10.9 million pounds sterling and made an immediate impact, scoring 23 goals in 49 appearances in his first season in England, winning Fans' Player of the Year award, as voted by Spurs supporters. Barring injury, he is set to surpass that mark this season, with 21 goals in 44 games already.

Last year's winner, Manchester City winger Martin Petrov, was second with 246 points and 23 first places.

Although voting ended in January, the award ceremony has had to be postponed until the top duo could attend. Berbatov and Petrov are currently in Sofia for Bulgaria's friendly game with Finland on March 26.

Goalkeeper Georgi Petkov, who plies his trade with defending Bulgarian champions Levski Sofia, was a distant third with only 47 points.

Striker Hristo Stoichkov, the only Bulgarian winner of the European Footballer of the Year award, which he received in 1994 while at Barcelona, is the only player to win Bulgarian Footballer of the Year more times than Berbatov, with five awards.

But with Berbatov turning 27 in January and just entering his footballing prime, there is plenty of time to surpass him on that list.

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