HungarianFootball.com Awards | OTP Bank Liga Player of the Season

 

For the next couple of weeks, the team at HungarianFootball.com will be giving out the awards for the 2012/13 season. The winner will be determined by Bence Bocsak, Fraz, Gaby Kovacs and Tomasz Mortimer, and we’ll have excerpts on each player from a number of different sources. In the result of a tie, Matyas Szeli of Nemzeti Sport will cast the deciding vote.

[h5]The Nominees[/h5]

József Kanta – MTK

“József Kanta, our team captain, once again got voted player of the year by Hungarian sports-paper Nemzeti Sport. The central midfielder already was on top of the list after the first half of the season and was able to keep his position in these rankings, despite a rather weak performance of his team overall, with MTK falling off the Europa League positions eventually. Nonetheless, the former penalty king of the Hungarian league, who scored 9 goals and had 7 assists this season, got a call-up to the national team friendly – after 3 years of absence from the national side – match against Kuwait where he even ended up in the starting 11. His performance in that game wasn’t great, probably due to lack of integration into the team, but he said that those days spent with the red-white-green boys gave him a lot of positive experience and he tried to gave his best hoping he may be called-up later again.” (Sandor Bognar, MTK Fan)

Daniel Bode – Ferencvaros

“Bode joined from Paks at the start of last season, and he never really got into his stride until the end of October early November. Then all of a sudden he started scoring like mad and giving assists. His attack positioning and aggression is what makes him so good. He’s  great in the air, and he’s been a nightmare to the rest of NB1 defenders. He was on a roll, then kinda was more so quiet towards the end of the season, but was always a big part in Fradi’s attack ending the season with 17 goals and 9 assists, and scored a vital goal for Hungary against Turkey in a World Cup qualifier.” (Antal Toni, Ferencvaros fan)

Adamo Coulibaly – Debrecen

“Adamo Coulibaly will be badly missed in Debrecen. He’s strong, dynamic and he’s got the brains – he’s got everything what makes someone the top scorer of the league two seasons in a row. His last season was like a roller-coaster ride. There was a falling-out between him and the club during winter break. Adamo neglected trainings and when the technical director of the club tried to phone him in March, he just sent a text that he’s abroad. The club stated that the Frenchman violated every single point of his contract. He got another chance though and he didn’t stop scoring goals. Coulibaly scored two goals in the Hungarian Cup final, which made Loki seal the victory against ETO coming from behind. Talk about redemption. It’s such a shame that he won’t be playing in Hungary anymore.” (Laszlo Lucski, @lslHungary, Debrecen fan)

[h5]Votes[/h5]

(BB) Daniel Bode – Last year when Bode arrived at Fradi, he had a slow start to his career and many fans got on his back. The club were under a lot of uncertainty at the time and a last minute defeat to arch rivals Ujpest led to them sacking Lajos Detari. His replacement, Ricardo Moniz turned Fradi’s fortunes around and only just missed out on a European spot. Bode was instrumental in that run scoring an impressive 17 goals. His form didn’t go unnoticed by Sandor Egervari either who called him up to the Hungarian national team. Astonishingly Bode got a late equaliser against Turkey in his first competitive match for the side, a goal that could eventually end up as the most important one of Hungary’s quest for qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

(F) Jozsef Kanta – I’ve always been a massive fan of Kanta but that’s not the real reason he’s getting my vote. I got to see him in the flesh at the start of the season as MTK beat Vidi 3-2 at home. Kanta was the deciding factor between the teams that day and completely ran the show against the supposedly ‘bigger’ names in the Vidi midfield. It was hard to imagine how he could improve on the season he had last season as he inspired his MTK teammates all the way through their promotion campaign and to the cup final as well (I still think they deserved to take the trophy that day too even though they were a division below their opponents at the time).  This season he’s definitely done that and more; primarily by leading the newly promoted MTK to the top of the league for most of the season. Yes, the team’s form dropped off towards the end of the season, but that had more to do with some of their best attacking players being allowed to leave when they had no replacements lined up. Regardless, Kanta’s performances rarely dipped to anything below exceptional and if it weren’t for him, MTK could have easily been looking at a relegation dogfight. It was also great to see him being given the chance to play for the national team again for the first time in 6 years. A much deserved reward for a very fine season.

(GK) Daniel Bode – From the shortlist my vote goes to Dániel Böde.  Here is a player who was good for Paks but never really great. His best season return saw him score 15 in 24 matches and that tally meant unfashionable and unfancied Paks finished the 2010-11 season in 2nd place.  Nobody was willing to lay any serious money down to tempt the striker away so he remained at Paks and joined them in their European adventure. A short jaunt into Europe saw him get 3 goals in 6 appearances and a league total of 10 in 26 appearances. Step forward Ferencváros who decided to take a chance on the striker which brings me to the season just finished. 17 goals in 30 appearances, a League Cup medal and a first Hungarian international goal means he has flourished in the capital and if his form continues he will be a must pick for future international squads.  Ferencváros are putting together a jigsaw to gain them success and if they fit all the pieces around Dániel, they might just complete it.

(TM) Jozsef Kanta – Like Fraz I’ve always been a fan of Kanta. His technical ability is superb, and I love his languid, composed style. You don’t see much of it in this era of football. He doesn’t have much pace, he’s not a workaholic, but his passing is fantastic, his shots are deadly and he’s so creative. All of MTK’s play goes through him, and without him, they look lost. It’s hard to imagine an MTK without Kanta and a Kanta without MTK, they’re just perfect for each other. After getting promoted last season, no-one would’ve thought the Blue and Whites would’ve finished 4th, and much of their success has been down to their talisman. He was brilliant in the Europa League at the start of the season, and consistently brilliant in NBI. The national team call-up in June was a fitting end to the sesason for MTK’s captain.

[h5]TieBreak[/h5]

(MS) Daniel Bode – He may have started a bit slowly (he scored his first goal in the sixth round), and the fifth place of Fradi might be a slight disappointment, but altogether Dániel Böde had an excellent season. He played in all the league games – maybe that’s why he looked a bit weary at the end of the season – and his seventeen league goals proved, the former striker of Paks is an important part of the team, and did not need much time to fit in. On top of that he won the League Cup with Ferencváros, debuted in the national team and scored a really important goal against Turkey.

[h5]Winner[/h5]

Daniel Bode – Ferencvaros

Böde Dániel