Ilta-Sanomat Player of the Year Award

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Ilta-Sanomat Player of the Year Award (Finnish : IS-tähtikisa) is an annual award given by the Finnish evening paper Ilta-Sanomat for the best individual players of Finnish top leagues in ice hockey (SM-liiga), basketball (Korisliiga), volleyball (Mestaruusliiga) and floorball (Salibandyliiga). Due to sponsorship reasons the award has not been given in football Veikkausliiga since 2009.

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Ilta-Sanomat is one of Finland's two prominent tabloid size evening newspaper and the second largest paper in the country. Its counterpart and biggest rival is Iltalehti.


The award is based on post-match ratings made in every single match by a sport journalist and two local sportspersons or celebrities. Best player of the match is awarded with three points ("stars"), second best with two and third best with one. The player collecting most "stars" during the season wins the award.



1983 Flag of Finland.svg Mika Lipponen TPS Turku
1984 Flag of Finland.svg Heikki Suhonen TPS Turku
1985 Flag of Finland.svg Jukka Ikäläinen KePS Kemi
1986 Flag of Finland.svg Ismo Lius FC Kuusysi
1987 Flag of Finland.svg Jarmo Alatensiö PPT Pori
1988 Flag of Finland.svg Ismo Lius FC Kuusysi
1989 Flag of Finland.svg Jari Litmanen Reipas Lahti
1990 Flag of Finland.svg Jari Litmanen Reipas Lahti
1991 Flag of Finland.svg Jari Litmanen HJK Helsinki
1992 Flag of Russia.svg Vasili Karatayev RoPS Rovaniemi
1993 Flag of Brazil.svg Piracaia FC Jazz
1994 Flag of Russia.svg Alexei Eremenko Sr. FF Jaro
1995 Flag of Russia.svg Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
1996 Flag of Brazil.svg Luiz Antônio FC Jazz
1997 Flag of Russia.svg Alexei Eremenko Sr. FF Jaro
1998 Flag of Zambia.svg Zeddy Saileti RoPS Rovaniemi
1999 Flag of Russia.svg Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
2000 Flag of Finland.svg Shefki Kuqi FC Jokerit
2001 Flag of Finland.svg Antti Pohja Tampere United
2002 Flag of Finland.svg Jari Niemi Tampere United
2003 Flag of Russia.svg Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
2004 Flag of Finland.svg Fredrik Svanbäck FF Jaro
2005 Flag of Russia.svg Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
2006 Flag of Algeria.svg Farid Ghazi HJK Helsinki
2007 Flag of Russia.svg Valeri Popovitch FC Haka
2008 Flag of Finland.svg Mikko Hyyrynen FF Jaro

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