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2015 Review: #1 Liam Ridgewell

In his first season as the Portland Timbers’ captain, Liam Ridgewell led by example as he guided his side to their first ever MLS Cup success. Skipper After joining Portland halfway through their 2014 season, following his release from West Brom, Ridgewell was named as the club’s captain for the upcoming 2015 season. Despite an […]

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2015 Review: #2 James Lawrence

2018 edit: He mostly plays centre-back now Last year saw James Lawrence complete the league and cup double with AS Trenčín in Slovakia. Not bad for your first season in senior football. Double dream Oxfordshire-born Lawrence headed into 2015 with Slovak league and cup ambitions. His side, AS Trenčín, had never won a major honour in […]

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2015 Review: #3 Billy Ions

We’ve reached the number three spot in our 2015 review and we finally have our first player who also featured in the 2014 review. Billy Ions moves up from sixth spot to third following yet another superb season in Finland with the Kemi Kings. Champions After a couple of seasons in Finland’s third tier, the Kakkonen, Ions […]

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2015 Review: #4 Wayne Brown

Heading into his third consecutive in Finnish top tier football, Wayne Brown was looking to go one further than his 2014 achievements and win the Veikkausliiga. Last year saw him do exactly that. Champions Partway through the 2014 season, former Fulham midfielder Brown swapped relegation-battling with TPS for title-challenging with SJK and although he could […]

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2015 Review: #5 Jamie Hopcutt

Having established himself as a regular in the Ostersunds line-up after three seasons at the club, Jamie Hopcutt headed into the 2015 season as one his side’s key players as they aimed for their first ever promotion to Sweden’s top tier. He did not disappoint and under the stewardship of manager and fellow Englishman Graham […]

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2015 Review: #6 Jay Bothroyd

Finishing as the J2 League’s top scorer probably wasn’t something Jay Bothroyd imagined he would ever achieve when he started his career as a youngster at Arsenal but it was exactly what the former England international accomplished last year. International journeyman Bothroyd was no stranger to playing his football abroad when he signed for Japanese […]

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2015 Review: #7 John Bostock

Last year saw John Bostock finish arguably the season of his career. He guided OH Leuven to promotion and subsequently set about attempting to ensure they remained in the top tier. Promotion The first half of 2015 saw Bostock finish what he had started in 2014 by helping to secure promotion for OH Leuven back to the […]

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2015 Review: #8 Luke Steele

Last year saw Luke Steele make the number one spot his own at Panathinaikos. He missed just one league game during all of 2015 as his side finished as runners-up in the Greek Super League. The former Barnsley stopper kept 15 league clean sheets during the calendar year as the Greens continued to push perennial league champions Olympiacos […]

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2015 Review: #9 Rob Vincent

After two seasons with American third tier side Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Rob Vincent had the same number of league goals as he had yellow cards. However, the 2015 season has seen the former Everton and Crewe Alexandra youth player take his game to an unprecedented level. Despite playing in midfield, Vincent fired 18 league goals, triple […]

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2015 Review: #10 Hakeem Araba

On the face of it, Hakeem Araba’s first season in Sweden seems mediocre at best. His side, Falkenberg, came third-bottom in the Allsvenskan and at one stage of the season, the English forward went thirteen matches without a goal. However, from the end of April to the end of May, Araba scored in every game. […]