Sardar misses out on Player of the Year award; Fuerste wins

Melbourne: Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh on Saturday missed out on the FIH player of the year award which was won by Germany`s Moritz Fuerste.

Fuerste, captain of the German team that won the Olympic Games gold medal, was picked as the most outstanding player from a field that included Australian captain Jamie Dwyer, Robert van der Horst of Netherlands, Fuerste`s teammate Tobias Hauke and Sardar. He received his award on the field during the Champions Trophy matches here.

Fuerste had also featured in Germany`s gold medal teams of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and also the 2006 World Cup in Monchengladbach, and was a nominee for the best player`s award during the past two years.

The 28-year-old from Hamburg also celebrated his 200th cap for Germany during the ongoing Champions Trophy.

The German celebration was doubled when Fuerste`s teammate Florian Fuchs was selected as the Young Player of the Year. The other finalists for the award were Simon Gougnard of Belgium, England`s Harry Martin, Argentine Gonzalo Peillat and Pakistan`s Muhammad Rizwan Jr.


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