K-League Names MVP and Best Rookie for 2006

At the K-League 2006 Award ceremony in Olympic Park, southeastern Seoul, the Korea Football Association announced the results of the MVP and the best rookie polls, which were carried out two weeks ago in a journalists' vote held at the KFA headquarters. Kim Do-heon, 24-year-old midfielder who led Seongnam Chunma to the K-League championship title this year, was named the most valuable player for 2006. Kim scored six goals and set up for another four during the season, helping Seongnam take home its seventh winning trophy. Seongnam won last time in 2003. "I was expecting a little bit, but this is huge award for me," Kim said. "I want to share the honor with the teammates who have helped me a lot throughout the year."

The best rookie award went to Chonbuk Motors midfielder Yeom Ki-hun, 23. Yeom shone during the Asian Football Confederation Champions League, when he scored three goals and one assist, helping his club win the title last month. Chonbuk beat Syria's Al Karama 3-2 on aggregate at the finals. The only rookie in the Korean national team, Yeom scored once during the just-ended Asian Games in Doha when South Korea beat North Korea 3-0 in the quarterfinals.

Amongst other K-League award-winners, Seongnam coach Kim Hak-beom took home the coach's award while Seongnam striker Woo Sung-yong, who scored 16, received the best scorer's title. Popo of Busan as well as Park Ho-jin and Baek Ji-hoon, of the Suwon BlueWings, were awarded the Best 11, along with eight other players, such as Kim Eun-jung of FC Seoul, Chonbuk defender Choi Jin-cheul and Seongnam defenders Kim Young-chul, Jang Hack-young and Mato, Moon Gwang-lip reported for The Korean Times.