Roland Juhasz, key player in the Purple & White defence, has been elected Hungarian Football Player of the Year. For the 28-year-old central defender this is the second time in his career he has been awarded the Golden Ball, he also received it in 2009.
Juhasz got 100 points during the voting by 33 Hungarian sports journalists, two more than Balazs Dzsudzsak, who plays for Mbark Boussoufa’s Anzhi. Genk midfielder Daniel Tözser finished third with 76 points, as did Rudolf Gergely (Panathinaikos).
Roland Juhasz made the transfer from MTK Budapest to RSC Anderlecht in 2005. He soon became one of the Purple & White key players and is now playing his seventh season for Sporting. He has already played more than 250 games for the team from Brussels and scored 27 times. He has already won three titles and one Belgian Cup with Sporting. The central defender is also a first-string player in the Hungarian national team.
"I am of course very proud to win this trophy, especially as a defender, as the most individual awards go to more offensive players", he said. "But I will not remember 6th December 2011 as the day on which I won the Golden Ball for the second time, but as the day on which José Lago passed away... A very difficult day. We lost someone very close to us on Tuesday. I knew him for six years, he will always be in our hearts."