MINSK, 10 December (BelTA) – Forward of the Belarusian national football team and FC BATE Borisov Maksim Skavysh has been named Belarus' Football Player of the Year for 2020. This is the result of the traditional annual poll among Belarusian football experts and sport journalists. The Star Ball 2020 ceremony to review the football season was held in Minsk on 9 December, BelTA has learned.
This season the 31-year-old BATE forward led the Borisov club, scoring 19 goals. Maksim Skavysh was also recognized as the best player and striker of the 2020 Belarusian Premier League.
His teammate Ihar Stasevich, who was the country's best player the previous two years, was recognized as the best midfielder this time. FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk Alyaksandr Hutar was named the best goalkeeper, while FC Torpedo BelAZ Maksim Bardachow was named the best defender.
Viktor Goncharenko, who has been coaching FC CSKA Moscow, was named Belarus' best coach. Yuri Puntus, who led FC Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino to bronze medals for the first time, was named the best coach of the national championship.
Two awards went to FC Dynamo Brest. These are the People's Choice Award and the Will to Win Award. The national champion FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk won the Two Rosters Award. FC Torpedo Zhodino won the Fair Play Award.
Viktor Krupitsa, who passed away recently at the age of 39 after a long illness, was given the award For Special Contribution to the Development of Grassroots Football in Belarus. The award was received by his wife Svetlana.
Awards in other nominations went to:
Anastasia Shcherbachenia (women's football);
Yury Maleyew (best coach in the women's football);
Aleh Harbenka (men's futsal);
Natalia Vasilyeva (women's futsal);
Vadim Bokach (beach soccer);
Sergei Stetsurin, Andrei Gerasimuk, Viktor Getikov (referees).