De Nooijer wins best player award

De Nooijer wins best player award
De Nooijer wins best player award

Teun de Nooijer of the Netherlands was named field hockey's world player of the year on Saturday for the third time in four years.

The 30-year-old playmaker was picked in a poll of the players on 12 countries participating in the World Cup.

Germany striker Christopher Zeller was voted best under-23 player after leading his country into Sunday's World Cup final against Australia with six goals in six matches, reports AP.

"What makes this so worthwhile is I was chosen from hockey comrades all over the world," Zeller said.

The FIH, the sport's world governing body, did not announce who finished in what order among the other players nominated for the awards.