2012-13 EPL Awards Winners Revealed: The Best of the Premier League Season

Voting for the best of the 2012-13 Premier League season has closed, and the winners of the 5th EPL Awards can now be revealed.

In one of the most competitive awards since its creation in 2009, more than 36,000 votes were cast by soccer fans worldwide in the awards to recognize the best that the Premier League has to offer including everything from blogs, footballers, books and video networks to podcasts, commentators, forums and more.

The soccer fans have spoken! Here are the winners of the 2012-13 EPL Awards — both Readers’ Choice Awards and Editor’s Choice Awards:

Footballers and managers

Best Goalkeeper

There have been so many worthy candidates between the goal posts this season that it was difficult to pick out a winner. You, the readers, gave the nod to Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, who was a worthy winner based on a dodgy start earlier this season. However, he turned his season around in triumphant fashion.

The Editor’s Choice Award went to Sunderland and Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who was one of the main reasons why the Black Cats were able to stay up this season. Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan was a close runner-up.

Readers’ Choice
Winner: David De Gea
Runner-up: Petr Cech

Editor’s Choice
Winner: Simon Mignolet

Best Defender

It was one of those bizarre seasons in the Premier League, especially in the first half, where there were so many defensive lapses by teams throughout the table. As the season went on, defenses solidified themselves, but there were still some players who rose to the top. In the Readers’ Choice category, Leighton Baines won first place for his brilliant performances for Everton down the left wing (and his many exquisite goals from free kicks). Baines also received the Editor’s Choice Award.

Readers’ Choice
Winner: Leighton Baines
Runner-up: Jan Vertonghen

Editor’s Choice
Winner: Leighton Baines

Best Midfielder

Gareth Bale had one of the best seasons for any British footballer in the Premier League in recent memory. The only catch was whether to put him in the midfield or striker category since he played in and out of both throughout the season. We decided to place him in the midfield category, where he was up against some brilliant competition. In any other year, Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini or Santi Cazorla would have had a fighting chance to win the top honors.

Readers’ Choice
Winner: Gareth Bale
Runner-up: Juan Mata

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