Voting for the best of the 2013-14 Premier League season has closed, and the winners of the 6th World Soccer Talk Awards can now be revealed.
In one of the most competitive awards since its creation in 2009, more than 38,000 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 and books to podcasts, commentators, forums and more.
From a club perspective, Everton claimed 7 awards, followed by Liverpool with 4 and Manchester United and Arsenal tied with 2. Meanwhile, from a brand perspective, Men In Blazers won the most awards with four (Best Radio Show, Best Podcast, Best Podcast Pundit and Best Writer), while Football Weekly picked up 3 awards (Best Podcast Presenter-Readers’ Choice, Best Podcast Presenter-Editor’s Choice and Best Podcast Pundit-Editor’s Choice).
The soccer fans have spoken! Here are the winners of the 2013-14 EPL Awards — both Readers’ Choice Awards and Editor’s Choice Awards:
Footballers and managers
For the second year in a row, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has won the Readers’ Choice award for Best Goalkeeper. Despite a poor season for United as a whole, De Gea was a rare bright spark. Further to the west, Tim Howard’s team had a better season and he came in as a close second place to De Gea.
The Editor’s Choice Award went to Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall, who put in so many incredible performances over the course of the season. With Cardiff’s woeful defense, he had a lot of opportunity to shine.
Winner: David De Gea
Runner-up: Tim Howard
Winner: David Marshall
For the second year in a row, an Everton defender has won the top award. Last season, it was Leighton Baines who won the Readers’ Choice and Editor’s Choice awards, but the winner this season is in the right back position, not left back. It’s Seamus Coleman, who has been a revelation for the Toffees not only in his defending prowess, but his ability to push forward and score goals.
Winner: Seamus Coleman
Runner-up: Pablo Zabaleta
Winner: Seamus Coleman
Although by his own standards, Yaya Toure didn’t have the greatest season of his career at Manchester City, there’s no doubting that the Ivorian was a rock in the center of midfield for Manchester City, and was a key player in the team’s Premier League title victory.
The Editor’s Choice Award goes to Aaron Ramsey who finally showed the critics this season how talented the footballer is. If it wasn’t for an unfortunate injury, who knows what difference Ramsey could have made on this excellent Arsenal team this season.
Winner: Yaya Toure
Runner-up: Marko Arnautovic
Winner: Aaron Ramsey
There’s no argument that Luis Suarez thoroughly deserved the Readers’ Choice and Editor’s Choice awards this season for so many incredible performances over the course of the past 12 months. Suarez was able to shake off his suspension, and pick up right where he left off to cement his place as one of the top players in the entire league.