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Iran's Mahdavikia calls Hamburg's 'Player of the Year' award "great honor"

Berlin, July 20, IRNA -- Iranian international striker Mehdi Mahdavikia was selected Hamburg's Bundesliga 'Player of the Year 2003-4' leaving behind fellow team members Christian Rahn and Sergei Barbarez, the online site of the north German club announced Tuesday.

Reacting to the Hamburg fan vote, Mahdavikia said, "This is of course a great honor for me. I thank my faithful fans for their great support. This will give me even further impetus for the new Bundesliga series."

According to the final tally, the former Pirouzi player secured 37.1 percent or 17,501 fan votes, ahead of Rahn with 32.5 percent (15.348 votes) and Sergej Barbarez with 8.0 percent (3.785 votes).

A total of 47.215 HSV fans took part in the balloting.

Hamburg last season took only the disappointing 8th place in the first German Bundesliga.

... Payvand News - 7/20/04 ... --

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