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  08/01/2015: LazioLand Player of 2014 Results
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We invited you to vote for who you felt should be named "LazioLand Player of 2014" and all the votes have now been counted and we can now provide a run down from five to one.

Fifth place: Edson Braafheid
The leftfield choice in this year's poll, the 31 year-old Dutchman had enough admirers to finish in fifth place in spite of the fact that he spent half the year sidelined at 1899 Hoffenheim. A World Cup finalist, Braafheid's fall from grace has been rapid and a little spectacular, but he seems to have turned a corner at Lazio with gritty displays of a rather high standard. Currently out with injury, Braafheid should return in February motivated by the thought of a contract extension. He's been fighting for his career, and it has showed.

Fourth place: Stefan De Vrij
Widely regarded as Lazio's brightest prospect, Stefan De Vrij had a slow start to his Lazio career but has improved enough to finish fourth in our 'Player of 2014' poll. Another Dutchman, another defender and another player who only arrived in the summer. That tells you something about Lazio's defence in the first half of the year, but things are certainly looking up and De Vrij will be keen to push Lazio back into Europe. He relished the big occasion with the Netherlands at the World Cup, and we would all love to see how he handles the big occasion with Lazio.

Third place: Senad Lulic
The hero of 26th May 2012, Senad Lulic's consistency sees him onto the imaginary podium of this poll. The Bosnian excelled in a number of roles in 2014 under three different coaches, and his commitment to the cause has won the hearts of many. He chipped in with a number of important goals towards the end of last season, but he was most probably a few match-winning displays short of emerging victorious in our poll.

Second place: Stefano Mauri
Lazio captain Stefano Mauri returned from suspension to remind everyone that there is life in the old dog yet. He turned 35 yesterday, but rolled back the years throughout 2014 wprobably cost him the overall victory in this poll, but 10 goals in the calendar year is quite an achievement for a man in the twilight years of his career. Hopes are high that he can continue his good form into 2015 and wouldn't it be great if he could get the ball rolling with a derby goal and a derby win?

Winner: Antonio Candreva
Was it ever in doubt? In a season fraught with struggle, Antonio Candreva's goals were often the only source of light. A disappointing World Cup campaign and speculation that he could leave the club made it somewhat of a difficult summer for the ex-Juventus midfielder, but he came back with a bang kicking off the 2014-15 season with a flurry of assists that have him leading the assist table as we enter week 18 of the Serie A season. Candreva received twice as many votes as any other player in our poll, so it was somewhat of a foregone conclusion but expectations are higher now in 2015 and the Italian international will be expected to lead by example and guide Lazio into the Top 5 of Serie A.

Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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