Junuzovic is Footballer of the Year

Austria Vienna star Zlatko Junuzovic has been named Austria’s Footballer of the Year.The 23-year-old midfielder, who first played for the national team four years ago, was chosen as Footballer of the Year by the managers of the 10 clubs competing in the Austrian Bundesliga.Christian Fuchs, who joined German Bundesliga side Mainz 05 from VfL Bochum in summer, came second ahead of Sturm Graz striker Roman Kienast. Rapid Vienna captain, who topped the ranking last year, made fourth place this time around, followed by Red Bull Salzburg’s Slovak midfielder Dusan Svento.The Bundesliga’s coaches were eligible to elect any Austrian playing for a club in the country or abroad as well as foreigners under contract at Austrian teams.”I’m a bit surprised, but very proud,” Junuzovic – in whom German team Hannover 96 and other clubs across Europe have expressed interest – said today (Mon).Competition in the Austrian Bundesliga, lead after 19 rounds by SV Ried ahead of ÖFB Cup winners Sturm, will continue on the weekend of 12 February.The Austrian Bundesliga table after 19 rounds:SV Ried, 37 pointsSturm Graz, 33Red Bull Salzburg, 33Austria Vienna, 32Rapid Vienna, 30Magna Wiener Neustadt, 28Wacker Innsbruck, 26Kapfenberg, 23SV Mattersburg, 12LASK Linz, 10