Ribery scoops French award
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marseille's Franck Ribery has been named France's Young Player of the Year.
Marseille's midfield maestro Franck Ribery has been named France's Young Player of the Year.
The 23-year-old collected the UNFP, the French Union of Professional football players, award to cap a superb season at the Stade Velodrome.
L'OM are currently fourth in Ligue 1 and the young Frenchman has been the club's second top scorer, behind striker Mamadou Niang.
Lille's Claude Puel was voted France's top coach following the team's superb push into the top three, with Europe beckoning next season.
Brazilian playmaker Juninho from Lyon, was voted the best player in France.
And the Stade Gerland outfit feature prominently in the season's best, following their fifth successive Ligue 1 title win.
The best starting line-up was: Coupet (Lyon); Jemmali (Bordeaux), Cris (Lyon), Yepes (Paris Saint Germain), Abidal (Lyon); Diarra (Lyon), Juninho (Lyon), Ribery (Marseille), Malouda (Lyon); Pauleta (Paris Saint Germain), Wiltord (Lyon)