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Flamengo big winners at Brazil’s Player of the Year awards

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Flamengo were the big winners at Mondays Player of the Year awards in Brazil with the Rio de Janeiro club taking the best player, coach and goal of the season honours.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer -Flamengo's Georgian De Arrascaeta celebrates scoring with his team mates on Dec. 5 REUTERS/Pilar Olivares/File Photo

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REUTERS: Flamengo were the big winners at Mondays Player of the Year awards in Brazil with the Rio de Janeiro club taking the best player, coach and goal of the season honours.

Nine of the 11 players chosen for the team of the year came from Flamengo, who did the double by winning the league and the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League.

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Flamengo striker Bruno Henrique won the Player of the Year award and team mate Everton Ribeiro took home the fans' award. Corinthians forward Milene was elected the womens Player of the Year.

The entire back four of the team of the year all came from Flamengo, with Rafinha taking best right back and Filipe Luis winning best left back, alongside central defenders Rodrigo Caio and Pablo Mari.

Gerson, Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Everton Ribeiro were three of the best four midfielders, while both forwards, Gabriel Barbosa and Bruno Henrique, also came from Flamengo.

The only two of the 11 players who were not from the Rio side were Athletico Paranaense pair Santos (goalkeeper) and Bruno Guimaraes (midfielder).

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