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by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

Everton star Tim Cahill has been shortlisted for the Asian Footballer of the Year award for the first time.

The Aussie, who was previously nominated for the 2006 Ballon D’Or, is one of 15 players in the frame for the prize which will be decided at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpar on November 24.

Cahill has enjoyed another good year for both club and country.

The 30-year-old attacking midfielder played a key role in helping his country qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, scoring in crunch matches against Qatar and Japan.

And although he received a controversial red card in the Socceroos’ opening game against Germany, he returned to score in a 2-1 win over Serbia.

For Everton, Cahill was crucial to the Blues’ superb form after Christmas. His goals and energy helped the team power up the Premier League table in the latter stages of the season.

The 2010 list also includes Japan star Keisuke Honda of CSKA Moscow and Manchester United's South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung, who both impressed at the World Cup.

The other nominees are: Bader Al Mutawa (Kuwait), Fabio Cesar (Qatar), Farhad Majidi (Iran), Farshid Talebi (Iran), Hasan Abdel Fattah (Jordan), Husain Salman (Bahrain), Kim Hyun-gil (South Korea), Lee Dong-gook (South Korea), Li Weifeng (China), Mohsen Bengar (Iran), Sasa Ognenovski (Australia) and Osama Hawsawi (Saudi Arabia).


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