European Footballer of the Year 1978

In 1978 the Ballon d'Or was won by Kevin Keegan. The English striker was a slightly curious choice as he didn't win anything with HSV his club that year and failed to qualify for the World Cup with England. Apparently Keegan didn't need any more silverware to convince the football world of his worth as a player.

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October 1978: Kevin Keegan on the bal for HSV

Keegan being named European Footballer of the Year was the outcome of a ballot held among a panel of football journalists organised by the magazine France Football, with one vote coming from each of the following 26 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Germany, England, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, West Germany and Yugoslavia.

The result was announced in the edition dated December 27th, 1978.


 Name  Country  Club
Pts.
1.
 Kevin Keegan  England  Hamburger SV
87
2.
 Hans Krankl  Austria  Rapid Vienna 81
3.
 Rob Rensenbrink  Holland  Anderlecht 50
4.
 Roberto Bettega  Italy  Juventus 28
5.
 Paolo Rossi  Italy  Vincenza 23
6.
 Ronnie Hellström  Sweden  1. FC Kaiserslautern 20
 Ruud Krol  Holland  Ajax 20
8.
 Kenny Dalglish  Scotland  Liverpool 10
 Allan Simonsen  Denmark  Borussia M'gladbach 10
10.
 Peter Shilton  England  Nottingham Forest 9
11.
 Arie Haan  Holland  Anderlecht 7
12.
 René van de Kerkhof  Holland  PSV Eindhoven 6
13.
 Antonio Cabrini  Italy  Juventus 5
 Willy van de Kerkhof  Holland  PSV Eindhoven 5
15.
 Johan Cruyff  Holland  FC Barcelona 4
 Graeme Souness  Scotland  Liverpool 4
 Zdenek Nehoda  Czechoslovakia  Dukla Prague 4
18.
 Marian Masny  Czechoslovakia  Slovan Bratislava 3
19.
 Archie Gemmill  Scotland  Nottingham Forest 2
 Marius Tresor  France  Olympique Marseille 2
21.
 João Alves  Portugal  Benfica 1
 Rainer Bonhof  West Germany  Valencia CF 1
 Zbigniew Boniek  Poland  Stal Mielec 1
 Franco Causio  Italy  Juventus 1
 Hansi Müller  West Germany  VfB Stuttgart 1
 Johan Neeskens  Holland  FC Barcelona 1
 Michel Platini  France  AS Nancy 1
 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  West Germany  Bayern Munich 1
 Didier Six  France  Olympique Marseille 1
 François van der Elst  Belgium  Anderlecht 1
 


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