Albert Riera wins Phoenix player of the year

Article courtesy of the Dominion Post Albert Riera completed a remarkable transition into professional football tonight by winning the Phoenix's player of the year award.

Article courtesy of the Dominion Post

Albert Riera completed a remarkable transition into professional football tonight by winning the Phoenix's player of the year award.

The Spanish midfielder arrived in New Zealand four years ago on a holiday from his previous day job as a paramedic.

But he ended up on the books of national league club Auckland City and caught the attention of Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick during a pre-season game last year.

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