Schwarzer wins top Australian awards

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was awarded Australian

football’s two top awards at a lavish ceremony on Thursday.

The 38-year-old veteran was named Football Federation

Australia’s Player of the Year for the second straight year and was

voted Player of the Year by fellow players.

He received 392 votes to narrowly beat Everton’s Tim Cahill to

the players’ award. Cahill, who was the players’ elect last year,

was voted Player of the Year by members of Australia’s Football

Media Association.

Schwarzer made 10 appearances for Australia in the 2009-2010

season, playing every minute of its matches at the World Cup in

June.