UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award

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The UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award is an association football award given to the female footballer that is considered the best player playing for a football club in Europe during the previous season. The award was announced in 2013, two years after the creation of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, the equivalent award for male footballers.[1]

Nadine Angerer, Lena Goeßling, and Lotta Schelin made the shortlist for the inaugural year, with Nadine Angerer being selected as the winner on 5 September 2013 during the round of 32 and 16 draws for the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League.[1][2]

Criteria and voting[edit]

According to UEFA, players are selected based on their performances that year in "all competitions, both domestic and international, and at club and national team levels".[1] For the inaugural award, players were nominated by the coaches of the twelve national teams that made the group stage of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 competition and the coaches of the eight club teams that made the quarterfinals of the 2012–13 UEFA Women's Champions League. The nominees were then voted on by eighteen sports journalists that cover women's association football, chosen by trade organization European Sports Media. Each of the voters selected their pick for the top three players, giving their first choice five points, their second choice three points, and their third choice one point. From this initial round of voting, a three player shortlist is selected and the fourth through tenth place finishers are determined. The winner, runner up, and third place finisher are selected from the shortlist during a second round of voting, which takes place during the round of 32 and 16 draws for the UEFA Women's Champions League.[3]

Award history[edit]

Winners[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2013 Germany Nadine Angerer (Frankfurt) Germany Lena Goeßling (Wolfsburg) Sweden Lotta Schelin (Lyon)
2014 Germany Nadine Keßler (Wolfsburg) Germany Martina Müller (Wolfsburg) Sweden Nilla Fischer (Wolfsburg)

By player[edit]

Player First place Second place Third place
1 Germany Nadine Angerer 1 0 0
Germany Nadine Keßler 1 0 0
2 Germany Lena Goeßling 0 1 0
Germany Martina Müller 0 1 0
3 Sweden Lotta Schelin 0 0 1
Sweden Nilla Fischer 0 0 1

By country[edit]

Player First place Second place Third place
1  Germany 2 2 0
2  Sweden 0 0 2

By club[edit]

Player First place Second place Third place
1 Germany Wolfsburg 1 2 1
2 Germany Frankfurt 1 0 0
3 France Lyon 0 0 1

Finalists[edit]

      Winner       Shortlisted

2012–13[edit]

Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Germany Nadine Angerer 10 Germany Frankfurt
2 Germany Lena Goeßling 6 Germany Wolfsburg
3 Sweden Lotta Schelin 2 France Lyon
4 Germany Nadine Keßler 16 Germany Wolfsburg
5 Spain Verónica Boquete 11 Sweden Tyresö
6 Sweden Caroline Seger 8 Sweden Tyresö
7 Sweden Nilla Fischer 6 Sweden Linköping
8 Germany Célia Okoyino da Mbabi 4 Germany Frankfurt
9 France Wendie Renard 3 France Lyon
10 France Louisa Nécib 2 France Lyon

Sources:[3][4]

2013–14[edit]

Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Germany Nadine Keßler 9 Germany Wolfsburg
2 Germany Martina Müller 3 Germany Wolfsburg
3 Sweden Nilla Fischer 0 Germany Wolfsburg
4 Germany Lena Goeßling 6 Germany Wolfsburg
5 Spain Verónica Boquete 5 Sweden Tyresö
Sweden Lotta Schelin 5 France Lyon
7 Brazil Marta 3 Sweden Tyresö FF
Germany Alexandra Popp 3 Germany Wolfsburg
Sweden Caroline Seger 3 Sweden Tyresö FF
10 United States Christen Press 2 Sweden Tyresö FF

Sources:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Saffer, Paul (9 July 2013). "Best Women's Player in Europe Award launched". UEFA. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Paddy, Higgs (5 September 2013). "Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer is UEFA's European footballer of the year". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Angerer, Schelin and Goessling shortlisted". UEFA. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe 2012/13: final votes". UEFA. 
  5. ^ "Nadine Kessler and Cristiano Ronaldo voted UEFA Best Players in Europe 2013/14". UEFA.