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Barcelona trio nominated for best Player of the Year

Jenni Hermoso, Lieke Martens and Alexia Putellas is a Barcelona trio nominated for best Player of the Year, an award given by UEFA.

The winners will be announced  on 26th of August in Istanbul during UEFA Champions League draw.

UEFA Women’s player of the Year

Not surprisingly, three Barcelona players, who won the triple in the last season, are nominated for the prestigious individual award.

Jenni Hermoso finished on the top of the Women’s Champions League scorer standings with 6 goals in the last season. With 31 goals in 26 games, she was also Liga Iberdrola top scorer and became all-time leading scorer of Blaugrana and Spain national team.

Lieke Martens, who already won the award in the 2016/17 season, also had a fantastic season with 20 goals and 16 assists. The Dutch international was a crucial figure in the Women’s Champions League semi-final against PSG, when she scored two goals to secure the spot in the big final.

Alexia Putellas, Martens’ attacking partner and Barcelona’s captain, scored in the final against Chelsea from the spot. She also added 26 goals during the Barcelona record-breaking campaign, when Blaugrana set a new Liga Iberdrola all-time record with 167 goals scored.

Rest of the top ten:

4 Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal/Netherlands) – 32 points
5 Aitana Bonmatí (Barcelona/Spain) – 29 points
6 Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona/Norway) – 28 points
7 Sam Kerr (Chelsea/Australia) – 18 points
= Fran Kirby (Chelsea/England/Great Britain) – 18 points
9 Pernille Harder (Chelsea/Denmark) – 17 points
10 Irene Paredes (Paris Saint-German/France, now Barcelona) – 11 points

UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year

In the category of coaches of the women’s team, Lluís Cortés, Peter Gerhardsson and Emma Hayes are nominated.

Lluís Cortés, who led FC Barcelona to the historic triple, winning Liga Iberdrola, Copa de la Reina and Women’s Champions League, is a favourite to win the award. Cortés, who already came in third in the last year, meanwhile stepped down as a Barcelona coach.

Peter Gerhardsson is a Swedish national team head coach, appointed in 2017. He secured his place among the top three after fantastic performances on the recently finished Olympics in Tokyo. Sweden managed to get to the final, but lost the gold medal on penalties against Canada.

Emma Hayes, who took Chelsea Women in 2012, managed to win the domestic double with the Blues. She also led Chelsea to the Women’s Champions League final for the first time, where they were beaten by Cortes’ Barcelona. She finished on the fourth place in the last year award race.

Rest of the top ten:

4 Olivier Echouafni (Paris Saint-Germain, now unattached) – 24 points
5 Jens Scheuer (Bayern München) – 17 points
6 Rita Guarino (Juventus, now Internazionale Milano) – 10 points
= Anna Signeul (Finland) – 10 points
8 Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands, now England) – 7 points
9 Gareth Taylor (Manchester City) – 5 points
10 Jorge Vilda (Spain) – 3 points

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