UEFA Awards Ceremony Holds Today. See Full List Of Nominees Here – European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) –
The UEFA Awards Ceremony will hold in Istanbul, Turkey today alongside the UEFA Champions League draws. The men and women’s player of the year, the men and women’s coach of the year and several positional awards will be presented at the ceremony. The UEFA President’s Award will also be presented. Below are the nominees for each award category.
The nominees for Men’s Player of the Year are:
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium),
Jorginho (Chelsea and Italy),
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea and France).
The rest of the top ten
4 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, now at Paris & Argentina) – 148 points
5 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern & Poland) – 140 points
6 Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan, now at Paris & Italy) – 49 points
7 Kylian Mbappé (Paris & France) – 31 points
8 Raheem Sterling (Man. City & England) – 18 points
9 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal) – 16 points
10 Erling Haaland (Dortmund & Norway) – 15 points
Women’s Player of the Year
Lieke Martens (Barcelona and The Netherlands)
Jenni Hermoso (Barcelona and Spain)
Alexia Putellas (Barcelona and Spain)
The 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
Men’s Coach of the Year:
Josep Guardiola (Manchester City)
Roberto Mancini (Italy)
Thomas Tuchel (Paris & Chelsea)
The rest of the top ten
4 Unai Emery (Villarreal) – 64 points
5 Diego Simeone (Atlético de Madrid) – 29 points
6 Antonio Conte (Internazionale, now free agent) – 19 points
7 Gareth Southgate (England) – 18 points
8 Christophe Galtier (LOSC Lille, now at Nice) – 16 points
9 Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Manchester United) – 14 points
10 Kasper Hjulmand (Denmark) – 11 points
Women’s Coach of the Year
Lluís Cortés (Barcelona, now unattached)
Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden)
Emma Hayes (Chelsea)
The 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
Copenhagen heroes to receive UEFA President’s Award
Tuesday 24 August 2021
The medical team that saved the life of Denmark player Christian Eriksen at UEFA EURO 2020, and Danish national team captain Simon Kjær, are the recipients of the 2021 UEFA President’s Award.
The accolade is a mark of homage for their vital contributions in coming to Eriksen’s aid when the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field during Denmark’s UEFA EURO 2020 group stage match against Finland at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on 12 June.
Thanks to the medical team’s rapid response and expert emergency treatment, Eriksen was resuscitated on the pitch, and is now happily on the road to recovery. Simon Kjær shares the honour for his reaction in immediately helping Eriksen, as well as for the exceptional leadership qualities he displayed.
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin described the recipients of the award – which recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities – as “the true heroes of EURO 2020. It is indeed a great honour for me to present them with the UEFA President’s Award.
“This year, the President’s Award transcends football,” he said. “It serves as an important and eternal reminder of just how precious life is and puts everything in our lives into the clearest perspective,” he added.
“I would also like to send my very best wishes to Christian Eriksen and his family as he continues his recovery.”
Recipients of the 2021 UEFA President’s Award:
On-site medical team
Mogens Kreutzfeldt (chief medical officer)
Frederik Flensted (stadium medical manager)
Anders Boesen (pitchside emergency doctor)
Peder Ersgaard (paramedic)
UEFA Venue Medical Officers
Danish national medical team
Morten Skjoldager (physio accompanying the team doctor)
Morten Boesen (team doctor)
Simon Kjær (Denmark national team captain)
A message from Christian Eriksen
“I would like to thank Morten [Skjoldager], Morten [Boesen] and the medical team who helped in Parken on 12 June. You did a fantastic job and saved my life.
“Also a big thanks to my friend and captain Simon and my teammates in the Danish team for your support, both on 12 June and afterwards.
“Thanks to all the fans who have sent messages to me and my family. It means a lot and has given us strength and support. Thank you.”
This year’s UEFA President’s Award serves as a fitting tribute to the medical staff who were on site at the EURO match in Copenhagen, both for their expertise and their application of the specialist training that had prepared them for such an incident.
The medical team responded swiftly, and Eriksen was resuscitated through the deployment of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) technique and a defibrillator before he was stretchered off and taken to hospital.
“We rushed to the field to help [Christian] and to do our job,” said Mogens Kreutzfeldt, chief medical officer for UEFA EURO 2020 in Copenhagen. “We did what we should, what we were taught, what we were trained to do.”
“Everybody knew their role, everybody knew what to do. We were not emotional at the scene. Afterwards, we were, of course, like everybody. We’re very happy and proud of the outcome.”
“When Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field in Copenhagen,” said Aleksander Čeferin. “I, along with millions of other football fans, was deeply shocked and concerned. To everyone’s great joy and relief, Christian’s life was eventually saved thanks to the remarkable professionalism of the medical team.”
“I have the utmost admiration for the doctors and medical staff for their outstanding reaction and calmness,” Mr Čeferin added. “Attributes which were crucial in Christian’s resuscitation.”
The award also recognises Simon Kjær’s admirable response to the situation. The 32-year-old AC Milan defender was one of the first people to reach Eriksen when he collapsed.
He put Eriksen in the recovery position, started the initial CPR procedure, led the Danish players in forming a protective ring around their teammate while he was being given urgent medical attention, and comforted Eriksen’s partner.
“I remain grateful for the exemplary leadership qualities and immense courage that Denmark’s captain, Simon Kjær, displayed in this most critical of situations,” said Aleksander Čeferin.
Reacting as a team
Kjær emphasised the Danish team’s unity and solidarity in responding to the situation.
“It’s something that will stay with us for the rest of our lives,” he said. “The team reacted as a unit…as a team, we made the maximum effort to stick together and try to get through that situation and be as helpful as possible.”
“I try to lead the team on and off the pitch, in every aspect of life, as footballers, when we’re together,” he added. “I think it’s one of the biggest privileges I have in my career.”
“I’ve known Christian [Eriksen] for many years,” Kjær added. “[He] has a great family, he has a lot of friends, a lot of teammates that want the best for him. As long as he’s happy and his family is good, I’m happy.”
Picture 1: UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin
Picture 2: Mogens Kreutzfeldt, chief medical officer for UEFA EURO 2020 in Copenhagen.
Picture 3: Denmark’s captain, Simon Kjær
Picture 4: Christian Eriksen recently visited staff and teammates at his club, FC Internazionale
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Champions League positional award nominees announced
Friday 13 August 2021
There are three players nominated for each of the four 2020/21 UEFA Champions League positional awards: best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward.
Winners Chelsea and runners-up Manchester City dominate the positional award shortlists for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League season.
Five Chelsea players make the cut, while three Man. City men take the Premier League contingent to eight. Real Madrid, Dortmund, Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain are also represented.
Positional award nominees for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Ederson (Manchester City), Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
Defenders: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Jorginho (Chelsea), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
Forwards: Erling Haaland (Dortmund), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Kylian Mbappé (Paris)
What are these awards?
These accolades were introduced in 2016/17 to recognise the season’s best player in each position in Europe’s premier club competition. This year’s winners will be named – along with the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and UEFA Women’s Player of the Year – during the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday 26 August. The 2020/21 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season will be announced the following day.
Player rankings (4 to 10)
4 Keylor Navas (Paris) – 50 points
5 Manuel Neuer (Bayern) – 36 points
6 Jan Oblak (Atlético) – 35 points
7 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan, now at Paris) – 20 points
8 Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona) – 13 points
9 Agustín Marchesín (Porto) – 4 points
= Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – 4 points
4 Marquinhos (Paris) – 78 points
5 Thiago Silva (Chelsea) – 59 points
6 Kyle Walker (Man. City) – 35 points
7 Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) – 18 points
8 John Stones (Man. City) – 15 points
9 David Alaba (Bayern, now at Real Madrid) – 14 points
= Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) – 14 points
4 Ilkay Gündogan (Man. City) – 15 points
= Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 15 points
6 Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) – 9 points
= Luka Modrić (Real Madrid) – 9 points
8 Pedri (Barcelona) – 6 points
9 Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool, now at Paris) – 5 points
= Kai Havertz (Chelsea) – 5 points
4 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, now at Paris) – 76 points
5 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 70 points
6 Neymar (Paris) – 23 points
7 Kai Havertz (Chelsea) – 16 points
= Raheem Sterling (Man. City) – 16 points
9 Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 6 points
= Romelu Lukaku (Inter) – 6 points
How the players were shortlisted
The jury comprised the coaches of the 32 clubs in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from every UEFA member association. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.
Jury members chose their top three players per position, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. The three players who got the most points in each category made up the final shortlist.
Women’s Champions League positional awards nominees announced
Thursday 17 September 2020
There are three players nominated for each of the four 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League positional awards: best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward.
The nominees have been announced for the new UEFA Women’s Champions League positional awards with the winners revealed on 1 October.
Lyon, who clinched a fifth straight title and seventh in a row in August, provide six of the 12 nominees including Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, who played in earlier rounds for eventual runners-up Wolfsburg before joining OL ahead of the finals and scoring against her former club in the decider. Also among the shortlisted selections are two former UEFA Women’s Players of the Year, Lucy Bronze (2019) and Pernille Harder (2018), both of who have left respectively Lyon and Wolfsburg for English clubs since facing off in the San Sebastián final.
Positional award nominees for the 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League
Goalkeeper: Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon), Christiane Endler (Paris Saint-Germain), Sandra Paños (Barcelona)
Defender: Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Lena Goessling (Wolfsburg), Wendie Renard (Lyon)
Midfielder: Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (Lyon/Wolfsburg), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Lyon), Alex Popp (Wolfsburg)
Forward: Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)
What are these awards?
These are new awards, following on from the similar accolades that were introduced for the UEFA Champions League in 2016/17 to recognise the season’s best player in each position in Europe’s premier men’s club competition.
This year’s winners will be named – along with the UEFA Women’s Player and Coach of the Year, UEFA Men’s Player and Coach of the Year and the UEFA Champions League positional awards – during the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday 1 October. The 2019/20 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season will be announced the following day.
Player rankings (4 to 10)
4 Frederike Abt (Wolfsburg) – 10 points
5 Hedvig Lindahl (Atlético/Wolfsburg) – 9 points
6 Laura Benkarth (Bayern) – 8 points
7 Manuela Zinsberger (Arsenal) – 4 points
8 Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City) – 3 points
10= Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Arsenal) – 1 point
10= Sari van Veenendaal (Atlético) – 1 point
4 Sakina Karchaoui (Lyon) – 8 points
5 Dominique Janssen (Wolfsburg) – 7 points
6 Irene Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain) – 6 points
7= Kathrin Hendrich (Wolfsburg/Bayern) – 5 points
7= Mapi León (Barcelona) – 5 points
9= Paulina Dudek (Paris Saint-Germain) – 3 points
9= Carolin Simon (Bayern) – 3 points
4= Saki Kumagai (Lyon) – 17 points
4= Amel Majri (Lyon) – 17 points
6 Delphine Cascarino (Lyon) – 14 points
7 Alexia Putellas (Barcelona) – 10 points
8= Ingrid Engen (Wolfsburg) – 8 points
8= Amandine Henry (Lyon) – 8 points
10= Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona) – 6 points
10= Kim Little (Arsenal) – 6 points
10= Lina Magull (Bayern) – 6 points
4 Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon) – 23 points
5 Ada Hegerberg (Lyon) – 15 points
6 Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris Saint-Germain) – 10 points
7 Ewa Pajor (Wolfsburg) – 7 points
8= Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona) – 6 points
8= Jenni Hermoso (Barcelona) – 6 points
10 Fridolina Rolfö (Wolfsburg) – 5 points
Clubs listed those for who players took the pitch during the 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League (i.e. not including as unused substitute). Where players took the pitch for more than one club during the competition, the later team is listed first.
How the players were shortlisted
For the women’s positional awards, the shortlist of three players was selected by a jury composed of the coaches of the eight clubs which participated in the 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League final tournament in Spain, and 20 journalists specialising in women’s football and selected by the ESM group.
Coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.