This month, UEFA announced the list of nominees shortlisted for the 2019/20 UEFA Champions' league positional awards. The awards will honor the best defender, goalkeeper, forward, and midfielder for the 2010/ 2020 UEFA champions' league season. The awards will be presented during the 2020/2021 UEFA champions' league group stages draw on Thursday, 1 October.
The jury comprises the coaches for the thirty-two clubs, which participated in the group stage of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions' league. The fifty-five journalists from each of the UEFA's fifty-five members association selected by the European sports media (ESM) group. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their teams.
Both the journalists and coaches were requested to select a shortlist of three players in each category by allocating five points, three points, and one point to each of them, respectively. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists.
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GOALKEEPERS:Keylor Navas (Costa Rica – Paris Saint-Germain); Manuel Neuer (Germany – FC Bayern München); Jan Oblak (Slovenia – Club Atlético de Madrid)
DEFENDERS:David Alaba (Austria – FC Bayern München); Alphonso Davies (Canada – FC Bayern München); Joshua Kimmich (Germany – FC Bayern München)
MIDFIELDERS:Thiago Alcántara (Spain – FC Bayern München); Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium – Manchester City FC); Thomas Müller (Germany – FC Bayern München)
FORWARDS:Robert Lewandowski (Poland – FC Bayern München); Kylian Mbappé (France – Paris Saint-Germain); Neymar (Brazil – Paris Saint-Germain)
UEFA Women's Champions' League
For the first time, UEFA will honor the best women's goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, and forward from the 2019/20 UEFA women's champions' league season.
For the women's positional awards, the shortlist was selected by a jury composed of the coaches in the eight clubs, which participated in the 2019/20 UEFA women's champions' final league tournament in Spain. Besides, twenty journalists specializing in women's football and selected by ESM Group will also be a part of the jury.
Like the men's award, coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players by allocating five points, three points, and one point in each one of them. Like the men's category, 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 the players from their team.
In alphabetical order, the players in each category are as follows:
GOALKEEPERS:Sarah Bouhaddi (France – Olympique Lyonnais); Christiane Endler (Chile – Paris Saint-Germain); Sandra Paños (Spain – FC Barcelona)
DEFENDERS:Lucy Bronze (England – Olympique Lyonnais, now at Manchester City Women FC); Lena Goeßling (Germany – VfL Wolfsburg); Wendie Renard (France – Olympique Lyonnais)
MIDFIELDERS:Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (Iceland – Olympique Lyonnais, formerly at VfL Wolfsburg); Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany – Olympique Lyonnais); Alexandra Popp (Germany – VfL Wolfsburg)
FORWARDS:Delphine Cascarino (France – Olympique Lyonnais); Pernille Harder (Denmark – VfL Wolfsburg, now at Chelsea FC Women); Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands – Arsenal Women FC)