Mead, Oberdorf, Putellas on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

Mead, Oberdorf, Putellas on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

NEW YORK, Switzerland (AP) — European Championship stars Beth Meade and Lina Oberdorf are competing with Alexia Putelas on the shortlist announced Wednesday for the UEFA Player of the Year award.

Meade was named player of the tournament after the England forward helped the hosts win their first European title last month. She was joint top scorer of the tournament with six goals.

Oberdorf won the Young Player of the Year award at Euro 2022 and helped Germany reach the final. The 20-year-old midfielder also helped his club Wolfsburg win the Bundesliga and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Potelas, winner of both the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year awards, played for Barcelona in last season’s Champions League final against Lyon but missed out on Spain’s Euro 2022 when he suffered a knee injury. became

The three women received the most points in the list of 22 players voted by a jury of coaches whose teams played in Euro 2022 and the Champions League, as well as selected journalists.

England coach Serena Wegmann leads the shortlist for the coaching award, which also includes Germany’s Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and Lyon’s Champions League winner Sonia Bompastor.

Bompastor brought back the European title to Lyon in his first full season in charge of the most dominant club team of the last decade.

The winners will be announced in the draw for the men’s Champions League group stage on August 25 in Istanbul.

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