August 27 – Chelsea and Italy’s Jorginho has been voted UEFA Men’s Player of the Year 2020/21, while Barcelona and Spain’s Alexia Putellas was named Women’s Player of the Year.
Chelsea doubled up on the awards with Thomas Tuchel receiving the Men’s Coach of the Year award, though couldn’t make it a hattrick, with women’s coach Emma Hayes losing out to Barcelona’s Lluis Cortes.
The awards were unveiled at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey, where the draw for the group stages of the Champions League were held.
Jorginho was a key player in Chelsea’s Champions League win last season, as well as in Italy’s Euro 2020 winning team. He beat Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne and teammate N’Golo Kanté to the top award that was voted for by the 24 coaches of the national teams that played in Euro 2020 and the 80 coaches of the clubs that played the group stages of the 2020/21 Champions League and Europa League. Fifty-five journalists, one from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations, also voted.
Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas overcame club colleagues Jennifer Hermoso and Lieke Martens to take her award.
Four players were named winners of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League positional awards: Edouard Mendy (Senegal, Chelsea FC) was crowned Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season, Rúben Dias (Portugal, Manchester City FC) was named Champions League Defender of the Season, N’Golo Kanté (France, Chelsea FC) was crowned Midfielder of the Season and Erling Haaland (Norway, Borussia Dortmund) was named Forward of the Season.
The four women’s positional awards all went to Barca players: Sandra Paños (Spain, FC Barcelona – goalkeeper), Irene Paredes (Spain, FC Barcelona – defender), and Alexia Putellas (Spain, FC Barcelona – midfielder), Jennifer Hermoso (Spain, FC Barcelona – forward).
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