UEFA announced on Thursday the names of the footballers in contention for the 2020/21 Player of the Year awards from the European body.
“The announcement of the winners will take place at the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony, to be held on Thursday 26 August at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey, ”said UEFA in a press release.
At the same time, UEFA will also reward the women coaches who have had the most impact over the past season, with the distinctions of Men’s Team Coach and Women’s Team Coach of the Year. UEFA, specifies the same source.
Regarding the men’s distinction, the three nominated players were selected by a jury made up of the 24 coaches of the teams which competed in UEFA EURO 2020 this summer and the 80 coaches of the clubs which took part in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. and the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League.
The three players who received the most points in the vote are Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City FC), Jorginho (Italy, Chelsea FC) and N’Golo Kanté (France, Chelsea FC).
As for the title of Player of the Year, the three nominees are Jennifer Hermoso (Spain, FC Barcelona), Lieke Martens (Netherlands, FC Barcelona) and Alexia Putellas (Spain, FC Barcelona).
In addition, the three coaches who received the most points in the vote are Josep Guardiola (Spain, Manchester City FC), Roberto Mancini (Italy, Italian men’s national team) and Thomas Tuchel (Germany, Chelsea FC).